My Son in 7th Grade

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My Son in 7th Grade

A Monster Calls

Caraval For a list of books in this series click here.

I Am Number Four For a list of books in The Lorien Legacies series click here.

Lionboy For a list of books in this series click here.

Drowned Cities the second book if the Ship Breaker Series.

The Novice For a list of books in The Summoner Series click here.

Tesla’s Attic series

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe For a list of books in the series click here.

Scythe For a list of books in this series click here.

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My Daughter in 8th Grade

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Books My Daughter Read in 8th Grade

The Apothecary  She read the first one over the summer and wanted to read the other books in the series. For a list of books in this series click here.

Glass Sword (Red Queen series)

Eleanor & Park

Mark of the Thief For a list of books in this series click here.

A Short History of the Girl Next Door

Guts

King’s Cage (the 3rd book in the Red Queen series)

New Kid

Speak

The Sun Is Also a Star

Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

Love & Gelato

Zen and the Art of Faking It

Sadie

Just Listen

Fangirl

Partials For a list of books in this series click here.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer For a list of books in this series click here.

Passion on Park Avenue For a list of books in this series click here.

The Selection For a list of books in this series click here.

Intercepted For a list of books in The Playbook series click here.

Looking for Alaska

 

 

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My Son in 6th Grade

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Books My Son Read in 6th Grade

Chomp

Flush

Knife’s Edge Book 2

Space Boy Volume 4

Magyk  For a list of books in this series click here.

The Outcasts For a list of books in The Brotherband Chronicles Series click here.

Best Friends

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

Notes From The Midnight Driver

Skink–No Surrender

Zen and the Art of Faking It

Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip

Falling Over Sideways


The Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade

Airborn For a list of books in this series click here.

Save Me a Seat

The Scorpio Races

Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus

Leviathan  For a list of books in The Leviathan Trilogy click here.

Tiger  For a list of books in The Five Ancestors series click here.

The Rithmatist

Lincoln’s Grave Robbers

The Way of the Warrior For a list of books in The Young Samurai series click here.

Mark of the Thief For a list of books in this series click here.

Murder Most Unladylike

Arsenic For Tea: A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery

First Class Murder: A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery

Greetings from Witness Protection!

Airman

The Glass Sentence   For a list of books in this series click here.

Woods Runner

Small Spaces For a list of books in this series click here.

Watership Down For another book in this series click here.

The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street

The Golden Compass For a list of books in His Dark Materials series click here.

No More Dead Dogs

Mustaches for Maddie

Tesla’s Attic For a list of books in The Accelerati Trilogy click here.

Ship Breaker For a sequel, click here.

Touching Spirit Bear For books in this series click here.

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 For a list of books in this series click here.

The Eye of Minds For a list of books in The Mortality Doctrine click here.

 

 

 

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Books My Daughter Read in 5th Grade

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Harry Potter books My daughter decided to read all Harry Potter books again. She read them at the end of 2nd/beginning of 3rd grade. My son is now entering 3rd grade and is reading the fifth book so it caught my daughter’s attention. 🙂
harry Potter

The Lost Hero For a list of books in the Heroes of Olympus series click here. She started reading this series and wants to finish.
the lost hero

Moving Target For a list of books in this series click here. She also read Return Fire.
moving-target

Ghosts
ghosts

Because of Mr. Terupt
because of mr terupt

Mr. Terupt Falls Again and Saving Mr. Terupt
mr terupt falls again

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell and other books in the series. Click here for a list. My son read the whole series and so did my daughter who is 2 years older.
the wishing spell

Flunked and Charmed For a list of books in this series click here.
flunked

The Fourteenth Goldfish (reading level 8 and up but the themes resonate more with older kids)
the fourteenth goldfish

Flipped
flipped

Fish in a Tree
fish in a tree

Ungifted
ungifted

 Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel For a list of books in this series click here.
grounded

The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase
Candymakers 2

Echo
echo

Counting by 7s
counting by 7s

Disenchanted: The Trials of Cinderella (Tyme #2)
Disenchanted

The Secret Keepers
The Secret Keepers

The Fairy Tale Detectives For a list of books in this series click here. I read the first one to my kids and they both read the rest of the series on their own.

