Book Reviews For Kids

Book Plot Summaries

Grades 3-5

Your child will want to read using Annette's homeschool book reviews
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. These book plot summaries are from some of our favorites. We always had these books on hand for the children to read again and again. Enjoy!

The Adventures of Tintin, Herge
These delightfully funny 21 stories are written in comic book form. These adventure mysteries are about Tintin, his dog Snowy, and their friends. Although this is in Grades 3-5, people of any age can enjoy these clever stories. Mom here, the children insisted that I read one, and I did. I think you have to be a kid to enjoy these silly stories! Now, Dad would tend to disagree…with me!

The Cabin Faced West, Jean Fritz
When Anne’s family moves west to Pennsylvania, she feels lonely and bored. But after being there a while and meeting her new neighbors, her opinion changes. A great story about adapting to your surroundings and making the best of the situation.

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, Jean Lee Latham
An engaging biography written like a novel, this is the tale of a poor New England boy who overcomes difficulties to become a navigation expert, and writes a book about it that is still used today. This is also a great way to get in some history!

Detectives in Togas, Henry Winterfeld
Seven rich Roman boys all go to school together. When one of them is suspected of writing graffiti on the emperors temple, they are forced to try and find out who really did it. Wonderfully written, you will never see the end coming!

Mystery of the Roman Ransom, Henry Winterfeld
In the sequel to the previous book, the boys discover a plot to kill one of the senators. The humor in these books makes them a joy to read. Two of the best books for kids, and some of our all time favorites!

Encyclopedia Brown, Donald J. Sobol
The series about a boy who helps to keep the younger neighborhood kids from being swindled by older kids, and sometimes even helps his father, the Chief of Police, solve cases.

Otto of the Silver Hand, Howard Pyle
This is the story of a boy in the middle ages, who is at the center of conflict. After having his hand cut off by his father’s enemy, he goes to live at a monastery, and becomes a peacemaker.

The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster
This is the fantasy tale about a boy who gets transported to a different land by a toy tollbooth. Great wordplay throughout, and also some humor.

The Sign of the Beaver, Elizabeth George Speare
14-year-old Matt Hallowell is left alone in his cabin in the Maine woods while his father goes to bring out the rest of the family. Without much knowledge of the wilderness, he would never have lasted if an Indian chief and his son had not become his friends.

The Twenty-One Balloons, William Pene du Bois
A scientist builds himself a balloon craft to fly him to the island of Krakatoa, just days before it erupts!


Mom Here! This list of book reviews for kids would not be complete without our all time favorite series. Join Laura Ingalls out on the prairie by reading...


The Little House Nine-Book Set
We have this very set, only ours shows signs of having been read many, many times! This series gave our Playmobil people a whole new dimension. Playtime revolved around these little characters. So much so, that when it came time to play, it was to go downstairs and play "Little House". Start reading it aloud to your young ones. They'll beg for more.


We just touched on a few of our favorites. Let these book reviews for kids inspire your children to become avid readers, too!

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