Month: June 2019

20 Classic Books for 5-8 Year Olds: Great Read Aloud Titles


Four children – Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund all enter Narnia – a magical world where animals talk and the White Witch who reigns as Queen makes it always winter and never Christmas. They enter at different times, but from the same place – the old Wardrobe.The Guardian


Pippi Longstocking

by Astrid Lindgren

Pippi Longstocking is one of the most popular children’s characters of all time and is still much loved by millions of children today. This anniversary edition of Pippi Longstocking will introduce Pippi and her adventurous spirit to a whole new generation of readers. Nine year old Pippi is an unusual and unpredictable character, she lives alone with a monkey, a horse, and no rules whatsoever! Every day is a crazy adventure with Pippi, but what else would you expect from the daughter of a swashbuckling pirate captain?! – Blurb, Amazon


Mildred Hubble is a trainee witch at Miss Cackle’s Academy, and she’s making an awful mess of it. She’s always getting her spells wrong and she can’t even ride a broomstick without crashing it. Will she ever make a real witch? – Blurb, Goodreads


A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh is nothing less than a true children’s classic. Winnie-the-Pooh may be a bear of very little brain, but thanks to his friends Piglet, Eeyore and, of course, Christopher Robin, he’s never far from an adventure. – Blurb, Amazon


One of the most delightful and enduring classics of children’s literature, The Secret Garden by Victorian author Frances Hodgson Burnett has remained a firm favorite with children the world over ever since it made its first appearance. Initially published as a serial story in 1910 in The American Magazine, it was brought out in novel form in 1911. – Blurb, Goodreads


Bought for a 6th birthday. Read it to a reluctant reader otherwise let them read it themselves maybe explaining some words. Fun black and white sketches. Includes a few quizzes about the stories. Gripping. – Reviewer, Amazon


This was the first novel that my son and I read together. It was so much more than I was expecting.

It was sweet, and funny. Highly endearing. Some of it was a bit heavy for my four year old, but it was chosen because it’s about a little girl and a dog. In the end, it turns out to be about forgiveness and human understanding. – Reviewer, Goodreads


I have loved this book since 1975! Shel Silverstein was an amazing writer. Couldn’t resist buying a copy as a stocking filler for my 7 year old granddaughter. – Reviewer, Amazon



by Andrew Clements

Frindle is an American children’s novel written by Andrew Clements, illustrated by Brian Selznick, and published by Aladdin in 1996. It was the winner of the 2016 Phoenix Award, which is granted by the Children’s Literature Association to the best English-language children’s book that did not win a major award when it was published twenty years earlier.

Frindle was Clements’s first novel; all of his previous works had been picture books. According to Clements, the book originated from the thought, “What would happen if a kid started using a new word, and other kids really liked it, but his teacher didn’t?” – Wikipedia


Meet Laura Ingalls, the little girl who would grow up to write the Little House books.

Pa Ingalls decides to sell the little log house, and the family sets out for Indian country! They travel from Wisconsin to Kansas, and there, finally, Pa builds their little house on the prairie. – Blurb, Goodreads


Stuart Little

by E. B. White

Stuart Little is a 1945 American children’s novel by E. B. White, his first book for children, and is widely recognized as a classic in children’s literature. Stuart Little was illustrated by the subsequently award-winning artist Garth Williams, also his first work for children. It is a realistic fantasy about Stuart Little who, though born to human parents in New York City, ″looked very much like a rat/mouse in every way″ (chapter I).Wikipedia


As a teacher of primary school children I have read many books to different groups and this is about the best I have come across. It was published many years ago but I liked it so much I bought this for my grandchildren. It is a super story about a country cricket which arrives, by mistake, in Times Square subway station. The portrayal of characters in superb and gives plenty of scope for reading in a New York accent. Well worth getting if you are looking for a book to read aloud. – Reviewer, Amazon


My father read this to me when I was very young. I loved pirates growing up. I was one for halloween for like 5 years straight. Plus we stayed at the Benbow Inn in CA right before he read this to me, which made me love it even more. The book fascinated me with adventure, scared me with intensity, and got me to imagine worlds outside my own. – Reviewer, Goodreads


The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles

by Julie Andrews Edwards

Ben, Tom and Lindy Potter are ordinary children. They lead ordinary lives – until they meet the brilliant Professor Savant. He tells them all about the Whangdoodles, the wise and magical creatures who once lived on earth but then disappeared to another land, and were forgotten forever. Except by Professor Savant and the three children, who are determined to visit Whangdoodleland, where the last of the really great Whangdoodles rules over his kingdom of fantastic creatures. – Blurb, Amazon


The Wind in the Willows

by Kenneth Grahame

One of the most celebrated works of classic literature for children.

