Jan 7, 2014

Young Reader Review: SNAPSHOTS: FOCUS ON NATURE IN THE BIBLE, by Laurie Chance Smith

January’s Young Reader Review is by Alex. I am always amazed by what these kids have to say, and this month is no exception—Alex has done a fabulous job! For more about author Laurie Chance Smith and SNAPSHOTS, check out this post.

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Hello Alex, and thank you so much for joining us today! Please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Alex, and I am 12 years old. I’m in sixth grade. I like playing sports, and I do karate.
What types of books do you enjoy reading?

I read Middle Grade and Young Adult books, and I like fiction books with action and adventure. I also like nonfiction books because I like learning about history and things in nature.
I love MG and YA as well—there are so many great books to choose from in these genres! What is your very favorite genre?

The Bible is my very favorite book, but I also like to read fantasy and adventure novels.
I *love* that the Bible is your very favorite book, Alex! ☺ Please tell us about your current favorite.

My new favorite book is a nonfiction book – Snapshots: Focus on Nature in the Bible by Laurie Chance Smith. This book tells all the stories about nature in the Bible and makes them really interesting. The stories about animals and bugs in the Bible are really cool.
 SNAPSHOTS is definitely a terrific book—my boys and I are reading it together now! Are there any kinds of books that you would like to see more of?
All books are great, and kids are always reading. Some kids read because they like to, and some kids read because they have to for school. To be honest, reading makes you smarter. I like to read all kinds of books so any new books are great with me (unless they’re girly or babyish).

Excellent answer, Alex! Here’s another question for you: if you could meet any author in the world, past or present, WHO would it be, and WHY?

I have already met that person because I got to meet the author of the book I am reviewing – Laurie Chance Smith. This author made the nature stories in the Bible real to me. She does a lot of hands-on activities and includes quirky facts like how many hairs are on our heads.
I am always impressed when authors find creative ways to include information in their writing—this helps make learning fun! What do you think is important for authors to know about their readers?

Authors need to know what age group is reading their books and write for that audience. Boys like a lot of action in the books they read. If it’s a nonfiction book, it’s good to include some interesting or crazy facts for your readers.
This is great advice, Alex! Is there anything else you would like to share with us about books or reading?

Books make your imagination grow and are good for your brain. Thank you for inviting me to your blog, Mrs. Shillington!
Thank YOU for joining us today, Alex! Happy Reading!


  1. Thank you for this great review, Alex and Becky! Learning to enjoy all kinds of books is one of the best things you can do for yourself!

  2. I agree 100%, Laurie--the more we read, the more we know! = )


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