fairytale detectives

Under the Egg This book deals with the topic of holocaust on a certain level so maybe it would be better to introduce your child to it before reading, some people recommend even age 11.
under the egg

Swindle For a list of books in this series click here.
Sometimes I could not decide what age was appropriate for certain books. I’ve found recommendations for both 8- and 9-year-olds. If you are not sure it is probably better to read these either toward the end of 3rd grade or wait till 4th grade.
swindle

Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief For a list of boos in this series click here.
Sammy Keyes

Red Pyramid For a list of books in the Kane Chronicles Series click here.
the red pyramid

Masterminds For a list of books in this series click here. My daughter re-reads this series once in a while.
masterminds

Anne of Green Gables
anne of green gables

Firegirl Read more reviews here.
firegirl

 

Books she listened to or we read together

A Wrinkle in Time
a wrinkle in time

Bud, Not Buddy
bud not buddy

Heart of a Samurai
heart of a samurai

The Egypt Game
the egypt game

The Sign of the Beaver
the sign of the beaver

The Worst Class Trip Ever
the worst class trip ever

The War That Saved My Life A wonderful book. We loved it–my husband does usually not join us for reading but he insisted we wait for him every night to continue.
the war that saved my life

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods We listened to the audio book as a family. I is very well written, funny and entertaining (kids were in 3rd and 5th grade)
greek gods

Big Game Both my kids like the FunJungle series so we read this one together. For a list of books in this series click here.
big-game

Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes
percy-jackson-heroes

The Fairy Tale Detectives For a list of books in this series click here.
fairytale detectives

The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
The Inquisitors Tale

A Single Shard This book may not be for everybody because I can imagine a lot of kids being bored with it. However, I read it to my kids when they were in 3rd and 5th grade and they enjoyed it (my fifth grader more than my third grader, also because she does pottery as a hobby so she could relate)
a single shard

Serafina and the Black Cloak (Voted #1 Middle Grade Novel of 2015). We also read the sequel.

serafina

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes I’ve read reviews by people who were bored by the book, but so many loved it that I decided to post it here. Read more reviews here. Note: We did not finish this book. The kids were rather curious how it would end but we found it a bit boring.
peter nimble

Cosmic (audio version fantastic, people love this book, a younger child might not appreciate the topics as much as a 10-year-old)
cosmic

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Books My Son Read in 3rd Grade

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Sky Raiders (Five Kingdoms) For a list of books in this series, click here.
sky raiders

Cardboard He reread his favorite graphic novel.
cardboard

Akissi
akissi

Phoebe and Her Unicorn
phoebe-and-her-unicorn

The Dragon in the Sock Drawer He read the whole series and was disappointed to learn there are no more books in it. For a list of books in the Dragon Keepers series click here.
dragon in the sock drawer

 Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix He read another Harry Potter book. He began to read the sixth one too (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) but was no longer in the mood for it so this one is the last finished.
harry-potter-fifth

Moon Rising He read the first five books in the Wings of Fire series over the summer and I totally forgot that there are 3 or 4 more books in this series. He was so thrilled when I brought them home from the library and read them all. For a list of books in this series click here.
wings-of-fire-six

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell and other books in the series. Click here for a list. My son read the whole series and so did my daughter who is 2 years older.
the wishing spell

How to Train Your Dragon For a list of books in this series click here. You can find them on Amazon here. He read the whole series and loved it.
how to train your dragon

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
from the mixedup files

The Lemonade War  For a list of books in The Lemonade War Series click here. He read the whole series.
the lemonade war

Stranded For a list of books in this series click here. He read the whole series.
stranded

The Menagerie For a list of books in this series click here. Matous loved this series.
the menagerie

The Dragon of Lonely Island
the-dragon-of-lonely-island

The Tales of Beedle the Bard
the-tales-of-beedle-bard

The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook
the-secret-science-alliance

