– 2018 –
Kids Summer Reading List!
Ages 7-9 (ish)
For my son, Finn
Type of reader: Finn (age 8) loves stories, and often stories above his typical age. He devoured the audiobook versions of Harry Potter, Greenglass House and its sequel, The Mysterious Benedict Society, and the like. He likes humor, mystery, fantasy, and animals. The challenge is finding books that are gentle on his reading skills yet aren’t babyish.
by Robert McCloskey
Welcome to Centerburg! Where you can win a hundred dollars by eating all the doughnuts you want; where houses are built in a day; and where a boy named Homer Price can foil four slick bandits using nothing but his wits and pet skunk. I love this book (and this author).
The Magic Tree House
by Mary Pope Osborne
Jack and his younger sister, Annie, are just regular kids, but when they discover a tree house in the woods, something magical happens. Jack and Annie are whisked back in time to the Age of Dinosaurs, a medieval castle, ancient pyramids, and treasure-seeking pirates, and beyond. Any in the series.
Sideways Stories From Wayside School
by Louis Sachar
The builder of Wayside School made a terrible mistake—instead of building 30 classrooms side-by-side, he built them one on top of another. Maybe this accounts for the goings-on in Mrs. Jewls’ class, where children are turned into apples, dead rats wear raincoats, and little girls try to sell their toes. I read this a thousand times as a kid.
The Time Warp Trio
by Jon Scieszka
Magician Uncle Joe’s birthday present entitled “The Book” swirls green mist and sends Sir Joe the Magnificent, Sir Fred the Awesome, and Sir Sam the Unusual to King Arthur’s castle opposing the Black Knight, giant Bleob, and fire-breathing green dragon Smaug. Any in the series.
Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective
by Donald Sobol
Leroy Brown, aka Encyclopedia Brown, is Idaville neighborhood’s ten-year-old star detective. With an uncanny knack for trivia, he solves mysteries for the neighborhood kids through his own detective agency. But his dad also happens to be the chief of the Idaville police department, and every night around the dinner table, Encyclopedia helps him solve his most baffling crimes.
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