What are your child's favorite books?

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What are your child's favorite books?
Fri, 07-11-2003 - 1:14pm
As I mentioned in another post, we have to "force" Sean to do his reading and he really does need the practice. So I'm always looking for books to keep Sean interested - anyone have some suggestions? He and I are reading Harry Potter #5 together, but I'm really looking for something he can read by himself.


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Sherrie Rainbow

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Fri, 07-11-2003 - 7:26pm
My kids don't usually like the same books. Why would they do anything the same, LOL! However, they both read "Holes" twice. Has your son read that yet? They also both enjoyed the Wayside School books by Louis Sacher.

Sam enjoys the Harry Potter books, the Artemis Fowl books, and he recently enjoyed "The Theif Lord", by Cornelia Funke. Sam really enjoys reading, so my problem is keeping him in books! Even he said HP 5, which he just started, will give me a break from finding him books. He loves to read, but likes me to go to the library for him;-) He likes fantasy and science fiction, and also realistic fiction. He read the first 3 of the Redwall series (Brain Jacques) this year, but didn't like the 4th book.

Rachel is much tougher, and pretty much only likes realistic fiction. I get frustrated that she'll read a book halfway, and then not finish it. Her most recent favorites were Frindle, by Andrew Clements and Matilda, by Roald Dahl. Has your ds read Roald Dahl? He's a good author to try. Also Beverly Cleary and Paula Danziger.

Those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head. What has he liked in the past? Maybe it will trigger some ideas from me. I use lists provided by school, and then look at the books on Amazon. Then, I jump over to our library's web site to see if they have the book. Amazon also makes suggestions by age group.

I could go on forever with this, but I'll stop ;-) I'm going to start another thread with a different twist on this subject.

Here's the suggested list from our school:

5th Grade Students Entering 6th Grade

Here are some, "if you haven't managed to read these yet, the summer before the 6th grade is the time do it" books. Most of these are light and enjoyable; you will find that most of these are not difficult to read.

* = Newbery Award Winners

*A Year Down Yonder, Peck

Alice in Wonderland, L. Carroll

Anne of Green Gables, Montgomery

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Robinson

Big Red, Kjelgaard

Black Stallion, Farley

Blue Willow, Gates

A Book of Aesop's Fables

A Book of Tall Tales

The Box Car Children Series, Warner

Call it Courage, A. Sperry

The Cat Ate My Gymsuit, Danziger

Catherine, Called Birdy, Cushman

Charlotte's Web, E.B. White

Come Sing, Jimmy Jo, Paterson

Courage of Sarah Noble, A. Dalgliesh

The Cricket in Times Square, Selden

*Crispin: The Cross of Lead, Avi

Dicey's Song, Voigt

Dogsong, Paulsen

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Konigsburg

The Great Gilly Hopkins, Paulsen

Miss Hickory, C. Baily

*Holes, Sachar

Homecoming, Voigt

Homer Price, R. McCloskey

Hitty, Her First Hundred Years, Field

Incredible Journey, Burnford

James and the Giant Peach, R. Dahl

Just So Stories, Kipling

Little House on the Prairie Series, L. Wilder

Misty of Chincoteague, Henry

The Mouse and the Motorcycle, B. Cleary

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh, O'Brien

Mr. Popper's Penguins, C. Baily

My Side of the Mountain, George

Phamtom Tollboth, Juster

Pippi Longstocking, Lindgren

The Secret Garden, Burnett

*Shiloh, Naylor

Sing Down the Moon, O'Dell

*The Single Shard, Park

Sounder, Armstrong

Strawberry Girl, Lenski

Stuart Little, E.B. White

Taran Wanderer, Alexander

*The View from Saturday, Konigsburg

The Watsons Go to Bimingham, Curtis

Where the Red Fern Grows, W. Rawls

*The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Speare

Wonderful Wizard of Oz, F. Baum

A Wrinkle in Time, L'Engle


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Fri, 07-11-2003 - 7:28pm
Had to add more - did your ds try the Lemony Snicket series yet? (Series of Unfortunate Events) Also the Animorphs series. My ds loved them; dd did not. They're good summer reading if your ds likes them.

