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i'm looking for some good suggestions for things to read to our 4.5 yo--age appropriate, mostly. we've read the lighthouse series by cynthia rylant and are now working on the wonderful wizard of oz. other suggestions would be great!

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Other series by Cynthia Rylant are good, also Boxcar Children (the new Boxcar Children aren't as good as the earlier ones), Magic Treehouse and Faery Realm.

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My Father's Dragon, Charlotte's Web, Mr Popper's Penguins, books by Thornton Burgess, Little House books, and The Big Big Book of Tashi are good ones for that age.
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all great suggestions, but we especially loved My Father's Dragon for that age.

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We also loved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and several books by Dick King-Smith.
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Tale of Despereaux, Chronicles of Narnia, Magic Tree House Series (great for history anb geography lessons, too), and Wizard of Oz are my 3 & 5 yo sons favorites so far.

Some books that list books by age and/or interest are Honey for a Child's Heart, The Read Aloud Handbook and Great Books for Boys (I think she also has a book for girls).

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My 5 yo DD and 7 yo DS have been thoroughly enjoying Beverly Cleary's books this summer, especially the Ramona Quimby books. I've been getting the audio books from the library and we listen to them in the car while we run around to our various things. We've also read a couple of them aloud at home.

Little House on the Prairie series. Charlotte's Web.

Truthfully, my 5 yo LOVES Junie B. Jones (her brother was exposed to it in public school) but DH and I despise them and are trying to slowly phase them out. I don't think of them as quality children's literature, but that's just IMO.

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We are working our way through Charlotte's Web right now, I think that Mr.Poppers Penguins is next.

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Subbing for the awesome suggestions!

We started with the Magic Treehouse series and are really enjoying them. My next thoughts were Charlotte's Web & James and the Giant Peach. We tried some of the Boxcar Children books (the new ones) and he didn't really seem all that into them.

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Recent hits with my 4.5 year old include Comet in Moominland (by Tove Jansson), Toys Go Out (by Emily Jenkins), and the audio book of Henry and the Clubhouse (by Beverly Cleary.) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and My Father's Dragon were also big hits.

Other suggestions:
The Children on Troublemaker Street - Astrid Lindgren
Happy Little Family - Rebecca Caudill
Did You Carry the Flag Today, Charley?- Rebecca Caudill
Betsy-Tacy - Maud Hart Lovelace (warning: baby death in one chapter)
All-of-a-Kind Family - Sydney Taylor
No Flying in the House - Betty Brock
the Catwings series - Ursula K. Le Guin
Emil in the Soup Tureen - Astrid Lindgren
Pippi Longstocking - Astrid Lindgren

As you can see, we really like Astrid Lindgren. I think DD, DS, and I would all agree that our very favorite book of hers is Ronia the Robber's Daughter. DS loved it when he was almost 4. But it has stuff in it that could be way too scary for some kids. The other books I listed are all pretty mild.
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The three Ralph S Mouse books by Beverly Cleary and the PBS show "Arthur" has chapter books as well. All loved by my big girl!
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Freddy the Pig Series by Walter R. Brooks
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The Chronicles of Narnia of Roald Dahl's books are huge, huge hits here starting about that age.

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I just finished reading Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and loved it so much I started reading it to my three year old.

I also recently read
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate which was wonderful but probably a bit too much for my DD, so I'm waiting 'til she's four. Since your little one is quite a bit older, that might fit the bill. It reminded me a lot of Caddie Woodlawn.

The Night Fairy
is sweet and lyrical but perhaps too girly for some.

Some other suggestions:


Cloud Tea Monkeys

The Children of Noisy Village

Strawberry Girl

The Borrowers

Mr. Popper's Penguins

The Indian in the Cupboard

The Castle in the Attic

Sarah, Plain and Tall

Because of Winn-Dixie

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great list!

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I just finished reading Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and loved it so much I started reading it to my three year old.

I also recently read
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate which was wonderful but probably a bit too much for my DD, so I'm waiting 'til she's four. Since your little one is quite a bit older, that might fit the bill. It reminded me a lot of Caddie Woodlawn.

The Night Fairy
is sweet and lyrical but perhaps too girly for some.

Some other suggestions:


Cloud Tea Monkeys

The Children of Noisy Village

Strawberry Girl

The Borrowers

Mr. Popper's Penguins

The Indian in the Cupboard

The Castle in the Attic

Sarah, Plain and Tall

Because of Winn-Dixie

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy

The Secret Garden
& A Little Princess

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Thornton Burgess is wonderful - we're doing him for our read-aloud theme for this fall {Kindergarten} since DD is enthralled with his works.

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This past year my son really enjoyed Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, the classic Winnie the Pooh stories, James and The Giant Peach. We also read him several books from The Flat Stanley series.

He had a hard time following Tale of Despereaux and The Borrower's.

I will be watching this thread to figure out what we should read next!!
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Nobody has mentioned Heidi yet. I loved Where The Mountain Meets the Moon! We also liked The Ordinary Princess (MM Kaye). We've read many of the others mentioned, though!

I read The Hobbit aloud to my sisters when they were about 5ish -- but my dd1 thinks it's too scary yet, so we haven't read it together yet. It was intended for reading to kids between 4-7 years of age, though.

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Thornton Burgess is great for this age! We recently read "Old Mother West Wind and the Merry Little Breezes", and both my 4.5 year old and 3 year old loved it. We did just a few chapters a night.

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I agree with many of these. We are on the fifth Wizard of Oz book (why didn't I know there were so many of these when I was a kid?) and both my girls love those (4.5YO and 6.5YO). Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books are terrific for sure. Our absolute favorite though has been The House Above the Trees and The Wind Boy both by Ethel Cook Eliot.
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I've had this thread bookmarked for a while, to go through for some Christmas gift ideas.

 

Any fresh thoughts, other books suggestions?  DH reads some, IMO too-heavy (and scary and just not appropriate!) stuff to DS, and I want to bring in some stuff that DH can enjoy reading, but is more appropriate.  (DH read him The Hobbit, then moved on the the Lord of the Rings!  ACK! ).


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Haven't read the whole thread yet, but ds really loved the Winnie the Pooh books.  It's magical, creative, childlike, and he can identify with each of the characters a little.

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Some others that haven't been mentioned:

 

Jenny and the Cat Club (and sequels) - Esther Averill

Little Dog Lost - Rene Guillot

The Five Sisters - Margaret Mahy

Emmaline and the Bunny - Katherine Hannigan

Gooseberry Park - Cynthia Rylant

Thimbleberry Stories - Cynthia Rylant

Igraine the Brave - Cornelia Funke

Alice in Wonderland

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...I'm so looking forward to when DD is old enough to enjoy chapter books.


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Mr Poppers Penguins, Little House series, Charlottes Web, Stuart Little, Clementine, Secret Garden


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