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. 🙂
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 Fairy Tale DetectivesFor 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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
Cosmic (audio version fantastic, people love this book, a younger child might not appreciate the topics as much as a 10-year-old)
I feel like I am repeating myself but I can’t help it. Before you explore this list, check out the previous age categoriesfirst because those lists contain a lot of books for this age group but perhaps they could be enjoyed by an 8- or 9-year-old already so the book is there and not here. See lists for kids 9 and up, and what my kids read in earlier grades (My Daughter in 4th Grade, My Son in 4th Grade). I place the books in the category that I think is closest to the earliest age the book can be read independently. Most of the books are in a wide age range and can be enjoyed by kids from 8 – 12. Your child will not feel s/he is reading something babyish. On the contrary, I am sometimes not sure if the books in my lists shouldn’t be placed in a higher age range. Definitely start there first. You could miss great books if you didn’t.
Important: Once my daughter or son read a book from this list, I place it on the list My Daughter in 5th Grade or My Son in 5th Grade it is no longer here. For safer bets and the best books, check out those lists as well.
Al Capone Does My Shirts I read it with my kids when they were in 4th and 6th grade. They liked it but my son did not enjoy the next books in the series, which may be more suitable for older kids? My daughter on the other hand read all of them.
Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life For a list of books in this series click here. This book has conflicting reviews–you must be okay with the fact that it glorifies breaking rules with the intent to be humorous. I suggest you check out the reviews yourself but this book has over 2,300 reviews and almost 5 stars so it definitely deserves to be on this list.
The School for Good and Evil For a list of books in this series click here. Yet another book that people read trying to find the next Harry Potter. Some loved it, some hated it. It has plenty of good reviews so it’s up to you to decide whether you want to give it a whirl or not.
The Little Prince If you type the title in the Amazon search window, you will get several editions of The Little Prince with umpteen reviews. After having read through many of them, I decided to link it to the original translation hoping that you will be able to find it at your local library. We have the book at home translated into Czech so I am not sure we will ever read it in English but so many people are upset about Richard Howard’s translation (modern language) that if I were to choose an English translation I would go with the one by Katherine Woods.
Cheaper by the Dozen (We listened to the audio book when my kids were 7 and almost 9. They loved it but the vocabulary was quite difficult I think. Not sure for age would be appropriate for independent reading.)
Inkheart For a list of books in the Inkworld Trilogy click here. I have read so many reviews on this Trilogy but I haven’t been able to decide where to place it. A lot of people recommend it for slightly older kids (11 and 12) because of its content. If you are not sure, it will not hurt if your kid reads it a bit later—it is a book teens enjoy too.