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    #193026 - 06/02/14 07:59 AM Book recommendations: age 6-8
    Mark D. Offline
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    Hi everyone - I have been asked to create stickies for threads with lists of book recommendations gathered from member posts for different age ranges (0-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, 13+). Here is the thread for the 6-8 age range.

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    #193053 - 06/02/14 09:48 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
    ElizabethN Offline
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    Thanks for setting these threads up, Mark!

    I am the "moderator" of the 6-8 list, which means that if people make suggestions for books in this age range, I will edit this post to add them to a master list, so they are all together on the first page. Feel free to post your suggestions, and also any suggestions for list format, etc. I will link to the book on Amazon if I can find it there.

    Books for gifted kids aged 6-8
    Fiction
    the Secrets of Droon series by Tony Abbott
    Watership Down by Richard Adams
    Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater
    Jenny and the Cat Club (and others) by Esther Averill
    Poppy and others by Avi
    Basher books series by Simon Basher
    Oz series by L. Frank Baum
    The Penderwicks (series) by Jeanne Birdsall
    The World According to Humphrey series by Betty G. Birney
    The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black
    Faraway Tree series and others by Enid Blyton
    Paddington Bear (and others) by Michael Bond
    Secrets Series by Pseudonymous Bosch
    Green Knowe series by L. M. Boston
    Flat Stanley series by Jeff Brown
    The Miniature World of Marvin and James (and others) by Elise Broach
    The Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley
    Lauren Ipsum by Carlos Bueno
    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
    Ruby Redfort: Look Into My Eyes by Lauren Child
    anything by Beverly Cleary
    Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
    Eleanor by Barbara Cooney
    How to Train your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell
    The Adventures of Vin Fiz by Clive Cussler
    James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
    The BFG by Roald Dahl
    Matilda by Roald Dahl
    Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl
    Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
    George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl
    The Lemonade War and others by Jacqueline Davies
    The Secret Science Alliance by Eleanor Davis
    26 Fairmount Avenue and sequels by Tomie DePaola
    City of Ember and others by Jeanne DuPrau
    Half Magic (and others) by Edward Eager
    The Saturdays (and others) by Elizabeth Enright
    The Familiars series by Adam Jay Epstein
    My Mom the Pirate by Jackie French
    The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester
    Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
    My Father's Dragon (and others) by Ruth Stiles Gannett
    The Fairy Doll by Rumer Godden
    The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden
    Asterix comics by Rene Goscinny
    13 Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths
    The Genius Files and sequels by Dan Gutman
    George’s Secret Key to the Universe by Stephen and Lucy Hawking
    ”B” is for Betsy (and others) by Carolyn Haywood
    Redwall and others by Brian Jacques
    Finn Family Moomintroll (and others) by Tove Jansson
    Toys Go Out series by Emily Jenkins
    We Can’t All Be Rattlesnakes by Patrick Jennings
    The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
    The Secrets of Hexbridge Castle and sequel by Gabrielle Kent
    The Water Horse (and others) by Dick King-Smith
    The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
    Galaxy’s Most Wanted by John Kloepfer
    Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
    Catwings (and others) by Ursula Leguin (be sure to preread, as this author spans a very wide age range)
    A Wrinkle in Time and others by Madeline L’Engle (first book is also available as a graphic novel).
    the Narnia series by CS Lewis
    The Year of the Dog and others by Grace Lin
    Pippi Longstocking (and others) by Astrid Lindgren
    Dr Dolittle series by Hugh Lofting
    The Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace
    Gooney Bird Greene series by Lois Lowry
    Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (and others) by Betty MacDonald
    Dragon Slayer's Academy by Kate McMullan
    Wildwood and sequels by Colin Meloy
    The House at Pooh Corner (and others) by A.A. Milne
    Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat
    While Mrs. Coverlet Was Away and Mrs. Coverlet’s Magicians by Mary Nash
    The Borrowers by Mary Norton
    How Droofus the Dragon Lost His Head by Bill Peet
    Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
    Nick and Tesla’s High Voltage Danger Lab and sequels by Bob Pflugfelder and Steven Hockensmith
    Jigsaw Jones by James Prellar
    Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve and Sarah Mcintyre
    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and others by J.K. Rowling
    The Lighthouse Family (and others) by Cynthia Rylant
    Alec Flint series by Jill Santopolo
    The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz
    The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka
    Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor series by Jon Scieszka
    A Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
    To Catch a Mermaid (and others) by Suzanne Selfors
    A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
    A Whole Nother Story series by Cuthbert Soup
    Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
    Geronimo Stilton series by Geronimo Stilton
    All of a Kind Family (and others) by Sydney Taylor
    The 13 Clocks by James Thurber
    Dragonbreath series by Ursula Vernon
    Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner
    Calvin and Hobbes comics by Bill Watterson
    The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
    Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
    Little House in the Big Woods (and others) by Laura Ingalls Wilder (some of the later books in the series may not be of much interest to younger kids)
    Tailchaser’s Song by Tad Williams
    Dealing with Dragons and sequels by Patricia Wrede

