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Kids' Books: Recommendations?
« on: November 28, 2007, 12:45:00 PM »

I didn't want to hijack the TB Book Clubb thread...

My 8-year-old Emily turns 9 in December, and I'd like to get her a few books.  Since I notice some of you here have kidlets who are in a similar age range, I was wondering what kinds of story books they like.

Emily likes the Magic Tree House books, but IMHO, they are a bit young for her.  We go to the library once ever week or two, and she picks up three or four more to read, and she can knock them off in an hour or less, easily.  She's in third grade, but her reading level is probably more like fourth or fifth grade.  She's a bookworm like me.  :D

She likes those kinds of stories in the Magic Tree House series.  (And she is also learning things from those stories as well.)  I bought her Charlotte's Web last year as a gift, and she's read it in bits and pieces...mainly because she seems to prefer shorter books for the time being.  She had no trouble comprehending the content, and only asked me on a couple of words.  I may get her Stuart Little, since she likes the movies.

I had thought of getting her one of the original Nancy Drew books to see if she liked it, but I don't know what reading level those are.  I have all the Hardy Boys books, up through #51, and I believe they're written at a similar level.  I have a few of the Paddington Bear books from when I was her age, but have to dig those out of the basement. 

What else is out there?
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Re: Kids' Books: Recommendations?
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2007, 02:06:24 PM »

Alexander is almost eight and turning into a voracious reader.  I have gotten him a few Hardy Boys graphic novels and the first old-skool HB book for Xmas.  I hope that the graphic novel will ease the transition for him.  I believe I saw similar ones for the Nancy Drew series at B&N...

There are also some Avatar graphic novels that appeal to boys and girls (of all ages!)  One of the key characters in the Avatar is a girl named Katara - she might catch your daughter's interest. 
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Re: Kids' Books: Recommendations?
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2007, 02:26:01 PM »

I think I've seen the graphic novel versions of the Nandy Drew books at the library--they're more the size of the Magic Tree House books, so maybe I could convince her to look at those.  I just wondered if the stories were any good--the one I leafed through was obviously a more modernized version of the original ND stories.

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Re: Kids' Books: Recommendations?
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2007, 02:40:39 PM »

If you are including graphic novels and the like, there is nothing, and I mean nothing, that I liked reading more at that age than the Disney duck comics by Carl Barks.  They instilled for me a love of reading and a curiousity for the classics.  Little did I know that I was reading reprints and that my mother had been reading the same comic books a generation earlier.

If you search Amazon for 'Carl Barks', you'll find a variety of reprint volumes collecting some of the best of the hundreds of comics that he wrote and drew.

A couple of guys named Lucas and Spielberg were heavily influenced by Mr. Barks' works.
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Re: Kids' Books: Recommendations?
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2007, 03:47:44 PM »

Do you think she can handle A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket? I can't wait to read those to Chloe. Mwahahaha!

Speaking of Hardy Boys...
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Re: Kids' Books: Recommendations?
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2007, 08:00:54 PM »

Nice.  Was anyone speaking of stomach cramps as well?
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Re: Kids' Books: Recommendations?
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2007, 08:27:08 AM »

I remember when I was a big reader...before video games of course...

I grew up reading (and adored!) the Ramona Quimby books by Beverly Cleary.  Ramona the Pest, Ramona Quimby Age 8, Ramona and her Father...actually, now that I think about it, anything by Cleary I loved when I was your daughter's age.  They're not as short as Magic Tree House but not as long as Charlotte's Web and they're very cute.

There's also a couple by Judy Blume that would be good:  Tales of the 4th Grade Nothing, Superfudge, Freckle Juice, Otherwise Known as Shelia the Great.

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Re: Kids' Books: Recommendations?
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2007, 08:59:48 AM »

I've always LOVED reading.

I was actually going to mention the same books that Maggi did (Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume).

I also read the Babysitter's Club but I don't know if those books are still in print. They're written by Ann M. Martin, I think.

Would she be interested in Harry Potter at all?

There was also a series of books I read when I was younger called the Guests of War Trilogy, written by Canadian author Kit Pearson.  Anyway, one of my favourite books (and one which I still pick up and read on occasion) and the first books in the trilogy is The Sky Is Falling. It's about two children, Norah & Gavin, who live in England. The story is set in 1939, a few months after the World War II has begun. In September, they are evacuated overseas to Canada and live in Toronto with a well-off widow and her daughter. The primary focus of the story is on Norah's struggle to adjust to living in Canada. It's a very well written book and a great story! The other two books in the trilogy are Looking At The Moon and The Lights Come On Again. You can actually purchase all three books together in The Guests of War Trilogy. I'm pretty sure I read the Sky Is Falling for the first time when I was 9.

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Re: Kids' Books: Recommendations?
« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2007, 09:19:15 AM »

I did read all those Cleary books as a young kid and enjoyed them.  I especialy liked Ribsy and Runaway Ralph.
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Re: Kids' Books: Recommendations?
« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2007, 09:49:26 AM »

I LOVED Ribsy. Wasn't that part of the Henry Higgins (or Huggins?) series?

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Re: Kids' Books: Recommendations?
« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2007, 10:04:47 AM »

I LOVED Ribsy. Wasn't that part of the Henry Higgins (or Huggins?) series?

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Re: Kids' Books: Recommendations?
« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2007, 11:13:59 AM »

There are some good suggestions here already but Iíll through out a few more.  The Chronicles of Narnia might still be a little much for her but should be on your list.  Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh was book I loved as well as the other Nimh books.  Also A Wrinkle in Time and most stuff by Madeleine L'Engle.  There are plenty of good books out there for younger readers.
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Re: Kids' Books: Recommendations?
« Reply #12 on: November 30, 2007, 07:10:29 PM »

Good suggestions--thanks everyone!  I'll probably make a list and check the library for some of them.

She doesn't like anything scary and, for some reason, doesn't want to try the Nancy Drew books in any form.  (But it's like other things: if I go tit and it's laying around, she'll pick it up out of curiosity and read it nonetheless.)

I read the "Mrs. Frisby" book when I was her age, and I recall that I also read another story called "The Phantom Tollbooth".  I also had the "Great Brain" books.  Didn't find them in the basement yet, but I did find a stack of Jack & Jill magazines that I was subscribed to at her age.  I brought up seven of them for her to look through.

It might be advanced for her, but when I was a teen, I remember reading a series of books about a third mate on a ship, and I think the character's name was Todd Moran.  Heck if I can reemmber the name of the book series, or the author...
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Re: Kids' Books: Recommendations?
« Reply #13 on: November 30, 2007, 09:30:43 PM »

Some libraries do actually have some Carl Barks reprint stuff, I have encountered this at least once.  Hope you can find some, if not it may be time for Uncle Mike to send a little gift your way.

Honestly, this stuff rocks, and for adults as much as for kids.  The earlier stories probably do not provide as many strong female characters as one would expect these days, but that's just because of the age of the material.  Times change.
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Re: Kids' Books: Recommendations?
« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2007, 11:09:15 PM »

Thanks, Mike!  I need to spend some time online with our library's catalog system.  We have a really nice, large library within walking distance of the house.  Its youth section alone is larger than some of the smaller community libraries that I've been to.  No guarantee they'll have some of these books, but there's a good chance they might--they've surprised me more than a few times!
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