Originally Posted by squimp
My DD was very much like that. She loved Pippi and most Roald Dahl and loved Shel Silverstein. She read all of Beverly Cleary's books, starting with Ralph Mouse. She really liked the Dick King-Smith books at that age, they are animal stories with lots of illustrations, and he was prolific, so that kept her busy for a while. She also loved the Willoughbys and Clementine, and Ivy and Bean, they are girl friendship stories but low on drama.
They LOVE Dick-King Smith books. The *british* language is fun to play with in his "Lollipop the pig" stories. They have enjoyed those books for a long time and I think I found the suggestion here on Mothering!
We've done Clementine, Ivy &Bean. Neither liked Beverly Cleary so far- they have started a few, but did not continue.
Originally Posted by richella
I'd second the Beverly Cleary, esp. the Ramona series.Not a lot of pictures, but some. Also Ivy and Bean, both my dds love those. (9 yo is kinda past, 6 yo is just starting to read them.)
9 yo read Magic Tree House all last year, can't remember if they had pictures, but I think they might have. Also Boxcar Children. We just started Prydain Chronicles, though they don't have pictures.
As before, they tried Ramona. Did Ivy & Bean and Magic Tree house long ago….though they have reread some of the newer MTH books and gotten new information out of them. The higher #s are 3-4th grade reading level vs the 1/2nd levels of the first 20 or so in the series.
Originally Posted by moominmamma
Those are great suggestions in terms of content and illustrations, but unfortunately they're pretty much all at a 2nd grade level, while the OPs girls are being asked to reach beyond their 3rd grade level for more challenging material that better matches their (>4th grade) reading level.
KCM, a few more books I thought of ... Edward Eager's "Half Magic" books (I think there are seven). They're sparsely illustrated with pen & ink, from the 1950s, very gentle but fun, reading level maybe 6th grade. And The Wind in the Willows is available in some lovely illustrated versions. It's content-appropriate for kids as young as 4 or 5, but the reading level is probably 7th grade. D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths, and their Norse Myths one, might be good. Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book, George MacDonald's Princess and the Goblin series. And the Narnia Chronicles have been published by Harper Collins as a lovely single-volume colorized illustrated version. Out of print, but your library might have it.
THANKS!! I forgot about 1/2 Magic! I loved those books a child and yes- they are gentle and fun read.
Myths scared one of my DD- she read some of them and had nightmares of Medusa for weeks….not fun.
I will have to look up Princess & Goblin!
Thank you! I forgot about some of those from my childhood!
Originally Posted by Daffodil
I also have an 8 year old who can read at a high level, but shies away from anything that looks too long and prefers books with lots of pictures. Some things he's enjoyed:
the How To Train Your Dragon series (5th grade level or higher)
the Horace Splattly series (4th grade level)
Tony Abbott's Underworlds series (4th grade level)
the Dragonling series (4th grade)
He also has enjoyed the Bone and Amulet graphic novels.
I will look into those, I am familiar with any of them but How to Train your Dragon- THANKS! They have done Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novels and BabyMouse Graphic novels but they have not ventured into anything else.
It is so nice to get new ideas!!! Thanks everyone!