Where to go after Magic Tree House?
Posted 01 December 2009 - 11:09 PM
I don't want characters who engage in a lot of name-calling or attitude either. That's why we've never read Junie B. Jones. How are the Ivy & Bean and Clementine series for that?
Posted 01 December 2009 - 11:49 PM
The Secret Seven are the same level as Encyclopedia Brown (just above Magic Treehouse) and the same author (Enid Blyton) wrote a slightly harder series, The Famous Five
Posted 01 December 2009 - 11:54 PM
We also enjoyed the Boxcar children and some of the other older series.
Posted 02 December 2009 - 12:21 AM
Edited to add she might enjoy the Winnie the Pooh books! The grammar is a bit off, but they're lovely books.
Edited by elise1mds, 02 December 2009 - 12:23 AM.
Posted 02 December 2009 - 09:43 AM
Riverside Kids series by Johanna Hurwitz
Harry the Poisonous Centipede
Carolyn Haywood's Betsy series
The Ink Drinker
Posted 02 December 2009 - 01:07 PM
Posted 02 December 2009 - 01:51 PM
I also tore through Trixie Belden books at that age in addition to or instead of Nancy Drew. Books like Homer Price would be good, too, and The Ssturdays, The Four-Story Mistake and sequels.
Edited by KarenDV, 02 December 2009 - 01:55 PM.
Posted 02 December 2009 - 01:58 PM
Really the only suggestion I have is that The McElderry Book of Grimm's Fairy Tales was a huge hit here. Something about the type size and short-ish story length made her happy, and she plowed right through it. I know there are several others, including Greek Myths and Aesop's Fables, so I'm on the hunt.
Thanks for bringing this up! Good luck, and definitely post if something clicks!
Posted 02 December 2009 - 02:25 PM
Here's a link: http://www.amazon.co...0/dp/0439230268 to one of the books in the Animal Ark Pets series (easy links to the other series are here too).
My dd LOVES Animal Ark and is working her way through the 20+ books in the series right now. They take her a couple of days to read (she only reads a few chapters at a sitting).
OR There's the Puppy Place series which is about 2nd/3rd grade level. Different author.
AND... have you tried Cam Jansen? Dd swallows these in an hour or so, but they're a lot of fun.
Edited by zaichiki, 02 December 2009 - 02:56 PM.
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Posted 02 December 2009 - 04:23 PM
How about the Animal Ark series by Ben Baglio?
I was just going to suggest that! My DS7 reads at about a grade 8 level and can read any non-fiction book he wants, but has always balked at chapter books.
Earlier this year he finally read the Magic Tree House series, which was easy for him, but he liked the factual aspects and it got him past his hangup over chapter books.
It's still hard to find something that he'll read, but he loves animals so the Animal Ark series has been just the trick. He reads a chapter or two at night in bed so it goes slowly, but at least he's reading some fiction!
Posted 02 December 2009 - 05:52 PM
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Posted 02 December 2009 - 10:14 PM
but I guess it depends on if your dd likes the quirky humor in this series. Try the first book and see.
Hank's a favorite around here too.
Ds8 just discovered the Chet Gecko series. They're mysteries with twists on the old gumshoe classics -- he's reading The Malted Falcon right now.
Posted 02 December 2009 - 10:44 PM
Sparkle really liked "The Spiderwick Chronicles." "Boxcar Children" was okay. She's currently into "Pippi Longstocking". "Mrs. Piggle Wiggle" was also a hit.
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Posted 05 December 2009 - 09:38 AM
Due to the age of my son I didn't want him exposed to some content in some individual books so didn't push hard to get out of the formula series books. Some of the juv lit for ages 9-12 can have some themes I'm not interested in exposing him to yet.
If you do Hardy Boys be aware the new ones have some questionable things ie smoking cigarettes and one has suicide. Some reference dating, just not of interest & what I wanted to push on my son when he was in gr 1 or 2 or even 3.
I hate Captain Underpants. Sorry. Some boys LOVE it.
Junie B Jones IMO snarky and all school centered not the life my kids have at all, so didn't expose my boys to that. (Public school in my town was pushing readers of both geners to read it and even did some read alouds of it in grade 1 classrooms.)
There are some good animal centered books out there but neither of my sons was really into them.
Try Warriors also.
Oh and girls of course....American Girl series.
If your child cannot make the transition by grade 3 or 4 into a typical format chapter book for ages 9-12 I would strongly urge you to read a bit about eye tracking problems and see if your child has symptoms of that. I had that with my older child and no one had pointed me in that direction, I wish I had that on my radar as the symptoms were there for 1.5 yrs without anyone thinking to investiate it including an opthalmolgist. I am not saying that is the issue just putting that out there in case you need it for the future...
Posted 10 December 2009 - 02:53 AM
Another set of books that helped were the Princess Tales by Levine -- they're lovely little retellings of fairy tales, but retold with a new flavor. Anyway, our library has them in small individual hardback editions, so they look small and doable, and they also have them in a compiled version. Dd had read a couple, but wanted to read another one, and the only way that the library had it available was in the compiled version. It took her a couple moments of consideration when I handed her the large-ish book, but once she realized that she'd already read 2/3 of it, she got past her block.
It's been 2 months since that incident, and she just picked up Little House in the Big Woods last week and is 3/4 of the way through it. Woot!