- Stella Batts published by Sleeping Bear Press
- Written by: Courtney Sheinmel
- Illustrated by: Jennifer A. Bell
- We recommend this book for kids ages 6 and up
What It Is
Stella Batts is a new series for independent readers. Stella is an 8-year-old who loves to write and whose family owns a candy store called Batts Confections. Together, the books in the series make up her autobiography. Much of the action is about typical things that 8-year-old girls experience, like a best friend moving, not liking her name or dealing with the class bully.
Is It Fun?
I first discovered this series at the annual Book Expo in New York this spring. The cover art instantly captured my attention, and when I read that the series is about a girl whose family owns a candy store, I couldn’t resist! The first two books were as delightful as I’d hoped. (There are four books in all.) The characters are great, the story line is easy to follow and the vocabulary is age-appropriate.
Who It’s For
This series is great for kids about second grade and older. My fifth grader enjoyed them too!
What To Be Aware Of
Parents will be happy to know that the language is very clean, unlike some series targeted at this age group. I didn’t come across any words I wouldn’t want my own children to say!