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda  For a list of books in the Origami Yoda series click here.
the srange case of origami yoda

Fake Mustache
fake mustache

Horton Halfpott
Horton Halfpott

The Unwanteds For a list of books in this series click here.
the unwanteds

A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans
a dragons guide to the care and feeding of humans

The Wild Robot
The Wild Robot

Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures I think it is planned as a series (for sequels check here).
pip bartletts guide to magical creatures

The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes
The Adventurers Guide to Successful Escapes

James and the Giant Peach
james and the giant peach

Circus Mirandus
circus mirandus

Poop Fountain!
poop fountain

Song of the Poison Dragon (a very short book, more suited for beginning readers but my son read the series in 1st grade and since then new books came out so he wanted to read them)
song of the poison dragon

Loki’s Wolves For a list of books in this series click here.
Lokis Wolves

Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk My daughter read it eagerly right at the beginning of 4th grade because she loved Rump (I read it to my kids over the summer).
jack

Spirit Animals For a list of books in this series click here. My son read the series at the beginning of 2nd grade but a new book came out so he read it now.
spirit animals

Dragon’s Egg A dragon story even for girls! Although there are not many reviews on Amazon, from what I have read elsewhere, it seems like a good adventure story for this age group. If you don’t care for dragons, skip it. Read more reviews here.
dragons egg

 The Maze of Bones For a list of books in The 39 Clues series click here.
the maze of bones

City of Thirst (a sequel to The Map to Everywhere)
city of thirst

The Fairy Tale Detectives For a list of books in this series click here. I read the first one to my kids and they read the rest of the series on their own.
fairytale detectives

 One Dead Spy For a list of books in Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales series click here.
One Dead Spy

No Talking
no talking

The Best School Year Ever
the best school year ever

The Kid Who Ran for President
the kid who ran for president

Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little
moxy maxwell

Thor’s Wedding Day
Thor

 A Dragon’s Guide to Making Your Human Smarter
a dragons guide to making humans smarter

My son fell in love with the series Who was… What was… etc. So he read several of them, for example:

Who Was Alexander the Great?
who was alexander
Other books in this series he read:

Who Was Joan of Arc?

Who Was Genghis Khan?

Who Was Gandhi?

What Was the Alamo?

What Was Pearl Harbor?

What Was D-Day?

What Was the Battle of Gettysburg?

Warriors For a list of books in this series click here. Check other series by Erin Hunter. The Warriors series has many sub-series, see them here. My son is in love with these books and reads one after another.
into the wild

The Mysterious Benedict Society For a list of books in this series click here.
the mysterious benedict society

Swindle For a list of books in this series click here.
Sometimes I could not decide what age was appropriate for certain books. I’ve found recommendations for both 8- and 9-year-olds. If you are not sure it is probably better to read these either toward the end of 3rd grade or wait till 4th grade.
swindle

Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief For a list of boos in this series click here.
Sammy Keyes

Books he listened to or we read together

A Wrinkle in Time
a wrinkle in time

Bud, Not Buddy
bud not buddy

The Egypt Game
the egypt game

My Side of the Mountain
my side of the mountain

Redwall For a list of books in this series click here.
redwall

Heart of a Samurai
heart of a samurai

The Sign of the Beaver
the sign of the beaver

The Worst Class Trip Ever
the worst class trip ever

The War That Saved My Life A wonderful book. We loved it–my husband does usually not join us for reading but he insisted we wait for him every night to continue.
the war that saved my life

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods We listened to the audio book as a family. It is very well written, funny and entertaining (kids were in 3rd and 5th grade)
greek gods

Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes Because our kids loved listening to the stories about gods in the car, I checked this out from the library and it is also a success.
percy-jackson-heroes

The Fairy Tale Detectives For a list of books in this series click here.
fairytale detectives

Big Game Both my kids like the FunJungle series so we read this one together. For a list of books in this series click here.
big-game

The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
The Inquisitors Tale

A Single Shard This book may not be for everybody because I can imagine a lot of kids being bored with it. However, I read it to my kids when they were in 3rd and 5th grade and they enjoyed it (my fifth grader more than my third grader, also because she does pottery as a hobby so she could relate)
a single shard

