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Subject: Looking for ideas of books to read to my children
Date Posted: 8/19/2007 6:42 PM ET
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I am looking for ideas of books that I can read to my children ages 10.5 and 6 as I am settling them down.  I remember my mom always sitting in the hall at night and reading to my siblings and I.  Reading level is no problem, but I am trying to find fun/entertaining books that both children will enjoy.


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Date Posted: 8/19/2007 7:23 PM ET
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My son was crazy about the Indian In The Cupboard books. There are 5 of them I think. He was 8 when we started reading them. He also liked the Ralph S. Mouse books. I'll have to ask him about some others. :)
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Date Posted: 8/19/2007 7:25 PM ET
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hmm..it's beena while since I was a kid and I dont have kids but I remember enjoying listening to chapter books in school(from 3rd grade through 4th grade teacher would read or let one of us read (4th grade) taking turns with Boxcar Children, Judy Blume's Otherwise Known as Shelia the Great..I also liked the other boxcar children books and blume's stories about tales of a 4th grade nothing and the fudge books. both of these have kids of different ages in the stories. Maybe some of the bobbsey twins? I'm 'weird' in that I still enjoy reading kids' books so hard to say what would interest all ages!

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Date Posted: 8/19/2007 10:56 PM ET
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My kids have enjoyed the unabriged Peter Pan and the Pippi Longstocking books.  They also really like the Boxcar Children.  We got all that we could on tape and CD to listen to in the car and the others I have gotten here in paperback.  We also just started listening to Geronimo Stilton and they are really enjoying this series also.  Hope that helps!  Carrie

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Date Posted: 8/19/2007 10:59 PM ET
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Chronicles of Narnia

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Date Posted: 8/19/2007 11:23 PM ET
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Island of the blue Dolphins by scott o'Dell is great for this age. I was in 4th grade when my teacher read it to me and I loved it.  I read the scooby-doo and you out loud to my girls 10 and 8 and they love them as well. They also enjoy the American girls stories.  The aruthur chapter books, little house easy chapter books(about 60 pages each) by either Maria D Wilkes or Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Another fun book is Girls to the rescue. It is a book of folklores where the hero is a heronie(girl), my girls love this series.  The classic wishbones are another good series that my one daugter reads out loud to her dad.  These take classis stories like the Tale of Two cities and turn it into a book that my8 and 10 year old love where wishbone is one of the main charater. Check out my shelf I have lots of books that I have read to my 8 and 10 year old. JEan

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Date Posted: 8/19/2007 11:31 PM ET
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When I was that age, my dad would read The BobbsetyTwins to us every night.  We must have gone through every book at least twice.  Luckily he saved them; as far as I know, they're in their attic.  I can't wait to read them to Samantha when she's older; she's only 2.5, though, so I guess I have a quite a wait ahead of me!!!

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Date Posted: 8/19/2007 11:37 PM ET
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I remember my mom reading me "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle to me in grade school.  It is still on of my favorities books.  I remember my 5th grade teaching reading "The Phantom Tollbooth" and "From the Mixed up Files of Frances E. Basweiler"(not sure if I got the title of that last one correct.

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Date Posted: 8/20/2007 1:40 AM ET
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ooh, I loved the mixed up files book! I need to findmy copy and read it again LOL!

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Date Posted: 8/20/2007 8:45 AM ET
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My husband and I read to our 10 year old twins every night and we have enjoyed the Little House on the Prairie books, The All of a Kind Family books, Gregor the Overlander, and The Children of the Lamp The Akenaten Adventure (not a favorite of mine, but I got through it).  The last two may be too scary for your younger child, I know my kids couldn't stand much drama in books when they were younger, but the first two are just right, very fun and relaxing.

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Date Posted: 8/20/2007 12:28 PM ET
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Redwall series by Brian Jacques.


I'm hoping to find a 3 for 1 deal on these  soon  *hint, hint* LOL!


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