    Non-fiction(ish)
    This list includes stories that are technically fiction, but their primary purpose is to teach instead of to tell a story. This separation was a judgment call, and I’m willing to move books from one category to another if asked
    Beast Academy math books
    The Day-Glo Brothers by Chris Barton
    Tell Me a Picture by Quentin Blake
    The Elements: The New Guide to the Building Blocks of Our Universe by Jack Challoner
    The Magic School Bus books by Joanna Cole
    Phineas L MacGuire series by Frances O’Roark Dowell
    The Great Scientists by John Fardon (no luck finding this on Amazon – any more hints?)
    Did Fleming Rescue Churchill? by Jamies Cross Giblin and Eric Brooks
    The Elements and Mad Science by Theodore Gray
    Where's Wally series by Martin Handford (do you mean Where’s Waldo? No luck finding Wally on Amazon)
    Horrible Science series
    Horrible History series
    Junior Genius Guides
    Muse magazine
    Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas by Jim Ottoviani
    Q is for Quark by David M Schwartz
    G is for Googol by David M Schwartz
    You Can Count on Monsters by Richard Evan Schwartz
    Encyclopedia Brown by Donald Sobol
    Human Body Theater by Maris Wicks (graphic novel)
    Banker to the Poor by Muhammad Yunus (prereading recommended as it touches on sensitive subjects)
    Science Comics series by Various

    Read aloud suggestions
    I'm keeping these separate on the list for now, but any of the above books might be read-alouds if you prefer
    Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
    The Lives of Christopher Chant by Diana Wynne Jones (7 books in this Chrestomanci series)
    Moby Dick by Herman Melville
    The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein


    Edited by ElizabethN (04/10/18 02:00 PM)

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    #193078 - 06/02/14 12:19 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
    aquinas Offline
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    Thanks Mark and ElizabethN!
    _________________________
    Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

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    #193083 - 06/02/14 12:32 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
    Leyla Offline
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    Roald Dahl Books:
    James and the Giant Peach
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    The BFG
    Matilda
    Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
    Danny the Champion of the World
    George's Marvelous Medicine

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    #193086 - 06/02/14 12:40 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
    ultramarina Offline
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    Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (and others)—Betty MacDonald
    The Spiderwick Chronicles--Holly Black
    The Night Fairy—Laura Amy Schlitz
    Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, The Trumpet of the Swan—E.B. White
    Owls in the Family--Farley Mowat
    Beverly Cleary
    Pippi Longstocking (and others)—Astrid Lindgren
    My Father's Dragon (and others)—Ruth Stiles Gannett
    Finn Family Moomintroll (and others)—Tove Jansson
    The Lighthouse Family (and others)—Cynthia Rylant
    All of a Kind Family (and others)—Sydney Taylor
    Jenny and the Cat Club (and others)—Esther Averill
    Half Magic (and others)—Edward Eager
    The House at Pooh Corner—A.A. Milne
    The 13 Clocks--James Thurber
    Mr. Popper's Penguins
    the Narnia series--CS Lewis
    Catwings (and others)—Ursula Leguin
    Paddington Bear (and others)—Michael Bond
    Little House in the Big Woods (and others)—Laura Ingalls Wilder (some of the later books in the series may not be of much interest to younger kids)
    The Fairy Doll—Rumer Godden
    The Story of Holly and Ivy—Rumer Godden
    A Cricket in Times Square--Selden
    the Secrets of Droon series--Tony Abbott
    DragonSlayer's Academy--Kate McMullan

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    #193087 - 06/02/14 12:41 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
    ashley Offline
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    Detective Series:
    - Droon Series (Abbott)
    - Jigsaw Jones (Prellar)
    - Encyclopedia Brown (Sobol)
    - Geronimo Stilton (Stilton)
    - Boxcar Children (Warner)

    Fantasy Series:
    - How to Train your Dragon series (Crowell)
    - Flat Stanley series (Brown)
    - Dragon Slayer Academy series (McMullan)
    - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; The Glass Elevator (Dahl)
    - Oz series by Baum

    Talking Animals:
    - Dr Dolittle series (Lofting)
    - My Father's Dragon trilogy (Gannett)
    - Cricket in Times Square (Selden)
    - Jungle Book (Kipling)

    Classics for read alouds:
    - The Hobbit (Tolkein)
    - Narnia (Lewis)
    - Peter Pan (Barrie)
    - Moby Dick (Melville)

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    #193088 - 06/02/14 12:41 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    Question for the moderator. There are a number of books that easily fit into more than one category. Should we post it to both? For example a lot of 8-12 year old fiction, is good for this age for a very advanced reader or as a read out loud but still good for kids 8-12.

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    #193091 - 06/02/14 12:46 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
    ElizabethN Offline
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    I think it should probably be posted in both.

