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    I read aloud to my kids most nights before bed, and I'm on the hunt for new authors, stand-alones or series to try. My kids are 7 and 9, and are no so much into superheros or princesses. We've recently read and enjoyed the Beasts of Olympus books, and all four Dinotopia books. I didn't so much care for Book 1 on the How To Train Your Dragon series (sadly, as the movies were wonderful), and I'm trying to choose books they won't necessarily read on their own. I just picked up the first Land of Stories (by Chris Colfer) book at the library, but we haven't started it yet. Any recommendations on books to look for, or books to avoid?

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    Hey Carrie, we read every single day to the kids. Sometimes I use audiobooks for the cars, and sometimes I read during breakfast (the only time everyone is still enough to listen). We have read some great stories. These are my son's favorites:

    The Candymakers
    Caddie Woodlawn
    Bud, Not Buddy
    Percy Jackson stories (the Greek ones - NOT the Roman ones)
    The Great Horn Spoon
    American Tall Tales
    Half Magic (Edward Eager)
    any Ronald Dahl book!!
    The Wizard of Oz books (the books are so much better than the movie!)
    audiobooks or books by Lamplighter Theater! (He recommends Sir Malcolm and the lost Prince)
    the Miss Piggle Wiggle books
    and Pipi Longstocking books too.

    And thanks for the tip on the Beast of Olympus books. He loved the looks of these for his free reading!



    • #3
      We are really into audiobooks so I am recommending all the ones that are really good (they tend to lend themselves to being experienced out loud), that both me and the kids liked and that are not Harry Potter lol but are quite heavy on the fantasy, honestly we liked the how to train your dragon book 1 but we have the version read by David Tennant and he's awesome.

      We liked both sets of Percy Jackson books and The Kane Chronicles first Magnus Chase one and the Trials Of Apollo all by Rick Riordan.
      Escape from Mr Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein was good I have the second one but I haven't read it yet.
      Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull.
      39 Clues series were good but they are all by different authors.
      Cragbridge Hall by Chad Morris (Book 1 and 2 are good, I haven't gotten around to book 3)
      Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
      Magyk by Angie Sage
      The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy
      Stig Of The Dump by Clive King
      Flour Babies by Anne Fine
      The Borrowers series by Mary Norton
      Winnie The Witch by Laura Owens (there are quite a few but some of them are republished under new names)
      Mr Majeika series by Humphrey Carpenter
      The Tree Of Seasons by Stephen Gately

      Physical books I have borrowed from the library recently that were good (children's books are easier to read when you have little people who want your attention lol)
      The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop by Kate Saunders
      The Magic Potions Shop by Abie Longstaff

      I'm not sure if these are good books or just good audio performances but
      Five Children and It by E Nesbitt
      Charlotte's Web by E.B White
      The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis
      Peter Pan by J.M Barrie
      The Secret Garden and The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
      Heidi by Johanna Spyri

      Ones the kids have used as read a loud books at school
      Almost all the Roald Dahl books Matilda, BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, George's Marvellous Medicine and Fantastic Mr Fox seem to be the school's favourites. Quite a few of the David Walliams books, Logan's class did the Demon Dentist, but personally, I liked Gangsta Granny and The Boy In The Dress better and when they go back on Monday they are starting the Iron Man by Ted Hughes.

      Ones still on my list to try
      The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner and Dragon's At Crumbling Castle both by Terry Pratchett.
      Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K Rowling

      Pretty sure I will have some other suggestions tomorrow.


      • caliten
        caliten commented
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        Wow, that's quite a list! Thanks so much for sharing all these great ideas!!