Tonight, as I was reading the 1st in the series of Junie B. Jones books to my kindergartner, my eleven year old and fifteen year old came running in with their blankets and pillows to listen at my feet.
My whole family listens when I start reading Junie B. Jones, including my husband!
Too bad nobody responds that way when I ask for help with the laundry!
These books will keep the whole family laughing and repeating lines for days.
The Junie B. Jones Series is a chapter book series written by Barbara Park and illustrated by Denise Brunkus.
There are 27 books in the series and it is written for children ages 6-9.
Although, in my house, it is enjoyed by children ages 6-40!
Junie B. Jones is a spunky little girl who often gets herself into trouble with her sassy talk and mischievous ways.
The books follow Junie B. through kindergarten and 1st grade. The characters are relatable and the illustrations are great!
Park does an excellent job writing in the voice of a six year old and grasping the "it's all about me" tendencies that are typical of that age group.
These are hysterical books with stories that will make your children beg you to keep reading! And, you will want to keep reading well passed their bedtimes.
There is one drawback with the Junie B. Jones series. Junie B. can be a real stinker and tends to use words like "stupid" and "dumb".
I use this as an opportunity to talk to my kids about appropriate behavior and language, both at home and at school.
When my teenager Maddie was little, we would use Junie B. as an example of how we didn't want to behave.
I would often tell her, "Oh, no! We don't want to be like Junie B., do we?" She would always giggle and say, "NO WAY!" And her behavior would quickly change.
If your child is not yet a reader, you can always substitute the words that your child is allowed to say at home.
I have read this series with all of my kids and I have never seen an increase of naughty behavior while reading them.
But, I have seen an increase of reading and laughter!
Check out the Junie B. Jones series. We hope you love them as much as we do! Happy Reading!
If you are interested in checking out the Junie B. Jones series, you can find all the books at Amazon!
And you can also check out the Junie B. Jones website where your child can play games, do activities, get jokes and read more about the series and characters.