    I will add the rest of the books suggested, but it will probably take me a little while to look them all up on Amazon. Posting with links would make my job shorter, but it's not a requirement. smile

    I am also soliciting suggestions for breaking the main list up into categories, as I can see that it is already really too long.


    Edited by ElizabethN (06/02/14 12:57 PM)

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    #193117 - 06/02/14 02:29 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    Dealing with Dragons -- Patricia Wrede

    Read outloud or advanced readers
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    The Lives of Christopher Chant by Diana Wynne Jones
    (7 books in this Chestomancy series)

    Picture books with more text
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    The Dragon who Lost his Head,
    Eleanor -- by Bill Pete
    The Stinky CHeese Man & Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Sciekska & Lane Smith

    Science/Math
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    Magic School Bus Books by Scholastic
    Q is for Quark
    G is for Google by David M Schwarz, Kim Doner

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    #193232 - 06/03/14 07:23 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
    ConnectingDots Offline
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    Junior Genius Guides -- seems to be a newer series, written by a man who held a record in Jeopardy! winnings. DS7 loves them.
    http://pages.simonandschuster.com/juniorgeniusguides

    The Miniature World of Marvin & James, also Masterpiece by Elise Broach


    Edited by ConnectingDots (06/04/14 05:30 PM)

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    #193239 - 06/03/14 08:14 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
    ultramarina Offline
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    Rabbit Hill--Robert Lawson
    Green Knowe series--L. M. Boston
    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland--Lewis Carroll
    To Catch a Mermaid (and others)--Suzanne Selfors
    The Penderwicks (series)--Jeanne Birdsall

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    #193240 - 06/03/14 08:38 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    Horrible Science series
    Toys Go Out series
    Cuthbert Soup "Another Whole Story" series
    Asterix comics
    Calvin and Hobbes comics
    the Dick King-Smith books
    E.B. White "Trumpet of the Swan"

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    #193247 - 06/03/14 09:30 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    The Girl Who Could Fly - Victoria Forester (a favorite!)
    The Sisters Grimm series - Michael Buckley

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    #193287 - 06/03/14 12:04 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
    coveln Offline
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    How about Phantom Tollbooth and Wizard of Oz series

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    #193347 - 06/04/14 07:34 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
    cammom Offline
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    The Familiars series (my son could not get enough!)--Adam Jay Epstein
    All EB White books-- Charlotte's Web, Trumpet of the Swan, Stuart Little
    The Cricket in Times Square-George Seldon
    Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIHM-Robert C. O'Brien
    My Father's Dragon series--Ruth Stiles Gannett
    Roald Dahl books--James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    The Borrowers--Mary Norton
    The Humphrey series--Betty G. Birney
    Little House on the Prairie series (books 1-5)- Laura Ingalls Wilder

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    #193386 - 06/04/14 09:52 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
    ElizabethN Offline
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    I know that the list is long, but please try to avoid duplicating what's already there when making your suggestions. Thanks!

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    #193605 - 06/05/14 07:38 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
    ElizabethN Offline
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    OK, I think I am now up to date on all of the suggestions. Let me know if you see any errors or omissions.

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    #194325 - 06/12/14 03:46 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    Treasure Island. Unlike other Classics Children Ought to Read -- Robinson Crusoe (written before the idea of a novel as a coherent narrative), Swiss Family Robinson (written for moral edification) -- this is actually a really good book!

    DD6 was intensely interested, not at all put off by the difficulty level (though with lots of explanations from me, both of vocabulary and historical context). But she got pretty freaked out by how scary it was. She had been asking for books with "wicked" characters, but this was a little too rich for her blood. Unlike their rather sanitized Disney descendants, these pirates are freaky nasty scary.

    DD's evaluation: "Let's read this when I'm older." May work for some in this age group, maybe even DD by the time she's 8.

    (P.S. As a less scary substitute for her blood-thirstiness, I've been reading her the Tintin adventures The Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham's Treasure.)

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    #194326 - 06/12/14 03:56 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
    DeeDee Offline
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    Theo Gray's The Elements and Mad Science
    Muse magazine

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    #194335 - 06/12/14 06:56 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
    KnittingMama Offline
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    The Saturdays (first of the Melendy series) - Elizabeth Enright

    Gone-Away Lake (and Return to Gone-Away) - Elizabeth Enright

    The Borrowers (series) - Mary Norton

    Betsy-Tacy (series) - Maud Lovelace

    "B" is for Betsy (series) - Carolyn Haywood

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    #194548 - 06/15/14 08:46 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
    ElizabethN Offline
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    OK, I believe I'm up-to-date. I can't believe that Betsy-Tacy and the Borrowers weren't on there yet!

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    #195487 - 06/27/14 08:30 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
    mayasmom Offline
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    I love this list!

    I would recommend The Phantom Tollbooth to the read-aloud section.

    Also, Enid Blyton's magic Faraway Tree and Wishing Chair Collection for independent reading.


