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Got DD8 a Kindle for her birthday on Thursday. Trying to load it with a few things. She loves series books. Right now she is screaming through the Thea and Geronimo Stilton books. I don't have a huge problem with twaddle (not a steady diet, of course) but I'm not dead set against it. What I DON'T want her reading, though, are books with a ton of potty humor (which is in girls books now too! UGH), books that focus on "the cute boy" and books that make the parents the enemy.

 

Any suggestions? Series or otherwise?

 

Thanks!!!

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So, any kind of series? There's a lot of options in there for an 8 yo. Has she read Ivy and Bean? Judy Moody (okay, yeah, Judy does have that weird already chewed gum collection, but that's about as gross as it gets)? Ramona? The Boxcar Children? Franny K Stein? Magic Treehouse? A to Z Mysteries? Secrets of Droon?

 

I could keep going, but... mysteries? animals? contemporary? adventure? fantasy?

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So, any kind of series? There's a lot of options in there for an 8 yo. Has she read Ivy and Bean? Judy Moody (okay, yeah, Judy does have that weird already chewed gum collection, but that's about as gross as it gets)? Ramona? The Boxcar Children? Franny K Stein? Magic Treehouse? A to Z Mysteries? Secrets of Droon?

 

I could keep going, but... mysteries? animals? contemporary? adventure? fantasy?

 

She is actually VERY picky about what she reads for fun. She likes mysteries, but refuses to read Magic Treehouse, though she loves listening to MTH. :confused: Boxcar children, same thing. Ramona... now that's an idea. She read Ivy and Bean, but maybe I'll look into those some more.

 

She loves animals. Doesn't love fairies (says they are "babyish"). I think she would like fantasy if she gave it a try, but she doesn't want to even give it a go. PPG can be a little bit... difficult sometimes. :/

 

Thanks!

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The Cobble Street Cousins series by Cynthia Rylant is very nice for that age. Rylant is a good and prolific author, very much worth checking out.

 

The Spiderwick Chronicles does have faires, but not in a babyish way. It's not the greatest lit, but it's not bad at all! One of mine was stuck on this series for quite a bit. :) It's tame and fun, and the children take care of each other.

 

All of my children adored Dahl's Matilda at this age as well. The parents are terrible....but it is Matilda, after all. A classic.

 

Others:

 

Nurse Matilda

The Wind in the Willows

Charlotte's Web

The BFG

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Babe, The Gallant Pig

The Water Horse

Children of Noisy Village

Milly Molly Mandy

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Dragonrider

Igraine the Brave

Hugo Cabret

Wonderstruck

Little House on the Prairie Series

Understood Betsy

All of the Marguerite Henry books (Horses!)

The Penderwicks

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My 8 year old is loving the American Girl Mysteries right now. I've only been able to find a couple for the Kindle though. She used birthday and Christmas money to buy a big stack of them though last month.

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Thanks for everyone's wonderful responses. Sometimes I wonder what is up with my girl... I have tried to get her to read MOST of the titles and series that you have suggested and she won't even try them. :(

 

I finally got her to check out a Little House in the Big Woods today, BECAUSE her best friend is reading it. HA!

 

I will just keep trying...

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I was working on a list for a friend the other day. These are some of the books dd has read in the last year or so and enjoyed -- in no particular order.

 

The Finn Family Moomintroll, by Tove Janssen (series)

 

The Saturdays, by Elizabeth Enright (series)

 

Castaways in Lilliput, by Henry Winterfeld (also his Roman myseries books... hm, also whats-her-name's Roman Mysteries series -- I think it starts with "Thieves of Ostia")

 

Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery (series -- F didn't love these, but so many girls do...)

 

The Cat Who Went to Heaven, by Coatsworth

 

The Dragon of Lonely Island, by Rebecca Rupp

 

The Plant that Ate Dirty Socks

 

Amos Fortune, Free Man

 

Akimbo and the Lions (series -- a little easy for them at this stage)

 

Her Majesty Grace Jones

 

The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet

 

Li Lun: Lad of Courage

 

A Wrinkle in Time (series)

 

Little Pear

 

At the Sign of the Sugared Plum

 

The Tarantula in My Purse

 

Cecile: Gates of Gold (One of the Girls of Many Lands series from American Girl -- I think she read all of them)

 

Homer Price

 

Calico Captive

 

The Courage of Sarah Noble

 

The Skippack School

 

The Jungle Book

 

Because of Winn-Dixie (and a number of other Kate diCamillo titles -- I won't bother to list them all... very thoughtful, challenging books in terms of facing human behavior, but so very good)

 

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

 

Peter Pan

 

Mr. Revere and I (also Ben and Me)

 

Johnny Tremaine

 

Toliver's Secret

 

Stowaway (Karen Hesse)

 

Red Sand, Blue Sky

 

The Twenty-One Balloons

 

Swallows and Amazons (series -- this is one that Caleb and I *fought* over as children, but my kids have never been as obsessive about it as we were. I don't remember getting into physical fights over any books other than this series *except* for the family's Complete Sherlock Holmes, lol)

 

The Phantom Tollbooth

 

Tales of a Chinese Grandmother (there are others as well, Korean Grandmother... maybe others)

 

The Cabin Faced West

 

The Penderwicks (three in this series so far -- huge favorites)

 

The Island of the Aunts

 

The Secret School

 

Half Magic (series) - hm, Half Magic draws a lot on the tradition of E. Nesbit stories, and hers are wonderful. Start with Five Children and It (first of a series)

 

