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Subject: Looking for fiction to read to 8 yr. old girl with short attention span...
Date Posted: 6/22/2008 8:17 PM ET
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She loved the Ramona series by Beverly Cleary and we stumbled upon the Alex series by Nancy S. Levene and those were great for her....Looking for another series to try...but nothing too suspenseful   (she has a vivid imagination and I like to sleep at night!)    We tried the Little House books but they didn't move fast enough for her to stay interested in them.  Thanks for any ideas!  

Date Posted: 6/23/2008 12:33 AM ET
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How about:

Nancy Drew Notebooks (not as lengthy as the regular Nancy Drew books)

The Littles series

American Girl series

Last Edited on: 6/23/08 12:33 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/23/2008 7:52 AM ET
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What about Junie B Jones? I know those are really cute.

Date Posted: 6/23/2008 12:16 PM ET
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Thanks for the replies.   We did read all the Junie B. Jones last year and she absolutely loved them...I wish I could find more books like those.  We will try some of the suggestions.  Thanks a bunch and feel free to keep them coming!

Date Posted: 6/24/2008 12:09 AM ET
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My son loved Jean Craighead George books at that age. Try "There's a Tarantula in My Purse" first, it was funny. "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" was good too. He graduated this year, so it's been a while.

Date Posted: 6/24/2008 11:27 PM ET
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There's a great book called "The Read-Aloud Handbook" by Jim Trelease that is chock full of suggestions for reading aloud.  What's great about the suggestions (other than the descpriptions of the book and the appropriate ages) is that the books are all suggested because they are enjoyable to read and to have them read to you.  Some books are better read silently.  I just tried the first of the Little House books with my daughter and it seemed to move a little slow for her as well.  I didn't remember there being quite so much desciption in the book which can slow you down when reading aloud.  I know some of my daughter's favorites (other than Junie B.) are the Magic Treehouse series and also Dragons of Blueland which were both suggestions from Jim Trelease. 

Date Posted: 6/25/2008 12:30 AM ET
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My kids like Cam Jansen, Encyclopedia Brown and the Magic Tree House books.

Date Posted: 6/25/2008 11:37 AM ET
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My all time favorite as a child, mother and teacher is My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett. There are several copies posted.

Date Posted: 7/9/2008 3:15 PM ET
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Take a look at the American Girl series. My daughters both loved them.

Subject: American Girl and Boxcar Children
Date Posted: 7/9/2008 5:02 PM ET
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We have read 20 of the Boxcar children books, they are our favorite. But we did like the American Girl series, too.

We have some of the historical mysteries posted on our bookshelf. Check them out.

Subject: Little House on the Prairie
Date Posted: 7/10/2008 2:56 AM ET
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Little House in the Big Woods and the Little House on the Prairie series is a perfect option!  Not only are they classics, but they are quick reads with short chapters.

We love them!

Valarie in TX

Date Posted: 7/10/2008 11:19 PM ET
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Chronicles of Narnia.

Date Posted: 7/11/2008 2:11 PM ET
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If she likes horses there is the "Big Apple Barn" series by Kristin Earhart.  It's formula fiction, not great literature, but my daughter enjoyed them and they did improve her reading skills so she could move on to other books.