I am only human. I can only read so much at a time and even though I really had good intentions, I had to set aside some of these lofty goals. I have decided that during the school year is going to be a good time to read some of the younger stuff, works that don't take as much of my mind to complete and I can assess.
But Harmony made a good point and so now I am asking you, the reader, yes, even you lurkers, to jump in with books you would recommend for the under high school age. I am not going into this with the idea that every book that one kid (either presently or at heart) liked every child is going to like, so if you join, I would really like you to give just a little generic info about your reader - names optional. For instance
Will - 9 - reluctant grade level competent reader - not very happy with anything that involves a story outside of graphic novel form.* Lives and breathes for the non-fiction section. Will read stories if reading Catie's books to her.
Ellie - 7 - likes the books with words. Advanced reader with ability but still limited vocabulary. Very much into Magic Tree House and similar books.
Catie - 5 - starting to learn to read, likes bold pictures in her books. Likes to point out words she knows. Current favorite book is Pinkalicious and anything with princesses.
Here are a couple younger books that I'm hoping to get to very soon.
First book pictured with link to Amazon.
I do think that The Mysterious Benedict Society would be good for anyone who can handle reading that much - the material is perfectly child appropriate - there's just lots of it. And for kids who like lots of pictures and want the thrill of finishing a BIG book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret is delightful. I still need to read Harry Potter and Fablehaven but most avid reading kids may have completed those already.
As far as individual books go, I find myself endeared with the classics I read as a child (not linking to them, and I'm pulling the titles out of the back of my memory - we'll see how the brain is working...)
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
My Side of the Mountain
Sideway Stories from Wayside School
Mr. Popper's Penguins
The Indian in the Cupboard
Bridge to Terabithia (remember it has a bit of a traumatic ending - probably not appropriate for very sensitive kids)
A Little Princess
The Secret Garden
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
A Wrinkle in Time (I know, this should go in the series, but I only ever remember reading the first and not much of that anymore - planning to revisit)
The Castle in the Attic
So there is the launching pad. I'm going to retag any books that could be appropriate for kids to help a bit (I'm going under middle school age based on content as the qualifier). PLEASE, you know how I feel about reading and I'm sure many of you do too, and let's face it - there is just too much to do to be able to keep ahead of all our different kids and their reading levels and interests - let's help each other out.
*BTW graphic novel means it has lots of graphics - pics? Not that it is gross, violent and not appropriate for children/adults. I know, you may have known that, but when I say those words, people get weird looks on their faces.