Serafina and the Black Cloak (Voted #1 Middle Grade Novel of 2015) We also read the sequel.
serafina

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes I’ve read reviews by people who were bored by the book, but so many loved it that I decided to post it here. Read more reviews here.
peter nimble

Floors For a list of books in this series click here. My kids listened to the audio book when they were 8 and 10.
floors

Cosmic (audio version fantastic, people love this book, a younger child might not appreciate the topics as much as a 10-year-old)
cosmic

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Books My Daughter Read in 4th Grade

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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library My daughter read this book first in 3rd grade and loved it.
escape from mr lemoncellos library

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car  (The audio book is fantastic. We listened to it when my kids were 6 and 8.) For a list of books in this series click here.
chitty chitty bang bang

The Tail of Emily Windsnap For a list of books in the Emily Windsnap series click here. She read other books in this series.
the tail of emily windsnap

The Thief Lord This was a must for us as we visited Venice this summer. 🙂
the thief lord

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin Both my kids loved this book so my daughter asked me to get the other one in the series. See below.
rump

Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk
jack

Stranded Find two sequels here.
stranded

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase  For a list of books in the Wolves Chronicles series click here.
the wolves of will

The Mysterious Benedict Society She loved it! She read 3 books during the summer but finished reading the prequel in September. Click here for a list of books in this series.
the mysterious benedict society

Roller Girl (graphic novel) She loved it the same as Smile (she read it in one night).
roller girl

The City of Ember For a list of books in this series click here.
city of ember

Giants Beware! (graphic novel) Check out its sequel here. Both my kids (7 and 9) loved it and asked me to get the sequel Dragons Beware.
giants beware

Holes
holes

Wonderstruck
wonderstruck

Book Scavenger
book scavenger

Circus Mirandus
circus mirandus

There’s A Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom
there is a boy in the girls bathroom

Sunny Side Up
sunny side up

Fairest of All For a list of books in the Whatever After series click here. My daughter discovered this easy-to-read series and fell in love with it. She read three books so far.
whatever after

I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 For a list of books in the I Survived series click here.
I survived Titanic

Capture the Flag
capture the flag

All the Answers
all the answers

Girl’s Best Friend (A Maggie Brooklyn Mystery)
girls best friend

Boys Are Dogs
boys are dogs

The following titles are graphic novels because my kids discovered a few they really liked so I checked out several series from our local library.

The Stonekeeper (graphic novel) For a list of books in the Amulet series click here. My kids were actually almost fighting over these books (who is going to read it first) and were very sad that they have to wait for the 7th book until it comes out next year.
the stonekeeper

Cleopatra in Space (graphic novel) For a list of books in this series click here.
cleopatra in space

Rapunzel’s Revenge (graphic novel) For a list of books in this series click here.
rapunzels revenge

The Misadventures of Salem Hyde: Spelling Trouble (graphic novel) For a list of books in this series click here.
salem hyde

Zita the Spacegirl (graphic novel) For a list of books in this series click here.
zita the space girl

The Marvels
the marvels

What Were the Salem Witch Trials? (What Was…?)
what were the salem

The Gollywhopper Games
the gollywhopper games

Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute: Lunch Lady #1  This is a graphic novel both my kids fell in love with. They read the whole series and every time I brought a new book from the library they fought over who was going to read it first. For the list of books in this series click here.
lunch lady

Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword (graphic novel) For a list of book in the Hereville series click here.
hereville

Cardboard (graphic novel)
cardboard

Ms. Rapscott’s Girls
ms rapscotts girls

What Was D-Day?
what was D day

The Hostile Hospital (A Series of Unfortunate Events #8) She read the first 7 books last year and took a break there, so now she resumed the series.
the hostile hospital

The Carnivorous Carnival (A Series of Unfortunate Events # 9)
the carnivorous

The Slippery Slope (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book #10). She also read the rest of the books in the series (I believe there are 13).
the slippery slope