    Edited by mayasmom (06/27/14 08:39 AM)

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    #196184 - 07/10/14 08:59 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
    1frugalmom Offline
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    I second the suggestions of My Father's Dragon books - My Father's Dragon, Elmer and the Dragon, and Dragons of Blueland.

    For those with kiddos that still like books with some pictures - these are great! Also the print is fairly large and it doesn't take up the entire page.

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    #196215 - 07/10/14 01:12 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
    ElizabethN Offline
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    I believe I'm caught up through here. I haven't been putting books in the read-aloud section if they are already on the main list, and I alphabetized by author to make it easier for me to find if I've posted something already. Let me know if I missed your suggestion!

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    #196518 - 07/15/14 04:07 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
    CoastalMom Offline
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    Do my eyes deceive me or is Harry Potter such a given that no one has suggested it?

    DD6 has been breathing down DS8's neck to get him to read each one more quickly so that she can move on. A sensible parent would have bought two sets.

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    #196553 - 07/16/14 08:09 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: CoastalMom]
    Bostonian Offline
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    Originally Posted By: CoastalMom
    Do my eyes deceive me or is Harry Potter such a given that no one has suggested it?

    I'd guess the latter. "Goblet of Fire" should soon arrive for my 7yo daughter. All three children have been reading the series. They think it's weird that I have not read Harry Potter.

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    #196971 - 07/23/14 06:28 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    We just got back from Italy, and I realized there is a wonderful book that is often missing from American book lists. Pinocchio!!

    The true, unabridged version of The Adventures of Pinocchio is an amazing story, and the original shares some qualities with epic poems (Gilgamesh, The Odyssey). It has 36 chapters, and is significantly darker than abridged Disney-fied versions (it is not darker than Harry Potter).

    The copy we bought is unabridged by Carlo Collodi, and illustrated beautifully by Roberto Innocenti, a Florentine-based illustrator. It is a larger book since it is heavily illustrated, but I think they really add to the story. My DD has probably already read it 5 times since we bought it, and it seems to be replacing Charlotte's Web as her current favorite! (She's the type of child who reads the same book many, many, many times. Pretty much until it's memorized and then when she's bored she'll just start reciting it from memory to keep herself occupied. Makes for interesting dinner entertainment when we're out at a restaurant!)

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    #201081 - 09/16/14 09:08 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    HP's content is a little mature for some kids in this age range, in the later books. We've stopped DS6 at book 3 for now.

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    #201094 - 09/16/14 10:01 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
    ElizabethN Offline
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    Pinocchio is already on the list. smile

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    #201133 - 09/16/14 01:53 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    I posted about HP before finishing the series, myself (Bostonian, my kids think it's weird that I AM reading them!). DD6 is near the end of #3 and I'm going to stop her there for now. DS8 started #4 before I finished it and I'm concerned, given events late in the book. If he's okay with #4, I'll let him read #5, but #6 & #7 are going to be misplaced for a while.

    DD6 and DS8 have both been enjoying D'Aulaire's Greek Myths.

    Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo is DD6's current fave.


    Edited by CoastalMom (09/16/14 01:57 PM)
    Edit Reason: Forgot Flora.

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    #201140 - 09/16/14 02:22 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    DW cried when Dumbledore died. DD at 6 barely blinked. It's all individual.

    For parents concerned about their children's emotional response, Book 4 is the watershed, as that's the one which culminates with a child murdered.

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    #201171 - 09/16/14 05:26 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    DS8 just finished the first book in the Redwall series by Brian Jacques and loved it. We learned there are numerous books in the series and have just requested three from the library. I didn't see this series on the list.

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    #201190 - 09/16/14 08:54 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: ConnectingDots]
    ElizabethN Offline
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    Originally Posted By: ConnectingDots
    DS8 just finished the first book in the Redwall series by Brian Jacques and loved it. We learned there are numerous books in the series and have just requested three from the library. I didn't see this series on the list.


    I've added it - thank you!

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    #201199 - 09/16/14 09:57 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: ElizabethN]
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    Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas, by Jim Ottaviani & Maris Wicks.

    It's in graphic-novel format and appears to be aimed at an adult audience (e.g. it mentions Louis Leaky's philandering, so you might want to preview it), but it is totally accessible for a smart child.

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    #201448 - 09/19/14 11:42 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    One of DS7s favorites has been "You Can count on Monsters" by Richard Schwartz... primes and factors illustrated with nearly no text. The perfect thing for a visual math kid to puzzle over for hours.

    Here is Keith Devlin's review... http://www.npr.org/2011/01/22/133118069/math-isnt-so-scary-with-help-from-these-monsters

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    #202265 - 09/29/14 09:20 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
    ElizabethN Offline
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    Updated up through this point. Thanks for everyone's suggestions!

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    #203836 - 10/19/14 07:31 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    New suggestion: the Poppy series, by Avi. They have some sad bits and some odd dialect, but there are a number and DS loved them.

    I need some new suggestions for DS6...help!

