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Junie B. Jones is a Great Kids Book Series

Updated on January 30, 2015

Kids Love Junie B. Jones

reading is fun with Junie B. Jones
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Junie B Jones Tells It Like It Is

The kids book series "Junie B. Jones" by Barbara Park has been a favorite in our house since my daughter was 4 years old. 6 years later we still read her when we need a good laugh.

It takes the mystery out of going to school and looks at the absurdity of life from a child's perspective.

The challenges faced in the book have given us the opportunity to discuss appropriate behavior while laughing at the same time.

The book was the first she became interested in trying to read on her own, and that in itself makes it a great choice for kids.

In our house we've read a bedtime story every night for over 10 years.

When it was time to start talking about going to school, a parent recommended this series to me and it was an instant hit.

The story takes place when Junie B. Jones is starting kindergarten in book 1 titled "Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus". The series continues up until book 30 when "Junie B. Jones is a Second Grader".

a Kids Point of View

The book is written from the perspective of a 5 year old and the language is age appropriate.

The experiences she has and how it impacts her school life lightens up the prospect of going to school for any youngster.

  • Meeting new kids,
  • making friends,
  • discovering her classroom,
  • taking the school bus,
  • eating in the cafeteria,
  • recess,
  • Valentine's Day,
  • Pet Day,
  • Halloween,
  • field trips

Her descriptions of the principal, her teachers, the caretaker, the cafeteria lady, her grandparents, parents and brother are so honest, heartwarming and naïve it brings back memories.

The book also is a great reminder for parents of how children see the world.
Through new eyes, minds not yet told how to think, and their interpretation is not always what we adults are expecting.

The absurdity of the situations she gets herself into are too funny. As you read it as a parent, you know these stories could actually happen;

  • she gives herself a very bad haircut,
  • she is excluded from a birthday party,
  • she takes a fish stick to school for pet day,
  • she looses her first tooth
    and 25 more stories keep you and your kids giggling.

There are times when I've been reading the stories and I laugh so hard that I start to cry, so we have to wait to continue.
As she got older and was able to read, my daughter would take the book from me and continue reading until I calmed down, so we could find out what was happening in the story - before bedtime!

The language used by Junie B. in the book is that used by a 5 year old. The grammar and words when she is using are often incorrect, but the meaning is always there. It makes it very real.

The situations, how all the characters act and react; what they say and how they say it, have always been an opportunity for discussion in our house.

When our girl started school it became an opportunity to check in and see if she was experiencing the same issues Junie B. was telling us about in her stories.

It also gave us the opportunity to talk about how to deal with situations like mean boys and girls, being nervous in new places and with new people, friendships, teachers, and school in general. I

t taught us, as parents, to use the books she's reading to discuss what's happening during her school day.


Junie B. Jones Keeps on Giving

We have the whole series and it's one that we'll keep. It's worth having in our library to loan to friends with kids and right now it still gets read once in a while.

I highly recommend this series as one that will keep your kids wanting to read more. They will be laughing as they do. It's available in libraries, second hand book stores (which is where we got most of ours) or your local bookstore as well as online..

This is a hot gift idea for kids between 4 to 6 years old.
Books can be taken anywhere and are a great way to spend time. The gift of reading is one that lasts forever and can't be taken away.

"Junie B. Jones" by Barbara Park is a gift that will keep on giving for years.


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      eye say 6 years ago from Canada

      @justateacher: thanks for confirming what a great read this is for youngsters, I'm no pro, just a mom, so nice to hear from one!

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      eye say 6 years ago from Canada

      @kelleyward: quite different than "Little House", so good idea for the lighter side of reading; good on you, glad the review helped.

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      kelleyward 6 years ago

      We are just ready to start reading The Little House on The Prairie Series, which is wonderful but I think I'll get one of these to add some humor when needed. Glad I read your review!

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      LaDena Campbell 6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      I love the Junie B Jones series! They are great to read to my kindergartners because they truly do identify with her!Thanks for SHARING!

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      eye say 6 years ago from Canada

      TroyM; your welcome, it's hard to know what will get them reading or wanting too!

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      TroyM 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your ideas on kids books. Great information!

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      eye say 6 years ago from Canada

      and you are the reason I wrote the hub - this really is a perfect Christmas gift for kids, and so cute she'll identify with you, because her grandparents are a very big part of Junie's life ... thanks for reading and your comment, so glad when I write something that actually is helpful!

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      Paula 6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      eye say...Thank you so much for introducing me to Junie B. Jones!! She sounds like a winner. Perfect timing for a wonderful Christmas gift for my 4-year-old Granddaughter, who has been read to since birth...and now has a mad love affair with books!! Great Hub.

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      eye say 6 years ago from Canada

      there are some great gems out there, and reading a book together allows for more snuggle time ;O)

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      Judy Specht 6 years ago from California

      Wonderful reminder of great reading material for small kids.