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In which I share 10 books for older tinies

As I said in the previous post, this addendum was necessary. Anne just finished kindergarten and is on her way to Grade 1. She still loves all of the picture books I listed, but she was ready for more complexity and imagination.  (Joe loved these books as well, some more than others, so I figure they’re okay for the 4-7 year old set.) There are a few books that are appropriate for kids to use for learning to read, but most of them are just good old read-alouds.

Don’t even get me started about the books for the 8-12 year old set….(oh, Anne of Green Gables! Caddie Woodlawn! Harry Potter! Narnia!). We would be here all night long. Which might not be bad….

 

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner. This is an ongoing series of gentle mysteries but the inaugural book was a big favourite here. The resourceful children are on their own, and that fascinates other kids. Anne and Joe like to play Boxcar Children.

Adventures of Little Bear by Else Minarik and Maurice Sendak. This is a “learn to read” book, but it’s so wonderful. Compared to the drivel that masquerades as “learn to read” books, the stories are interesting, fun, gentle, and lovely. They are the personification of the word “cozy.” (We are also big fans of the Little Bear television series. I want to be more like Mother Bear when I grow up.) Sendak’s illustrations are charming. The one pictured above is a composite of several Little Bear books from Barnes and Noble in the USA though so you would need three books: Little Bear, Father Bear Comes Home, and A Kiss for Little Bear.

Adventures of Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel is another B&N composite book. These are two of the most beloved best friends of children’s literature for good reason. We make jokes from these delightful books all the time – Toad croaking “Tomorrow!” about his chores, for instance – and enjoy them immensely. It’s also a “learn to read” book for Anne right now. The three books in our volume above are: Frog and Toad are Friends, Frog and Toad Together, and Days with Frog and Toad.

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. A sad but heartwarming tale, this book means I am never allowed to kill a spider ever again. We all love Wilbur. Of course, you want the one with illustrations by Garth Williams. The recent movie of Charlotte’s Web is also quite good, I thought.

Stuart Little by E.B. White. Another classic, this was surprisingly well-received even though some content is rather dated. I had to explain certain customs of the decade to Anne and Joe, but otherwise, they were all in. They were delighted with little Stuart’s adventures.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Without a doubt, this was Anne’s favourite book of her kindergarten year. We read it and the promptly read it two more times, right through. She was absolutely enchanted with it. We have one that is a reproduction of the original 1900 edition, and the illustrations are a delight. I had completely forgotten that the ruby slippers are actually silver.

The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne. You knew that this one was bound to appear somewhere. Yes, of course, this collection was the inspiration for all of my “In which…” blog post titles. If your sole exposure to Pooh is through Disney, you’re in for a treat. The books are surprisingly funny and intelligent, clever and winsome, tender and imaginative.

The Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Anne fell in love with the Little House books, even listening to the books on tape while she coloured for hours during rainy afternoons. The story is interesting, and let me tell you, I resolved to complain a lot less after becoming re-acquainted with Ma and Pa Ingalls.  We nearly included Little House in the Big Woods in this list, too, because it is a close runner-up. (Seriously, go read the last chapter of that book and try not to cry.)

Richard Scarry’s Animal Nursery Tales is out of print, I believe. I found ours at a thrift shop. It’s all the classic nursery tales – Three Billy Goats Gruff, Little Red Riding Hood, Musicians of Bremen, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and so on. I love the old fairy tales, and the classic Scarry illustrations make them fun for the tinies, too.

My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Ganett. Pure nonsense and fun, this book is fascinating for the younger set.

 

Your turn: What are your favourite books for the older tinies? What was your favourite when you are between 4-7 years old?

We’re talking about 10 Books a Day for a Week. Share your own favourites on your blog, and post your link in the comments, or just let me know what you think or recommend. I love to snoop bookshelves, and this is my excuse – and yours – to talk books.

Sunday: 10 books that changed my faith

Monday: 10 books that influence my parenting

Tuesday: 10 books by Canadians I wish the world would read

Wednesday: 10 books for tinies and 10 books for older tinies

Thursday: 10 books I read over and over (and over)

Friday: 10 spiritual memoirs

Saturday: My daily books + 10 books of poetry

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  • LoganstoneRugburn59
  • http://sacredeveryday.ca/ Jenn

    You just summed up my childhood. Add Black Beauty (any horse book really) and the bobbsey twins and that is the story of my childhood.

