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Subject: Any tips on great Christian reading for 4-8th graders?
Date Posted: 10/12/2009 12:41 PM ET
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Hi! (my 1st ever post) Am a volunteer librarian at a Christian school and am updating its old collection.  Would  among you  recommend to me must-haves? 

Am looking at the Newberry lists, but am curious if anyone has specifically Christian books they recommend for k to 9th, and especially 4th-8th grade? Thanks!


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Date Posted: 10/12/2009 1:19 PM ET
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My son loved the Chuck Black "Kingdom" series.


Some kids like the Left Behind series - mine doesn't.


Frank Peretti has some teen books. My son hasn't gotten into them.


Don't forget the Narnia series.

You need to check out the catalog, and the current sales, at Library & Educational Services.  They sell wholesale to churches, schools, homeschoolers, etc.  They are a great company.


On the current sale, they have Wendy Lawton's Daughter of the Faith series & Gilbert Morris' Seven Sleepers series.  I just logged on and all of their paperback books are on sale.  Some end 10/15, some 10/20 and some 10/31.

There are a lot more sales, just click the links in the upper left, above the categories.

Oh, I just remembered Irene Howat's series.  My son loves them.  There's the Lightkeepers series:  "Ten Girls Who..." and "Ten Boys Who...":


and the Trailblazers - Howat has written one or two:


YWAM also has their biographies, "Christian Heroes:


That should get you started!

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Date Posted: 10/12/2009 3:47 PM ET
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The 6th-8th graders might like Ted Dekker.... Saint, Sinner, Showdown, Black, Red, White (Circle Trilogy)

The 4th-8th graders might like Ted Dekker's Lost Books series -- Chaos, Infidel, Renegade....

I think Ted Dekker is great for boys AND girls!

Angela Hunt is another good author-- I think girls would like her more -- The Note, ...I forget the rest of the titles... sorry.

I agree with Frank Pereti but I like his Nightmare Academy and Hangman's Curse for the younger grades rather than the larger novels.


Now this author does not claim to be a Christian, but Margaret Peterson Haddix has great books! There is nothing questionable in them and they are well-written.  The Shadow Children series, Uprising, Escape from Memory...

Hope that helps!

Date Posted: 10/16/2009 11:55 PM ET
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I agree with the Trailblazer books, and YWAM biographies and also their Reel Kids Adventures books. The Frank Peretti Cooper Kids Adventure series are excellent page turners!

And another good series is the Last Chance Detectives which you can also get on audio from Focus on the Family.

I pray that you are led by the Lord to pick the very best ones for your particular school.

Many blessings!

Date Posted: 10/18/2009 3:10 AM ET
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The Butter Cream Gang

The Ladd Family Adventure Series

Subject: any tips on great Christian reading for 4-8th graders?
Date Posted: 10/20/2009 12:43 AM ET
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Thank you gang for all your great suggestions!  I am following the trails now! And I will take any more ideas too!

Date Posted: 10/20/2009 10:55 PM ET
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Any of the Sam Campbell's Series and We especially loved Addie books in American Girl and Mission City Press's books about girls called " A Life of Faith" Kathleen McKenzie is the one we are reading right now, but we loved the Elsie Dinsmore books.