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    #203839 - 10/19/14 10:16 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    Galaxy's Most Wanted by John Kloepfer

    A group of smart kids attending STEM camp summon alien life to Earth and then have to put their "planet-sized" brains together to stop an alien invasion.

    DS7 is loving it.

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    #205227 - 11/08/14 10:37 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    The City of Ember series by Jeanna DuPrau (4 books, sci-fy)
    The Lemonade War series by Jacqueline Davies

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    #205237 - 11/08/14 06:30 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    Updated through this point.

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    #209167 - 01/18/15 09:19 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    Lauren Ipsum is kind of like the Phantom Tollbooth of computer science. I highly recommend it! It's being sold two ways, through No Starch Press or through Amazon and Kindle.

    My six year old loved it, but older ages would as well.

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    #209195 - 01/18/15 09:12 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: MegMeg]
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    Ds7 just read George's secret key to the universe by Stephen and Lucy Hawking. I was a long overdue step up for him and he enjoyed it.

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    #209203 - 01/19/15 12:12 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: puffin]
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    Oh, and the Nick and Tesla books!

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    #210302 - 02/05/15 05:22 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    Watership Down.

    Tailchaser's Song.

    I love both of those books. My son is younger, so I'm not sure what level a gifted kid is reading at at this age range, but if Harry Potter is on the list, these two seem about that level. If nothing else, as read alouds.

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    #210694 - 02/11/15 02:59 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    Max Axiom "comic" science books. Non-fiction.
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    #212974 - 03/18/15 07:11 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    Watership Down is very sad and dark in places...not that HP isn't, but most people are aware of that. I'm about to give it to my 11yo, though she could have handled it younger, but not at 6.

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    #214034 - 04/10/15 08:30 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    Two favorites from my childhood that I've just rediscovered for DD7: While Mrs. Coverlet was Away, and Mrs. Coverlet's Magicians, both by Mary Nash.

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    #214047 - 04/10/15 09:48 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    Along the lines of the James Patterson suggestion:

    "The Adventures of Vin Fiz" by Clive Cussler

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    #218403 - 06/16/15 03:11 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    DD8 just finished Look Into My Eyes, book 1 in the Ruby Redfort series (written by Lauren Child) and declared it one of her faves.

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    #220358 - 08/01/15 01:12 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    Age 6-8 covers a lot of territory... I'll make a couple of suggestions for the younger end of that range, mostly books at the normal grade 3/4/5 reading level, but which are interesting for young strong readers:

    Fiction:
    Phineas L MacGuire series, Frances O'Roark Dowell
    Dragonbreath series, Ursula Vernon
    Alec Flint mysteries, Jill Santopolo
    The World According to Humphrey series, Betty G. Birney
    The Year of the Dog (& sequels), Grace Lin
    The Secret Science Alliance, Eleanor Davis
    Gooney Bird Greene series, Lois Lowry
    My Mom the Pirate, Jackie French
    We Can't All Be Rattlesnakes, Patrick Jennings

    Non-fiction(ish):
    Did Fleming Rescue Churchill?, James Cross Giblin & Erik Brooks
    Tell Me a Picture, Quentin Blake

    Non-fiction:
    Kids Discover magazine (www.kidsdiscover.com)
    The Day-Glo Brothers, Chris Barton & Tony Persiani

    For readers unfazed by length:

    Fiction:
    Magyk (& the rest of the Septimus Heap series), Angie Sage -- long fantasy books that are fun and the author has said she intended them to be suitable for age 8 (so they're lower on violence, etc., than, for instance, Harry Potter)

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    #220723 - 08/13/15 10:37 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    Adding a link to the thread on book recommendations for "free reading" at school, which mentions a 6-year-old.

    Adding a link to the thread on American Library Association booklists, which contains booklists for various ages.

    Adding a link to the thread Fiction Book recommendations for kid, which inquires about fiction books for an 8-year old who typically reads for information.

    Adding a link to an old thread what book your kid is reading this week (2011).

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    #222312 - 09/14/15 11:25 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    DS newly 9 has recently rapidly consumed The Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch. Loved them.

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    #222506 - 09/18/15 08:39 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    Adding a link to the thread Western Novels and Historical Fiction, which discusses choices for an 8-year-old boy.

    Adding links to discussion threads on high-level picture books:
    - here
    - here
    - Using Picture Storybooks to Teach Literary Devices

    Adding a link to the thread Book Recommendations for 8 Year Old, on the General Discussions board.

    Adding a link to the thread fun physics book for 6 year old?

    Adding a link to the thread High Lexile Level Books for young readers

    Adding a link to the thread Adult lit "gateway drug" books?, which discusses literature to read aloud to an 8-year old.

    Adding a link to the thread Shorter Books with High Lexile.

