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Towerguard  (Level: 71.6 - Posts: 149)
Sat, 31st Oct '09 4:18 PM


I want to build a list, and maybe a home library, that can guide future children through their school years. To do that, I would ask people to suggest a books for each category.

Pre-reader -- sort of like bedtime stories

Beginning Reader

Preteen Reader

Young Reader

Young Teen

Older Teen

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Sat, 31st Oct '09 4:35 PM

I'm not really at the point to being able to recommend anything until the kiddos are a bit older, but I used to love the book Hatchet by Gary Paulsen when I was a kid. Also enjoyed any books with ghost stories in them.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 31st Oct '09 4:39 PM

The Tintin graphic novels are really good. Do kids still read them, or are they outdated?

Leaston  (Level: 42.6 - Posts: 839)
Sat, 31st Oct '09 6:06 PM

My kids liked the Goosebumps,and when they were real small Little Bear,was one of their favorite bedtime story's

M48ortal  (Level: 248.1 - Posts: 3733)
Sat, 31st Oct '09 6:59 PM

We started reading to our three kids as soon as they were able to sit up in our laps. Dr. Seuss. Golden Books. Some Shel Silverstein.

As they learned to read, we bought the same types of books as above, but with more words. Also a childrens' book of Bible stories, as our church is not very youth-oriented.

Preteen: Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, regional children's authors, folktales, fairy tale from all over the world (helps kids to see the similarities and differences at their level). There are now many I haven't read because they came along after I ceased working with that age group.

Classic childrens lit: To Kill a Mockingbird, King Arthur, Mark Twain, Longfellow, Dickens, Irving, etc. There used to be Classics Illustrated comic books. Best invention in reading. If I liked the comic, I read the book. I found a series of books about the size of a Readers Digest that did the same thing. I used them with my academic teams so I knew they had covered the plot and characters of the classics. Many of them then read the original books. There is a series called Great American Bathroom Books (Not the same as the "Uncle John's" series). The list of books that they condensed made an excellent starting point for a 'must-read' list.

Bobolicios  (Level: 116.8 - Posts: 1745)
Sat, 31st Oct '09 7:05 PM

I would add mythology I loved it as a new reader couldn't get enough. More mature reads and a classic, Catcher in the Rye, Of Mice and Men, you can't go wrong with Jane Eyre and Little Women.

Bbear  (Level: 159.3 - Posts: 2301)
Sat, 31st Oct '09 7:07 PM

For the early readers: I loved the "Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle" series; does that every exist? How about "Encyclopedia Brown" - he is around any more?

At about 10-11 I loved biographies: Helen Keller was a real favorite.

Young teens - Brave New World, Farienheit 451, Animal Farm, 1984.

Bobolicios  (Level: 116.8 - Posts: 1745)
Sat, 31st Oct '09 7:15 PM

Totally agree Bbear I still love autobiographies, and non fiction.

Bigmama60  (Level: 95.2 - Posts: 6648)
Sat, 31st Oct '09 7:22 PM

I started with Dr. Seuss when my kids were infants. My adult kids still like Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings as well as Goosebumps. I like goosebumps too.

Pennwoman  (Level: 151.8 - Posts: 2478)
Sat, 31st Oct '09 7:34 PM

I read to my kids from when they were tiny babies, and when they got big enough to recognize objects, would let them find "the mouse" or what ever, they are all readers today, even my son, the math/science geek, reads.
To quote him

If You Give a Mouse, a Cookie... "BEST BOOK EVER!"

Bobolicios  (Level: 116.8 - Posts: 1745)
Sat, 31st Oct '09 7:46 PM

I read my children Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, when they were tots. It was their favorite book. Lo and behold it is my grand daughters favorite book, we just wen to the movies all of us and saw Where the Wild Thing Are. It was awesome! The creatures look just like it the book. Loved it, you have to start when they are young. My daughters are now avid readers and super intelligent. Their current genre not specificallly my taste, anything vampire! Cirque de Freak and the like but they read all the time.

