Friday, June 22, 2012

25 must read chapter books for older children

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it's mid-summer.  it seems that's usually when the slump begins.  there's the heat, the boredom, and the car rides.  here are my suggestions on the 25 best chapter books to keep your older readers hands occupied and imaginations busy.



  1. A Taste of Blackberries by Doris Buchanan Smith
  2. Because of Winn-dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  3. The Boxcar Children Series by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  4. Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
  5. The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling
  6. The Complete Adventures of the Borrowers by Mary Norton
  7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  8. The Fledgling by Jane Langdon
  9. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
  10. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  11. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  12. The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
  13. Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Patterson
  14. Jennifer, Hecate, MacBeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth by E.L. Konigsburg
  15. Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie by Julie Sternberg
  16. Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
  17. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald
  18. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  19. Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff
  20. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Mildred D. Taylor
  21. Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
  22. Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
  23. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
  24. Follow My Leader by James B. Garfield
  25. What book would you choose for the last spot?

 
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9 comments:

Wendy said...

I am pinning this! There are so many great books on this list that were my favorites as a kid...Boxcar Children, Sara,Plain & Tall, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, Sideways Stories, Number the Stars! Great selections! I've been wanting to read chapter books to the kids, so this will give me a great start on what to choose! All my favorites are on the list, so I can't think of one for #25!

Gina said...

Great list, Andie! My daughter wants to add, the Fudge books by Judy Blume for #25. My son says, any of the Goosebumps books by RL Stine.

Paula said...

Little House on the Prairie series!

Shiloh said...

I've read a lot of these, but there's a lot I haven't. I would add 5 Little Peppers. I loved that series.:)

A Nest in the Rocks said...

Mrs. Pepperpot or The Girl Who Owned a School.

Kimberly Sminkey said...

I'm not sure if the book would deserve your 25th spot, but I know Austin must read "Crash" this summer for his reading project in September. They both love the Wimpy Kid series so they are always fun. lex, seems to like 'The Dork Diaries" which is a Wimpy kid version with girls! I love this list Andie I am so pinning this!
xoxo
Kim

Laura said...

Here are three that I loved back then and I still love now: "Summer of My German Soldier", "That was Then, This is Now" and 'Flowers for Algernon.'

Annmarie Pipa said...

Phantom Tollbooth

Tulip TrueAim said...

I love the Little House books. We just finished reading the first one. Even my little 2yr old will listen, for a little while. I've only read a few of these. Wish I had more time, I would love to read these. Besides, I'm an older child too, at least in my heart :) Thanks for linking up to Mom's Library.

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