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Have any fiction chapter book recommendations for an eight year old girl? She's new to reading chapter books. She's been reading picture books, comic books, and anime style books. I'd like anything funny, fantasy, with animals, with a positive message (especially if it pertains to girls), or a whole lotta soul please.

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Chronicles of Narnia
Chronicles of Prydain (first one is The Book of Three)
Little House series
Beverly Cleary's Ramona books
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson (Chinese girl comes to America in the '40s)
The Good Master (wild city girl moves to the country, learns to ride, feed chickens, etc.)
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All Ruth Chew books are very nice little reads.

http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~aahobor...ors/Chew.shtml
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I don't know if these would look too easy to her, although to a new reader, I don't think they would be, but I highly recommend the The CobbleStreet Cousins series by Cynthia Rylant. She also wrote the Henry And Mudge books, which also might look 'too easy' but are quite wonderfully written and are often loved by new chapter readers.

The Ivy and Bean series was also enjoyed by my youngest dd when she began chapter books.

And while we never had luck with them, lots of new readers enjoy MAgic treehouse books. They can be horrible to read aloud, but often beloved by children reading to themselves.

The Cat Wings series was popular here as well.

And of course, the fabulous Calvin and Hobbes, which can never be underestimated in any way. Every person (child or adult) Ive known who has read them is sad to get to the end of it all. (The author no longer writes the strip).
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The Spiderwick Chronicles
Series of Unfortunate Events
A to Z Mysteries
Nancy Drew
Geronimo Stilton
Boxcar Children
American Girl books-quite good actually, I was skeptical at first
History Mysteries (American Girl w/a mystery)
Percy Jackson series (The Lightning Thief is the first book)
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my dd likes when i read pippi longstocking a lot. my niece is 8 and an avid reader. she loves the ramona series and judy moody books. hth.

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If she's new to chapter books, then maybe relatively short series books might appeal to her.

My seven-year-old has gone through phases with all of the following:

Katie Kazoo (girl magically switches places with other people and animals -- funny and contains lots of positive messages)
Dragon Slayers Academy
Puppy Place
Fran K. Stein
Rainbow Magic Fairies
The various American Girls series -- these are a little more advanced than the others on my list, so it depends on how strong a reader she is.
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The Betsy and Billy series

Anything by Robert Cylde Bulla (sp) like Shoeshine girl

Paddington series

Old Mother West Wind books

Boxcar children (we only found the first 15 in the series quality though)

Those are all "beginning chapters" that my 7 yo dd loves.

Flat Stanley series

I second the motion for Pippi Longstocking

Books by Jean Fritz
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Fairy Realm series by Emily Rodda
My Father's Dragon series
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I loved the Baby-Sitters Club at that age. They're still really easy to find, and there's so many of them she could read them for years even though there's no new ones being made.

I like the classics: Nancy Drew, Boxcar Children (looooove Boxcar Children), etc.

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Tamora Pierce's stuff. Particularly The Magic Circle series which begins with "Sandry's Book." They're longish, but divided into quite reasonable chapters that don't require you to have memorized the chapter before.
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My dd is loving the Animal Ark books by Ben Baglio.
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When my daughter was eight she read a book of stories called "The Best of Girls to the Rescue" which she really loved.

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The Magic Treehouse Series!!!!!!!!!!!

My kids adore these books, they are educational, and we love reading them, too. We are 1/2 way through The Eve of the Emporer Penquin, book #40, and can't wait for the next book to come out.
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And of course, the fabulous Calvin and Hobbes, which can never be underestimated in any way. Every person (child or adult) Ive known who has read them is sad to get to the end of it all. (The author no longer writes the strip).
What a great idea!

How about books by Thornton Burgess? All about animals! My sister just turned me onto these. They are definitely a harder read than Magic Treehouse, but if those are easy for your DD, then I think they'd work.

My DD also loves those Animal Ark books as recommended by a pp. She also likes Junie B. Jones, much as I try to find alternatives.

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I loved the Baby Sitter's Club and the Boxcar Children when I was her age.

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a couple other ideas i remembered...

"my side of the mountain" was one of my all time favorite books around your dd's age. i also loved the book "Little Witch" by Anna Elizabeth Bennett (originally written in the 50's I think??). I have no idea if this is a 'classic' or not...I just remember I absolutely LOVED it as a child & read it many times.

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My DD is 7. She has recently read The Cricket in Times Square, Stuart Little, and some of the Ralph the mouse books (one is The Mouse and the Motorcycle , but I can't remember the names of the others right off the top of my head). She also found some old books with the Peanuts comic strips in them that she loves.
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My newly 9yo is currently reading Warriors Book 1: Into The Wild. It's about some feral cat clans. Apparently it's really good and she seems to really enjoy it. There is a whole serie of them.
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at 8 i was reading little house on the prairie, baby sitters club and box car children.... at least those are the ones i remember, lol

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