Hazel (5 and 3/4 yo) and her love for ice cream! Oh, and two awesome books

Little Hazel is a vibrant little 5 and 3/4 year old (or if we’re getting technical, more like 5 and 11/12 year old, but who’s counting) and LOVES¬† two books for her Book Butterfly review: Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor, and, Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima. She tells us all about why she adores these colorful, positive, and compassionate books. Lest we forget they are also hilllllarious, but we’ll let you decide how much you want to giggle for yourself.

Alex (7 yo) and his favorite pig – Mercy Watson!

Some voices are quiet and some demand to be heard. Our little Book Butterfly Alex has both. He might be a little shy, but he is super sure about his favorite book, Mercy Watson To The Rescue. Mercy loves her toast (with butter, and maybe even cinnamon? We can’t be sure…) and gets into all kinds of trouble. Alex loves to hear about her adventures and sit in his favorite pink chair. Coincidence? Hogwash.

Helen (10yo) and her Wonder-ful heart

Meet Helen, a 10 year old Book Butterfly who is wicked smart and wicket wise. She reviews the book ‘Wonder’ by R.J. Palacio, and we loved how she thinks through her world. Find out about August, Via, and Jack – characters in the book who she spends a lot of time thinking about. And you know what? She doesn’t want to pick just one color for a dragon, she wants them all. If SHE could be a dragon, she’d be a blueberry-eating blue dragon.

Lukas (8yo) and his comical heroes – and watch out for a squeeze!

This week we had the privilege of hanging out with this little bundle of energy. You might catch him tearing it up playing tag or under his favorite bean bag reading all day. The world is his oyster, you know? Listen to him talk about his favorite books: Hilo Saving the Whole Wide World, and Captain Underpants…. and watch out for that Rhino Viking!

Niklas (6 yo) and the crayons who yelled ‘I quit!’

Niklas is a curious and beautiful mind, who loves the humor of his crayon books. He loves to giggle about all the stories the crayons tell, in particular, the neon crayon. Niklas really loved our microphone, who we’ve lovingly named ‘Sassy’, and you’ll hear him test out really what she can hear. (Hint: it’s a whisper.)

Elijah (8yo) and how opposites attract – Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Jackie Robinson

Do you ever hear that old saying that ‘opposites attract’? Well Elijah’s love of the books Diary of a Wimpy Kid (about a decidedly wimpy kid) AND the history of Jackie Robinson (about a decidedly not-even-close-to-wimpy-kid) really show how it gives someone a lot to think about. By the way, how much do YOU love math? We certainly loved it before, but a little more now that Elijah reminded us how cool it really is.

Aniya (9yo) and the powerful women of history, with a side of Dork Diaries!

We met Aniya, a quietly confident book butterfly, who loves to dive into the world of Dork Diaries, Max Crumbly, and Sugar Plumb Ballerinas. But you know what? She loves powerful women of history, so don’t be surprised when she reaches for her other favorite book ‘Little Leaders – Bold Women in Black History’.

Kylee (9yo) and her fearless pursuit of murder mysteries

Meet Kylee, our fearless ball of energy who loves, loves, loves murder mysteries. Her favorite book is Nancy Drew – Murder on the Set, by Carolyn Keene, and Kylee doesn’t care how much she has to beg her grandmother to read her the next chapter! It’s our longest podcast so far, but we dare anyone not to listen to the end and find out more about Santa, the Easter Bunny,¬†and a few more characters. (Apparently we’re not doing a good enough job of having cameras around to catch these characters.)

Jack (8yo) – Wait, the principal is also Captain Underpants?

Meet Jack, an expert in Captain Underpants books. He sets us straight a few times on the facts, because he’s read these books a lot. You’ll get to know a little bit about the main characters, the adventures they go on, and what teachers in real life really want you to do (hint: it’s ‘do math’.)

Katie (11yo) – You know Peeta is better, because his name doesn’t rhyme with ‘fail’

Our first double-digit Book Butterfly! Katie is 11 years old and a fan of The Hunger Games. Find out who she’s rooting for, what inspired the books, and what’s important in life. (hint: it’s to have a chuckle now and again!)