Theresa Early's third-graders from Laurel Ridge Elementary in Fairfax are this month’s Class of KidsPost. (Jennifer Rivera)

Theresa Early’s third-grade class at Laurel Ridge Elementary in Fairfax is the April Class of KidsPost. Early’s group of eight is all boys, so it isn’t a surprise that “Minecraft,” football and Rick Riordan are among the class favorites.

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}Favorite author and book: The kids’ favorite authors include Rick Riordan of the “Heroes of Olympus” and “Percy Jackson” series, Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel), “Arthur” author Marc Brown and Louis Sachar of the “Wayside School” books. But when asked to name a book, they chose Neil Gaiman’s “Coraline,” “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda” by Tom Angleberger and the “39 Clues” series.

}Favorite game: Most of the choices were video games: “Kirby,” “Batman: Arkham Origin” and “Minecraft.” But one student picked chess as a favorite.

}Favorite food to have on your birthday: A birthday cake with a sports theme received the most votes. Pizza was the runner-up.

}Favorite field trip: Last spring’s trip to the National Zoo was the top choice. (The kids are fans of the lion and panda cams, their teacher reported.) They also enjoyed the National Museum of Natural History, where they posed for a picture, above. Early said the students agreed that the Hope Diamond “would make a nice teacher’s gift.”

}Favorite TV show: Animated shows topped the list, including “Pokémon,” “Adventure Time,” “Wild Kratts” and “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

}Favorite professional sport or youth sport: Football won this category if you combine the tackle and flag varieties. Basketball and soccer each received two votes. Early said her class also closely followed the Iditarod dog-sled race and bobsledding in the Winter Olympics.

}Favorite Web site: The kids picked Poptropica, Coolmath, MyskillsTutor and the zoo’s animal cams.

}Favorite club or hobby: Boy Scouts ranked first, but students also mentioned drama club and Pokémon card collecting.

}What do you want to be when you grow up? Most of these boys aim to be pro athletes, either in football, soccer, basketball or dirt bike racing. But two mentioned becoming a doctor or a nuclear scientist.

}Biggest problem in the world, and what can kids do to solve it: Environmental issues, especially global warming, pollution and oil spills, were the kids’ focus. Their plans to make things better include more recycling, less littering and stopping people from treating their lawns with chemicals that might end up in rivers.