a book list…


…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

anything by:

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

graphic novels

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.

thoughts? would love to hear them...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s