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Readalouds for Big Kids

on October 8, 2013

Looking for some good chapter books to read to your child?  Look no further!readalouds for big kids

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David Adler. Cam Jansen series.

Fifth-grader Cam uses her photographic memory, with help from her friend Eric and his twin sisters, to solve mysteries.

Short, Mystery, Realistic Fiction

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Richard Atwater. Mr. Poppers Penguins.

The unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Antarctic penguin changes the life and fortunes of Mr. Popper, a house painter obsessed by dreams of the Polar regions.

Animals, Classics, Funny

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Avi. Poppy.

Poppy the deer mouse urges her family to move next to a field of corn big enough to feed them all forever, but Mr. Ocax, a terrifying owl, has other ideas.

Animals

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Ben Baglio. Animal Ark series.

Mandy Hope, the daughter of veterinarian parents who own the Animal Ark Veterinary Hospital, helps her parents tend a variety of animals in need, both in the clinic and at home.

Short, Animals, Realistic Fiction

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Carolyn Bailey. Miss Hickory.

The story of how Miss Hickory, a country woman made of an apple-wood twig and a head of hickory nut, survived a severe New Hampshire winter with the aid of her animal friends.

Dolls, Classics

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J.M. Barrie. Peter Pan.

The adventures of the three Darling children in Never-Never Land with Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up.

Adventure, Classics, Fantasy

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L. Frank Baum. Wizard of Oz series.

Dorothy and her dog, Toto, find themselves in a strange land called Oz after their Kansas house is swept away by a cyclone. Here they meet the Munchkins and join the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion on an unforgettable journey to the Emerald City, where the all-powerful Wizard of Oz lives. Can he help Dorothy return home?

Classics, Fantasy

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Emily Bearne. Tumtum and Nutmeg.

Wealthy, married mice Tumtum and Nutmeg find adventure when they secretly try to help two human siblings who live in a tumbledown cottage with their absent-minded inventor father.

Animals

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Jim Benton. Franny K. Stein series.

Franny K. Stein is a mad scientist who prefers all things spooky and creepy, but when she has trouble making friends at her new school she experiments with fitting in–which works until a monster erupts from the trashcan.

Funny, Short

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Jeanne Birdsall. Penderwicks series.

While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four lovable sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother.

Classics, Realistic Fiction

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Judy Blume. The Pain and the Great One series.

Short stories featuring the siblings from the classic picture book The Pain and the Great One.

Realistic Fiction, Short, Funny

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Michael Bond. Paddington Bear series.

A very small bear found by Mr. and Mrs. Brown at Paddington station becomes one of the family.

Classics, Animals

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Christianna Brand. Nurse Matilda.

The incorrigible Brown children, who devour nannies, nurse-maids, and governesses, finally meet their match. 

Funny, Fantasy

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Walter Brooks. Freddy series.

Freddy the Pig and his animal friends have adventures, travel to distant lands and solve mysteries.

Animals, Adventure

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Frances Hodgson Burnett. The Secret Garden.

Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden.

Classics, Historical Fiction

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Lewis Carroll. Alice in Wonderland.

Alice in Wonderland (also known as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) is the peculiar and imaginative tale of a girl who falls down a rabbit-hole into a bizarre world of eccentric and unusual creatures.

Classics, Fantasy

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Beverly Cleary. Ramona Quimby series.

Beezus tries very hard to be patient with her little sister, but four-year-old Ramona has the habit of doing the most unpredictable, annoying, embarrassing things in the world. 

Funny, Realistic Fiction

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Beverly Cleary. The Mouse and the Motorcycle series.

A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling.

Adventure, Animals

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Roald Dahl. Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Three farmers, each one meaner than the other, try all-out warfare to get rid of the fox and his family.

Classics, Animals

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Roald Dahl. James and the Giant Peach.

When a mysterious old man gives James some magical, tiny green things, he certainly never imagines that they will grow into an enormous peach.

Classics, Fantasy

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Roald Dahl. Matilda.

Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security.

Classics, Funny

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Kate DiCamillo. The Tale of Despereaux.

The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse ofunusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.

Animals, Adventure
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Tony DiTerlizzi. Spiderwick Chronicles.