    Adding links to books featuring diversity... main characters who are positive representations of ethnicities which may currently be considered minority populations in the US:
    - books with black and African American characters
    - 1000 black girl books, list curated by Marley Dias
    - books with Asian characters
    - books made into movies
    - more books made into movies
    - book Fancy Party Gowns, a child's biography of designer Ann Lowe.

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    #229692 - 04/19/16 10:00 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    Wow, it's been over a year since I updated the first post of this thread! Thanks for your suggestions, everyone.

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    #230111 - 05/03/16 12:43 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    A Certain Small Shepherd sounds like it would work for this age group.
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/985149.A_Certain_Small_Shepherd
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    #230714 - 05/16/16 07:17 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    Is there any way to figure out which of these are graphic novels/graphic comics? DS6 and DS4 are on a graphic novel kick right now (we're reading to them), and we're tearing through the ones I know pretty fast! I'm running out of titles that are age-appropriate, especially for DS4!

    We've been reading the Zita the Space Girl, Baby Mouse, Squish, Lego Ninjago, Bird and Squirrel, Super Agent Jon Le Bon, Guinea Pig Pet Shop Private Eye, Mr. Pants, Binky the Space Cat, Tiny Titans and Scooby Doo Team Up.

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    #230744 - 05/16/16 01:37 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    I'd say A Certain Small Shepherd is more of a picture book, but has pretty good/strong vocabulary. smile You might want to be aware that it's a religious book (I don't want anyone to be offended or surprised) and that the beginning is pretty sad, especially for a four-year-old, and that for modern graphic novel fans it might be too slow. But if your son is mature, I think it's s good fit.
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    #230745 - 05/16/16 01:47 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    For graphic novels, my DS6 loves the Amulet series. He recently read, and enjoyed, Stickman Odyssey, too.

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    #230746 - 05/16/16 02:01 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    There's a graphic novel version of A Wrinkle in Time that DS8 really enjoyed.

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    #230756 - 05/16/16 08:11 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: ElizabethN]
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    Originally Posted By: ElizabethN
    There's a graphic novel version of A Wrinkle in Time that DS8 really enjoyed.


    This sounds like a great summer read for DD. smile

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    #230762 - 05/17/16 06:09 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    Thank you for the suggestions. The Amulet and A Wrinkle in Time look like they would be terrific reads, but they both look like they would be too scary for both boys at this point. Zita the Space Girl was definitely on the line in terms of level of comfort.

    Anything more lighthearted would be great at this point. It doesn't have to be great literature - after all, we tear through about 5-6 books a day (some are still picture books)!

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    #230766 - 05/17/16 08:34 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    Maybe Rapunzel's Revenge will interest them without being too scary (by Shannon Hale)

    For fast light heart reading - maybe The Bad Guys books will be amusing (by Aaron Blabey)

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    #230988 - 05/21/16 01:39 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    I think the Ramona books would work for this age, too. They're not graphic novels, but they're relatively easy.


    http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/beezus-and-ramona#cart/cleanup
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    #231002 - 05/21/16 08:48 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    My son loves the Jenny and the Cat Club series and also the Catwings books. They aren't graphic novels but both series are charming and not scary at all.

    We also read some of the Little House on the Prarie books lately and those were a hit. They contain so many fascinating details about pioneer life and descriptions of how things were made. My son loved them.

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    #232380 - 07/20/16 07:50 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    26 Fairmount Avenue is an 8-volume illustrated autobiography of Tomie dePaola's childhood, from about age 4 to 8. We are doing it as a read-aloud series, but be perfect as independent reading for any kid 4-8 who was interested.

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    #232963 - 08/18/16 06:24 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    Thanks for this list! DS6 is reading about 3 chapter books a day right now and I'm in need of new ideas.

    One series I didn't see that DS loved (and has asked me to preorder the 4th book released son) is:

    Fiction:
    https://www.amazon.com/Frank-Einstein-An...einstein+series

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    #232964 - 08/18/16 06:24 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    Thanks for this list! DS6 is reading about 3 chapter books a day right now and I'm in need of new ideas.

    One series I didn't see that DS loved (and has asked me to preorder the 4th book released son) is:

    Fiction:
    https://www.amazon.com/Frank-Einstein-An...einstein+series

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    #232985 - 08/18/16 08:13 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: bedgebog]
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    Heck, I want to read that.. I've always loved Tomie dePaola's work!

    Originally Posted By: bedgebog
    26 Fairmount Avenue is an 8-volume illustrated autobiography of Tomie dePaola's childhood, from about age 4 to 8. We are doing it as a read-aloud series, but be perfect as independent reading for any kid 4-8 who was interested.
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    #232986 - 08/18/16 09:35 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    I just reserved some of the Frank Einstein books at the local library. I think my son is going to LOVE them!

    My son has recently become obsessed with the Nathan Hale graphic novels. The first is called "One Dead Spy" and it's about the revolutionary war. His favorite was "Big Bad Iron Clad", which was about the Civil War.