  • http://sarahaskins.com Sarah Askins

    Oh, how I love these…even as an adult. Growing up, my parents read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz more times than they will ever be able to count. I kept asking for it because the whole book is enchanting. 

  • LietoFine

    My boys just barely like chapter books.  We’ve read the Frog and Toad books and Danny and the Dinosaur.  My older boy loves the books by Megan McDonald – all of the Stink chapter books are great and we’ve read some of the Judy Moody series.

  • Carrie

    This is a great list! I read and reread Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey when I was little.

  • Timothy Moody

    Sarah, I read my 10 yr old when she was 6, Kate DiCamillo’s “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.”  We took a chapter a night for weeks until we finished.   read, she listened.  Don’t know if you are familiar with it but it’s filled with all sorts of life experiences that children can learn about from bullying to imagination to hardship to sorrow and death to compassion and love.  I highly recommend it for maybe 6, 7 and up.  My daughter Ingrid loved it and asked tons of questions along the way.

    For some reason I keep getting an error message when I try to include my blog as a guest commentor.  So here it is:
    http://theuncladsoul.blogspot.com

    • http://www.facebook.com/Tamleech Tammy Leech

      Edward Tulane is one of our absolute favorite stories. :) Even my 13 yr old was completely in love with it and listened as I read it to the younger ones. Was a little much for the 3 yr old, he wandered off, but my 6 yr old liked it too.

  • Lindsey Stefan

    My little guy is four and we love reading so many of these – Frog and Toad, Little Bear, and Winnie the Pooh. I am excited to get to Charlotte’s Web and the Boxcar Children soon.
    Thanks for these lists – they are doing an excellent job of adding to my to-be-read list. :)

  • Miheekk

    Yes, for sure to Lamott, L’Engle, Norris, BBT. Also wouldn’t be here where I am without:

    Manning’s Ruthless Trust – He is classic.
    Chamber’s Utmost for His Highest lit a fire in me freshmen year in college.
    Peterson’s Contemplative Pastor sent me to seminary.
    James Cone’s Black Theology made me realize that white people aren’t the only ones who do theology and certainly don’t speak for everyone’s contexts. He gave me a whole new vocabulary and made me realize the way I’m theologically complicit in oppressive structures.
    Phyllis Trible’s She Who Is knocked me over. Feminist Theology and reading the bible.
    And…gosh. This is hard. I’d say:

    Bonhoffer’s Cost of Discipleship, Nouwen’s In His Name, Sang Hyun Lee’s From a Liminal Place: An Asian American Theology (I’d heard in a lecture first before it became a book), pretty much all of David James Duncan (especially Brothers K, River Why) CS Lewis (Great Divorce, Miracles, Narnian Chronicles), Gustavo Gutierrez The Density of the Present.

    Love this series and more books to add to my piles!

  • Amylepinepeterson

    Sarah, you do know there are more Oz books, right? My mom read me all 15 (written by L. Frank Baum). They are all wonderful.

    My 3yo loves Little Bear. I think we should try Frog and Toad. She also likes the Mercy Watson Books by Kate DiCamillo, which are great first chapter books for reading aloud.

  • http://teamaidan.wordpress.com/ Heather

    Love these and we especially loved reading Boxcar Children as Kid b.c Gertrude Chandler Warner lived in my home town and mentioned local places. I have to add Jack and Annie’s Magic Tree House adventures and Magic School bus books too.

    • Jess Hanson thurn

      Oh, Yes! Magic Tree House! Those are a HUGE FAVORITE of my 3 y/o boy! We’ve read all 50!! (Some several times)

  • http://www.quirkybookworm.com Jessica @ Quirky Bookworm

    I read and loved all of these! I can’t wait till Eleanor is old enough (she’s 2). Kindergarten also started my obsession with Nancy Drew, and I adored the All-of-a-Kind-Family books. Have you read those with your daughter? They’re set in turn of the (20th) century New York, and they’re lovely.

  • http://www.tothinkistocreate.com To Think Is To Create

    My fav list so far. The Pooh collection is such a must it’s not even funny. And I grew up on Ingalls. I wanted nothing more than a doily with a roll in it and was convinced it was the most special thing in the world (still am).

  • jennifer
  • http://bluebonnetreads.wordpress.com Hannah C.

    The Boxcar Children, along with perhaps The Little Princess, led to countless games of “orphans” in our grove of trees in the front yard which was oh so perfectly shaped to be like a house. I wanted to be Laura, too. Charlotte’s Web was one of my favorites when I was that age as well. Ahh.. as Jenn said, you just summed up my childhood!