When the Grace children go to stay at their Great Aunt Lucinda’s worn Victorian house, they discover a field guide to fairies and other creatures and begin to have some unusual experiences.

Fantasy

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Eleanor Estes. Ginger Pye.

The disappearance of a new puppy named Ginger and the appearance of a mysterious man in a mustard yellow hat bring excitement into the lives of the Pye children.

Classics, Animals, Realistic Fiction

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Douglas Evans. The Elevator Family.

The four members of the Wilson family decide to spend their holiday in one of the elevators at the San Francisco Hotel.

Funny, Realistic Fiction

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Rachel Field. Hitty, Her First Hundred Years.

When Phoebe Preble brings her special doll, Hitty, with her everywhere she goes, Hitty experiences wonderful adventures and makes a lot of new friends.

Dolls, Classics

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Sid Fleischman. The Whipping Boy.

A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws.

Classics, Funny, Short

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Kenneth Grahame. The Wind in the Willows.

The escapades of four animal friends who live along a river in the English countryside–Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger.

Classics, Animals

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J.C. Greenburg. Andrew Lost series.

Ten-year-old Andrew and his cousin Judy get into strange adventures due to accidental encounters with unusual inventions, like a shrinking machine and a combination submarine-Volkswagen Beetle.

Science Fiction, Short

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Johnny Gruelle. Raggedy Ann series.

All the original stories are here, as Raggedy Ann comes to Marcella’s nursery and quickly becomes the leader of the dolls. After learning a lesson from a naughty raid on the pantry, Raggedy Ann’s adventures show her striving to be good — and succeeding. She and the other dolls rescue Fido, the family dog, from the dogcatcher. When, in one adventure, Raggedy Ann has to have her stuffing replaced, she gets her famous “I LOVE YOU” candy heart. Raggedy Ann also goes up in a kite, teaches two new dolls to be tolerant, and shares the excitement of a baby brother for Marcella, among several other tales.

Classics, Dolls

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Marguerite Henry. Cinnabar.

Every fox-hunting day Cinnabar leaves his family to challenge the hunters at Mount Vernon to a thrilling chase.

Classics, Animals, Historical Fiction, Adventure

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Jennifer Holm. Babymouse series.

It’s the same thing every day for Babymouse. Where is the glamour? The excitement? The adventure? Nothing ever changes, until . . . Babymouse hears about Felicia Furrypaws’s exclusive slumber party. Will Babymouse get invited? Will her best friend, Wilson, forgive her if she misses their monster movie marathon?

Funny, Graphic Novel

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James Howe. Bunnicula series.

Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire.

Funny, Animals

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Norton Juster. The Phantom Tollbooth.

A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers provides a cure for his boredom.

Classics, Fantasy

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Dick King-Smith. Babe the  Gallant Pig.

A piglet destined for eventual butchering arrives at the farmyard, is adopted by an old sheep dog, and discovers a special secret to success.

Classics, Animals

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Suzy Kline. Herbie Jones series.

Herbie’s experiences in the third grade include finding bones in the boy’s bathroom, wandering away from his class on their field trip, and being promoted to a higher reading group.

Funny, Realistic Fiction

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E.L. Konigsberg. From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

Having runaway with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, twelve-year-old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home and to become a changed person and a heroine to herself.

Realistic Fiction, Mystery, Classics

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Robert Lawson. Rabbit Hill.

New folks are coming to live in the Big House. The animals of Rabbit Hill wonder if they will plant a garden and thus be good providers.

Animals, Classics

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Ursula LeGuin. Catwings series.

Four young cats with wings leave the city slums in search of a safe place to live, finally meeting two children with kind hands.

Fantasy, Animals

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Gail Carson Levine. The Princess Tales.

These retellings of classic fairy tales turn standard story elements on their ear for laugh-out-loud reading.

Fantasy, Funny

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Hugh Lofting. Dr. Dolittle series.

When his colleague Long Arrow disappears, Dr. Dolittle sets off with his assistant, Tommy Stubbins, his dog, Jip, and Polynesia the parrot on an adventurous voyage over tropical seas to floating Spidermonkey Island.

Classics, Fantasy, Animals, Adventure

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Betty MacDonald. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle.

