Suggested Reading

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Suggested Reading

Reading together can be a wonderful experience for you and your child, and will help strengthen important skills for success in school and beyond. As you consider the many books available, keep in mind that not every book is right for every child. Children have different tastes in books, depending on their interests, abilities and life experiences. Some examples of books that children aged 5 to 12 might enjoy are listed below.

Ages 5 to 8

"Miss Nelson is Missing" by Harry Allard and James Marshall
"Stories Julian Tells" by Ann Cameron
"Beezus and Ramona" by Beverly Cleary
"Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes" by Eleanor Coerr
"The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor" by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen
"Miss Rumphius" by Barbara Cooney
"The Patchwork Quilt" by Valerie Flourney and Jerry Pinkney
"Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge" by Mem Fox
"Stone Fox" by John R. Gardiner
"Amazing Grace" by Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch
"Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters" by John Steptoe

Ages 9 to 12

"Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret" by Judy Blume
"The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
"Beezus and Ramona" by Beverly Cleary
"The Dark is Rising" by Susan Cooper
"Julie of the Wolves" by Jean Craighead George
"A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle
"Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry
"Bridge to Terabithia" by Katherine Paterson
"Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry" By Mildred Taylor
"Charlotte’s Web" by E.B. White
"Little House on the Prairie" by Laura Ingalls Wilder

For more information about choosing books for your child, visit Evaluating Books for Racism and Sexism.

Last updated August 12, 2014

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