    Some other greats: Black Beauty, The Little Princess…oh wait, maybe those are the 8-12 ones…

  • Anneejudd

    I am reliving my childhood looking at your list! I also happened to find he same Richard Scarry book at a used bookstore and B loves it!
    I should add this comment on the “books for tinies” page, but have you seem any Gyo Fujikawa books?? Pretty sure you would love them….”Come Follow Me” is my childhood favorite, but out of print.

    • Bluejeanmom

      My kids favorite Fujikawa book is Babies!  We loved to “hug and cuddle and love” while reading those parts.  Now I read that book to my grandlittles and they love it just as much!

  • http://www.athankfullheart.blogspot.com/ Miranda @ A ThankFULL Heart

    Laura Ingalls– yes! Huge part of my childhood. I need to borrow the set from my mom’s; I don’t think I ever read the entire series.

  • http://www.littlebooksontheprairie.wordpress.com/ Sarahrn81

    I appreciate that your list includes timeless classics for the younger years.  There were a couple that I had not heard of and want check our for my kids soon.

  • http://www.redeemingthetable.com Kamille

    I must confess Sarah–I did not grow up in a reading family.  I don’t think I really explored or fell in love with children’s lit till I got older.  That said, there were books I adored when I was in grade school.  Here’s what I have loved:

    1. Charlotte’s Web (how can this not be an essential–right?)
    2. Holly & Ivy, a sweet Christmas story about a little orphan girl named Ivy who found a doll named Holly and eventually a home.  I am and always will be a sucker for orphan stories finding redemption of a home.
    3. Little House on the Prairie is definitely me too.  
    4. And oh yes to Boxcar Children.  I pictured all of it in my head and it was a lovely little boxcar.

    I have more of the older kids books that I love.  

  • http://www.redeemingthetable.com Kamille

    I must confess Sarah–I did not grow up in a reading family.  I don’t think I really explored or fell in love with children’s lit till I got older.  That said, there were books I adored when I was in grade school.  Here’s what I have loved:

    1. Charlotte’s Web (how can this not be an essential–right?)
    2. Holly & Ivy, a sweet Christmas story about a little orphan girl named Ivy who found a doll named Holly and eventually a home.  I am and always will be a sucker for orphan stories finding redemption of a home.
    3. Little House on the Prairie is definitely me too.  
    4. And oh yes to Boxcar Children.  I pictured all of it in my head and it was a lovely little boxcar.

    I have more of the older kids books that I love.  

  • Jennie

    I loved the Misty of Chinoteague series too! I was horse crazy!

  • Kimberly Sneed

    i LOVE the boxcar children! i already bought the set for my kids, they’re 1 and 3. i’ve been contemplating starting to read them to my 3-yo! great list, thanks for sharing!

  • Chamdexor

    Where the Red Fern Grows was read to us by our 5th grade teacher and again in middle school.  A very gripping book.

  • Danica Newton

    Hi!  I found you through Pinterest, and had to add my favorite books (although you already listed many of them – don’t get me started on LM Montgomery, I own ALL her books.  Her short stories are perfection!).  My daughter’s 5, and I just finished reading My Father’s Dragon to her, she loved it!  Some other read-alouds I’m looking forward to introducing her to – The Borrowers, by Mary Norton, Cheaper By The Dozen, by the Gilbreth siblings, Little Men, by Louisa May Alcott (I liked that one better than Little Women as a child), All Creatures Great and Small, by James Herriot.  

  • Eleny

    My son is 8 and we read once and he wanted me to read again, so we are, The Princess Bride, the Good Parts by William Goldman. He loves it! We watched the movie after the first time through and he said to me, “I liked the book better. Can we read it again?”

  • Stephanie Elliott

    We listen to books in the car (we have a 45 minute commute to school). Then, if there’s a movie, we watch it after listening to the book. One of our recent favorites is The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare. My then 9 year old son, 6 year old daughter and 7 year old niece loved the book even more than the movie.

  • Samantha Linton

    Oh we live Amelia Bedelia and the Frances stories!! So fun!

  • Mollylsimmons

    Great list. Thank you. My boys (2, 4 and 6) absolutely loooove

    Indian and the cupboard series
    James and the Giant Peach
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    The Tale of Despereaux
    Where the Red Fern GrowsIncident at Hawks Hill
    Oh the list could go on and on….

