…for those around 9 or 31.
My grade school daughter is an avid reader, and this is fairly well-known. It is well-known enough that she was recently asked by a grown-up if she could write up a list of books that she’s read that another girl her age might find amusing. This grown up knows another girl who is struggling with the interest of reading, let alone the pursuit of it.
I think it is fabulous that my daughter loves her books, but I can also see the benefits of a less voracious reader–am I allowed to admit this?
Here is the list my 9 year-old rattled off, with a few suggestion/reminders (as in maybe 3). The length was not hurt by the fact that she was prowling her laden bookshelves or that we had been to the bookstore the day before. Note that these are in no particular order, except maybe the sad attempt to organize them on the fly.
Maybird (trilogy) by Jodi Lynn Anderson
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls by Meg Cabot
Molly Moon by Georgia Byng
Judy Moody by Megan MacDonald
The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley
Nancy Drew (especially the early ones, but good starts for young readers are the chapter books series and the Clue Crew)
Enola Holmes Mysteries by Nancy Springer
Theodosia by R.L. LaFevers
Clarice Bean by Lauren Child
*Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
*The Wrinkle in Time (series, may wait depending on inclination) by Madeline L’Engle
Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
Inkheart, –spell, –death by Cornelia Funke
*Chronicle of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Cornelia Funke, Barthe De Clement, Judy Blume, Roald Dahl (esp. The BFG), Carl Hiaasen, Gail Carson Levine, Kate DiCamillo, Adrienne Kress
Savvy by Ingrid Law
The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman
*The Hobbit by Tolkien
The Scarecrow and his Servant by Philip Pullman
How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O’Connor
*The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Half-Moon Detective Agency by Eoin Colfer
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
The Secret of Zoom by Lynne Jonell
Eag3r by Helen Fox
Rules by Cynthia Lord
the nancy drew and hardy boy series.
The Amulet (series) by Kaku Kibuishi (really, anything juvenile of his)
Flight Explorer an anthology by Kaku Kibuishi
The Courageous Princess by Rod Espinosa
Little Lit: It was a Dark and Silly Night by Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly (any Little Lit)
I can’t decide if asking her for the best books of her year would be more difficult or a nice and tidy top ten.
* best read aloud and with another, in my opinion.