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 Amuletseries 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.
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute: Lunch Lady #1This 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.
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.
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 4th Grade or My Son in 4th Gradeand it is no longer here. For safer bets and the best books, check that list out as well.
Because of Winn-Dixie My daughter brought home from the school library two months into 3rd grade (8 and 1/2) and did not finish it. She read about 50 pages. It may be that she is not mature enough to enjoy this book. I hope she will try it again in a year or two.
Eggs Some one wrote: From my best estimate, the book reads at around a 3rd grade level, but deals with concepts more appropriate for 4th or 5th grade. Eggs does not have a “happily ever after” type conclusion, which would definitely appeal to some students.
Magyk This book has a lot of great reviews so it is worth mentioning but I want to warn you that some people were disappointed in the lack of originality compared to Harry Potter and other fantasy books. You can find more reviews and a list of books in this serieshere. My son read it at the end of 5th grade and loved the whole series.
David and the Phoenix My friend’s daughter read this book a few weeks ago and although it is a very nice book, one part is very sad–she cried a lot I heard. I would advise you to read the reviews first before giving this book to your child–it is not a tragic ending but not happy either.
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (Supposedly funny but we didn’t like it that much. We stopped listening to the audiobook after 40 minutes. I think that it also contains a lot of complicated vocabulary that kids may not understand without explanations)
Tuck Everlasting This is a book I’d like my kids to read but I have read in several reviews that some kids appreciate it when they are slightly older so there is no hurry. This would be probably the lowest age I’d recommend the book to a child. (I read it to my kids when they were at the beginning of 4th and 6th grade)