  • Sunny

    I have to say my five year old is bonkers about the Ramona books.  She is starting kindergarten this Fall and loves Ramona the Pest.  Beverly Cleary gets the mind of a child and kids love feeling understood in the grown-up world.  

  • cramsey

    I loved, loved, loved “The Boxcar Children”! Thank you for reminding me of that wonderful book.  I also remember our teacher reading “How to Eat Fried Worms” and remember loving it too! And “Little House on the Prairie” awwww!!! I cannot wait to get to the library!!!!

  • Teachthem1

    Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, and the rest of the series by Betty MacDonald, changed me forever from nonreader to reader!  I LOVED them and will never forget them.  I have just begun reading them with my 4 1/2 year old daughter and she is already hooked.

  • Teachthem1

    Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, and the rest of the series by Betty MacDonald, changed me forever from nonreader to reader!  I LOVED them and will never forget them.  I have just begun reading them with my 4 1/2 year old daughter and she is already hooked.

  • Kat

    I have a four year old and a seven year old and we just finished James and the Giant Peach, now we are starting Charlie and the Chocolate Factory–they are a little old for the youngest, but my seven year old loves them! We plan to go through as many Roald Dahl books as we can this summer.

    • Michelle

      James and the Giant Peach was going to be my suggestion, too. I’ve tried to read books with my 5-year-old that I know he’s seen in movie form so that it expands his imagination. Others we’ve read include Charlotte’s Web and the Jungle Book

  • Aliciagrab

    ALL of the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary!

  • Cousin Lisa

    I found this list on Pinterest.  Thank you so much for you passion for reading to young children.  I currently teach 1st grade .  My students LOVE when I read Little House on the Prairie books.  We also enjoy the Magic Treehouse series.  I find that reading longer stories without pictures has greatly improved many of their comprehension strategies!
    Thanks again for the great list!
    Lisa

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  • Jwoodt

    Anything by William Steig is great! The Amazing Bone, Sylvester and the Magic Rock, Dr DeSoto, and of course Brave Irene! Beautiful words, illiteration and great pictures. They appeal to a wide range of ages!

  • Danielle 52 Brand New

    Just finished reading My Father’s Dragon to my 6 and 4 year old children.  Big hit!  Winnie the Pooh did not go over nearly as well.  I think the language was a bit antiquated (or maybe too British???) for them.  I think we may try one of Roald Dahl’s shorter books, like Fantastic Mr. Fox or The Magic Finger next, but I also like your suggestion of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

  • http://twitter.com/jennifereadams jennifereadams

    I’m a first grade teacher and did a read aloud of Charlotte’s Web last fall.  Loved it!  I had blown up the illustrations and put them on the bulletin board so the kids could see them better.  I might use one of these others for this fall’s book.  Thanks!

  • S Wright

    Wonderful lists! I feel so fortunate my eldest started sitting still for chapter books at 3 1/2 year old. I find reading the greatest joy in parenting, and we have bonded over books. I’ve also re-lived (and lived) my childhood through this process. In a very non-purist way, I chose our books based on upcoming performances I could take him to see afterwards. We started with Peter Pan (then saw the amazing 360 production in Kensington Gardens); Moved on to Roald Dahl: Fantastic Mr Fox (then saw the film), James and the Giant Peach (then saw the play), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Giraffe the Pelly and Me, Esio Trot; then E.B. White: Stuart Little and Charlotte’s Web; then Despereux; We’ve made our way through the Narnia series (my favorite thus far); We’re hoping to start Enid Blyton’s Famous Five series next. My youngest LOVES the Frances series, and we also listen to it on road trips narrated by Glynis Johns, who is brilliant. Now that my eldest is reading chapter books himself, I’ve been disappointed he hasn’t gravitated towards those books we read together but is instead obsessed with the Jack Stalwart series. I have to accept that at least it’s inspiring him to read on his own, and it is teaching him a bit about geography and the art of being a young secret agent, I suppose :-)

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  • Amanda

    Thanks for the suggestions. My boys are 3 and 5. They are still very much into Dr. Seuss and similar books, we haven’t quite graduated to chapter books yet. My 5 year old doesn’t like having to leave the rest of the book for another day! We have a Mickey Mouse Young Readers collection though that he adores and we read those a lot.

