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Some books by 9 yr old (just finished 3rd grade) likes:


Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Star Wars Origami series http://origamiyoda.wordpress.com/

The Wizard of Oz

Lemonade Wars series

Lunch Lady series

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


We'e started reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder books together.  He is loving Little House in the Big Woods and can't wait until we get to the next book, Farmer Boy, so he can learn about Almonzo's early life.


I'm considering introducing him to Ender's Game, but I'm not sure he's quite ready for it.  Any thoughts?



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excuse the massive typos and such I'm trying to nurse a fussy baby and everytime I try to edit yet another mistake I find she is fidgeting and whining.


I think the Great Books Academy lists are nicely challenging. I'm using the 4th grade list for ds this year, who is technically 3rd although older for his grade, due to his b-day being at the local cut-off day, so he turns 9 at the end of the month. I hadn't looked at the Mensa list before. It does seem that they have a lot of good books suggested. I have a few books from that list on my list as well.


As you haven't mentioned what he has liked and what he has already read I'll just throw out what I used to make ds a list this year. I looked at GBA, MA and AO, and probably others that I've forgotten by now. From these lists I compiled a list based on what he has yet to read, what I want him to read and what I think he will find interesting.


So far off the list he has read The Princess and the Goblin this summer but not Princess and Curdie yet. We read it year before last as a read aloud and I would definitely recommend it if your son hasn't read it yet. They have Water Babies on the 3rd grade list which I've added as well as he hasn't read that, although we did do part of it as a read-aloud. I have in my sig that I have books for lit from AO and GBA but looking now I mostly picked from GBA and MA as I don't care for a lot of the selections from AO. It is interesting to look at the different list and at different grade levels. I do find it odd that on GBA Water Babies is listed on the 3rd grade list, when to me it is similar in difficulty to The Princess and Goblin and a considerably more challenging read than the Little House Series which mostly occupies the 3rd grade list. Personally, I'm not a big fan of the Little House series, ds read Farmer Boy last year and enjoyed it but wasn't interested in reading the rest of the set.


I would like ds to read the Narnia series as well but then I also would like to do a study around it next year so I think I'll try to hold him off from it. We did do the first as a read-aloud year before last however and he has listened to them all on audio. Ds has became a pretty voracious reader so I'm not sure how Lit is going to go as he could easily knock out my whole list in the first half of the year, we will see I guess, there are always more books to add if needed.





The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss


Log of the Cowboy by Andy Adams


Flower Fables by Louisa May Alcott


Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson


The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett


Black Beauty by Anna Sewell


Hilaire Belloc’s Cautionary Verses by Hilaire Belloc


The Lost World by Sir Arthur Doyle


The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald


The Princess and the Curdie by George MacDonald


Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb

From Ambleside:


Black Beauty


Secret Garden

The Railway Children

A Book of Golden Deeds


The Chronicles of Narnia (series)

Little Britches (series)

Lassie Come Home

Gentle Ben

Gone Away Lake

Thimble Summer

Return To Gone Away

By the Shores of Silver Lake

Complete Peterkin Papers

**Calico Captive (girl interest)

OR The Sign of the Beaver (boy interest)

***Johnny Tremain

Tree of Freedom

Amos Fortune, Free Man

***The Reb and the Redcoats

Justin Morgan had a Hor

I like Mater Amabilis' list as well- here is the 4th to 5th grade list:


(2) Classic Children’s Literature (Ad.Lib.)


The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Pollyanna by Eleanor Porter

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Swallows and Amazons and other books by Arthur Ransome

The Midnight Folk by John Masefield

The Hobbit by J.R.R.Tolkien

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Heidi by Johanna Spyri

The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Anne of Green Gables by L.L.Montgomery

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson


MA- 2nd-3rd grade list:

(2) Classic Children’s Literature (ad.lib.)


Choose at least one book each term from the selection to read aloud. Not for narration, just read and enjoy!


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S.Lewis

All-of-a-kind Family by Sydney Taylor

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L.Baum

Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney

Little House in the Big Woods and other books by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Story of the Treasure Seekers and other books by E.Nesbit

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

The Princess and Curdie and The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald

The Secret Garden and A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner

Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry

Peter Pan by J.M.Barrie

Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo

Fwiw here is ds' official list



3rd Grade Literature:

The Princess and the Goblin & The Princess and Curdie

Cricket in Times Square

Misty of Chinocteague

Wind in the Willows

Story of Dr. Dolittle

Mary Poppins


Little Lord Fauntleroy

Swiss Family Robinson

Cautionary Verses- Belloc

Treasure Island

Black Beauty

Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Swallows and Amazons- series

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