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    #55764 - 09/18/09 03:44 AM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: minniemarx]
    chris1234 Offline

    Registered: 06/27/08
    Posts: 1897
    Just wanted to post that the next Wimpy Kid book is coming out Oct. 12th, for kids who like this series (my ds9 has loved it from the beginning, lots of silly pictures, and apparently really speaks to the 2nd-5th grade crowd).

    Don't want to get the thread off the topic of good reference books, that is a great question, onthegomom. I am curious to see more recommendations.

    So far, we enjoy a set of encyclopedias and the monthly National Geographic. (Ds was gifted with a life subscription by an uncle, a great gift!)

    Ds is more of a fiction guy, however, so dramatic-facty books are more appealing at the moment, such as any of the 'Guiness World Record' books, and well-illustrated books like Minnie mentions on how stuff works, such as castles. Books with cut-aways and cross sections, too. I think there are many good books if you google on 'cross-sections', the ones from DK are very cool.
    Various Cross Section books

    Lastly, we have just ordered this reference on race car engineering:
    Race Car Engineering & Mechanics

    #55846 - 09/18/09 09:21 PM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: chris1234]
    onthegomom Offline

    Registered: 07/28/09
    Posts: 1743
    My DS9 is just crazy for the whimpy kid books. write more write more!!!!!!!

    #55907 - 09/19/09 05:35 PM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: onthegomom]
    onthegomom Offline

    Registered: 07/28/09
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    Here's some great ones:
    Here is some great books on space for preschool to early elementary.

    Let's read and find out science books, The Planets in Our Solar System
    (This is a large series, I've found these used and at the library & on ebay , we can't get enough of these)

    Little Rocket's special Star by Julie Sykes

    If you decide to go to the moon by mcnulty

    On the moon by milbourne

    #56306 - 09/22/09 09:01 PM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: onthegomom]
    Mingo Offline
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    Registered: 09/20/09
    Posts: 19
    Loc: Mid-west
    I may have missed them, but a few from my childhood that *stick* are the Henry and Ribsy books by Beverly Cleary. I'm not a *huge* Cleary fan, but I always thought Ribsy was worth my time. smile

    And don't forget Harriet The Spy (Fitzhugh). I used to hide under the living room sofa, "spying" on my parents, and wishing we had a dumb waiter....!

    A newer one - the Dragon of Lonely Island by Rebecca Rupp. Fun story about three children who unwillingly (initially) spend a summer on a remote island at the home of their aunt. They discover an attic room that hints at the presence of something mysterious on the island - a dragon. They find him and he relates several moral tales, historically based, that help the children resolve some problems. One tale is about their aunt as well.

    Very appropriate for the younger set - the stories are not harrowing, just adventures. The dragon is friendly. The follow-up book is equally appropriate, but not quite as strong a story.
    ~ Mingo and 9yo dd

    #56601 - 09/25/09 05:35 AM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: BKD]
    onthegomom Offline

    Registered: 07/28/09
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    Chris1234 thank you for the cartoon strip book reccomendation - Calvin and Hobbs

    They are great! very funny. Some of the stuff remind me of the drama in my own son's life. I want to point that out to him at the right moment. Calvin's imagination is so inline with my DS9.

    #56605 - 09/25/09 06:10 AM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: onthegomom]
    chris1234 Offline

    Registered: 06/27/08
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    Onthegomom - Gosh, you are so welcome!! I can't imagine going through life without having read at least a bit of Calvin. Don't be surprised if almost everyone on this board DOES have these books!! And don't be surprised if your kiddo ends up sleeping with the darn ds9 has several, and some are so worn out we'll be getting him a couple new ones.
    (Dh and I love them, too, lol!)

    #56634 - 09/25/09 08:33 AM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: renie1]
    Kareninminn Offline

    Registered: 08/15/09
    Posts: 68
    Originally Posted By: renie1
    Can someone on the board recommend some high quality picture books for younger kids who read at advanced grade level. My DS7 just finished first grade, reading level is about R-S for guided reading or about 5-6th grade. He will read chapter books if they are intensely interesting, but continually requests picture books. He even asked if i could get chapter books tha have illustrations on every page!! (tall order).. My local librarian told us there were lots of picture books designed for older readers but we've only found a few at this point. Patricia Polacco seems like a good fit but the story i picked quickly for him is too mature (deals with Holocaust)..


    My DS6 has no interest in chapter books, he prefers pictures, his reading level is ahead but his interest level is age appropriate and hes intimidated by too much text. We're doing a lot of graphic novels and he loves them. He's reading Babymouse now, it's very cute. The librarian recommended Bone. I'm not sures if my DS is ready for them but yours probably us. We started one called Joey Fly: Private Eye, my DS didn't care for it but I think it's better for a kid a bit older.

    #56650 - 09/25/09 02:29 PM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: Kareninminn]
    bh14 Offline

    Registered: 06/08/09
    Posts: 367
    Try getting some of the EASY chapter books with pictures. They will be below his level, but perhaps if you can get him interested, he will progress to ones without pics. My daughter enjoyed the Ready Freddy series of books. When their were pics, on each one was a hidden word "Fin" (*because the main character loves sharks). She enjoyed having to look for the hidden word in the pic. We could easily finish the book in 30 min. maybe an hour, but it was better than a picture book even though it was an easy read. Just a thought. My daughter is 7 also. Again, it is way below what she can read, but she finds the series comical.

    #56657 - 09/25/09 04:19 PM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: bh14]
    CAMom Offline

    Registered: 08/13/08
    Posts: 748
    My DS (1st grade) reads at a late 4th grade level but also prefers graphic novels and picture books. He loves Wimpy Kid, Magic Pickle, Herbert's Wormhole, The Curse of the Bologna Sandwich and a whole bunch of that type. I haven't had too much trouble finding books with more advance reading that still has pictures.

    #56735 - 09/26/09 10:46 PM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: Kareninminn]
    Taminy Offline

    Registered: 05/16/09
    Posts: 282
    When it comes to picture books, just browse the library and you should come away with handfuls of great books. It seems to me that most picture books are designed for read aloud by adults, so the language is not oversimplified in the longer ones, and the reading levels are in fact relatively high. A couple of great picture book authors (other than Patricia Polacco):

    Eve Bunting (although some have mature topics). I personally love the book Dandelions.

    Allen Say

    Tomie DePaola

    David Mclimans (these are newer books--one is alphabet, one numbers. Each features endangered animals. Gorgeous artwork, brief but informative text on each page about the animal)

    The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

    Hip Cat

    Oh--and we love this author too: Jonathan London. In addition to the popular "Froggy" books, he also has some beautiful books that feature animals in the wild. Here's a link to one of his books:

    We also love Kevin Henkes, David McPhail, Robert Munsch....

    So many little time [sigh]

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