  • Loren

    Great list! Have to add Enid Blyton’s Magic Faraway Tree, Astrid Lindgren’a Pippi Longstocking and Ronald Dahl’s Matilda which my 6 & 7 yr old girls have loved

  • http://twitter.com/ActivityHero ActivityHero

    These were some of my favorite books as a child! I also loved anything by Roald Dahl (and admittedly still do). I was the youngest of 3, so I also got the treat of listening to the Lord of the Rings books at a young age.

  • Jacqui

    We’re working on The Little Prince right now.

  • Les

    Great List! I will definitely try some of these with my girls, 5 and 7. Last month I read to them The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe from Chronicles of Narnia Series. I wasn’t sure how my 5 yr old would respond but she loved it just as much as my older daughter. Then we watched the movie together, it was a great bonding experience. Then we were on the Safari ride at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and saw a lion. Instead of saying Mommy! It’s Simba (from Lion King), they said Mommy! It’s Aslan!!! That right there filled my heart with joy. Books just stick with you in ways movies can’t even touch.
    My childhood book series I loved were the Ramona books, I have a ton of memories of my mom reading them to my sister and I. It’s so very important to me to create those same memories with my own daughters.

  • Liz

    Thank you for this! It is perfect for my lesson planning I am doing for my kindergartener. I have a set of time set aside for family reading. I have 10 learning periods…now I have one book per learning period. :) Thank you!

    • Liz

      I forgot to add that my favorite childhood book is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. <3

  • ginny

    please share your books for 9-12. i have a 10 year old that LOVES to read.

  • Josalyn

    My 4 year old loved Mr. Popper’s Penguin. It held her attention evening to evening. She liked it better than Stuart Little or Charlotte’s Web. I think I’ll try The Boxcar Children next, I remember loving that one as a kid

  • http://www.facebook.com/michelle.b.mcqueen Michelle ‘Bliss’ McQueen

    I grew up reading the Boxcar Children…thx for sharing. Any suggestions on where to.find? Our localibrary doeant carry :(

  • Kelly

    Betsy & Tacy!!

  • book4children.blogspot.com

    I loved survival and animal books like Hatchet, My Side of the Mountain, Gentle Ben, The Black Stallion, and Black Beauty.

  • Tiffany P

    I came across your blog post through Pintest, and am so excited to go to the Library and pick one if these classics up. I know my four year old is going to love them as much as I did. Thank you for putting together this wonderful list!

  • Tiffany

    Thank you so much for compiling this list. I came over from pinterest. I have enjoyed some of these with my little family, and look forward to adding some of these classics to our nightly reading!

  • Helen

    OKay, I have to ask, have you read Kate DiCamillo? I feel sure she would make your list!! Her stories are so full of strangeness and familiarity, so full of grace… I think I have cried in every single one. And they are kind of that in-betweeny length – chapter books but not really long. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tiger Rising are my third-equal favourites.

  • Cassondra Freeman

    Great post! I loved almost every book listed there as a child! I’m a sucker for those Boxcar Children…

  • Margaret

    Have just started reading chapter books to my just 4 year old. He was always asking me to read “Alice” (in Wonderland). The language and story seem quite complex but he likes something about it. The biggest hit however has been the Andrew Lost series by CJ Greenburg (I think) which are about a boy who shrinks himself and gets immersed in world of bugs and slime. He just loves them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bethimus Elizabeth Waggoner Hagans

    I don’t know if it would apply to the 6-7 set, but I love reading the following to my kids when they’re little (in no particular order):

    1) Blueberries for Sal (http://www.amazon.com/Blueberries-for-Sal/dp/B0015VEWAM/ref=sr_1_fed0_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1354758937&sr=8-11&keywords=blueberries+for+sal+book)

    2) Ferdinand the Bull (http://www.amazon.com/The-Story-Ferdinand-Anniversary-Edition/dp/0670013234/ref=sr_1_fed0_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1354758937&sr=8-3&keywords=blueberries+for+sal+book)

    3) Fox in Socks (http://www.amazon.com/Fox-Socks-Beginner-Books-Seuss/dp/0394800389/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354759003&sr=8-1&keywords=fox+in+socks)

    4) Madeline (http://www.amazon.com/Madeline-Ludwig-Bemelmans/dp/014056439X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354759022&sr=1-1&keywords=Madeline)

    5) The Princess and the Kiss for girls or the Squire and the Scroll for boys (http://www.amazon.com/Princess-Kiss-Story-Purity-Audio/dp/1593173806/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354759063&sr=1-1&keywords=the+princess+and+the+kiss) (http://www.amazon.com/Squire-Scroll-Jennie-Bishop/dp/1593170793/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354759063&sr=1-2&keywords=the+princess+and+the+kiss)

