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#1 of 4 Old 01-02-2012, 10:40 PM - Thread Starter
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What are your favorite read-alouds or your kids' favorite independent reads for ages 7-10? Classic literature as well as contemporary, too.


My daughter, 8, just discovered The Boxcar Children and loooves them! She has been reading the Great Illustrated Classics children's abridged versions of classic books like Robinson Crusoe, Little Women, etc. and just flies through them.

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That's fantastic that she loves all those old classics. My son really likes the more contemprorary books, but we try to get him to read classics too, or at least abridged versions of them for kids like "A Christmas Carol" which he loved (because of the ghosts!)


Here are some good ones:


The Chronicles of Narnia

Anne of Green Gables series

Little House series

Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys

Black Beauty


There's also the Classic Starts books that have ones like The Odyssey, Great Expectations, Frankenstein...

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Some that have been hits here as read-alouds:


Ronia the Robber's Daughter - Astrid Lindgren

everything else by Astrid Lindgren

Tove Jansson's Moomin books

The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Silver Crown - Robert C. O'Brien

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH - Robert C. O'Brien

Coraline - Neil Gaiman

The Green Book - Jill Paton Walsh

Nim's Island - Wendy Orr

The Egypt Game - Zilpha Keatley Snyder

The Wind Boy - Ethel Cook Eliot

Understood Betsy - Dorothy Canfield

books by Eleanor Estes

books by Beverly Cleary

the Harry Potter Series

Cornelia Funke's Inkworld series

the May Bird series - Jodi Lynn Anderson

The Mysterious Benedict Society series - Trenton Lee Stewart

the Silverwing series - Kenneth Oppel

the Little House series - Laura Ingalls Wilder

the Swallows and Amazons series - Arthur Ransome


Oh, and my DD (almost 9) loves the Bone graphic novels by Jeff Smith.  She also loved Zita the Space Girl, another graphic novel, by Ben Hatke.

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My 9 year old's favorites right now are the "Down Girl and Sit" books.  (There are four and are written from the dog's pov)

She also really like the author Dick King-Smith (Babe, Lady Lollipop, a Mouse Called Wolf, etc)


Other favs:

The Hundred Dresses

Ramona books

Books by Andrew Clements (most of these take place in a school, but we love them)


Mom to three very active girls Anna (15), Kayla (12), Maya (9).
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