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Subject: Need Suggestions for Child
Date Posted: 11/7/2009 4:34 PM ET
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Hi. My daughter is 6 years old and in 1st grade but her reading level is more of 3rd grade or maybe early 4th. She has read the A to Z mysteries, Bailey School Kids, Dragon Slayer Academy, Pirate School, My Weird Planet, My Weird School (and Daze), Magic School Bus and Treehouse, Junie B Jones, Cam Jansen, Amber Brown, Flat Stanley, and more. She likes them but once done, she doesn't want to re-read them. For Christmas I want to get her books that she will re-read. The only things she currently has that she re-reads are her children's Bible and a Shel Silverstein book of poetry (Falling Up). Can anyone suggest anything on her level (or slightly above) that she may want to re-read? I really need suggestions. Thanks.

Date Posted: 11/8/2009 11:52 PM ET
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Well with so many books out there, I can relate with the notion of not re-reading.  I read a ton as a child, and hardly ever re-read anything.  There are just too many books out there.  Why not get her a series like the Beverly Cleary books (Ramona specifically)?  I can say I did have the E.B. White box set of Charlotte's Web, Trumpet of the Swan and Stuart Little that I did re-read when I was a kid.  I don't know, kids are different nowadays.  My third grader is a boy but he loves Star Wars books.  My first grader can't read as well yet.  Good luck finding something!  :)

Date Posted: 11/9/2009 4:31 PM ET
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Would the CS Lewis Narnia set be too advanced for her?  I even re-read those myself!

Date Posted: 11/9/2009 4:45 PM ET
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Maybe Little House on the Praire?

Date Posted: 11/10/2009 3:09 PM ET
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Try using this list: http://www.auburn.k12.ca.us/skyridge/QuizInfoMaster.htm

It is a list of approved books for students in the Auburn, CA public schools (My 2 nieces an 1 nephew go/went there). They are required to earn a set number of "points" by reading books from the list. The "book level" refers to the grade level of the book. Ignore the test # on left column.

Date Posted: 11/10/2009 4:28 PM ET
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Try looking at the Childhood of Famous Americans books. When my boys  were little they  really enjoyed these. I'm sure that there are some that a little girl would enjoy also. The thing I really remember liking about these was that the print was a little larger  that ordinary and not only will she enjoy reading, but she will get a little history lesson as well.

It seems as if I remember some sort of series called the Box Car Children  as well. I remember my boys reading these when they were in the fourth grade, but I'm not sure what the grade level is.


Have a wonderful week!

Date Posted: 11/10/2009 8:31 PM ET
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Carole Marsh writes mysteries about real places example Hershey Park, The Bitmore House, Disney World, The Alamo, The Grand Canyon.

She writes about real kids in real places but its all fiction.  You might check one out and see if it fits your daughter.

I think they are fun and my daughter is enjoying them.

Date Posted: 11/18/2009 1:48 PM ET
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Geronimo Stilton books are great, give them a look.

Date Posted: 11/18/2009 2:35 PM ET
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Maybe  the  Julie and the Wolves  series ?    or   The  Indian in the Cupboard series?

Date Posted: 11/18/2009 2:47 PM ET
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How about Noel Streatfeild's "shoe" books?  I loved those when I was growing up. 

ETA - I started reading L.Frank Baum's Oz books when I was her age.  So, so good!

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Date Posted: 12/3/2009 12:05 PM ET
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Hm...I wonder if Trixie Belden mystery books would be too old for her?  I have a feeling she might like them.  They are clean and fun to read.  My best friend and I read a bunch of them in 5th grade on up.  They are considered mystery books but there's also alot of good storytelling that is in the stories, so they aren't really whodunits with only clues and hunting for the clues. 

Maybe you could try challenging her with Encyclopedia Brown books, there are a bunch of those!  They are by Donald J. Sobol.  Encyclopedia is a young boy who can "solve any crime by dinnertime."  What's fun about these books is YOU have to guess how En. figured out the mystery.  The answers are at the back of the book.  I read my first En. Brown story in our 4th grade reading book. 

How about the "choose your own story" books?  They start you out, then at a critical moment the books says,  "If you want them to do (this), then turn to page 50.  If you'd like them to do (that), turn to page 29."  My DD loved those, they change all the time so your daughter will re-read them and can choose different storylines every time.

If you don't think she'd get into them now you can keep them in mind for when she's a bit older.   Hope this helps!

Date Posted: 12/3/2009 12:09 PM ET
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-I do love the Ramona books and all the other suggestions! 

B. Cleary wrote a couple other books about girls I absolutely loved and maybe your daughter will.  Check out:  "Ellen Tibbits" and "Mitch And Amy".  Wonderful reads!  Your daughter might relate to the girls in these stories!

Shel Silverstein wrote other books of poetry too, maybe she'd like the whole collection?