    6) Harold and the Purple Crayon (http://www.amazon.com/Harold-Purple-Crayon-Board-Book/dp/0062086529/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354759095&sr=1-1&keywords=harold+and+the+purple+crayon)

    7)The story about Ping (http://www.amazon.com/Story-about-Reading-Railroad-Books/dp/0448421658/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354759110&sr=1-1&keywords=ping)

    8) Babar (http://www.amazon.com/Story-Babar-Books-Random-House/dp/0394805755/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354759155&sr=8-1&keywords=Babar)

    9) The Very Hungry Caterpillar (http://www.amazon.com/The-Very-Hungry-Caterpillar-hardcover/dp/039925045X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354759195&sr=8-1&keywords=hungry+caterpillar)

    10) Going to Sleep on the Farm (http://www.amazon.com/Going-Sleep-Wendy-Cheyette-Lewison/dp/0140557431/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354759341&sr=1-1&keywords=going+to+sleep+on+the+farm)

    I have a lot more, but that’s a start

  • http://www.facebook.com/bethimus Elizabeth Waggoner Hagans

    Here’s what my 10 year old is reading (or has recently read)

    1) Nancy Drew (lots of them)

    2) Heidi

    3) Anne of Green Gables (and following)

    4) The Secret Garden

    5) The Little Princess

    6) Little House in the Big Woods (and following)

    7) Grimm’s Fairytales

    8) More Nancy Drew

    9) Just So Stories

    10) Beauty and the Beast (The original by Beaumont translated into English of course)

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  • SPowell

    I have a 6 year old and a just turned 8 year old. We have read about half of these. Charolotte’s Web hellped prepare us for the death of a dearly loved dog. My kiddos love all of Narnia, Hank the Cow Dog, American Girls, and Because of Winn Dixie.

  • Melissa

    I read Richard Scarry’s Animal Fairy Tales when I was a kid! I am so glad to see it on your list. I actually searched online for YEARS for this book. Ended up buying it from ebay. My 4-year-old has had me read some a couple of times. Such memories!

  • j bee

    Love this list! However, my memories included so many Roald Dahl books! Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Magic Finger, Esie Trot, etc.

  • Angelina

    I have not seen Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C O’Briem on this list and remember loving it as a child.

  • Caitlin

    Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame I listen to the audiobook when I’m sick.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nikki.kies Nikki Lewis Kies

    We recently finished Where the Sidewalk Ends. My 6 yr old son LOVED it!!!

  • April

    We are currently reading through your list and I LOVE these books! I have tried in the past to do a regular story night with chapter books with my 4 and 7 year old but haven’t been able to stick with it. I completely stick with it now! I have not read most of these books and I am so grateful I can read them to my kids! They have LOVED all these books! What I have started doing is reading the book to them then borrowing the audio version (if available) from the library and they can listen to it at night. It’s sort of their reward/treat after we finish a book. They really like that part. Oh and my daughter’s name is Anne too!

  • Chessie

    Hi, my name is Chessie, I’m a Peace Corps Volunteer down in St. Vincent, West Indies and the school I’m working with has a problem with literacy, half of the 6th grade class is at a 2nd grade level or below. Their library needs a lot more books and I’m wondering, since it looks like you have such a passion for reading, if you know of any charities that donate books (you can find me on facebook to message me-Chessie Merrill).
    Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/mumsmakelists Mums make lists

    Fab post

    Would love for you to link it up at my new Empty Your Archive link party which is a chance to dust off great posts from your archive – there is a focus this week on reading – would really love to see you there, Alice @ Mums Make Lists x

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  • Rachel

    The Phantom Tollbooth. And my mom and I would pick out a different Roald Dahl book each summer to read together, and then we’d watch the movie and compare.

  • Shelly Miller

    I think the secret garden should be added…

  • http://www.facebook.com/megan.b.buhler Megan Bair Buhler

    Anne of Green Gables
    The Secret Garden
    The Adventures of Hugo Cabret
    Pollyanna

  • http://www.facebook.com/oretta.croushore Oretta Croushore

    My cousin gave my 6 year old daughter her first Amelia Bedilia book for Easter. We loved it so much, we went out to get the second. She thinks the character is hilarious. I was more of a Ramona fan when I was her age and never read Amelia but she is a delight. I love that she takes everything so literally. Though the books are dated, it doesn’t seem to be apparent to my daughter who never asks my AB doesn’t have a cell phone or computer. I would love to know why the author always calls her Amelia Bedilia, though. This gets a little tiresome when reading out loud, but is easily shortened to Amelia.

