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Looking for reading list suggestions

Posted: Fri May 25, 2007 8:27 am
by 4given
This school year coming up, I am planning a whole new approach in L.Arts. We will be dropping formal grammar, spelling, and vocabulary. We will be focusing on lots of reading, as well as, journaling and writing some essays. This is where we were heading, naturely. Also, I have taken much of Theodore's comments about grammar, etc. to heart. And since he is so well spoken, I'm convinced.

Now, I would like to hear from others... what's on your reading list? My two oldest sons are entering 6th and 4th grades. Anything from classics to comics...

Thanks,
Sheila

Posted: Fri May 25, 2007 2:34 pm
by Theodore
There are piles of classics and fun books you could try. Here's a few to get you started, in no particular order:

Swiss Family Robinson
Island of the Blue Dolphin
Where the Red Fern Grows
Chronicles of Narnia
The Hobbit
Lord of the Rings
The Wheel on the School
The Phantom Tollbooth
The Borrowers
The Railway Children
Hardy Boys
Pippi Longstocking
Freddy the Pig (we sell these, if your library doesn't have them)
Tintin (one of the best comic book series ever)

Posted: Fri May 25, 2007 5:10 pm
by 4given
What a great list! I knew you'd have some great suggestions. I thought I might start the year with The Chronicles of Narnia. They were favorites of mine when I was about their age.

Thanks :D

Posted: Fri May 25, 2007 11:55 pm
by Theodore
I still read them occasionally :)

Posted: Sat May 26, 2007 7:53 pm
by frogguruami
Here is a great History book list. The entries are also coded by grade level.

http://www.abookintime.com/

Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 3:53 pm
by momo3boys
my third grader loves the box car children.
I go to a lot of tag sales and love to pick up older books. we talk a lot about how things have changed since the book was written, and i love the fact that the morals of the people in the stories are so much better than some of the books that are written today.

If you google search "book lists" you can find some interesting books too.

Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 7:46 pm
by 4given
My third-grader loves the boxcar series, as well. He'll sit and read the whole book in one day. Thanks for the suggestions :)

Sheila

Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 8:57 pm
by Calla_Dragon
Chronicles of Narnia (usually viewed as Christian lit, but we are not Christian and have enjoyed the books. C.S. Lewis did a fantastic job at leaving the book open to interpretation regardless of which way your beliefs swing) and Series of Unfortunate Events (a little dark, but who doesn't love a dark tale every now and then? :P . Both good series and looooong - should keep the kiddos busy for a while. :D

Eragon is another good one if your family has a fantasy bend like ours does. Eldest is good, so I've heard - haven't read that for myself yet.

The Giver is a good one (I believe it's written for early adolescents) and it's very thought provoking too.

Posted: Tue May 29, 2007 5:38 am
by momo3boys
Dr do little, and Rudyard Kippling, James Harriot, If you like fantasy, RA Salvatore is wonderful. The many Drizzt series, are wonderful and that is what got my husband to like reading when he was a kid.

Posted: Tue May 29, 2007 12:40 pm
by Theodore
Dr. Doolittle is great, so is Jungle Book, and the All Creatures Great and Small book series by James Harriot is a classic. Wonderful suggestions there :) I also liked Eragon quite a bit - it was written by a homeschooler Christopher Paolini, who started writing the book at age 15 and actually beat out the Harry Potter books for #1 on the New York Times bestsellers list.

Posted: Tue May 29, 2007 1:12 pm
by Calla_Dragon
Theodore wrote:I also liked Eragon quite a bit - it was written by a homeschooler Christopher Paolini, who started writing the book at age 15 and actually beat out the Harry Potter books for #1 on the New York Times bestsellers list.


He has the third book coming out at some point - title and release date are currently unknown.

Posted: Tue May 29, 2007 8:35 pm
by 4given
You guys are awesome! I really appreciate all the input. Can hardly wait to dig in... :D

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Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2007 7:58 am
by micheller79
Scholastic.com has a nice site.Does your library have a summer reading program? My daughter loves that.

Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2007 4:02 pm
by knobren
Calla_Dragon wrote:Eragon is another good one if your family has a fantasy bend like ours does. Eldest is good, so I've heard - haven't read that for myself yet.


Personally, I enjoyed Eldest more than Eragon.

Also, if they like dragons, The Dragonriders of Pern by Ann MacCaffrey are a good series.

Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2007 4:15 pm
by knobren
Some of Terry Pratchett's books are geared toward children. The Tiffany Aching books have the witch characters (Granny and Nanny) and the Nac Mac Feegle from his Discworld series, but are written for a younger audience. These include The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, and Wintersmith. Pratchett also wrote The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents and The Bromeliad Trilogy (Truckers, Diggers, and Wings). I love Terry Pratchett :!:


The Heroic Adventure of Hercules Amsterdam by Melissa Glenn Haber

In the Keep of Time (1977) by Margaret J. Anderson