Meet little Mole, willful Ratty, Badger the perennial bachelor, and petulant Toad. Over one hundred years since their first appearance in 1908, they’ve become emblematic archetypes of eccentricity, folly, and friendship. – Blurb, Goodreads


Raggedy Ann Stories

by Johnny Gruelle

When Raggedy Andy arrives in the mail at Marcella’s father’s office, he shows off his cheery smile and waits excitedly to reunite with his sister, Raggedy Ann. After a warm welcome from the other dolls, Raggedy Andy continues the fun with a dance, pillow fights, encounters with Santa Claus, and more! – Blurb, Amazon


Barrie’s whimsicalities serve to compare the cognitive abilities of babies, children, and fairies (who represent children’s imagination) to those of adult humans. He is demonstrating that children need to develop cognitively, that is to say, they need to acquire skills of thinking, rather than that they are little adults who need merely to acquire factual information in order to grow up.The Guardian


The Adventures of the Wishing Chair

by Enid Blyton

Once Mollie and Peter have discovered the Wishing-Chair, their lives are full of adventure. It takes them to all sorts of magical places, from the giant’s castle where they rescue Chinky the Pixie, to the amazing party at Magician Greatheart’s castle. – Blurb, Goodreads


Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny, four orphaned brothers and sisters, suddenly appear in a small town. No one knows who these young wanderers are of where they have come from. Frightened to live with a grandfather they have never met, the children make a home for themselves in an abondoned red boxcar they discover in the woods. Henry, the oldest, goes to town to earn money and buy food and supplies.

Ambitious and resourceful, the plucky children make a happy life for themselves – until Violet gets too sick for her brothers and sister to care for her. – Blurb, Amazon


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Roald Dahl

Charlie Bucket’s wonderful adventure begins when he finds one of Mr. Willy Wonka’s precious Golden Tickets and wins a whole day inside the mysterious chocolate factory. Little does he know the surprises that are in store for him! – Blurb, Goodreads

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Best New YA (Young Adult) Novels

Think you know the story of The Little Mermaid? Think again…
This is a book with the darkest of undercurrents, full of rage and rallying cries: storytelling at its most spellbinding.
Blurb, Amazon

The windows on all the skyscrapers are smashed . . .
No power, no lights, no people . . .
It’s a parallel New York of some kind.
Blurb, Goodreads

Great introduction to a character not many people get to know.

Mera is strong and ferocious while exuding kindness and struggling to find a way to balance her own beliefs with what she thinks is best for her kingdom.Goodreads reviewer

The Kaiser murdered Theodosia’s mother, the Fire Queen, when Theo was only six. He took Theo’s country and kept her prisoner, crowning her Ash Princess–a pet to toy with and humiliate for ten long years.Blurb, Goodreads

Kellen and Reichis have just finished fighting a duel in the desert when Kellen inadvertently smears blood on the Daroman flag – an act of treason for which the Marshals have no choice but to arrest him. Just before he’s put before the Queen to be executed, Kellen is given a strange piece of advice from one of his fellow prisoners: kill the Queen and he’ll be given clemency by those who take power.Blurb, Amazon

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Books for 4 and 5 Year Olds

Plenty of 4-5 year olds are ready to get into books. Those budding bookworms can be picky about which titles they like and which they don’t. Here are some popular books for this exciting age group.

By Audrey Penn. School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester’s fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret called the Kissing Hand to give him the reassurance of her love any time his world feels a little scary.Blurb, Amazon

Best friends Sofia and Maddi live in the same neighborhood, go to the same school, and play in the same park, but while Sofia’s fridge at home is full of nutritious food, the fridge at Maddi’s house is empty.Blurb, Goodreads

Told in simple rhyming verse and colourful, playful illustrations, You Are My I Love You is a tribute to the unique relationship between parents and children. Full of smiles, giggles, messes and meals, it tells the story of a truly special day in the life of parent and child.Blurb, Amazon

National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpre Illustrator Award winner Rafael Lopez have teamed up to create a poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone.Blurb, Goodreads

This true story of an octopus escaping a tank is interesting, but I was more interested to learn all sorts of new facts about the humble octopus. If you or your kids are interested in animals, this is a really fun pick!Amazon reviewer

Written to the classic melody of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” by an expert in astrophysics, this book is the perfect introduction to the real science behind the magic of stars. Discover how stars are created, what they’re made of, and even what makes them look like they’re twinkling.Blurb, Amazon

Entertaining. A great read for young readers with a fascination with pink.Goodreads reviewer

What’s in a name? For one little girl, her very long name tells the vibrant story of where she came from — and who she may one day be.Blurb, Goodreads

Teamwork is hard.

Red, Yellow and Blue are learning to work together, but teamwork can be tricky to figure out.

Feelings get hurt when the colors leave each other out during playtime, but they don’t give up!Blurb, Amazon

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