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#1 ThatBookwormMom

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 10:39 AM

I'm developing reading lists for my kids, grades 2 (girl) and 1 (boy).

My dd is a pretty strong reader (recently reading Stuart Little, Freckle Juice, and an abridged Anne of Green Gables, among others), but she's still just 7, so I want to keep it on the lighter side of topics and adventures.

My ds is just learning to decode and needs lots of practice to become fluent, but is competitive, so wants to read "chapter books" just like his sister. I have Stone Fox and The Bears on Hemlock Mountain, but I need more recs for "boy" books, because he likes reading about boys and superheroes. I have some Mercy Watson, but I want to feed his preferences a bit, kwim?

Thank you very much for any suggestions!

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 10:57 AM

Nate the Great series
My Father's Dragon
Raggedy Ann and Andy Stories
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Posted 11 October 2017 - 11:51 AM

Is he really reading Stone Fox and Bears on Hemlock Mountain? Those books are short compared to what's coming out today, but they're not that easy for a kid who is "just learning to decode"! I don't want to suggest books that are too easy.


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Posted 11 October 2017 - 12:02 PM

Is he really reading Stone Fox and Bears on Hemlock Mountain? Those books are short compared to what's coming out today, but they're not that easy for a kid who is "just learning to decode"! I don't want to suggest books that are too easy.

He "reads" them with me, with lots of coaching, because they're chapter books with boys. I have them, which is why he picked them, but he's really not ready for them yet.

ETA he reads a page per day this way in these books, because it takes a really long time, and he asks me to reread it after he does so he can understand the story.

I read a lot of book rec lists, but it's hard to figure out reading levels from the lists alone, and it's difficult to get to the library right now, so I'm trying to order online more purposefully, kwim?

Edited by ThatBookwormMom, 11 October 2017 - 12:04 PM.


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Posted 11 October 2017 - 12:17 PM

Got it.

Just off the top of my head (that is, I'm not going in my saved links list), you might try The Stories Julian Tells, The Milo and Jazz Mysteries, Zapato Power, Lowriders in Space, Squish, Bradford Street Buddies, Buzz Beaker, Chang's Paper Pony, Pepe and Papa, A Day With Daddy, Sam and Charlie, Jackson Friends, Frog and Toad, Fox and Friends, George and Martha, Elephant and Piggie.

 

And don't forget the DC early reader series. They have a lot of good non-fiction options.


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#6 Lori D.

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 12:22 PM

boy protagonist early reader books with chapters:

Frog and Toad series (Lobel)

Mouse Tales (Lobel)

Owl At Home (Lobel)

Commander Toad series (Yolan)

Fox and Friends series (Marshall)

Three by the Sea (Marshall)

Four by the Shore (Marshall)

The Adventures of Snail at School (Sadler)

Wizard and Wart series (Smith)

Captain and Matey series (Laurence

Nate the Great serise (Sharmat)

The Big Jump (Elkin)

The King, The Mice, and the Cheese (Gurney)

PJ Funnybunny books (Sadler)

Little Bear series (Minarik)

Inspector Hopper series (Cushman)

Detective Dinosaur series (Skofield)

Henry and Mudge series (Rylant)

 

 

These 2 are female protagonists, but not at all "girly" -- the first is a detective, the second is silly fun:

Aunt Eater series (Cushman)

Amelia Bedelia series (Parish)


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#7 ThatBookwormMom

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 12:25 PM

Frog and Toad! Elephant and Piggie! *face palm* Of course. How could I have forgotten? I feel rather sheepish.

Thank you for the others to check out, too.
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Posted 11 October 2017 - 12:42 PM

Book ideas for your DD, all with female protagonists:

 

Real Life

Understood Betsy (Fisher)

B is for Betsy (Haywood)

The Moffats series (Estes)

Grandma's Attic series (Richardson)

The Hundred Dresses (Estes)

Ramona and Beezus books (Cleary)

 

Historical Fiction

Phoebe the Spy (Griffin)

The Courage of Sarah Noble (Dalgliesh)

The Cabin Faced West (Fritz) 

Hannah (Whelan)

Silver (Whelan)

Sarah Plain and Tall; Skylark; Caleb's Story (MacLachlan)

Pioneer Cat (Hooks)

The Little Riders (Shemin)

 

Biography

Sybil Ludington's Midnight Ride (Amstel)

Escape North! Story of Harriet Tubman (Kulling)

The Daring Escape of Ellen Craft (Moore) 

Helen Keller (Davidson)

 

Detective

Cam Jansen series (Adler)

Third Grade Detective series (Stanley)

Boxcar Children series (Warner)

 

Myth/Fairytale

Mermaid Tales from Around the World (Osborne)

Beauty and the Beast (Osborne)

 

Fantasy

Catwings series (Le Guin)

No Flying in the House (Brock)

Twig (Jones)

The Borrowers series (Norton)

Pippi Longstockings; Pippi in the South Seas (Langren)

Wizard of Oz series (Baum)

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle series (MacDonald)

The Rescuers; Miss Bianca; The Turret; Miss Bianca in the Salt Mines; Miss Bianca in the Orient (Sharp)


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#9 ThatBookwormMom

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 01:11 PM

Oh, perfect! Thank you so very much.

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 04:58 PM

I always used the VP catalog and the TruthQuest history guides for ideas.


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