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#1 lilbean05

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Posted 22 November 2009 - 10:26 PM

My daugher is reading on a 1st-2nd grade reading level and we are looking for books that she can read that she doesn't think are scary! Magic Treehouse book are a bit much, abridged versions of Peter Pan, The Jungle Book, and even Beauty and the Beast are a bit too scary for her too. She doesn't like Captain Hook, Sher Khan, or the Beast! Hmmm..any thoughts on some nice, pure books that she can read and really enjoy without the element of conflict and "bad guys"?

(I know it is tough, because most books are focused on a conflict of some sort--that whole man vs man, man vs nature, man vs himself business)

TIA!

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 01:22 AM

The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner. Stick with the first 20 or so by the original author.

I *love* the Boxcar Children.:)

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 01:58 AM

Clyde Bula has some nice historical fiction for kids that age - you have to look some are for older kids and some for younger.

I agree with the Box Car children.

A little bit shorter books but the Billy and Blaze books.

Raggedy Ann and Andy

Curious George

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 07:12 AM

How about Young Cam Jansen books? I think the Cam Jansen series itself may be 2nd /3rd grade reading level, not sure... but the "Young" Cam Jansen series is probably at about 1st/2nd.

There's also Puppy Place books. They're about early 2nd grade and were a big hit over here.

I agree with Clyde Bulla. My kids LOVE his books. (Check out the readers listed on sonlight.com's website for grade 2.)

Boxcar Children is written at a higher reading level, but it would be a great read aloud. Keep in mind that the children are orphans and that is discussed in the first book in the series (might be upsetting for younger listeners).

When she gets to about a 3rd/4th grade reading level she might like Animal Ark series by Ben Baglio. My dd is just WILD about them and there are TONS. I think the author did a "Pet" series with the same main characters that is written at about a 2nd grade reading level, as well.

Have fun!

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 08:43 AM

My daugher is reading on a 1st-2nd grade reading level and we are looking for books that she can read that she doesn't think are scary! Magic Treehouse book are a bit much, abridged versions of Peter Pan, The Jungle Book, and even Beauty and the Beast are a bit too scary for her too. She doesn't like Captain Hook, Sher Khan, or the Beast! Hmmm..any thoughts on some nice, pure books that she can read and really enjoy without the element of conflict and "bad guys"?

(I know it is tough, because most books are focused on a conflict of some sort--that whole man vs man, man vs nature, man vs himself business)

TIA!


Arnold Lobel
Henry and Mudge series by Cynthia Rylant
Mr. Putter and Tabby series by Cynthia Rylant
Young Cam Jansen series
Babar series by Laurent de Brunhof
Adventures of Benny and Watch
some of Mercer Mayer
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Robert Munsch
The Littles First Readers

a little bit higher level
Anatole series by Eve Titus
Pinky and Rex series by James Howe
Anatole series by Eve Titus
Johanna Hurwitz's Russell and Elisa books
Carolyn Haywood's Betsy series


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