My eight-year-old daughter Anwyn loves to read. She usually reads in her bed before falling asleep at night, and then wakes up early to read more before getting ready for school. Listed below are the series and authors that she has enjoyed:
Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne: this was the first series of books that really captured her. She has read the entire series (some multiple times), as well as all of the Fact Tracker books that our library has in stock.
Rainbow Fairies by Daisy Meadows
Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little by E.B. White
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis: fantastic classic book. Anwyn has also read Prince Caspian, but I think she got bogged down in The Horse and His Boy and has yet to finish the series.
Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows: two very opposite girls become great friends and get in all kinds of tricky situations.
A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy, as well as the Calendar Mysteries and Capitol Mysteries
Beverly Cleary: one of my favorite authors as a young girl. Anwyn’s current favorite is Ramona Quimby, Age 8, but she has enjoyed all the books.
Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner: I read the first book in the series aloud to Anwyn, and then she took off and read the rest.
Roald Dahl: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is delightful, along with many others.
Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace: set at the turn of the century in Minnesota, sweet stories of friendship and family.
Spiderwick Chronicles by DiTerlizzi and Black
Sisters Eight: Eight sisters (octoplets!), eight cats, and the mystery of missing parents.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick: great graphic novels.
Lately Anwyn is branching out from series reading and discovering good stand alone novels. In the last month she has read: Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, Magic Elizabeth by Norma Kassirer (this was one of my absolute favorite books!), and Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild. She has also enjoyed Pippi Longstocking, a few Kate DiCamillo books, and the Winnie the Pooh classics.
What books are your young readers enjoying? I would love to hear your suggestions in the comments!