42 – Overrated Children’s Books

Some children’s books are overrated. Here are a few titles that I hereby give you permission to remove from their pedestals.

Activity: I Just Didn’t Like It

Have students write a reflection about a book that they tried to read and just didn’t enjoy. Whether the book was chosen by the student, received as a gift, or assigned by a teacher, it just didn’t quite make an impression. Students should try to answer the following questions about the book:

      • Why didn’t you enjoy reading this story? Was it the plot, characters, themes, or something else?
      • Do you think that you were the right or wrong age to read the book?
      • Do you think you might enjoy the book if you tried reading it again some other time?
      • What might help you have a better chance of liking this story?

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