A lot of people ask me about what books the girls and I read for read alouds and series. There is a very long list I could come up with. Honestly this is not all of the books we have read but this should be enough to get you started. I would recommend these books for Grades 1-6.
We have always started with Junie B Jones. Ramona books and the Ralph Mouse Series (Beverly Cleary books) are also one of our first series. But you may want to start with Little Bear Series or Frog and Toad books.
I have from when I was growing up a series called The Ten Commandment Mystery series. There is also a Beatitudes Mystery series. They are very short. My girls like them. Not sure if they are still in print…. Janette Oke also had an animal series. Spunky’s Diary was my favorite. They also read my old Alex Series.
We love Mrs Piggle Wiggle! We also love Gooney Bird Greene books. And the Herdman series by Barbara Robinson. (The Best/Worst series. Most people just read the Christmas one but there are 3.) Caddie Woodlawn. The Mandie series. Grandmother’s Attic series!
Other series are: The Boxcar Children. Flat Stanley. Magic Tree House. Nate the Great. Judy Moody. Humphrey Series (about a hamster.) Ivy+Bean, Geronimo Stilton and Thea Stilton books, Sarah Plain and Tall series. Wayside School series. The All of A Kind Family series. The Oz book series (not just Wizard of Oz). The Littles, Cam Jansen, The Culdesac Kids, AtoZ Mysteries. Adventures in Oddessy books (Imagination Station books) The Nancy Clancy series. Amelia Bedelia books. (The series but also story books). Wonder and the other books that connect the characters.
We love all the shoe books. (Think You Got Mail ?) Dancing Shoes, Theater Shoes, Ballet Shoes, Skating Shoes.)
Usborne book series we have – Pony Crazed Princess, Sandy Lane Stable series, Billie B Brown, EJ12 series. Penny Dreadful.
My girls are big Carole Marsh fans. We read her mystery books when we are going somewhere (Biltmore House, Disney, Ft Sumter…) or if we are studying a place. So this year we will do the one about the Great Wall of China and Roman Colosseum.
We also like Who Was books. They are Biographies of people for kids. So again when we went to Disney we read about Walt Disney but we also will read about people we are studying. They also have What Was and Where Is books about famous places and events.
We went through a Roald Dahl time too (Matilda. The BFG. George’s Magic Medicine. The Witches…) and Judy Blume books. (Freckle Juice)
Natalie Grant has a few series. They are FaithGirlz series. (Glimmer Girls. There are other series too though.)
Classics: Charlotte’s Web. Secret Garden. The Little Princess. Little Women. Pollyanna. Anne of Green Gables. Stuart Little. The Velveteen Rabbit. Black Beauty. Heidi. Narnia Series.
Alyse loves Nancy Drew, The Bobbsey Twins, and other old books we get at vintage stores. She also loves American Girl books to go with her dolls. You can find the older ones of dolls from when we were younger at a lot of vintage/antique stores too. (Samantha and Felicity are our favorites!) She also loves Bryer Horses. They have a series of books that she gets to go with the horses. (Canterwood Crest series. But there are others.) She also has recently read all the Harry Potter and The Guardian Herd series. She has also read Serafina. I’m thinking of getting her Babysitters Club books.
Other Random books: The Chocolate Touch. The Saturdays. Pippi Longstalking. The Moffats. Tale of Despereaux. Harriet The Spy, Mr Poppers Penguins, The One and Only Ivan. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Cricket in Times Square, Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweileder. The Year of Miss Agnes. Because of Winn Dixie. The Willoughbys. How To Eat Fried Worms, The Courage of Sarah Noble. The Door In The Wall. The Railway Children.
For just on their own just to get them reading but really not of any great value: The Rainbow Fairies and other fairy books by Scholastic. They also read these Magic Bunny, Magic Puppies, and Magic Ponies books. Alyse also read Princess Ponies and Pony Tale books and Pony Pals. The Saddle Club series. (Notice a horse theme!) Breeley has also started reading these Mermaid Tales books. Honestly they aren’t great literature but as long as they are reading on their own. They also like the Whatever After series and The Never Girls.
We are huge audio book people. It’s a great way to listen as you eat lunch, in the car, making dinner, cleaning up the school/play room. Sometimes if books are above their reading level they read along with CD. Great for building sight words and expands vocabulary.
I’m also a fan of storybooks even when they are older. Alyse will read them to Cammie. Our favorites have always been the Berenstain Bears books. Alyse was obsessed with Olivia. Breeley’s favorite is Betty Bunny. (It’s her Bunny self). Cammie also likes Miss Lina’s Ballerinas and all the Fancy Nancy. We do a lot of Angelina Ballerina. Eloise books are also big at our house. Plus Madeline. Lilly’s Purple Purse. Chrysanthemum. The Little House. Miss Nelson is Missing. Gigi (God’s Little Princess.) We like Dr Suess of course and Tomie DePaola books.
I suggest The 20th Century Children’s Book Treasury. We read that in Kindergarten even though we have a lot of the books inside. Preschool we do Nursery Rhymes. Also American Tall Tales by Mary Pope Osborne is great for traditional folk tales. And I have a collection of Aesop’s Fables and Hans Christian Anderson. (I always try to do Fairy Tales that are kinda the original and not always Disney version.)
There are of course a list of Christmas books (Christmas + books. 2 of my big loves!) Auntie Claus and Mr Willowby’s Christmas Tree are some of our favorites.
Books really are something we love. If looking for your grade/reading level that you want to buy or find at the library I lots of times look at the Sonlight list. (We don’t really do this curriculum but I like their book list.) Goodreads.com is a great website to search through. If I’m looking for something new I usually head there.
This really is my basic list. I am sure I could (and may) add more.
Please note: these are not all Christian books. There are some with magic and wizards and things of fantasy. There also may be some “stupid”, “shut up” or other things you may consider “naughty”. The girls and I have had long conversations about what is appropriate for our family and that books aren’t always perfect. Our philosophy: we “eat the meat and leave the bones.”
Also please note: I have 3 girls! There may be some books boys also enjoy but we tend to be kinda girly.
I have links to most of these books on my suggested Amazon List.