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    #233708 - 09/12/16 12:10 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    A Wrinkle in Time, both novel and graphic novel versions were a big hit with DD6. She says the series is now one of her all-time favorites, up there with HP.

    She also really enjoyed the Amulet series. I got into it too but I'm not really sure if I would have let her read it if I had pre-read it as I should have.

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    #235955 - 01/19/17 08:17 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    Not sure if already mentioned, but DS8 is extremely fond of the Wildwood series by Colin Meloy

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    #235963 - 01/19/17 11:47 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    Mana, can you provide a little more detail about what "the Amulet series" is so I can add it to the list? Otherwise, I think the first-page list is up to date through here.

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    #237519 - 04/02/17 12:23 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    Yikes, I am over 3 months late.

    I would not recommend the Amulet series for young readers for its violent content. The first book starts off with a parent suffering a very traumatic death. Definitely 8 and up for most children.

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    #237520 - 04/02/17 12:36 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    OK, I'll leave it off this list, then. Thanks!

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    #237524 - 04/02/17 02:27 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    My son really enjoyed Bridge to Terabithia, The One and Only Ivan, Old Yellar, Rain Reign, Where the Fern Grows, and Tuck Everlasting. These all deal with some sort of death in the novels though, so discretion is advised for more sensitive readers.

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    #241448 - 02/26/18 11:29 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    Relatively new and great non-fiction graphic comics for this age group:

    - The Human Body Theatre by Maris Wicks

    - And the whole Science Comics series (the first is Coral Reefs - Cities of the Ocean by Maris Wicks) is terrific as well. There are already four or five and more will be coming out soon (including one on the human brain!).

    - Also, Sea Creatures #1, Reef Madness and Sea Creatures #2, Armed and Dangerous by Christophe Cazenove. There are likely more coming out, as they were first published in French and there are more available in the French series.

    - And also, older but still great: All of the Joseph Midthun Building Blocks of Science and Building Blocks of Math books.

    DS6 loves all of the above!

    And I would almost recommend to add the Beast Academy books on the list! DS6 has taken to reading them for pleasure. smile

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    #241554 - 03/08/18 07:20 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    Lovely gentle chapter books to feed the imagination:

    Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman

    Ottoline books by Chris Riddell

    Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve

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    #241877 - 04/04/18 07:27 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    City of Ember (Series) by Jeanne DuPrau (Science Fiction)
    Holes by Louis Sacher

    Both of these have been favorites in our house. (Mystery)
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    #242020 - 04/10/18 10:44 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    Lemony Snicket's "Series of Unfortunate Events" books are DS6's newest reading obsession. I definitely recommend these stories for their dark humour and irony.

    Here's a link for books 1-13.

    https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Wreck-Un...ortunate+events
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    #242021 - 04/10/18 12:53 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    "The Genius Files", a five-book series by Dan Gutman about 12-almost-13-year-old gifted twins, and their adventures with a secret government agency (under the oblivious noses of their professorial parents).

    https://www.amazon.com/Genius-Files-Mission-Unstoppable/dp/0061827665

    And Lemony Snicket is also on our list for the immediate future.

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    #242022 - 04/10/18 01:12 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    Oooh, that sounds terrific, aeh! I could see DS hibernating and devouring those!
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    #242855 - 05/27/18 05:58 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    DS8 just devoured the Mr. Lemoncillo's Library series by Chris Grabenstein,along with a few other books by the author. He said "this might be the best book I have ever read" midway through the first one.

    Also really enjoyed "The Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes" and "The adventurer's guide to dragons (and why they keep biting me)" by Wade Albert White.

    Somehow, DS11 missed these on his reading journey. Which is incredible, given how much time he spends reading!

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    #243157 - 06/21/18 07:55 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    Could anyone recommend books or series that are sort of 'realistic' fiction but don't feature snarky little kids? smile My son (age 7) is reading at about a 3rd grade level and has decided that 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' is just the best thing ever. I do think the series is funny but he's not emotionally sophisticated enough to understand why the main character isn't always very nice. He's also been reading the 'Weird School' series and it has similar issues with name-calling, etc. I don't want to be prudish but would love to find something that has 'real life' story lines but is a bit more wholesome. Any suggestions?

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    #243159 - 06/22/18 04:08 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: readermom123]
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    Originally Posted By: readermom123
    I don't want to be prudish but would love to find something that has 'real life' story lines but is a bit more wholesome. Any suggestions?

    We got a lot of mileage out several mystery series. As I recall, Jigsaw Jones were pretty decent, ABC Mysteries were OK (and lots of 'em!). Magic School Bus novels were fun. I think we went to all of these after plowing through way too many Magic Tree Houses. smile

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    #243161 - 06/22/18 06:13 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: readermom123]
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    Originally Posted By: readermom123
    books... that are sort of 'realistic' fiction but don't feature snarky little kids... Any suggestions?
    Have you looked at historical fiction?
    Oscar's Gift is similar to "American Girl" books, but featuring a boy as the main character.
    The author is a former director of SENG.