Susyq  (Level: 49.9 - Posts: 112)
Sat, 31st Oct '09 8:31 PM

When my goddaughter was a baby (she's five now), I decided to give her a book or two each time I went to see her. My sister (a librarian) helped me put together this list, which is roughly arranged in age-appropriate order from infancy to preadolescence. Some of my childhood favorites are on this list, along with more recent Newberry and Caldecott winners, and other fun and notable children's books. Hope this helps!

Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings by Matthew van Fleet
Where Is Baby's Belly Button? by Karen Katz
Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London
Freight Train by Donald Crews
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam Mcbratney
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Can’t You Sleep Little Bear by Mike Waddell
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow
Curious George by H.A. Rey
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells
Olivia by Ian Falconer
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Dooby Dooby Moo by Doreen Cronin
Mr. Pine’s Purple House by Leonard Kessler
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street by Dr. Seuss
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Martin & Archembault
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner
Zoom by Istvan Banyai
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
The Fire Cat by Esther Averill
Tuesday by David Wiesner
Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss
Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema
Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller
The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
Abuela by Arthur Durros
Lyle, Lyle Crocodile by Bernard Waber
Flotsam by David Wiesner
Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Make a World by Ed Emberley
The Red Balloon by Albert Lamorisse
Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
The Dot & The Line by Norton Juster
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
The Lion, Witch & Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Richard O’Brien
The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling
All Creatures Great & Small by James Herriot
Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott

Mplaw51  (Level: 176.9 - Posts: 1582)
Sat, 31st Oct '09 10:53 PM

What an awesome list, SusyQ! Blueberries for Sal by McCloskey was another great one. I always loved Swimmy by Leo Leonni. Anything by him was fun to read.

Virtus  (Level: 159.3 - Posts: 2447)
Sat, 31st Oct '09 11:02 PM

Great list. Hard to find ones to add. Amelia Bedelia books are fun for young readers. For older children: The Boxcar Children, Little House on the Prairie series, Anne of Green Gables series. Check for Newbery Award books given to best children's books since 1922.

Virtus  (Level: 159.3 - Posts: 2447)
Sat, 31st Oct '09 11:07 PM

I could go on forever. Freddy books (about a pig) by Walter Brooks are fun. For teens, Agatha Christie's mystery books.

Towerguard  (Level: 71.6 - Posts: 149)
Sun, 1st Nov '09 11:29 AM

Thanks for all of these post (and a couple PMs). This is really turning into a great library.

Tibby  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 66)
Sun, 1st Nov '09 12:36 PM

Charlotte's Web
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The Diary of Anne Frank

Summertime  (Level: 108.9 - Posts: 1122)
Sun, 1st Nov '09 3:58 PM

Hands down...Amelia Bedelia, authored by Judith Parrish. The books are rated as suitable for age six through twelve and are designated as a "I Can Read Book". Oh dear, I was in my late 20's when I first discovered Amelia. My favorite, as well as it was for my children, is her first book, released in 1963, is simply titled "Amelia Bedelia".

As quoted - "AMELIA BEDELIA is a classic in children’s literature. Amelia Bedelia is a housekeeper who takes her instructions quite literally. She works with Mr. and Mrs. Rogers. The Rogers make a list of chores and tell Amelia to just do what the list says. She does everything she is told but the wrong way."

Here are a few examples of my favorites ~
"Draw the drapes"...yes, she drew a picture of the drapes.
"Please dress the chicken", yes she clothed the chicken.
"Dust the furniture" - Liberally dusted all of the furniture with dusting powder.
"Change the towels" - Wielding scissors, she changed the towels.

The titles continued to evolve and later releases include titles such as, "Amelia Bedelia, Bookworm" and "Calling Dr. Amelia Bedelia". Truly a lighthearted series!

Also, consider the illustrated books by Richard Scarry...excellent means of building a young child's awareness of the world around him/her, and is an excellent way to build vocabulary skills via his wonderful and colorful illustrations.

Example - "A Farm" has pictures of everything one could possibly associate with a farm. The name of each item is directly beneath each drawing. Excellent skill building and word recognition!

Good luck with your endeavor!

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 1st Nov '09 4:17 PM

Sounds really fun!

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