Friday, October 23, 2015

7 Books/ Book Series That I Almost Forgot About

7 Books/ Book Series I Almost Forgot About (That Would Make the Perfect Read-Aloud for Elementary-Age Kids)

I think when I was young, I was taught well to avoid books with "flowery language." Lately in the blogosphere and among friends, I have been hearing of a few titles in heavy rotation that are really good for Elementary-aged kids to read/read aloud.  I’ll admit that Anne of Green Gables and Little House on the Prairie, though favorites for sure and absolutely- are starting to sound repetitive. I do want my kids reading them, but I’m starting to feel like when someone mentions them, I’m like I KNOW {snore}. :-)~ I need some new ideas!

Recently I decided to branch out while we were at our local Public library. ;) This was based on a conversation with a few friends at church.  Here’s what we came home with, for my (almost) eight year old and five year old for reading/reading out loud.
Thus, I give you…

{7 books and/or book series I almost forgot about}

1. The *Old* Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene

I love a good Mystery.  Growing up, I read the Nancy Drew books cover to cover, and I had so much fun reading about this classy lady's adventures. Watch out for the new Nancy Drew- they're written by ghost writers, as the original author, Carolyn Keene, passed away.

2. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Although many of us didn't read these until High School, these stories are laugh-out-loud funny, and make the perfect read-aloud. It will appeal to boys and girls. Watch out for some language. (Be prepared to skip over it, or substitute a nicer word for the "N" word.)

3. The Orphan Train Riders series by Andrew Warren

Straight out of the turn of the century in American history, these stories follow the orphans who were sent out West to find new homes or put to work.  Each story is based on history, and follows this fascinating trend in our country's history.

4. Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter

This is such a sweet story of a little girl who goes to live with her Aunt. She makes sweet friendships with the people in the town, and they make for such a sweet story, it will stay with you long after you have read it. Also, if you haven't, you can then watch the excellent old Disney film, starring Hayley Mills.

5. The Dear America series by Ellen Emerson White

Learn about our history by following these fascinating stories of children in America.  The events of our past come alive and are especially appealing to children. We got the one about a Navajo girl growing up on the mesa in New Mexico.

6. Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

This would be the perfect read-aloud as an after-dinner devotion each night. It's an excellent book with vivid descriptions and language.  You could follow up reading with a viewing of one of the movie versions of the book.

7. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

I've heard this book will bring little boys' imaginations to life!  I can't wait until Anders is old enough for this one. He will enjoy it, I'm sure.

Three more than didn't make the list: Mrs. Frisby of and the Rats of Nimh, Harriet the Spy, and Heidi are all really well-written.
Adding my link to Kelly @ This Ain't The Lyceum


Megan Elaine said...

The Dear America series was an absolute favorite of mine growing up! I hope any future children I had will read them too :)

Jenny said...

I discovered the Dear America series last summer and found it enjoyable, even as an adult. Robinson Crusoe is one of my 11 Favorite books. I read it first in college and liked it so much, that for my older boy's first Christmas, I bought him a copy! He is 10 and has yet to show an interest, but it is there on the shelf when he is ready. There is much to be gained from that book. This year is the first Christmas of my new little boy, and he will be getting a copy, too!

I used to only have 10 Faves, but after reading The Education of Little Tree, I had to add an 11th place. These are books so good to me that I read them over and over.

Tacy said...

Good for you for reading them as an adult. And it's smart to know your top 10/11, I like that!!;)

Tacy said...

Yay! I'm glad to hear it.:-) ;)

Amy said...

Oh Nancy Drew. Could read those for days on end. This is a great list, thanks for writing.