Meet Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle! She’s the kind of grown-up you would like to have for a friend-and all her friends are children. She is a little lady with brown sparkly eyes. She lives in an upside-down house, with a kitchen that is always full of freshly baked cookies. Her husband was a pirate, and she likes to have her friends dig in the back yard for the pirate treasure he buried there. Best of all, she knows everything there is to know about children. When a distraught parent calls her because Mary has turned into an Answer-Backer or Dick has become Selfish or Allen has decided to be a Slow-Eater-Tiny-Bite-Taker, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has the answer. And her solutions always work, with plenty of laughs along the way. So join the crowd at Mrs. Piggle Wiggle’s house-and enjoy the comical, common-sense cures that have won her so many friends.

Funny, Classics

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Megan McDonald. Judy Moody series.

Third grader Judy Moody is in a first day of school bad mood until she gets an assignment to create a collage all about herself and begins creating her masterpiece, the Me collage.

Funny, Realistic Fiction

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Megan McDonald. Stink series.

The shortest kid in the second grade, James Moody, also known as Stink, learns all about the shortest president of the United States, James Madison, when they celebrate Presidents’ Day at school.

Funny, Realistic Fiction

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Claudia Mills. 7×9=Trouble.

Wilson has a hard time with math, especially with Mrs. Porter’s timed multiplication tests. If only he were as quick as Laura Vicks, the smartest kid in third grade, or as quick as his brother, Kipper – a kindergartner. Wilson’s mother and father try to help, but Wilson doesn’t appreciate having to do practice tests on a play date. Fortunately, his friend Josh Hernandez is a comfort, as is Squiggles, the class hamster. Wilson is sure that with his own little animal squeaking and cuddling beside him, he could learn anything. But his mom doesn’t like pets. So Wilson bravely struggles on, hoping that one day in the not-too-distant future he’ll pass all his times-table tests. Then, surprisingly, Kipper comes to the rescue.

Funny, Realistic Fiction

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Scott Morse. Magic Pickle series.

When Weapon Kosher, the Magic Pickle, erupts from her bedroom floor, young Jo Jo Wigman works with him to stop the Brotherhood of Evil Produce from taking over the world and tries to find a way to impress cute Danny Johnson.

Graphic Novel, Funny, Adventure

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Lensey Namioka. Yang series.

Everyone in the Yang family is a talented musician except for nine-year-old Yingtao, the youngest Yang. Even after years of violin lessons from his father, Yingtao cannot make beautiful music. Now that his family has moved from China to Seattle, Yingtao wants to learn English and make new friends at school. Still, he must make time to practice his violin for an important family recital to help his father get more students. Yingtao is afraid his screeching violin will ruin the recital. But he’s even more afraid to tell his family that he has found something he likes better than music. Together he and his new friend Matthew think of a sure way to save the recital. They are certain nothing will go wrong.

Realistic Fiction

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Leslea Newman. Hachiko Waits.

Loyal to the end, Hachi the dog, unaware that his owner had died, waited at the train station every day for the next ten years in the hopes of seeing his beloved owner come off the train like he had done so many times in the past. Based on a true story.

Realistic Fiction, Animals

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Mary Norton. The Borrowers.

Beneath the floorboards of a quiet country house lies the miniature world of the Borrowers. The Clock family lives happily by borrowing things from the “human beans” living above them. Until one of the borrowers is seen, and disaster follows.

Classic, Fantasy, Adventure

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Mary Pope Osborne. Magic Tree House series.

Eight-year-old Jack and his younger sister Annie find a magic treehouse, which whisks them back to an ancient time zone where they see live dinosaurs.

Fantasy, Short, Adventure

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Barbara Park. Junie B. Jones series.

In her own words, a young girl describes her feelings about starting kindergarten and what she does when she decides not to ride the bus home.

Funny, Short, Realistic Fiction
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Robert Newton Peck. Soup.

When it came to getting the two of us in trouble, Soup was a regular genius….Soup was my best pal. His real and righteous name was Luther Wesley Vinson, but nobody called him Luther. He didn’t like it. I called him Luther just once, which promoted Soup to break me of a very bad habit before it really got formed. As soon as the swelling went out of my lip, I called him Soup instead of Thoop. Here are the stories of that friendship, and of the troubles–stories from a boyhood filled with barrels to roll in, apples to whip, windows to break, ropes to bind prisoners, acorn pepes, and ten-cent Saturday movies. But then as always nothing was quite as important as a best friend.