Rain Reign Read more reviews here.
rain reign

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy
ophelia and the marvelous boy

The Name of this Book Is Secret For a list of book in this series click here.
the name of this book is secret

The Girl Who Could Not Dream
the girl who could not dream

George
George

Awkward
awkward

The Mother-Daughter Book Club For a list of books in this series click here. My daughter fell in love with this series and read the whole series.
the mother daughter book club

Wonder They are reading this book in school.
wonder

Savvy
savvy

Out of My Mind
out of my mind

The Name of this Book Is Secret For a list of books in this series (all with great reviews) click here.
the name of this book is secret

Mission Unstoppable For a list of books in The Genius Files series click here. She read the whole series as did my son in 2nd grade.
mission unstoppable

The Word Eater
the word eater

Flashback Four #1: The Lincoln Project The first book of a new series–she wants to read the next one when it comes out.
lincoln project

What Was the Battle of Gettysburg?
battle of gettysburg

The Isle of the Lost For a list of books in this series click here.
the isle of the lost

Millicent Min, Girl Genius
milicent min

The Wish Stealers
wish stealers

The Romeo and Juliet Code
romeo and juliet code

The Wig in the Window
the wig in the window

Fridays with the Wizards Last year my daughter read the whole series (for a list of books click here) and the next installment just came out so she was thrilled because she loved it so much.
fridays with the wizard

The Case of the Missing Moonstone For a list of books in The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency series click here.
the case of missing

The Sixty-Eight Rooms For a list of books in this series click here.
the sixty eight rooms

Space Case For a list of books in this series click here.
space case

Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics
Olympics

The Templeton Twins Have an Idea  (Check out the sequel here.)
the templeton twins

Masterminds For a list of books in this series click here.
masterminds

The Sixty-Eight Rooms For a list of books in this series click here.
the sixty eight rooms

Spy School For a list of books in this series click here.
spy school

Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood
Red

Belly Up For a list of book in the FunJungle series click here.
belly-up

Poached For a list of book in the FunJungle series click here.
poached

Three Times Lucky
three times lucky

Hoot
hoot

One for the Murphys
one for the murhpys

Scat
scat

The Lightning Thief  For a list of books in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series click here.
the lighting thief

 

Books I read to her or she listened to

Masterpiece
masterpiece

Young Fredle
young fredle

Rufus M. Although this is a very nice book, it is older and the style is different from the books that come out now. My son (7) loved it but my daughter (9) thought it was just okay. I’d probably agree with her. I don’t know how many kids her age would read it on their own. It is probably a good read-aloud.
rufus

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher
the misadventures of the family fletcher

The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963
the watsons

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
the penderwicks

The Forgotten Door
the forgotten door

Twelve Kinds of Ice
twelve kinds of ice

The Trolls
the trolls

Pennyroyal Academy
pennyroyal academy

Fablehaven
fablehaven

The Tale of Rescue
the tale of rescue

Dragon Slippers Both my kids loved it and we read all books. But I must say that the first two were fun to read, the the third one though was a bit boring. For a list click here.
dragon slippers

Misty of Chincoteague
misty of chincoteague

Dealing with Dragons For a list of books in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles series click here. Both my kids asked for the sequels.
dealing with dragons

Nightbird
nightbird

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Books My Son Read in 2nd Grade

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I created this category to save you from mistakes I made when I chose books from the large 8 – 12 age category on Amazon for my daughter only to realize later that she was either not mature enough to read them or they contained difficult vocabulary for her. If you are looking for safer bets this is it. My son read the books on this list in 2nd grade and he was fine with them unless noted.

I suggest you also check the category My Daughter in 2nd Grade or My Son in 1st Grade. My son is a good reader and a lot of the books he read last year are perfectly suitable for second graders as well.

Always check the previous age categories to see if there are titles my kids haven’t read yet. Many books have a wide age range and I tried to place them in the lowest possible age category (i.e. in the age group when I thought kids could read the book on their own, not listen to it.)

