Friday, March 26, 2010

Recommended Books For Grades 4-6

In 6th grade, my reading arts teacher held a writing contest.  We were to create our own ghost stories and she showed us how to make our own faux hardback novels using cardboard (from a cereal box if memory serves me correctly) and contact paper.

I won by writing a story about a girl and a ghost.  Or was it about a girl who was a ghost?  I don't remember the details but I do remember some of the words I had used that I had found in the dictionary in my attempt to impress my teacher.  

What was my prize?  I got to choose any book from the Scholastic Book Order that periodically was sent home.  I choose a Babysitter's Club book.  Remember those?

Here is a list of recommended books for children ages 9-12:

Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little by E.B. White
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
The Railway Children by E. Nesbit
Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux by Kate Dicamillo
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson 
Black Beauty by Anna Sewall 
The Giver and Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
The Borrowers by Mary Norton

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl 
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle 
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume  
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery 
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
Thirteen Ways to Sink a Sub by Jamie Gilson
My Side of the Mountain and Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craigheade George
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary 
Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater  
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame 
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor  
Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
Jacob Have I Loved and The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
Bunnicula by Deborah Howe
Little House on the Prarie by Laura Ingalls Wilder 
The Secret Garden and A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett  

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor 
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt 

Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss  
The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner  
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting  The Borrowers by Mary Norton
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh  
The Whipping Boy by Peter Sis 

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan 
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks 
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell  

Holes by Louis Sachar
The Rescuers by Margery Scharp
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare 
The Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum 
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan


Lourie said...

So many of these I remember from childhood. Some I have only seen the movies. But they are all great stories.

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Turning the Clock Back said...

I will never be able to get my children to read Charlotte's Web. They watched the movie when they were like 5 years old and SOBBED hysterically that she died. Scarred them for life and they refused to ever watch it again!

rachel... said...

I made a book like that, too, when I was in school!

This list is perfect. I've got a fourth grader who loves to read. She's already read a few of these on the list! Thanks!

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blueviolet said...

I remember that book From the Mixed Up Files SO fondly!!!! I just loved that!

J. L. W. said...

Come to think of it-blog posts are also one of the few things I get to read to.

I have read many of these books. I think my all time favorite is The Railway Children. They have made this one onto a movie to. I want to try to find it.

Cakeblast said...

Excellent wonderful list - I recognize most of them, have read many of them, and they are all classics (even the few modern books included). There are a few I haven't heard of that I want to look up now.

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The Girl Next Door Grows Up said...

I do remember those books and they also made it into a movie!

Katherine said...

I remember reading some of those books, brings back memories.
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