Second through Fifth Grade

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There's quite an age range in this section because children become independent readers on different timetables.  If your child has been having troubles getting through the first stages of reading, be doubly sure to continue to read aloud. It's many years before a child's reading level catches up with his or her listening level, and you'll want to keep that love of reading alive. Note that series books are apt to grow more difficult to read as they go along, and the child heroes grow up, although it helps to have read the earlier ones.

Second through Fifth Grade
     Family stories
     Boy's Books of another generation
     Tales and Legends
     Fantasy
     Talking Animals
     People and Places
     Historical Fiction
     Funny picture books for older children


Family stories:

The Winter Cottage, The Pink Motel by Carol Ryrie Brink
Ramona Stories by Beverly Cleary
Kitty in the Middle, series by Judy Delton
Gone Away Lake, Melendy Family Series by Elizabeth Enright
The Moffat Stories by Eleanor Estes
The Betsy and Eddie Stories by Carolyn Haywood
Peachtree Island, Sand in Her Shoes by Mildred Lawrence
The Betsy stories, Betsy, Tacy, and Tib by Maude Hart Lovelace
The Middle Sister and others by Marian Mason
Swallows and Amazons and others by Arthur Ransome
All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor

Boys' books:
Andy Buckram's Tin Man by Carol Ryrie Brink
The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth
Otis Spofford by Beverly Cleary
Great Brain series by John D. Fitzgerald
Eddie stories by Carolyn Haywood
Alvin Fernald series by Clifford Hicks
Bully of Barkham Street, etc by Mary Stolz
Henry Reed series by Keith Robertson

Tales and Legends.
Aesop... King Arthur... Robin Hood...best read aloud...ask for a good version for your child.
Andersen's Fairy Tales, especially The Snow Queen, by Hans Christian Andersen
Gilgamesh by Bernarda Bryson. (ancient Mesopotamia)
Jack Tales by Richard Chase. (Appalachian)
The Cow-Tale Switch by Harold Courlander (West African)
Greek Myths, Norse Myths by Ingri and Parin D'Aulaire
Indian Tales by Jaime De Angulo (California, hard to find)
Tales of Uncle Remus (4 vol) by Julius Lester/Pinkney
Goldfinch Garden by Barbara Leonie Picard (written tales)
The King of the Golden River by John Ruskin

Fantasy
Oz Books by Frank Baum
Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie, not abridged
James and the Giant Peach by Dahl
The Twenty-one Balloons by Wm Pene du Bois
Which Witch? by Eve Ibbotson
Amy's Eyes by Richard Kennedy
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
The Princess and the Goblin, the Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald
Five Children and It by E. Nesbit
The Borrowers and sequels by Mary Norton
The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

Talking Animals:
Willie the Squowse by Ted Allan
Freddy the Pig series by Walter Brooks, best read aloud
Catfish Bend series by Lucien Ben Burman
The Bears Upstairs by Irene Haas
The Moomintroll Books by Tove Jansson
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Doctor Dolittle by Lofting, best read aloud; try Secret Lake for fewer stereotypes.
Mean Margaret by Tor Seidler
The Cricket in Times Square (series) by George Selden
Hugh Pine by van der Wetering

People and Places:
Sara Crewe (A Little Princess) by Frances Hodgsen Burnett
The Secret Garden by Burnett, best read aloud and shared
Nekomah Creek and Nekomah Creek Christmas by Linda Crew
Stone Fox, by John Reynolds Gardiner
My Side of the Mountain by Jean George
The Dolls' House by Rumer Godden.
From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by Konigsberg
Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat
Soup by Robert Newton Peck
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Finding Buck McHenry by Alfred Stolz
Honk the Moose by Phil Stong

Historical fiction:
Ben and Me and others by Robert Lawson
The Golden Goblet by Eloise McGraw
Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski
All books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Island of the Blue Dolphins, Sing Down the Moon by Scott O'Dell

Funny picture books for older children!
Diana and her Rhinoceros by Ardizzone
The Bad Child's Book of Beasts by Hillaire Belloc
Goops and How to Be Them by Gelett Burgess
The Treehorn Trilogy by Florence Heide, illus. by Edward Gorey.
The Family Minus by Fernando Krahn
The Watchbirds by Monro Leaf
Nonsense Books by Edward Lear
A Near Thing for Captain Najork by Russell Hoban
A Leg at Each Corner by Norman Thelwell
The Mellops Strike Oil, and other Mellops by Tomi Ungerer
I Am Papa Snap and these are my favorite No Such Tales by Tomi Ungerer
And don't miss C. W. Anderson's beautiful horse books. Thoroughbreds, etc.