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Posted 9/28/2013 by paigepea in NSBR Board

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Posted: 9/28/2013 9:17:23 PM
My dd is currently enjoying The World According to Humphrey and the Judy Blume Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing series. She has asked for Encyclopedia Brown (is this of the same level?).

Her birthday is next week and my SIL has asked for some book titles she might enjoy.



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Posted: 9/29/2013 7:04:49 AM
Encyclopedia brown is a good series for her age. The books are short stories where the reader has to figure out how he solved the mystery. Nancy Drew and Trixie beldan books are also good. The characters in Nancy drew are older but the stories are very wholesome (at least the early ones are). Nancy Drew has expanded the series so I would recommend the early books. If I can think of any more I will come back and list them.


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Posted: 9/29/2013 8:58:36 AM
They also have a new Nancy Drew Clue Crew that might be more appropriate than the real Nancy Drew series. I checked- the Clue Crew books are at about a 3.5 reading level.

Encyclopedia Brown is about the same level (3.9) so would probably be a good choice.

Maybe Boxcar Children?


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Posted: 9/29/2013 9:00:45 AM
Ones my almost 8 year old daughter enjoys:
- Ivy and Bean series
- Absolutely Lucy series
- Amelia Bedelia chapter books (not the old ones-this is a new series)
- Beverly Cleary's Ramona series
- Little House on the Prairie series
- Lulu and the Brontosaurus - I think there is another Lulu book out now too
She also enjoys the Humphrey books.


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Posted: 9/29/2013 9:01:35 AM
My kids have enjoyed The Magic Treehouse series. My fourth grader just finished the Lemony Snicket series, but I think that might be at a little higher reading level. She is currently reading The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell and is really liking it. It has a sequel too. I loved all the Narnia books when I was that age, and Encyclopedia Brown, Trixie Belden, and The Boxcar Children series.

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Posted: 9/29/2013 9:07:42 AM
Geronimo Stilton!!!

There's even a website, through Scholastic, that kids LOVE:

Geronimo Stilton

And his "own" website: geronimostilton.com

There are close to 30 titles ... and many in French and Spanish!


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Posted: 9/29/2013 9:39:10 AM
DS8 loves the "Weird School" series.


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Posted: 9/29/2013 9:44:20 AM
I loved loved loved the "Little House On The Prairie" series when I was about that age.
So nice to have a reader for a child. I always was but could never get my son into reading.

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Posted: 9/29/2013 10:14:21 AM
Thanks for the suggestions.

She's done Nancy Drew and the clue crew, ivy and bean. Magic tree house, Ramona books and ivy and bean in past years. I need a slightly higher level.



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Posted: 9/29/2013 10:25:11 AM
What about starting the Harry Potter books. My daughter has read the first 2 and she loved them. She'd like to read the third one but I would like her to wait until she's a little older. So she's read the first two multiple times each.
Also what about something non-fiction. My daughter LOVES animals and devours books about them.


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Posted: 9/29/2013 12:41:08 PM
Try The Tale of Emily Windsnap. It is a series about a mermaid.

My DD devoured book #1 and has been begging for the rear but our library never seems to have them. I found book #2-5 on Amazon.

I can't wait to give them to her on her birthday.

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Posted: 9/29/2013 1:33:01 PM

Geronimo Stilton!!!

My daughter enjoys this and the one for girls, Thea Stilton!

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Posted: 9/29/2013 2:51:56 PM
My daughter LOVES Geronimo Stilton...I think she's read every one of them. She also is a huge fan of the Cupcake Diaries books. Oh, and the Penderwicks are great reads, too!


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Posted: 9/29/2013 2:54:15 PM
My youngest is 9 and in grade 4. He loves to read. Series he has finished and enjoyed
Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Harry Potter
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Everything by Beverly Cleary - especially The Mouse and the Motorcycle books
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
The Infinity Ring
Judy Blume - The Fudge series


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Posted: 9/29/2013 3:59:48 PM
My daughter read the books in the Lemonade War series this summer and enjoyed them. My 4th graders enjoy Judy Moody, the Dork Diaries, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and the I Survived Series. The Dear America Series and American Girl series are good. Good readers love the Lemony Snicket books.



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Posted: 9/29/2013 4:02:14 PM
We just did the Scholastic Book order and my 4th Grade DS wanted the new Wimpy Kid book, the new I survived and Geronimo Stilton. DD liked Geronimo Stilton as well.

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Posted: 9/29/2013 4:11:18 PM
My DS liked/likes many of the series above.

One I didn't see mentioned was the Kingdom Keepers series by Ridley Pearson, and published by Disney.

He started reading those last year(in 4th grade). He also started the Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley about a town where the real fairy tale creatures live, and the family of mortals that helps keep them in check. It features 2 young sisters...about 9 & 12 or so, I think.

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Posted: 9/29/2013 4:43:46 PM
At that age our daughter LOVED the Dear America series. Great stories written in diary format, each spent in a different period of history. I loved them too.


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Posted: 9/29/2013 6:04:44 PM
My 3rd grade nephew currently loves the Series of Unfortunate Events books.

In the past he has enjoyed the first two Harry Potters and all of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.


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Posted: 9/29/2013 7:41:23 PM
The 39 Clues series is good.

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Posted: 9/29/2013 10:37:57 PM
My 3rd grade son and I are currently reading the 39 Clues series. I think a girl might like these books too. The 'stars' of the books are an 11yo boy and a 14yo girl.

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Posted: 9/30/2013 12:47:42 PM
Thanks everyone. Can't wait to put together a list for SIL.


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Posted: 9/30/2013 1:47:30 PM
In 3rd grade, my son loved "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" and "The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread" . The class read them as part of the literature series.

They are not books in a series.

For series books, my son liked "Rotten School" by RL Stine. There are female and male lead characters.

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Or how about Anne of Green Gables series?

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Posted: 9/30/2013 2:56:25 PM
You might also want to check out the A Mighty Girl website. Lots of book recommendations there.


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Posted: 9/30/2013 3:10:26 PM
My fourth grade girl is just finishing up the Harry Potter books. It's been a stretch read for her, but she loves them all.

She also loved the Little House books and the 100 cupboard series.

My other kids read the Warriors books at that age as well as Narnia, Percy Jackson, and Fablehaven. We read a lot of fantasy at our house.


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