The Lost Children Loved by Three Year Old

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Cara has been interested in books since she was about nine months old.

At that age, I guess she was more interested in ripping up the books than she was in listening to the story but she’s gotten better with age. Thankfully. Replacing all of those books got expensive!

We’ve made it a habit to read at least one book to her right before bed and the length of those books has gotten longer and longer.

A few weeks ago – maybe even a month – I received a book titled The Lost Children [affiliate link] which is actually a YA book but I’m not bookist…I’ll read just about anything.

The plan was for me to read the book and then review it shortly thereafter. What actually ended up happening is Cara nabbed the shipping package – and the book – and claimed the book as her own. I read the excerpt and told Cara that if it got too scary then she would have to find another book.

And you know? It never got so scary that we had to stop reading it together.

Every night, we read one chapter right before bed and sometimes two or three since a lot of the chapters tended to be short.

The story was good, the characters were engaging and believable and if the book could hold the attention of my three year old, you know it wasn’t a boring book.

While I’m not going to ruin the ending of the book for you – since it’s a doozy – Tucker and I had a logic issue with it. After all, this book does deal heavily with time travel so there’s bound to be some confusing stuff going on. But, even though Tucker and I ended up spending 45 minutes discussing the ending of The Lost Children [affiliate link], Cara seemed to enjoy and accept it

Now, the most important question, would I have read the book if Cara hadn’t wanted to read it? Yes.

Would I recommend this book to friends and family? Yes, but probably not to three year olds. Since the book’s protagonist is a 12 year old girl, the age range listed on Amazon.com is grades 4-7. But, like I said, I’m well over Grade 7 and I enjoyed it.

And, since we all enjoyed the book so much, I want to offer a copy to you guys.

Comment below with your favorite kid’s/YA book either from your childhood or from your kids’ childhoods.

Rules: The contest will run from now until the 24th of May. Comments will be shut off at 10AM on May 24th. I’ll determine the winner via the Random Number Generator on Random.org based on the number of entrants with the first commenter being assigned the #1 and so on.

The winner will be contacted via the comment they leave in the comment from below so make sure the email address you leave is real. If the winner doesn’t respond within seven days, they’ll be removed from the list and I’ll run the generator again. Rinse and repeat.

*Disclaimer Stuff: I recieved this book to review and promised to give it a read and a fair review. This is a book I would have purchased if I had known about it beforehand.*


The winner has been chosen!

[insert bugles and stuff here]

What the heck does that mean, right? That means if you start at the first comment posted for this post and count down to the sixth comment that the sixth commenter won the book. Huzzah! David has won!

I’ll email him now and if he doesn’t get back to me within seven days then I’ll pull him from the pool and run the generator again.


  1. Katie and I read every night too…though she’s taken to reading to us (at age 6 she’s reading Scooby Doo chapter books…) This sounds like something we might read together…if not now, soon…

    .-= David Niall Wilson´s last blog ..Writing What Hurts – A Writer’s Memoir =-.

  2. This sounds like fun, and my kids are in the age group. 😉
    .-= Becky´s last blog ..Bowling =-.

  3. Bailey says

    One of my favorite books as a child was Roald Dahl’s BFG -it’s got the right amount of scary and sweet for me, even now.

  4. what about our favorite current ya? “mind the gap” by chris golden and tim lebbon.
    .-= Mari Adkins´s last blog ..ducks are fed =-.

  5. I love reading, but at that age I couldn’t stand books. I only started reading obsessively when I turned 13–and it was Stephen King novels. LOL So those don’t quite fit the bill here. My daughter on the other hand loves to read. Some of her favorites are the Warrior Cats series, the Inheritance Cycle by Paolini, and the Cirque du Freak books.
    .-= Amanda´s last blog ..Studio News =-.

  6. We’ve been reading to our kids since, well since they were born. We read books nightly to our daughter until she started reading, and then she started reading to us. Her present favorite is Harry Potter, which she has just finished book 7 and is on to more adventures with new characters. My son is just starting to learn to read, but his favorite topics rotate between books on the human body (muscles, bones, organs, etc), space (planets, stars, etc) and of course Scooby Doo. Since neither one is focusing on YA books as favorites (except for my daughter’s love of HP), I can add the Hobbit as one of my favorites growing up. I must have read that book three or four times in elementary school alone and a few more times as an adult.
    .-= David Sobkowiak´s last blog ..Review – Faerie’s Kiss =-.

  7. I have to say, I love reading “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch. I’ve read that book to Nolan pretty much every day since he was born, that and “Guess How Much I Love You” by Sam McBratney.

    I’ve been trying to get my hands on Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss too!! I loved that as a child 🙂
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  8. Well this one is hard for me to answer, I WASN’T there a lot of the time.
    I’m a professional driver, a trucker. many years of my life were spent on the road away from those that mean the most to me, just trying to provide.
    Much to the surprise of many people (it seems) I can actually read and in fact am an avid reader preferring books to ANYTHING on the idiot maker. (television)

    Being extremely biased towards books, it was very important to me that all of my kids were read to AND learned to read very well.
    I don’t know what books were read to them in the earliest years, but I know that at some point Tolkin was at the top of the list (all of it). Other fantasy, adventure books followed as they REALLY liked that kind of stuff and because it makes up a major part of our collection.

    Mine are grown today and all are still avid readers. All are very creative, talented, humorous people.

    What do I attribute that to?


  9. Yay! So many awesome comments!

  10. I would have to say some of my favorite YA books include: The Harry Potter Series, The Twilight Saga, and The BFG (which is more Y than A).
    .-= Holly {ArtistMotherTeacher}´s last blog ..Live Freely =-.

  11. dizzibloom says

    My husband the great @phineaspoe loves Neil Gaiman. When he first heard of his children’s books we bought Minipoe The Wolves in the Walls. The story is cute and the art is amazing!

    At first it was a little scary, he was only 3 or so, but it fast became a favorite. It was always the one he went to when it was time to read. So much that we have a lot of it memorized now. But the coolest thing of all is that now, he reads a lot of it to us. 🙂


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