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DD and I love doing read alouds but have fallen out of the habit. We're still reading together a lot but mostly picture books and I really want to get back to doing a longish read aloud. Something wonderful where she'll be begging me to read until I'm hoarse and I'll go along with it because I can't wait to see how the book ends myself.


We try to go through the Sonlight read alouds every year but none of the third grade books look interesting to me. Maybe there's a gem there that I've overlooked? Maybe you are reading something fantastic and think I should go to the library right now and pick it up and stop DD from playing and start reading to her immediately? Give me those suggestions!


Books we've done in the past and loved are:


The Boxcar Children

James Herriot's Treasury For Children

Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Gooney Bird Greene

Homer Price

Henry Huggins

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle

Understood Betsy (wow. An all time favorite for both of us!)

The Wheel on the School (Ditto. Amazing.)

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The Borrowers (series)

The Rescuers (NOT Disney; out of print but great fun if you can find them)

101 Dalmations (NOT Disney)

Time at the Top and its sequel, All in Good Time

Rabbit Hill

Hurry Home, Candy (warning: it has a wondrously happy ending, which may cause you to cry. I weep like a faucet.)

The Little White Horse (the first chapter might be challenging to get through, but it's worth sticking with it. TLW is right up there with Understood Betsy.)

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Some I haven't seen mentioned yet:


The Wind Boy (Ethel Cook Eliot)

Wolf Story (William McCleery)

Twig and Big Susan (Elizabeth Orton Jones)

The Moorchild (Eloise McGraw)

The Folk Keeper (Frannie Billingsley)

The Catwings series (Ursula LeGuin)


Although somewhat "young," the Jenny-Linsky (Esther Averill) stories really filled them with delight.

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DH reads to the girls. They just finished and LOVED A Wrinkle in Time. They're on The Borrowers now. I also have Pollyanna, Thimble Summer, and The Railway Children on tap. There's also always Little House and Ramona books. Betsy books (by Carolyn Haywood) and Betsy, Tacy, Tib books (Maud Hart Lovelace) are also excellent. All of a Kind Family books too! So many great books!

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Some fav books of my dds' at that age:


Matilda (anything Dahl, really) All of my kids loved anything by him. The Witches is especially fun to read aloud.

The Water Horse

Babe, The Gallant Pig

Mary Poppins

Five Children and It

Charlotte's Web

Little House in the Big Woods

King of the Shadows (also really nice for boys)

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Nurse Matilda (Nannie McPhee)

Ballet Shoes

Pippi Longstocking

Ronia The Robber's Daughter

The Children of Noisy Village (aka The Children of Bullerby (sp?) )

The Book of Dragons

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A couple not listed by others that DD7 has enjoyed this summer:


Tumtum and Nutmeg (she loooooved this; huge hit)

Trumpet of the Swan

Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little (short and silly; not a classic; still a hit)

Pocahontas and the Strangers


ETA: I just read her Phoebe the Spy last week, and she has since read it to DH and to my mom. She really liked this one as well. It's a true story that reads like a novel.

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Lots of good ones mentioned already, but I'll add a few my dd liked:



The Story of Doctor Dolittle/Doctor Dolittle's Puddleby Adventures/The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle

Several books by Rumer Godden: The Doll's House; Miss Happiness and Miss Flower; Little Plum

Gone-Away Lake and Return to Gone-Away

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