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Book for impatient 3d grader to read to herself

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1annamorphic
Avr 22, 2009, 4:22pm

To my sorrow, my youngest daughter (age 9) doesn't much enjoy reading, but she has to read half an hour a day whether she wants to or not. She is also not a very strong reader. What can I have her read that she will enjoy? She liked Diary of a Wimpy Kid and some odd book by the so-called Pseudonymous Bosch. I have read a lot of things aloud to her, from Narnia books to Wrinkle in Time to Hill's End and Alice in Wonderland and all of those have gone over well, but I don't think she could read them to herself.
Thanks for all suggestions!

2jennieg
Avr 22, 2009, 4:28pm

What about the Ramona stories by Beverly Cleary?

3WilowRaven
Avr 22, 2009, 4:37pm

I loved The Babysitter's Club books by Ann M. Martin when I was 9. That was a while ago :) but they are still pretty good books. Over 100 in the series by now.

4bookgirl_Isaacson
Avr 23, 2009, 1:47pm

Maybe the Clementine books by Sara Pennypacker or the Just Grace books Charise Mericle Harper. Maybe the 39 Clues series of books.

5Jenson_AKA_DL
Avr 23, 2009, 3:14pm

My 3rd grade son has Bad Kitty Gets a Bath which he read on his own and really enjoyed. He received it with his last Scholastic order.

6wonderlust
Avr 23, 2009, 5:52pm

Bad Kitty Gets a Bath is HILARIOUS!!!. Other good choices for girls is the Dear Dumb Diary series by Benton. This isn't to be confused with Dear Diary which is different. Benton also has another series called Franny K. Stein. Also there is Katie Kazoo series, Clementine, the Meadow Fairy books, and Judy Moody/Stink series. OHHH and the 39 Clues books are amazing! I have success with all those books with my 3rd-4th graders. They are similar to Blume and Cleary but more relevant for this generation.

7snarkhunting
Modifié : Avr 24, 2009, 4:57am

What about The Spiderwick Chronicles? The series is made up of five books, all of which are relatively short. If she likes fantasy, she could also try Over Sea, Under Stone, and the rest of the books in that series.

If she enjoyed Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, why not try some of Lewis Carroll's nonsense verse? Poems are a quick read, and might challenge her a bit.

You could also try Lemony Snickett's A Series of Unfortunate Events or Philip Ardagh's Eddie Dickens triology.

8AngelaB86
Avr 24, 2009, 8:02am

I think I was 10 when I started reading the Animorphs series; try the Royal Diaries, and Goosebumps, too. Just So Stories has lots of short stories, so she can pick it up and put it down often, if she gets bored. Understood Betsy is wonderful, and also short.

9theexiledlibrarian
Avr 24, 2009, 1:34pm

Junie B. Jones; Mercy Watson, Judy Moody and Babymouse are all popular with the girls (and boys) in my school. Along with some of the excellent selections already mentioned.

10ludmillalotaria
Modifié : Avr 24, 2009, 2:40pm

Louis Sachar's Wayside School books are good. The chapters are short so can easily be read and were written with elementary age kids in mind. My daughter also enjoyed the Franny K. Stein books by Jim Benton and the My Weird School books that begin with Miss Daisy is Crazy by Dan Gutman.

Oh... and I see someone mentioned Ann Martin above. My daughter loves her Doll People books. There are three books in that series so far.

11skullduggery
Avr 24, 2009, 10:31pm

If she's not a big fan of reading, have you tried graphic novels? For example, the Nancy Drew Girl Detective series puts the Nancy Drew stories in a contemporary setting, and is like a colour comic in book format.

12SaintSunniva
Avr 27, 2009, 11:22am

And from left field, a book about the olden days (and I think it's part of the Daniel Boone story), Susannah, the Pioneer Cow has been enjoyed by several of my children. It is a a great "first" chapter book.

Elsa Minarik's Little Bear books are very short, easy books, with a "chapter" feel to them.

13inkdrinker
Avr 27, 2009, 11:26am

My oldest is distressingly not a reader. She is in 3rd grade. Despite her dislike of reading she flew though the Franny K Stein books.

14megkrahl
Avr 30, 2009, 9:52pm

Try this website to help you find books that fit her reading level and interest level. But what will help the most is finding out what she enjoys reading about. Animals, magic, history, mysteries, cartoons. Once she finds what really captures her interests, she won't mind reading so much.

On that note, I loved the Cam Jansen series and the Encyclopedia Brown series when I was that age.

15MerryMary
Avr 30, 2009, 10:38pm

More popular series:

Junie B. Jones (Junie is younger than 3rd grade, but very funny)

Magic Treehouse There are LOTS of these, and the reading level is around 3.5.

16fabtk
Mai 4, 2009, 5:02am

I second the Wayside School suggestion. Louis Sachar also writes the Marvin Redpost series. Both of these have been very popular with children I have taught.

Meg Cabot has started a new series for younger children called Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls. I've read the first one and it's pretty good.

17NoraMaher
Juin 27, 2012, 12:32pm

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