Your kids don’t love books…help them

Usually it takes motivated parents to get a kid to read.

For example, Monica has four boys and she started reading to them when they were babies. Now the eldest, a 7-year-old and a second grader, is reading double the books planned for his grade and at a level two grades above his. Is that a coincidence? No, her second, a first grader, is doing the same thing. She also enrolls them in the summer reading programs at the library where they always win books for reaching their goals. It takes parents involvement for kids to pick up a book. Make the library your best playground and you will be glad you did.

Here, to start, is a great list of books for children from 7 to older teens, and the best part is most of them are at your local Library. If they are not you can ask them to get them for you. They are good clean fun.

7 to 12

The Boxcar Children, Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Prince and the Pauper, Mark Twain

The Little Lame Prince, Dinah Maria Mulock Craik

By Secret Railway, Enid La Monte Meadowcroft

Escape to Witch Mountain, Alexander Key

Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Brothers Grimm

Trixie Beldon (series), Kathryn Kenny

Bobbsey Twins (series), Laura Lee Hope

Little House on the Prairie (series), Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Wind on the Willows, Kenneth Grahame

Through the Rug (series), Jill Ammon Vanderwood

For those who have reading tablets: Emerine’s Nightmare, Anna del C. Dye

12 to 14

The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas

Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens

A Journey to the Center of the Earth, Jules Verne

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

Jo’s Boys, Louisa M. Alcott

Little Women, Louisa M. Alcott

The Red dragon Codex, Rebecca Shelley

Nancy Drew (series), Carolyn Keene

Fable Haven series, Brandon Mull

Hardy Boys (series), Franklin W. Dixon

Harry Potter (series), J. K. Rowling

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Patricia C. Wrede

13 Reality, James Dashner

The golden Cord, Paul Genesse

Older teens

The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, Maria Augusta Trapp

Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe

The Sherlock Holmes Mysteries, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Ella Enchanted, Gail Carson Levine

The Tennis Shoe (series), Chris Heimerdinger

The Silent Warrior trilogy, Anna del C. Dye

The Secret Life of a Teenage Siren, Wendy Toliver

The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien

Remember, if you read a bit to them and they read a bit to you you both will have precious quality time together. Books bring questions and spark the imagination. You can provide all the answers and it becomes a win/win situation.


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