Edited 7/11/2003 7:50:01 PM ET by cl-janetlh

Edited 7/11/2003 7:54:03 PM ET by cl-janetlh


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Fri, 07-11-2003 - 9:30pm
Thanks so much for all the wonderful suggestions. Sean read Holes in school and really liked it. I'll have to see about getting it for him. He hasn't read any of your other suggestions, but I'll going to print this out and start picking a few of them up for him to read - I was totally lost in trying to find books that would appeal to him. Thanks also for the search suggestions - I'll have to take a peek at those too.

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Sherrie Rainbow

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Sun, 07-13-2003 - 8:49am
One of the series (Canadian author) we enjoyed (together; ds is also not into reading on his own in the summer, but does during the school year, so we just read more in the summer together!) was Silverwing/Sunwing/Firewing by Kenneth Oppel. I hear they're making an animated series about Silverwing for this fall (but we don't have cable). Fantastic writing - Silverwing is a small bat, who goes on many adventures. These books also make very serious comments on the Earth and ecology/conservation, and the writing style is just fantastic.


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Mon, 07-14-2003 - 11:00am
I'll have to look into these as well. Sean likes books about animals. Thanks so much for the suggestion.

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Edited 7/14/2003 11:01:23 AM ET by cl-iluv_being_a_mom

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Mon, 07-14-2003 - 12:39pm
Hi! I'm Janet. I lurk here all the time, but only post occasionally. I just thought I'd say Hi first since I haven't specifically introduced myself to you, Sherrie. Glad to have you as a co-cl!

CL-Janet had such a great list! My DS, Stephen, seems to like to read and is currently reading the 5th HP. He also enjoyed The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. If your DS is into sports, he would probably enjoy anything by Matt Christopher. They're not very difficult, but especially for summer reading, I really have no problem with that. I want them to enjoy reading. Also, if he likes outdoorsy adventure stories, anything by Gary Paulsen should be good. There is one title by him (unfortunately I can't remember it) that does deal with some more mature issues. DS hasn't read it, but someone else gave me the heads-up about it. I know that it isn't part of the "Brian" series. Those are all fine.

DS is moving into middle school and this summer they have a reading project. It is due the first day of school. We have a reading list that I will share with you. I've left off the ones that were duplicates of Janet's list.

Absolutely Normal Chaos - Creech

Adam of the Road - Vining

After the Dancing Days - Rostkowski

Amber Cat - McKay

Anastasia On Her Own - Lowry

And Now Miguel - Krumgold

And You Give Me a Pain, Elain - Pevsner

BAnner in the Sky - Ullman

Bearstone - Hobbs

Beauty: A Retellin of the Story of Beauty and the Best - McKinley

Belle Prater's Boy - White

The BFG - Dahl

Black Beauty - Sewall

The Book of Three - Alexander

Brian's Song - Blinn

Bridge to Terabithia - Paterson

Brighty of the Grand Canyon - Henry

THe Brooklyn Bridge: THey Said It Couldn't Be Built - St. George

Burning Time - Matas

Charlie and the Chocolate FActory - Dahl

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator - Dahl

Chasing Redbird - Creech

Children of the Maya - Ashabranner

City of Gold and Lead - Christopher, J.

Class President - Hurwitz

Cold Shoulder Road - Aiken

Country of Broken Stone - Bond

The Children - Cameron

Cousins - Hamilton

Cowboys of the Wild West - Freedman

Dan Alone - Townsend

Dancing on the Edge - Nolan

The Dark is Rising - Cooper

A Day No Pigs Would Die - Peck


t Say a Word - Frank

Dragon's GAte - Yep

The Ear, the Eye, and The Arm - Farmer

FRiedrich - Richter

The Gathering - Hamilton

Gentle Ben - Morey (DS read this near the end of the school year & liked it.)