♥♥Nim’s Island
nims island

♥♥♥Spirit Animals For a list of books in this series click here. He called it the best audio book ever. He listened to the first three over the summer on his iPod and when we got back home, he read #4 without a problem. He started reading #5 but 20 pages into the book he said it was not as exciting as the other books. So we put the rest on hold until later this year. These books are probably at a 3rd grade level and are not the easiest.
spirit animals

Power of the Fire Dragon (Dragon Masters #4) My son was excited the fourth book of his favorite series from 1st grade came out over the summer and finished reading it in no time.
power of the fire dragon

♥♥You’re a Bad Man, Mr. Gum!
youre a bad man mr gum

♥♥♥The Sasquatch Escape He LOVED it as did my daughter when she was in 2nd grade. For a list of books in The Imaginary Veterinary series click here. He asked me to get all the other books in the series. He is reading one after another.
the sasquatch escape

♥♥♥Giants Beware! (graphic novel) Check out its sequel here. Both my kids (7 and 9) loved it and asked me to get the sequel Dragons Beware.
giants beware

♥♥Sidekicks (graphic novel)
sidekicks

♥♥Mr Gum and the Biscuit Billionaire The second book in Mr. Gum series, check the reviews here. My son seems to like this series a lot. For a list of books in this series click here.
mr gum and the biscuit millionaire

♥♥The Knights of the Kitchen Table Check out other titles in the Time Warp Trio series here. For a complete list click here. My son read several of them and liked them.
the knights of the kitchen table

♥♥The Pirate Who’s Afraid of Everything My son really liked this one and asked if it is a series. There is another one coming out in February 2016: The Pirate Who’s Back in Bunny Slippers
Shivers

♥♥♥Fortunately, the Milk
fortunately the milk

♥♥Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School  For a complete list of books in this series in order click here. He has read 2 so far.
benjamin pratt

♥♥♥Zita the Spacegirl (graphic novel trilogy) You can find the titles and reviews here. He read all three almost in one sitting.
zita the space girl

♥♥Dinosaur Habitat I read it to my kids when they were 5 and 7 and they loved it.
dinosaur habitat

The following two has almost no words but my son just fell in love with graphic novels and they are a welcome break from books he has to focus on.

Little Robot
little robot

Robot Dreams
robot dreams

♥♥♥The Stonekeeper Another graphic novel, my son read it in one sitting and asked for sequels. It turned out his sister (age 9) also fell in love with this series and both of them read all books that came out so far and were really sad to learn that they have to wait for the 7th until next year. For a list of titles in the Amulet series click here. Before you give this to your child to read, read a few reviews–if your child is very sensitive, you might want to wait because of the content (parents die in the first book I think). My daughter usually does not like any stories with something so serious happening but she was totally okay with it here and devoured all the books.
the stonekeeper

The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party
the princess in black and the perfect

Explorer: The Mystery Boxes (graphic novel)
explorer

♥♥Jellaby (graphic novel)
jellaby

♥♥♥No Flying in the House
no flying in the house

♥♥♥The Year of Billy Miller
the year of billy miller

♥♥♥Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute: Lunch Lady #1  This is a graphic novel both my kids fell in love with. They read the whole series and every time I brought a new book from the library they fought over who was going to read it first. For the list of books in this series click here.
lunch lady

♥♥♥Cardboard (another graphic novel my son loved)
cardboard

♥♥The Great Alaska Adventure!
the great alaska adventure

♥♥♥Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang He also read other Jacob Two-Two’s adventures: Jacob Two-Two-‘s First Spy Case Jacob Two-Two on the High Seas
jacob two two and hooded fang

♥♥Target Practice For a list of books in the Cleopatra in Space series click here.
cleopatra in space

♥♥♥Mr. Gum and the Goblins
mr gum and the goblins

♥♥♥Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear
mr gum and the dancing bear

♥♥♥Binky the Space Cat (graphic novel) For a list of books in the Binky series click here. He read all of them.
binky

Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword (graphic novel) For a list of book in the Hereville series click here.
hereville

Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost (toward the end of 2nd grade?) For a list of books in the Ghosthunters series click here.
ghosthunters

