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I'm putting together a reading list for my son (5th) who is an average reading. This is what I've gotten thus far:


The Incredible Journey

Riki Tiki Tavi


Charlotte's Web

Cricket in Time Square

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Stuart Little

Songs of Hiawatha and other poems

Castle in the Attic


I counted 6 out of 9 books about some type of creature. :huh:


Other options, please, that do not include animals. And remember, he is not an advanced reader.

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The Borrowers (there are a few in the series)

Robinson Crusoe

the old Hardy Boys books

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Treasure Island

White Fang

Call of the Wild

The Swiss Family Robinson

My Side of the Mountain


That's all the boy type books I can think of off hand. Some of these have easier reader versions.


ETA: Oops...I forgot about the no animals.

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These are books my kids read approx 4-6 grade. Hope it helps. Does your son like animals? There's nothing wrong with using that as the theme for your book list if he does. Especially if it encourages him to enjoy the reading more. As long as the literature is quality, I wouldn't mind it having a lot of critters in it. :)


20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Verne

The Children’s Homer by Colum

Kidnapped by Stevenson

Captains Couragous by Kipling

Heidi by Spyri

Swiss Family Robinson by Wyss


The Once and Future King by T. H. White

The Book of Merlyn by T.H. White

Augustine Came to Kent by Willard

Son of Charlemagne by Willard

Beorn the Proud by Polland

If All the Sword in England by Willard

The Hidden Treasure of Glaston by Jewett

Adam of the Road by Gray

Men of Iron by Pyle


Across Five Aprils by Hunt


Adventures of Tom Sawyer


Lion, Witch and Wardrobe (Narnia series)

Trumpet & the Swan

Boxcar Children

Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil Frankweiler

A Wrinkle in Time

All Creatures Great and Small

The Martha Years or the Little house on the prairie series)

Hitty, Her First 100 Years

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh

Black Cauldron

The Great Brain

Where the Red Fern Grows

Old Yeller

The Bronze Bow


Stone Fox

Sign of the Beaver

The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk

Meet George Mashington – Heilbroner

George Washington’s Breakfast – Fritz

Justin Morgan Had a Horse – Henry

A Lion to Guard Us – Bulla

Meet Thomas Jefferson – Barrett

Pagoo – Holling

The Corn Grow s Ripe – Rhodes

George Washington – Stevenson

The Cabin Faced West – Fritz

Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims – Bulla

Pedro’s Journal – Conrad

Matchlock Gun – Edmonds

Sarah Whitcher’s Story – Yates

Rifles for Watie – Keith

Abraham Lincoln – D’Aulaire





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