 Historical Fiction, Funny

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Barbara Robinson. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

The Herdman kids, “the worst kids in the history of the world”, surprise everybody when they decide to take part in the town’s Christmas pageant.

Realistic Fiction, Short, Funny

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Thomas Rockwell. How to Eat Fried Worms?

A small boy is challenged by a friend to eat fifteen worms in fifteen days for fifty dollars.

Realistic Fiction, Funny

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Ron Roy. A to Z mysteries.

Dink Duncan and his two friends investigate the apparent kidnapping of famous mystery author Wallis Wallace.

Mysteries, Short

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Louis Sachar. Marvin Redpost series.

Red-haired Marvin is convinced that the reason he looks different from the rest of his family is that he is really the lost prince of Shampoon.

Funny, Realistic Fiction, Short

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Louis Sachar. Wayside School series.

Humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story.

Funny, Short

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Anna Sewell. Black Beauty.

Set in Victorian London, the novel follows the shifting fortunes of a horse as he moves from owner to owner. Narrated by the noble Black Beauty himself, the tale offers an animal’s perspective of the world, and highlights the thoughtless, even cruel treatment animals endured during that period.

Animals, Historical Fiction, Classics

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Margaret Sidney. Five Little Peppers series.

In New England in the late nineteenth-century, a fatherless family, happy in spite of its impoverished condition, is befriended by a very rich gentleman and his young son. 

Historical Fiction

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Ashley Spires. Binky the Space Cat series.

Binky is a space cat – at least in his own mind. He’s really a house cat who has never left the family “space station.” Unlike other house cats, Binky has a mission: to blast off into outer space (outside), explore unknown places (the backyard) and battle aliens (bugs). Binky must undergo rigorous training so he can repel the alien attacks that threaten his humans. As he builds his spaceship, he must be extremely careful with his blueprints – the enemy is always watching. Soon Binky is ready to voyage into outer space. His humans go out there every day and he’s sure they need a certified space cat to protect them. But just as he’s about to blast off with his co-pilot, Ted (stuffed mousie), Binky realizes that he’s left something very important behind ? and it’s not the zero-gravity kitty litter.

Graphic Novel, Animals

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Johanna Spyri. Heidi.

A Swiss orphan is heartbroken when she must leave her beloved grandfather and their happy home in the mountains to go to school and to care for an invalid girl in the city.

Historical Fiction, Classics

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Geronimo Stilton. Geronimo Stilton adventures.

Geronimo Stilton, a mouse, goes on a treasure hunt to a faraway island when his sister finds an old map.

Animals, Adventure

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Thea Stilton. Thea Sisters Adventures.

Thea Stilton and her journalism class try to find a missing student.

Animals, Adventure

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Zed Storm. Will Solvit mysteries.

Will Solvit is a regular ten-year-old. Or so he thought… until he finds himself dealing with: one hungry T-rex, two lost parents, a trail of secret letters, a broken time-traveling machine. With the help of his dad’s crazy inventions, Will embarks on an action-packed adventure and the mystery keeps growing stronger.

Mysteries, Science Fiction, Adventure

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Noel Streatfield. The Shoes series.

Each of the books from this author features a heart-warming story of family and performing arts, set in early 20th century Britain.

Historical Fiction, Classics

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Gertrude Chandler Warner. The Boxcar Children.

The orphaned Alden family children make an abandoned boxcar their home, demonstrating their independence and ability to “make do”, and solve various mysteries. 

Mysteries, Classics

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E.B. White. Charlotte’s Web.

The story of Wilbur, the pig, smallest of the litter, who is raised by the farmer’s daughter, and who finds a friend in Charlotte, the spider.

Animals, Classics

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Laura Ingalls Wilder. Little House on the Prairie series.

The beloved story of the Ingalls family and their life in the Wisconsin frontier.

Historical Fiction, Classics

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Various authors. American Girl series.

Discover stories from America’s past with Samantha, Addy, Rebecca, Kit, Kaya, Felicity, Molly, Kirsten, Josefina, Julie, Caroline, Marie-Grace and Cecile.

Historical Fiction

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