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We just finished reading ALL of the Billy and Blaze books. (I even lost my head and bought Billy and Blaze and the Gypsies, which is oop). My dd is 8 and an animal lover. The reading level was perfect for her, and she enjoyed taking turns reading a page with me.


What next? Can anyone recommend some great literature at about that reading level for my daily reading with dd? She loves animals and princesses, but if it is wonderful literature it needn't be restricted to those topics.




Sandy in CO


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We read through all of those books too. I was happy to move on, but DS did love that series.


Veritas Press has a collection called Advanced Readers Animal Collection - it is a set of books targeted at about the same reading level as Billy and Blaze. The books included are


Barry the Bravest Saint Bernard, Dolphin Adventure, Five True Dog Stories, Stone Fox, and Tornado


You can purchase the set from them or find the books at your library. We have found their recommendations to be a good fit. There is also a boys and a girls collection that are a good fit for this reading level. We are using the books from the boys collection. I found most of them at our library. Here's the link



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READERS (about Billy and Blaze reading level; a few above or below that level)


with real life girls

- B is for Betsy (Heywood)

- Betsy and Tacy series (Lovelace)

- Understood Betsy (Fisher)

- The Courage of Sarah Noble (Dalgliesh)

- Grandma's Attic series (Richardson)

- House on Rocky Ridge (Macbride) -- series following Laura Ingalls Wilder's descendants

- Sarah Whitcher's Story -- Colonial US pioneer girl and a bear

- Phoebe the Spy (Griffin) --American Revolution - true story

- The Little Riders (Shemin) -- WWII occupied Europe girl who saves the town clock figures

- Helen Keller (Davidson) -- very nice biography

- Hannah (Wheldon) -- blind pioneer girl

- Mercy Watson series (DiCamillo)

- Naya Nuki: The Shoshone Girl Who Ran (Thomasa) -- true story

- Cam Jensen -- or -- Young Cam Jensen series (Adler) -- girl detective

- The Big Balloon Race (Coerr)

- Pocahontas: An American Princess (Milton)

- The 18 Penny Goose (Walker)

- Sacajawea (Milton)

- The Daring Escape of Ellen Craft (Moore)

- Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie (Roop)

- Abe Lincoln's Hat (Brenner)

- The Josefina Story Quilt (Coerr)

- Clara and the Bookwagon (Levinson)

- Clementine series (Pennypacker)


with real animals

- Dolphin Adventure; Dolphin Treasure; The Dolphins and Me (Grover)

- Follow My Leader (Garfield)

- Five True Horse Stories (Davidson)

- Five True Dog Stories (Davidson)

- Nine True Dolphin Stories (Davidson)

- Horse Heroes (Petty)

- Barry, the Bravest St. Bernard (Hall)

- Buddy, the First Seeing Eye Dog (Moore)

- The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto (Standiford)

- Man O'War: The Best Race Horse Ever (Mckerly)

- A Horse Named Seabiscuit (Duvowski)

- The Bravest Cat: The True Story of Scarlett (Driscoll)


with talking animals

- Catwings series (LeGuin)

- My Father's Dragon (Gannett)

- The Dragon's Scales (Albee)


fantasy with girls

- The Golly Sisters Go West (Byars) -- tall tale

- The Golly Sisters Ride Again (Byars) -- tall tale

- The Littles series (Peterson)

- Toots and the Upside Down House (Hughes)

- The Borrowers series (Norton)

- Flower Fairies Friends series (Barker)

- Pippi Longstockings; Pippi in the South Seas (Astrid)

- Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series (Betty MacDonald)



- A Grain of Rice (Pittman)

- Sim-Chung and the River Dragon (Schecter)

- The Warrior Maiden (Schecter)

- Princess Lulu Goes to Summer Camp (Cristaldi) -- tall tall







with princesses

- A Little Princess (Burnett)

- Land of Oz; Ozma of Oz (Baum) -- lively sequels; skip Wizard of Oz (dull/long)

- The Ordinary Princess (Kaye)

- The Princess and the Goblins (MacDonald)


Wonderful out-of-print collection of tales by Ruth Manning-Sanders, with great illustrations by Robin Jacques; "The Book of...": Princes and Princesses; Kings and Queens; Faeries; Mermaids; Giants; Dragons; Witches; Wizards; Ogres and Trolls; Magic Horses... etc.


with real girls

- Baby Island (Brink)

- The Hundred Dresses (Estes)

- The Secret Garden (Burnett)

- Hitty, Her First Hundred Years (Field)

- Land of Oz; Ozma of Oz (Baum) -- lively sequels; skip Wizard of Oz (dull/long)

- Half Magic; Magic by the Lake, Knight's Castle; Time Garden (Eager)

- Five Children and It; The Phoenix and the Carpet; The Amulet; The Book of Dragons (Nesbit)


with real animals

- Mountain Born (Yates) -- boy, sheep, and shepherding family

- Chucaro: Wild Pony of the Pampa (Kalney) -- boy and his horse

- Daughter of the Mountains (Rankin)-- Tibetan girl tries to recover her dog

- Rascal (North) -- boy and a racoon

- Shiloh (Naylor) -- boy and a dog

- Owls in the Family (Mowat)

- Ginger Pye (Estes) -- brother and sister and their cute personable dog

- The Black Stallion, The Black Stallion Returns, Island Stallion (Farley)

- My Side of the Mountain (George)


with talking animals

- Mr. Popper's Penguins (Atwater)

- The Cricket in Times Square (Selden)

- Charlotte's Web; Trumpet of the Swan (White)

- The Mouse and the Motorcycle (McCleary)

- Ben and I (Lawson)

- Mr. Revere and I (Lawson)

- The Rescuers, Miss Bianca, Miss Bianca in the Orient (Sharpe)

- Basil of Baker Street (Titus)

- Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (O'Brien)

- Wind in the Willows (Grahame)

- The Reluctant Dragon (Grahame)

- Rabbit Hill (Lawson)

- The Tale of Despereaux (DiCamillo)

Edited by Lori D.
fixed typos; added info
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  • 3 weeks later...
Two series by the same Swedish author: Maj Lindman


"Snipp, Snapp, Snurr" books ("Snipp, Snapp, Snurr and the Reindeer" is one title I can remember out of this series.


"Flicka, Ricka and Dicka" books ("Flicka, Ricka and Dicka bake a cake" is one of this series' titles.


I just wanted to thank you for these suggestions -- I'd never heard of the books, but I found some at my library. We've really enjoyed them! :)

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