Tommysaurus Rex
tommysaurus

♥♥♥Owly For a list of books in the series (graphic novel) click here.
owly

♥♥♥Marty McGuire. He asked for the sequels and read them immediately: Marty McGuire Has Too Many Pets! and Marty McGuire Digs Worms!
marty mcguire

♥♥♥The Mouse and the Motorcycle He read the whole trilogy (Runaway Ralph and Ralph S. Mouse)
the mouse and motorcycle

♥♥♥Akiko on the Planet Smoo  For a complete list of books in this series click here.
Akiko

♥♥♥The Chocolate Touch
the chocolate touch

♥♥♥Dragonbreath #1 For a list of books in this series click here. My son read all the books in this series.
dragonbreath

♥♥♥Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked He refused to play games with us (which he loves) because he wanted to finish reading this book (he read it in one sitting). He read the other books in this series as well. For a list click here.
platypus

♥♥♥Cakes in Space
cakes in space

♥♥♥Oliver and the Seawigs
oliver and the seawigs

♥♥♥Hilo
hilo

Copper (graphic novel collection)
copper

Baba Yaga’s Assistant
baba yagas

Space Dumplins
space dumplins

The Little Leftover Witch
the little leftover witch

The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde
the princess in black and hungry

Pugs of the Frozen North
pugs of the frozen north

My Teacher Is an Alien
my teacher is an alien

Pickle
pickle

The Knights of the Kitchen Table #1 (Time Warp Trio)
the knights of the kitchen table

Goblins in the Castle
goblins in the castle

Goblins on the Prowl
goblins on the prowl

Treasure Hunters For a list of books in this series click here. He read the whole series.
treasure hunters

Jennifer Murdley’s Toad
jennifer murdleys toad

The Dragonslayers
dragonslayers

Mission Unstoppable For a list of books in The Genius Files series click here. He read the whole series as did my daughter in 4th grade.
mission unstoppable

Classic Starts™: The Three Musketeers
the three musketeers

The Haunted Library For a list of books in this series click here.
haunted library

The School is Alive! For a list of books in the Eerie Elementary series click here. He read the whole series.
eerie elementary

Circle of Heroes I started reading The Familiars series to my kids several months ago but we read only two books and now Matous picked up the third installment and eagerly read it on his own–he can’t wait to read the next one! For a list of books in this series click here.
the familiars

Into the Land of the Unicorns Matous loves books by Bruce Coville because they are full of adventure. He is in love with this Unicorn series and has read several of the books despite their size. For a list of books in this series click here.
into the land of unicorns

This Side of Magic He read the whole Keyholders series. For a list of books click here.
This side of magic

Sir Fartsalot Hunts the Booger You can imagine how he loved this one! Definitely good for boys!
sir fartsalot

Odd and the Frost Giants
odd and the frost giant

Lunch Lady Another graphic novel series that seems to be popular. For a complete list click here.
lunch lady

Deltora Quest #1: The Forests of Silence   For a list of books in this series click here.
deltora quest

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom My son read this book and its sequel.
the heros guide to saving

The Day My Butt Went Psycho My son read it in 2nd grade.
the day my butt went psycho

 

The following list of titles and series contains books Matous read over the summer (before he entered the 3rd grade)

Jinx For a list of books in this series click here. He read the first two books and is planning to read the last one.
jinx

The Dragonet Prophecy For a list of books in the Wings of Fire series click here. He read the whole series.
wings of fire

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone He read four Harry Potter books in about three weeks. Unfortunately we could not find the fifth one in Europe but he is planning to read that one now, at the beginning of 3rd grade.
harry Potter

The Secret Zoo For a list of books in this series click here.
the secret zoo

The Dragon in the Sock Drawer For a list of books in the Dragon Keepers series click here.
dragon in the sock drawer

Palace of Dreams  He finished the last book of The Familiars series. For a list of books in this series click here.
palace-of-dreams

The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw He loved the last book of his favorite series.
outlaw

Belly Up For a list of book in the FunJungle series click here.
belly-up

Poached For a list of book in the FunJungle series click here.
poached

The Wishing Spell  For a list of books in The Land of Stories series click here.
the wishing spell