A Girl Named Disaster - Farmer

Go Fish - STolz

Golden Compass - Pullman

Great Expectations - Dickens

Greenwitch - Cooper

The Grey King - Cooper

Gulliver's Travels - Swift

Hang a THousand Trees with Ribbons - Rinaldi

Hans Brinker - Dodge

Heidi - Spyri

HIt and Run - Phipson

The Hobbit - Tolkien

Homesick: My Own Story - Fritz

Hoops - Myers

The House of Dies Drear - Hamilton

House on Mango STreet - CIsneros

How to EAt Fried Worms - Rockwell

ISland of the Blue Dolphins - O'Dell

Jeremy Visick - Wiseman

Journey to Jo'burg - Naidoo

Kavik the Wolf Dog - Morey

Lily's Crossing - Giff

Little Men - Alcott

Little Women - Alcott

Look for Me by Moonlight - Hahn

Mennyms - Waugh

Mick Harte Was Here - Park

Midnight is a Place - Aiken

Mississippi Bridge - Taylor

Moorchild - McGraw

Mop, Moondance, and the Nagasaki Knights - Myers

My SIster is Driving Me Crazy - Ryan

National Velvet - BAgnold

The Night Room - Goldman

No Promises in the Wind - Hunt

Number the Stars - Lowry

Oliver Twist - Dickens

On My Honor - Bauer

On the Edge - Cross

One-Eyed Cat - Fox

Onion Tears - Kidd

Park's Quest - Paterson

The Perilous Gard - Pope

Phoenix Rising - Hesse

Pigs Might Fly - King-Smith

Quake: A Novel - Cottonwood

Red BAdge of Courage - Crane

Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution - Jiang

REdwall - Jacques

REgarding the Fountain - Klise

Remembering Mog - Rodowsky

The Return of the King - Tolkien

The Robber and Me - Holub

Rosa Parks - Hull

Rules of the Road - Bauer

Sarah BIshop - O'Dell

Scared Stiff - Roberts

Scary Stores to Tell in the Dark - Schwartz

Sea Star: Orphan of Chincoteague - Henry

Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind - Staples

THe Sign of the Beaver - Speare

SLam - Myers

So Far From the Bamboo Grove - Watkins

Song of Be - Beake

Steal Away - Armstrong

Steal Away Home - Ruby

Stealing Home - STolz

Streams to the River, River to the SEa - O'Dell

The Summer of the Swans - Byers

Summer Wheels - Bunting

Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush - Hamilton

Swiss Family Robinson - Wyss

Tails of the Bronx: A Bronx Tale

Taking Sides - Soto

Tales Mummies Tell - Lauber

Tangerine - Bloor

A Taste for Quiet and Other DisQuieting Tales - Gorog

Thank You, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - TAte

THief - Turner

Tiger in the Well - Pullman

Time of Angels - Hesse

Treasure Island - Stevenson

Tuck Everlasting - BAbbitt

Twenty THousand Leagues Under the Sea - Verne

The Two Towers - Tolkien

The Two Worlds of Coral Harper - TArlton

Under the Blood-Red Sun - Salisbury

Weasel - De Felice

The Westing Game - Raskin

When the Tripods Came - Christopher, J.

WHich Way Freedom? - Hansen

The White Mountains - Christopher, J.

Wolf Rider - Avi

Wolves of Willoughby Chase - Aiken

Words by Heart - Sebestyen

Year of Impossible Goodbyes - Choi

The Yearling - Rawlings

Yolanda's Genius - Fenner

With all that list to pick from, they are also allowed to use a book approved by the parent that is not on the list. We had bought The Giver at the last book fair at school. Several kids and adults recommended it. So DS read that and I think that's what he'll do his project on.

Sometimes if I know that he enjoyed a book by a certain author, I'll suggest another book by the same author even if we're not familiar with it. I just point out that he/she wrote another book that he liked.

Also, the books they taught this year in school were Children of the Longhouse, Witch of Blackbird Pond, Winter of Red Snow, Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie, A Letter to Mrs. Roosevelt, Journey Home and The Watson's Go To Birmingham. These probably all have a historical tie of some sort. They try to tie their Social Studies curriculum to their reading.

Sorry for any typos - the list got long. If something really looks like it doesn't make sense but you might be interested in it, just ask me to clarify.


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Mon, 07-14-2003 - 12:47pm
Hi Janet,

Thanks for de-lurking for me. I appreciate it. I'm printing out your post too, these all look like wonderful suggestions. Sean's taste varies - so it is hard to predict what he'll like at any given time. I've tried a few times, usually for him to politely thank me then go read one of his "staples". I'll keep trying (I don't take a hint too well LOL).

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Mon, 07-14-2003 - 6:30pm
Good to see you, Janet! Thanks for sharing that long list. -Janet


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