Good books for Young Readers

Summer is progressing beautifully. J really needed a break from school and has enjoyed spending a ton of time reading her books and listening to audio books. I think that she is enjoying timing herself to see how long she is reading. It is almost comical, when I signed her up for our local library challenge I put our goal at 1500 minutes for the summer and she is already at over 1400! I don’t even bother including the time in the evening when we read Harry Potter together. And it we really are reading together – whenever Hermione speaks she is the one to act it out.

Anyhoo, at one point I hat promised a list of good books that were appropriate for young readers her age. So we’re talking books that are good for 1st grade through 3rd or 4th grade. While I was working on that list, I also thought about books that I would like to see J read that she hasn’t yet.

So here is the list of books that we have already read:Books we Recommend

  • A-Z Mysteries
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • Cam Jansen
  • Charlie & The Chocolate Factory
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Flat Stanley
  • Ivy & Bean
  • Judy Moody
  • Magic Treehouse
  • Mermaid Tales
  • Nancy Drew
  • Ramona
  • Rescue Princesses
  • Tuesdays at the Castle
  • Whatever After

While figuring out some books I would recommend to our friends, I also have a list of books that I would like to see J expand her horizons with. A couple are my husband’s suggestions, but they are all good books that take us a bit away from our normal comfort zone. The thing with J that I noticed is that she does not want to read a book if there is not a strong female lead. We almost had problems with Harry Potter until she realized that Hermione would have a big role. So here are some of the books that I think she might enjoy:Books I'd like us to read

  • Ella Enchanted
  • Encyclopedia Brown
  • Fablehaven
  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
  • James & The Giant Peach
  • Little House on the Prairie
  • Matilda
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
  • Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
  • Once Upon a Marigold
  • The Enchanted Wood
  • The Ordinary Princess
  • The Thirteenth Princess
  • The Wide-Awake Princess
  • Trumpet of the Swan
  • Wonder

Do you have good books that you think should be included?

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