Recommendations for a book to read aloud to my 10 and 6 year old?

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Posted: 1/22/2014 11:42:16 AM
I have a boy and a girl. Trying to find a good book that would hold both of their interests. I read individually to them but would like to read aloud together. Any ideas?

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Posted: 1/22/2014 11:45:30 AM
Anything by Roald Dahl.



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Posted: 1/22/2014 11:51:45 AM
My kids liked the Deltora books when they were around those ages.

There are three series with 15 total books.

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Posted: 1/22/2014 11:52:34 AM
The Cricket in Times Square was one that we enjoyed as a read aloud (boys ages 9 and 6).

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Posted: 1/22/2014 11:52:57 AM
Agreed above poster. We are currently reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and it is a lot of fun.

My children both love listening to the Polar Express also.


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Posted: 1/22/2014 11:53:19 AM
Mysterious Benedict society,
Geronimo Stilton


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Posted: 1/22/2014 12:20:13 PM
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell. My DD loved it in Grade 1.


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Posted: 1/22/2014 12:28:12 PM
Little House in the Big Woods (and then the rest of the series if they're interested).


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Posted: 1/22/2014 12:32:13 PM
the 13 clocks by james thurber
tom sawyer
phantom tollbooth
a wrinkle in time
five children and it.


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Posted: 1/22/2014 12:35:04 PM
I agree about books by Roald Dahl....they are all great!

Also, "The Borrowers" series is great (the originals, not the book from the movie)

"The Princess Bride" is amazing (again, the original, not the book made from the movie)....although it might be above the 6 yr old....


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Posted: 1/22/2014 12:48:24 PM
I'm currently reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane to DD. I like it because chapters are short and complete so even if we start late, there's not excuse to skip that night.

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Posted: 1/22/2014 12:49:40 PM
A Series of Unfortunate Events

While my 10 year old won't seek out Magic Treehouse books on his own anymore, he'd listen if I was reading them aloud to his brother.


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Posted: 1/22/2014 12:53:21 PM
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine A. Applegate

A Dog's Life: Autobiography of a Stray by Ann M. Martin--I read this book to dd when she was 7 and we both absolutely loved it. It is sad, but such a good story. There's a sequel that we also read, but it just wasn't as good as the first one. Would read this book again in a heartbeat!

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Posted: 1/22/2014 1:45:25 PM
101 Dalmations (the original by Dodie Smith, not any of the Disney versions).



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Posted: 1/22/2014 2:02:04 PM
we read our kids the Mouse and the Motorcycle around that age. they loved it. I think there are 3 in the series.

I just looked them up, there are 3. and they are called the Ralph Mouse collection. here is a link to B&N Ralph books.


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Posted: 1/22/2014 2:50:51 PM
Anything by David Walliams. He's an English comedian and was one half on the TV series 'Little Britain'. He's the next Roald Dahl. My 8 year old DS loves his books.


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Posted: 1/22/2014 2:58:24 PM
Pippi Longstocking
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Posted: 1/22/2014 3:32:48 PM
Thank you for all of the wonderful suggestions!! I have quite a list started

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Posted: 1/22/2014 3:39:26 PM
Magic Treehouse series
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Posted: 1/22/2014 4:12:54 PM
My first thought was Roald Dahl. The first one we read to our kids was James and the Giant Peach. Our son was probably 8, daughter 6.

Are you familiar with the very long picture books by Bill Peet? They might still work for your ten year old, very much more involved than a typical picture book.

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Posted: 1/22/2014 5:05:52 PM
I asked this same question on my blog a few months ago and got an overwhelming (and incredible!) response!

I compiled all the suggestions



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Posted: 1/22/2014 5:06:22 PM
My kids are 10 and 8. We have read several of the I Survived series. We also really enjoyed one called The Secret Zoo. Hank the Cowdog is super cute. Ramona the Brave.

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Posted: 1/22/2014 7:15:00 PM
My nine year old and I just read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and it's now his favorite book. He also loved The Mouse and the Motorcycle.

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Posted: 1/22/2014 7:16:27 PM
Also, Charlotte's Web

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Posted: 1/22/2014 9:42:27 PM
Bud Not Buddy


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Posted: 1/22/2014 9:44:12 PM
LOVE...LOVE...LOVE Edward Tulane. My 2nd graders...boys and girls did too!

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Posted: 1/22/2014 9:58:39 PM
Wrinkle in Time and the other books in the series.


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Posted: 1/22/2014 11:02:39 PM
A book series called the happy hollisters was a favorite when we were kids!
It was a family ( boys and girls) that solved cute mysteries. Does anyone remember it?
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Posted: 1/23/2014 6:47:10 AM
We're reading the first Harry Potter book.. My six year old is really liking it ( and my husband somehow manages to sneak in to have it read to him too!).

A chapter usually averages to about a half hour of reading.


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Posted: 1/23/2014 6:55:41 AM
Another vote for The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. What a magical book.


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Posted: 1/23/2014 7:07:46 AM
I started reading Harry Potter to my kids around the time they were 5 and 7.

It is, by far, some of my favorite memories. I read the whole series to them, even the last one when they were far and above the age when most people read out loud to their kids. I bought the book and was ready to set up a "rotation" (who got to read when) but I also joked about reading it to them. They both, embarrassed and sheepish, said they wanted me to read it to them.

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Posted: 1/23/2014 7:47:32 AM
I'm doing charlotte's web with my 5 yr old and the first Harry potter with my 8 yr old. It has dawned on me that they'd both like both of those books, so next time I'm doing something together.

I think I might do an illustrated copy of wind in the willows or Stuart little.


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Posted: 1/23/2014 9:12:21 AM
I have two boys, 13 & 8.
We are reading Artemis Fowl.

Last year we did Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing & Fudge. (Judy Bloom)
They liked those because my older boy could relate well to having the 'irritating' little brother.

Other Series over the years:
The Boxcar Children
The 39 Clues
Lemony Snickets

My boys don't love reading, so I read as much as I can too them! We do this for about 20 minutes at night before bed.

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