    The Wizard of Oz book was a surprise to me when we read it last summer. I was not sure how she would take to it. I had read bits of it when I was a child, or rather our teacher read it to us. My daughter is pretty familiar with the movie and there are several differences. Also, there is much political content, I was not sure if she would take it all in. We spent many summer nights on our porch swing, reading. She would look like her mind was a million miles away but when I stopped reading, she would declare “another chapter, please!”

  • Renee

    Always looking for good book recs for that age (why does everything have to be Disney related nowadays?). I actually just bought quite a few of these from Habitat for a mere $.25 each! Woot!

  • Melissa

    Two of our favorites to include on this list are Milly, Molly, Mandy and Teddy Robinson.

  • Joy Leanne N.

    Love this post! I have added it to our summer bucket list and shared it on my blog of summer activities! :-) Thanks for the great ideas.

  • Andrea

    Mrs. Piggle Wiggle and The BFG should be on this list!!!

  • Helen

    I know I’m late jumping in on this – but wanted to share my best books!
    Some of these might be more 8+ but I still loved them. In no particular order:
    Winnie-the-Pooh – all 4 books

    Black Beauty – all time classic
    The Hobbit – amazing and had me mesmerised
    Enid Blyton – just about any of them
    Swallows and Amazons – would devour each book in a single sitting if I was allowed
    The Railway Children – another classic
    Narnia – love all the books, although The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe has to be favourite. Shame the films aren’t a bit truer to the books

    Alice in Wonderland – the Cheshire Cat has to be seen to be believed :)
    And many more!

    I wasn’t really encouraged to read (although I loved it) all that much when I was really young and certainly wasn’t encouraged to expand my reading horizons so have missed out on so many titles. Fingers crossed i’ll pick them up this time round with my boys (4 & 2).
    My list is a lot different to many here and I have never heard of the Boxcar Children before – just shows the difference a large body of water can make (I’m in UK) :)

    Happy reading one and all!

  • Cassie

    Have you read From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler? It was one of my favorites as a girl. We read it last summer and my little guy (K going to 1st) asked to read it again this summer.
    Thanks for compiling this list and the rest of the series! I always love good book recommendations!

  • Raani S.

    Great post! I pinned it on Pinterest so I’ll remember to order some of those for my littles. I included the Little House series on my list for 4th-6th graders to read independently. And like another commenter mentioned, Black Beauty is a good one! Here’s my list for older kids: http://www.twochickensineverypot.com/2013/08/recommended-reading-for-tweens-in-4th.html

  • Ginger

    Read a bunch of Robert Munsch’s books. He writes stories where the kids move the story! Inspires my students to write the “next chapter” in the book. Start with Yellow, Green, and Blue or We Share Everything or The Paperbag Princess. He also wrote Love You Forever, but that’s a really sad story. Most of his work is hilarious and looks at life in a way grown ups would never think of!

  • Cheyenne

    Absolutely brilliant list — if you ever come upon The Thirteen Clocks though, by James Thurber read it without delay! A delightful, witty, intelligent fairytale which is as much fun to read aloud to a little one as it is to have read aloud.

  • Jess Hanson thurn

    Awesome! My little guy just turned 3 and we’ve read all but the Richard Scarrey one and the Wizard of Oz. We’ll have to add the latter to our library list! ( I’m not a fan of Richard Scarrey… :) ) We’re reading the 2nd Little House book right now, and he loves it. He’s been playing “pioneers” with his Playmobil people and Lincoln Logs since we read the first! Nice list! (BTW, Charlotte’s Web is our fav, we’ve read it 5 times already!)

  • KC

    Love all the books you mentioned! I’m currently reading the Grandma’s Attic series to my 6 year old daughter, and she LOVES them. They were some of my favorites as a child. The first four in the series are especially perfect for the age she is right now.

  • http://www.paigekramsey.com/ Paige Ramsey

    I know this is an older post, but I have to add Roald Dahl and his hilarious collection: Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda, George’s Marvelous Medicine, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory. Our 4 year old boy LOVES hearing these (and they are my personal favorites as well…everyone wins!)

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