Rather than rely on my puny memory for a list of books that a young girl would enjoy, I asked Dani to make me a list of books she remembered loving at about that age range As it turns out, though I asked for a list for girls, Dani’s list is appropriate for girls AND boys! I would have included most of these on my own, and I’ve added a few extras here and there, as well.
I used to worry that Dani was reading too much “fluff”, but you know what? She developed an excellent, and very diverse, reading appetite as a young adult and now adult woman. She now reads and enjoys Austen, Dickens, MacDonald, Shakespeare and Wodehouse among others. She enjoys discovering a new-to-her author. She has read extensively on World War II and Winston Churchill in particular. All this to say, allowing your children to read some books just for the enjoyment of it when they are young will make great readers of them! A love of reading is a wonderful thing to develop in a child.
Here are Dani’s top picks.
The Hoboken Chicken Emergency, by Daniel Pinkwater, illustrated by Jill Pinkwater. Dani remembers this as being a very funny story! In fact, she plans on buying this book for Will either for Christmas or for his birthday.
Nate the Great, by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat. Dani read and enjoyed the ENTIRE series of books, and there are a lot of them. Start with this one first, and then read the rest.
Last, but certainly not least, the entire Little House series, by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Copper read the entire series aloud to the boys a few years ago and they loved them. Aaron read a few of them when he was a bit younger, and Will is enjoying reading them on his own this year. Classic stories never grow old!
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