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Ouch! A big age/maturity range to stretch over! Well, here are some ideas to get you started -- some may be a little young for the 13yo, and some may be a little old for the 6yo, but I did my best to come up with things that a wide audience would enjoy. And -- almost all boy protagonists! BEST of luck! Warmly, Lori D.




- Rikki Tikki Tavi (Kipling)

- Just So Stories (Kipling)

- The Jungle Book (Kipling)

- Christmas Every Day (Howells)

- The Reluctant Dragon (Graham)

- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Carroll)

- The Princess and the Goblins (MacDonald)

- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Twain)

- Call of the Wild (London)

- Treasure Island (Stevenson)

- Merry Adventures of Robin Hood; Men of Iron; The Story of King Arthur & His Knights; The Book of Pirates (Pyle)

- Black Beauty (Sewell)

- Tanglewood Tales (Hawthorne) -- ancient Greek myths

- A Child's Christmas in Wales (Thomas)

- Tales from Shakespeare (Lamb)

- A Christmas Carol (Dickens)

- Cricket on the Hearth (Dickens)

- The Magic Fishbone (Dickens)

- Black Ships Before Troy; The Wanderings of Odysseus (Sutcliffe)

- Robinson Crusoe (Defoe)

- The Prince and the Pauper (Twain)



- Little Britches (Moody)

- The Great Brain series (Fitzgerald)

- The Toothpaste Millionaire (Merrill)

- The Pushcart War (Merrill)

- Swiss Family Robinson (Wyss)

- Island of the Blue Dolphins (O'Dell)

- The Cay (Taylor)

- Call it Courage (Armstrong)



- My Side of the Mountain (George)

- Where the Red Fern Grows (Rawls)

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

- Big Red (Kjelgaard)

- Gentle Ben (Morey)

- James Herriot's Treasury for Children (Herriot)



- The Never Ending Story (Ende)

- The Book of Dragons (Nesbit)

- Five Children and It (Nesbitt)

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

- The Father Christmas Letters (Tolkien)

- The Hobbit (Tolkien)

- Farmer Giles of Ham (Tolkien)

- The Sea of Trolls (Farmer)

- Peter and the Star Catchers (Barry)

- Book of Three (Alexander)

- The Phantom Tollbooth (Juster)



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

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

- Redwall Series (Jacques)



- The Twenty-One Balloons (DuBois)

- The Whipping Boy (Fleischman)

- By the Great Horn Spoon (Fleischman)

- Bromeliad Trilogy: Diggers, Truckers, Wings (Pratchett)



- Adam of the Road (Gray) -- Medieval England

- The Master Puppeteer (Paterson) - 1700s Japan

- Johnny Tremain (Forbes) -- Revolutionary War

- The Great Wheel (Lawson) -- building of the first Ferris Wheel, late 1800s

- Snow Treasure (McSwigan) -- WW2, Norweigan children save their country's gold from occupying Germans

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Lori's list is phenomenal. !!!


A few that have charmed both my 6yo and my husband:


The Trumpet of the Swan

Charlotte's Web

A Bear Called Paddington

Winnie-the-Pooh (very clever!)

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (by L Frank Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz)

The Wind in the Willows (esp. if you can find a beautifully illustrated version)

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Lori D's list is fabulous, as always! And as serendipitous journey said Winnie the Pooh is very clever, dh & I enjoyed it more than the kids, I think! Some more to consider:

Swallows and Amazons -- summer adventure on a little sail boat, set in the 40s or 50s

Surviving the Applewhites -- modern eccentric homeschooling family

Puck of Pook's Hill -- Kipling, just started this and loving it!

The Search for Delicious -- short fantasy, thought provoking in the guise of sweet

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I read aloud every bedtime to my four boys, ages 5 to 13 yo (all piled into my bed). Most nights the 5 yo falls asleep within 10 minutes, and often the 7 yo has fallen asleep well before we finish. Just now, though, we're reading The Invention of Hugo Cabret Brian Selznick, and all the amazing drawings are keeping the younger two captivated, while the older two are fascinated by the whole experience. I struggle to get them to go to bed these days, they just keep wanting more and more :001_smile:.

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