American Girl History Mysteries (about 20-30 in the series, but each stands alone)

 

All-of-a-Kind-Family

 

Misty of Chincoteague (and others by the same author)

 

Harriet the Spy

 

A Picture of Freedom: Diary of Clotee, a slave girl (this is one in a series of independent titles written as diaries during important historical periods)

 

Pollyanna

 

Heidi

 

Little Women

 

Tuck Everlasting

 

Children of Green Knowe (series)

 

Caddie Woodlawn

 

Thimble Summer

 

My Side of the Mountain

 

The Indian in the Cupboard (series)

 

The Hundred Dresses

 

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

 

The Mostly-True Adventures of Homer P Figg

 

The Little Book Room

 

Dragonwings

 

Shiloh

 

Island of the Blue Dolphins

 

The House of Sixty Fathers

 

The Good Master (Seredy)

 

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (a favorite, first of a series)

 

The Sisters Grimm (series), both of mine loved it...

 

Ds loved Gregor, The Overlander, but dd got grossed out after a while.

 

The Giants and the Joneses (dd reads this one over and over)

 

The Great Gilly Hopkins

 

Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth (E. L. Konigsburg -- apparently nothing can live up to From the Mixe-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler though)

 

The Mysterious Benedict Society (series)

 

Ruby Holler

 

 

Books in her "to read" pile right now:

Episode of a Sparrow

 

Blue Willow

 

Brady (Jean Fritz)

 

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

 

The House of Sixty Fathers (I love most Meindert deJong)

 

Behind Rebel Lines

 

Prairie-Town Boy

 

A Mango-Shaped Space (about a girl with synesthesia -- which we only realized recently Flannery has as well)

 

A Dog on Barkham Street

 

From Anna

 

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

 

The Great Turkey Walk

 

Strawberry Girl

 

Betsy-Tacy

 

The House of Dies Drear

 

Elidor

 

The Great Brain

 

Snow Treasure

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The Bears on Hemlock Mountain

 

This was the first chapter book my youngest ever read and she has loved it ever since. She was younger than your dd at her first reading, so not 'advanced', but it's a lovely little story an 8 year old might enjoy.

Oh yeah, DD loved that one! Oh, and Coyote Autumn!
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If she's well-versed in fairy tales, she might really love the Sisters Grimm series--it's funny and well-written, and not as hard to get into as some of the other classics listed. (Some of them start slowww...)

 

What are some of her favorite read alouds that you've done? My dd read some of ours herself, when her reading level caught up with her listening level, iykwim. She enjoyed the rereads a lot.

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Sequels, really? What are those titles? Are the sequels by the original author?

I have Rasco & The Rats of NIMH; it's by the daughter of the author of Mrs Frisby. According to Wikipedia, "a review from the University of Chicago's Center for Children's books states that, 'Conly has completely mastered the bucolic tone of the first book.'"

 

R-T, Margaret, and the Rats of NIMH is also by the daughter. I haven't read it.

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I had one daughter who was also really, really picky at that age, but loved to read. She finally found that she loved "real life" books. She loved, for example, WWII stories of her girls her age. One reply you got included this book:

 

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

 

...which my daughter loved. Other books along those lines are:

 

Number the Stars

Snow Treasure

Twenty and Ten

 

There are many, many others in that category! I can't quite remember the reading level of the ones I mentioned, but I think they'd be okay.

 

Then there's my all-time favorite series (which others have also recommended):

 

The Betsy-Tacy series.

 

It's set during the early 1920's in the Midwest, and is loosely about the life of the author. Reading gets more difficult as the characters grow older.

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Mostly just commiserating about picky readers. I find things for my 7yo that are perfect... and he refuses to even look at them! Arg!

 

Good suggestions so far. I'll add Anna Hibiscus, which we all enjoyed recently. Also I'll second the Sisters Grimm.

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I have Rasco & The Rats of NIMH; it's by the daughter of the author of Mrs Frisby. According to Wikipedia, "a review from the University of Chicago's Center for Children's books states that, 'Conly has completely mastered the bucolic tone of the first book.'"

 

R-T, Margaret, and the Rats of NIMH is also by the daughter. I haven't read it.

 

Fascinating! I never knew that. We loved the original, so we'll check those others out also!

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My dd is an avid reader and has read many of the suggestions already made. I'm constantly getting books from the library to keep her well fed :)

 

- I didn't see Mandy, by Julie Andrews mentioned. That's one we loved.

- The Mysterious Benedict Society is fantastic - we all enjoyed those.

- Penderwicks, of course.

- Frindle, by Andrew Clements (introduced to us via The Arrow lessons we do).

- Anything by Beverly Cleary

 

ETA: Harry Potter has been my daughter's favorite. She has read every single American Girl book, including all the mysteries (there are many!)

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Thanks for everyone's wonderful responses. Sometimes I wonder what is up with my girl... I have tried to get her to read MOST of the titles and series that you have suggested and she won't even try them. :(

 

I finally got her to check out a Little House in the Big Woods today, BECAUSE her best friend is reading it. HA!

 

I will just keep trying...

 

At that age, my daughter was really into A Series of Unfortunate Events. (We called her Morticia.) So, if you have the type of girl who couldn't stomach Pollyanna past the Glad Game, this may be a series she'll enjoy.

 

If it's any consolation, my daughter is 15 and reads a STACK of books each week. She even reads Shakespeare for kicks, and begged for tickets to a book signing for her birthday. If that series is more to your daughter's taste, I can ask my Dd what else she would recommend.

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