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Subject: Looking for reading suggestions to read with 6-year-old
Date Posted: 6/5/2008 8:02 PM ET
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I'm looking for suggestions of great books to read with my very bright 6-year-old daughter!

We're more than halfway through The Hobbit, but i think Lord of the Rings would be pushing it a little. :)

Madeleine L'Engle, maybe? It's been so long since i read those, i don't remember.

Any suggestions, greatly appreciated. THANKS!


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Subject: RE: Book Ideas
Date Posted: 6/5/2008 8:18 PM ET
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My 6 year old son and I have recently read a couple of Laura Ingalls Wilder books (Little House on the Prairie and Little House in the Big Woods) and he really enjoyed them.  I had to fast forward through some of the longer descriptive paragraphs, but he liked the stories a lot.  I think we may try the classic Ramona the Pest  or The Borrowers next.  These are all books I loved when I was little, but I'd really appreciate hearing ideas from anyone regarding newer or more modern books for this age group. 



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Date Posted: 6/5/2008 8:20 PM ET
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The Chronicles of Narnia or Anne of Green Gables... how about the Dear America series. Hope that helps

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 8:58 PM ET
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Benno's Bear

Little Women

Nancy Drew Mysteries

Charlotte's Web

Where the Red Fern Grows

The Van Gogh Cafe

James Herriot Books


Date Posted: 6/5/2008 9:01 PM ET
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One of A Kind Family by Sydney Taylor. 

Date Posted: 6/6/2008 12:06 AM ET
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Thank you for the suggestions, i'll check them out.

Things we already read with her that worked well:

  • Charlotte's Web
  • 101 Dalmatians
  • Laura Ingalls books (all of them)
  • Babe and most other books by Dick King-Smith
  • Rats of NIMH
  • Despereaux, Tiger Rising and especially Wyn-Dixie, by Kate Di Camillo
  • Hobbit is going well

My wife will read the Harriott books with her - or those would be my next choice. We usually have a couple books going on at once, one with me and one with my wife.

Little Women is an intriguing choice. Hmmm...

Date Posted: 6/6/2008 9:58 AM ET
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You've received lots of good suggestions. I have to second Little Women. I read my boys Little Men and they loved it. I would add Roald Dahl books to your list. I also agree with what you said about Lord of the Rings. I didn't read that to my boys until they were a little older (11-13). Have fun!

Date Posted: 6/6/2008 10:48 AM ET
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I'm reading LOTR to my 8-year-old and he loves it.

I second the Roald Dahl books.  Favorites include the BFG and the Minpins (a short book).

My daughter is 4 and just adores the loathsome Daisy Meadow's fairy books. (They're not really that bad, but they're very formulaic.)  Your daughter may be beyond these.

Both my kids loved the OZ books.

Maybe the Junie B. books? Or the Spiderwicke Chronicles?

Date Posted: 6/6/2008 11:41 AM ET
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The Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace

Mary Poppins

Any of Beverly Cleary's books (my 5.5 year old loves the Ramona series)

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle



Date Posted: 6/6/2008 3:48 PM ET
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The Borrowers by Mary Norton has always been a favorite

Island of the Blue Dolphins

Anne of Green Gables

The Mouse and the Motorcycle

Anything by Beverly Cleary

Stuart Little

Judy Blume Books

Charlotte's Web

Tuck Everlasting

The Wind In the Willows

Black Beauty

The Miracle Worker

A Wrinkle In Time



Date Posted: 6/6/2008 10:22 PM ET
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My 7 y.o. son and I have been enjoying several of the Oz books.  They include some outdated concepts, but the stories are filled with adventure and since they were written 100 years ago the vocabulary is much richer than much of today's children's fiction.

We recently have read:  Ozma of Oz, The Land of Oz, The Magic of Oz, and Glinda of Oz.

Date Posted: 6/7/2008 2:53 PM ET
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We loved all of Roald Dahl's books!  

How about the Lemony Snicket series, any book about The Littles, The Boxcar Children, Encyclopedia Brown books (En. Brown is a boy who is very smart and helps his police chief father solve crimes in their town.  The fun part is, the child who is reading the book gets to try to guess how En. Brown figured out the mystery.  If the child can't guess, the solution is in the back of the book).  Donald J. Sobol wrote these, there are many! 

Also try McBroom stories by Sid Fleischman-hilarious!  Try McBroom's Ghost first.  I was 8 when I "discovered" the McBroom family adventures.   

LOVE B. Cleary's Ramona books-try "Mitch And Amy" and "Ellen Tibbets" too-both by this author. 

She might also enjoy some Judy Blume books-try "Freckle Juice", "The One In The Middle Is A Green Kangaroo", or the books about Fudge (start with "Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing").

She might also like Amelia Bedelia books by Peggy Parrish.  But, JMO-the later books about A. Bedelia written by Parrish's son, Herman, are not as good, JMO!! 


Date Posted: 6/7/2008 2:55 PM ET
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Oh!  Forgot!  "How To Eat Fried Worms" by ...Rockwell (can't remember first name) is a great book, one of my childhood faves.  If she's a bright reader, she might like "Harriet The Spy" by Louise Fitzhugh too.  IMO the movie was just as good as the book.

Date Posted: 6/7/2008 7:01 PM ET
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The things that I read to my niece when she was 6 hmmmm. There was Bunnicula her and her sister really enjoyed that one. Its a story about a vampire rabbit that "drains" veggies of color. Its narrated by the family dog too. Then there was The Wonderful Wizard of Oz she picked that one out herself. I third or fourth the Roald Dahl books as well. Witches was one of our faves.

Date Posted: 6/7/2008 8:33 PM ET
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The stories in the original Jungle Book are wonderful. My son loved Rikki Tikki Tavi, especially with my doing all the different animal voices. Have you read the Lemony Snicket books? We are making our way through those. The Wind In the Willows was also a favorite. Peace today, Lisa
Date Posted: 6/11/2008 2:44 PM ET
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The two books I remember reading with my mom when I was that age are Heidi and Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates.

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James and the Giant Peach Harriet the Spy
Date Posted: 6/12/2008 10:34 PM ET
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It's been along time since my girls were six but they really liked "Just So Stories" by Rudyard Kipling when they were that age.

Date Posted: 6/13/2008 11:28 PM ET
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Let me second the recommendation for the first four books in the Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace - your daughter is at the perfect age for them!