The Map to Everywhere
the map to everywhere

Books I read to him or he listened to on CD

Masterpiece
masterpiece

Young Fredle
young fredle

Rufus M.
rufus

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher (vocabulary is not easy)
the misadventures of the family fletcher

The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963
the watsons

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
the penderwicks

The Forgotten Door
the forgotten door

Twelve Kinds of Ice
twelve kinds of ice

Gangsta Granny
gangsta granny

Crenshaw My son was the only one who enjoyed this audio book in the car so maybe it is not for everybody.
crenshaw

The Tale of Rescue
the tale of rescue

My Side of the Mountain
my side of the mountain

The Trolls
the trolls

Pennyroyal Academy
pennyroyal academy

Fablehaven I think we listened to 3 books so far. they are very long. It is a very nice series and we loved the first one but as you read (or listen) further, the adventures are somewhat similar, just with new monsters, etc. My son would like to continue reading it but the rest of the family is kind of tired of it. 🙂 But I definitely recommend the first one and then you can decide if you want to read further.
fablehaven

Dragon Slippers Both my kids loved it and we are about to finish the last book of this trilogy. For a list click here.
dragon slippers

Misty of Chincoteague
misty of chincoteague

Dealing with Dragons For a list of books in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles series click here. Both my kids asked for the sequels.
dealing with dragons

Nightbird
nightbird

Mr Stink
MR Stink

Floors For a list of books in this series click here. My kids listened to the audio book when they were 8 and 10.
floors

 

 

 

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Free Books Online

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Apart from Kindle where you can download a lot of books for free,  I’ve found two websites where you can find picture books and other books for kids.

If you don’t have time to make it for the Story Time at your library, you can always find very nice stories online. Just click on a title and let someone else read the story to your child.

Storyline Online
storylineonline

International Children’s Digital Library
libraryHere you have to read the books yourself but it is a good resource if you travel and can’t take actual physical books with you. Read the directions how to find books in English (there are books in other languages there as well)

 

 

 

There are also thousands of books available for free online on the Project Gutenberg website. (e.g. books by L. Frank Baum here)

Librivox Free audiobooks, including children’s audiobooks.

Librophile Free e-book sand audiobooks, including children’s books.

Storynory Free audio-stories for kids.

Lit2Go Free ebooks with audio.

Open Culture 200 Free Kids Educational Resources: Video Lessons, Apps, Books, Websites & More

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Poetry and Other Fun Books

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I was afraid that some of these books would go unnoticed if they were a part of a long list. The following books are also great for a wide range of ages so it’s hard to place them in a certain list.

My kids love it when we sit down at the end of the day and read a few poems together.  I was actually surprised how often they ask to read them instead of a story. Then I listened to an excerpt (click on the audio from the film) from the audio recording by Jim Trealease, author of The Read-Aloud Handbook  and learned that the book kids most often steal from libraries is a poetry book by Shel Silverstein: Where the Sidewalk Ends. Unbelievable, right?

Where the Sidewalk Ends
where the sidewalk ends

Look for other books by Shel Silverstein, they all have great reviews.

Here is one that is a fabulous book for little kids:

Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young by Jack Prelutsky
readaloud rhymes

My kids also liked A Bad Case of the Giggles that I picked up at our library. They like silly poems. See more ratings and reviews here.
bad case of giigle

Another hit at our house is The New Kid on the Block by Jack Prelutsky.
the new kid on the block

Something Big Has Been Here
something big has been here

 

Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reverso Poems
mirror mirror

 

The following two paperbacks are not poetry at all but I had to list them somewhere because my kids love them and when they are together with friends, they like to take them out and read the jokes together. They were both cheap, and I think worth the money spent when I hear the kids giggling. My daughter left the first one somewhere and was so sad that I ordered it again.

National Geographic Kids Just Joking: 300 Hilarious Jokes, Tricky Tongue Twisters, and Ridiculous Riddles
Just joking

Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids
laugh out loud jokes

 

 

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