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    #243171 - 06/24/18 06:33 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    Thank you everyone! I'm trying to pay attention and figure out what he finds so appealing about these books. I think it's a combination of the humor and feeling like he can 'relate' to the issues. I just wish we could find something funny where the kids chooses a better way to handle his problems.

    Historical fiction is a whole genre we've never tried so I'll look into that for sure. Platypus, not sure how old your kids are now but my son is kind of enjoying a series called the Field Trip Mysteries.

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    #243172 - 06/24/18 08:36 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    Suggestions sound good above.

    A couple of years ago I posted some suggestions to this thread. From that post (#220358), for your DS, considering his apparent taste for humor+science, I'd call out:

    Phineas L. MacGuire series, Frances O'Roark Dowell -- by Lexile level, it's supposedly about typical 5th grade level, but I don't think it's really that hard -- it may be the occasional scientific vocabulary word pushing the Lexile level up -- incorporates some science into some funny but good-hearted stories.

    Dragonbreath series, Ursula Vernon -- this isn't literally "realistic" (as it's about an anthropomorphic dragon and his anthropomorphic other creature friends) and the stories are fantasy type, but it's quite funny in a not-nasty way (my husband kept reading these to our kids for years as he enjoyed them) and it's a hybrid of "normal" text with occasional breakouts into comic panels which may give it extra appeal to a Wimpy Kid fan.

    I'd also take a look at:

    Time Warp Trio series, Jon Scieszka -- the author is interested in getting kids reading, and in particular interested in getting boys reading. Seems to work well for many boys: get exposed to some history in a fun way.

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    #243177 - 06/25/18 12:49 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Peony2]
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    Thanks Peony! Awesome suggestions. smile

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    #243379 - 07/31/18 07:32 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    I have a collection of recommended reading lists designed specifically for students ages 6 and up that are reading at a 4th to 5th grade level. All of the books are pre-screened for content and maturity. The lists are based on age, reading ability, and interest. https://resources.njgifted.org/elementary-books.html

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    #243393 - 08/01/18 02:07 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    That's lovely- thanks for sharing that!

    Books DS6 has been enjoying this summer:

    - Grandpa's Great Escape (David Walliams)
    - Gangsta Granny (David Walliams)
    - Demon Dentist (David Walliams)
    - The One and Only Ivan (Katherine Applegate)
    - Science Comics (coral reefs, flying machines, dinosaurs, robots and drones, plagues)
    - The Series of Unfortunate Events books
    - Captain Underpants books
    - Charlotte's Web (E.B. White)
    - Horrible History books
    - Horrible Geography books
    - The Narnia books
    - Re-reading pretty much the whole works of Roald Dahl
    - Harry Potter (books 1 and 2- we'll wait to continue the series)
    - Tin Tin comics (translated into English)
    - The "Who Was"/"What Was" series
    - Beast Academy comic textbooks (not kidding- he seriously loves these)

    I've also reserved an English translation of "The Little Prince" by Antoine de St Exupery at the library, as DS' French isn't yet strong enough to read the original. Once he's up to speed, I could see him loving the "Petit Nicolas" series by Gosciny, as well as Asterix et Obelix.

    DS is also urging me to let him read some of these, which I'm debating due to concerns about maturity/horror themes:

    - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    - Treasure Island
    - The Goosebumps series
    - The Hobbit
    - Rick Riordan's "Magnus Chase" series

    I also found a neat book with 40 philosophy questions that he'd love, and a few books by Stephen and Lucy Hawking that play with physics in a fun way for kids. Will see if DS is interested.
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    #243403 - 08/02/18 10:09 AM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    Love your DS's list, aquinas. I'll have to see if my no-longer-quite-so-little wants to try some Roald Dahl. Our summer list so far:
    - Waggit
    - Guardians of Gahoole series
    - Warriors (cat series, as well as associated dog (Survivors) and bear (Seekers) series)
    - Pegasus series (The Flame of Olympus and following--kind of a Rick Riordan-alike, but enjoyed by my child)
    - Redwall series
    - The Familiars series (described as for fans of HP and Warriors--bingo!)
    - The Call of the Wild

    Other than The Call of the Wild, which appears to have been selected by DC on the basis of wolves, you might notice a pattern of fantasy-quest series, preferably with anthropomorphized animals.

    I'll admit to having let DC read through all of the HP books at five or six. YMMV, of course, but they didn't seem to be too scary at the time, but that might be because DC heard them all read aloud first, by DC#1 (in a British accent, of course!).

    As we're discussing this, I'm reminded of George MacDonald. Those might be appealing too -- The Light Princess, The Princess and the Goblin, etc.

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    #243417 - 08/03/18 02:02 PM Re: Book recommendations: age 6-8 [Re: Mark D.]
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    Also agree about the Dragonbreath books! My 7 year old loves them. This summer he also fell in love with the Secret Coders series and the Myth-o-Mania series, which I also enjoyed!

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