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Read aloud books for ages 6-12

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We are camping for 7 weeks and at night we like to read aloud in the tent before sleeping. In the past my youngest two (just turned 6) would fall asleep so quickly it didn't matter if the book held their interest. Now they last long enough to be annoyed they don't understand what is happening and ask a zillion questions.

Any books/series that could be understood, even slightly, by 6 year olds, but would still be of interest to a 10 year old and 12 year old? In the past I've read all the Roald Dahl books. Then we did part of Harry Potter until it got too confusing for the (then) 7 year old. We also did the cricket in times square series (yes, it is a series, but there is a reason people don't know the other books!)

Survival, backwoods, families surviving the elements type stories?

Fantasy stuff not so appealing.

Thanks!
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The Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birdsall is a lovely, easy-to-follow series and appeals to a fairly wide range of ages. My Dd was re-reading them well into her teens. She has a nostalgic streak though, so your older dc may be different. 

 

Edward Eager books (Half Magic etc.) have a fantasy element but since they are mostly about typical kids stumbling across some magic they may still appeal. I think they are much closer to Roald Dahl than they are to Harry Potter or His Dark Materials in terms of how much magic and fantasy they offer. 

 

The Bunnicula series by James Howe is another funny, slightly fantasy-oriented (about a vampire bunny after all) but not steeped in wizards and dragons and so on. 

 

Books by Eva Ibbotson (Journey to the River Sea, The Star of Kazan) are wonderful. Not a series, but similar in flavour to each other, about plucky girls who overcome obstacles and conflicts. 

 

The Casson family books (Saffy's Angel, Indigo's Star, Permanent Rose and others) by Hillary McKay are about a wonderful, wacky, artsy family but they also touch on aspects of growing up with great sensitivity and lovely humour. 

 

Owls in the Family and The Dog Who Wouldn't Be, Farley Mowat

 

 

Survival stories: 

 

My Side of the Mountain, Jean Craighead George

Hatchet (and sequels), Gary Paulsen

The Birchbark House, Louise Erdrich (caution, there is a sad death scene)

Island of the Blue Dolphins, Scott O'Dell (also caution about deaths)

Sign of the Beaver, Elizabeth George Speare

Alone on a Wide, Wide Sea (some scenes may be distressing to a sensitive 6 y.o.), Michael Morpurgo

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Books by Eva Ibbotson (Journey to the River Sea, The Star of Kazan) are wonderful. Not a series, but similar in flavour to each other, about plucky girls who overcome obstacles and conflicts. 

The Casson family books (Saffy's Angel, Indigo's Star, Permanent Rose and others) by Hillary McKay are about a wonderful, wacky, artsy family but they also touch on aspects of growing up with great sensitivity and lovely humour. 

Owls in the Family and The Dog Who Wouldn't Be, Farley Mowat



Sign of the Beaver, Elizabeth George Speare
Alone on a Wide, Wide Sea (some scenes may be distressing to a sensitive 6 y.o.), Michael Morpurgo
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Thanks. The ones above we've not read or even heard of some. I'll check them out.
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