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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Wonderful Books!

My wonderful little lit-lovers have weighed in with their favorite books. Who better to recommend a great read for a fourth or fifth-grade girl than another fourth or fifth-grade girl? So girls, when you're at a loss for what to curl up with, take a look at the following list--I bet there's a book there for you. And if you'd like to add any titles, or make any comments, please feel free. Some of these titles are tried and true, perhaps even a little on the "easy" side, but they are on the list because they are, like a favorite stuffie or blankey, a "comfort read," something to return to when that is what is called for!

  • The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
  • The Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
  • The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
  • The Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket
  • The Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley
  • The Peter and the Starcatchers series by Dave Barry
  • The Humphrey series by Betty G. Birney
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society series by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney
  • The Warriors series by Erin Hunter
  • The Seekers series by Erin Hunter
  • The Ramona Quimby series by Beverly Cleary
  • The 39 Clues series by various authors (first book by Rick Riordan)
  • The Penderwick series by Jeanne Birdsall
  • The Doll People series by Ann M. Martin
  • The Dear Dumb Diaries by Jim Benton
  • The Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • The Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls series by Meg Cabot
  • The Frog Princess series by E.D. Baker
  • The Fudge series by Judy Blume
  • The Seems series by John Hulme
  • The Half Magic series by Edward Eager
  • The Sam series by Lois Lowry
  • The Anastasia series by Lois Lowry
  • The Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lindgren
  • The Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat series by Lynne Jonell
  • The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit
  • David and the Phoenix by Edward Ormondroyd
  • Time at the Top by Edward Ormondroyd
  • The Magic Half by Annie Barrows
  • Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce
  • No Talking by Andrew Clements
  • When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
  • Igraine the Brave by Cornelia Funke
  • A Little Princess by Frances Hodgsen Burnett
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgsen Burnett
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Scat by Carl Hiassen
  • Flush by Carl Hiassen
  • The Search for Delicious by Natalie Babbit
  • Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Robot Dreams by Sara Varon
  • How I Survived Being a Girl by Wendelin Van Draanen
  • Maniac Magee by Jeffrey Spinelli
  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
  • A Dog's Life by Ann M. Martin
  • My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
  • Dying to Meet You by Kate Klise
  • 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass
  • Savvy by Ingrid Law
  • The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd
  • Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards
  • Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  • Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters by Lesley M.M. Blume
  • Five Children and It by E. Nesbit
Some favorite authors are:
  • Roahl Dahl
  • William Steig
  • Louis Sachar
  • Lois Lowry
  • Kate DiCamillo
  • Rick Riordan
  • J.K. Rowling
  • Stephanie Meyer


  1. Thank you for the list! I am in fifth grade and I love the book A Drowned Maiden's Hair by Laura Amy Schlitz! It is sooo good!


  2. I love the books you said I have read most of them and am happy to have the list!

  3. Okay, lets see, here are some more good books the Al Capone books. The author is Gennifer Choldenko. She also wrote Notes from a liar and her dog. And then we have Magician's Elephant and My rotten life. Well that is it! Thanks!

  4. Thank you so much! My friend keeps on asking me what books to read and now I can refer her to this! Great list, by the way! Thank you!