Matryoshka Posted February 25, 2012 Share Posted February 25, 2012 I started a book club for my 5th grade dd and her friends this year, after launching a very successful book club for my older dds the year before. I was thinking I could just use a lot of the same books, and to some extent I will, but my younger dd (and her friends for that matter) are such a different bunch that I think I'd like to collect some more ideas. My aim for this group is to get them to stretch themselves and read things they might not otherwise. I'd like to fit in a good number of classic books. But... these kids are not avid readers (as my older two and their friends all are). So I think I'll have to worry a bit more about high interest. As I look at some of the books I've got on the "possibles" list for the coming years, I think some of them might not fly. I should be clear - it's not lack of ability - they can all read just fine. It's lack of interest. The books that have held her interest the most have been Percy Jackson - but I am not looking to have books like that for the club - I want something with richer language and sentence structure. She just finished up a King Arthur book (assigned) and the Jungle Book, both of which have rich language - she can do it, but only if there's a big carrot (and perhaps a tiny stick). So.. this year they've read (or will read): The Secret of Platform Thirteen The Wolves of Willoughby Chase The Jungle Book The Black Stallion Five Children and It The Wind in the Willows Ella Enchanted Charlie and the Chocolate Factory For upcoming years, here's my list so far: Anne of Green Gables The Call of the Wild True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle The Star of Kazan Witch of Blackbird Pond Jules Verne (which one??) The Penderwicks Dick Whittington (?) Julie of the Wolves Treasure Island Prince and the Pauper â€“ Twain House of Arden â€“ Nesbit Little Princess or Secret Garden â€“ Frances Hodgson Burnett Watership Down Never Cry Wolf â€“ Farley Mowat The Yearling â€“ Marjorie Rowlings Captains Courageous Which ones should I pick out for next year? What other good books might you suggest? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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