Everyone was sad when the marathon page experience eventually ended. Bluebear provides excellent creative inspiration for storytelling. Matt Blum A childhood favorite, Danny Dunn is a series of 15 fiction books about a headstrong boy and his exploits with science and math. In addition to grounding most of their plots in real science, authors Raymond Abrashkin and Jay Williams included a couple of progressive friends to accompany Danny on his adventures. The stories are a good read-aloud introduction to chapter books as kids start to learn to read on their own. The books are out of print but available used and in libraries.
The Last Straw is a personal favorite, because of the focus on the father-son relationship and tight storytelling. There is little doubt these are the books my kids will remember most from their childhood. Kevin Makice Not many books of adult science fiction can appeal to kids. They will relate to the small but tenacious Ender. It tells the tale of four siblings who come across a talisman that grants wishes… halfway.
Harold uses his powerful crayon to transport bedtime into balloon rides, fairy tale gardens, a circus, and a trip to Mars. The playful word choices of the author leverage double meanings to complement the drawings in multiple ways, advancing the plot and reinforcing creativity the modern versions of Harold lack this depth. The stories are great experiences for pre-readers, who learn quickly to tell the story on their own.
Read it to them before they read it for themselves, and reengage the wonder as your children discover Hogwarts for themselves. Part novel and part picture book, the story lends to reading aloud while discovering together how Brian Selznick uses images to tell the story.
Erik Wecks. This starts him on an escalating path that has Shredderman thwarting everything from vandalism to espionage. Through Nolan, the author addresses problem-solving, power differentials, and the importance of good mentors. The books are quick reads that will span a few long bedtime sessions, great for advancing exposure to chapter books for early readers.
Kevin Makice. Skip Article Header. Skip to: Start of Article. Matt Blum. A childhood favorite, Danny Dunn is a series of 15 fiction books about a headstrong boy and his exploits with science and math. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney depicts the middle school struggles of middle child Greg Heffley, told in the form of his diary.
Not many books of adult science fiction can appeal to kids.
The classic book Half Magic by Edward Eager is clever, funny, and heartwarming. The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson became a favorite for all three of my kids when they were toddlers.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret is a lovely homage to early French film making and a most creative book. The masterworks of fantasy fiction. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are must reads for any literate geek. While the long slog to Rivendell in The Lord of The Rings may be difficult for children and adults alike, reading it aloud often allows children to persevere until the rollicking adventure begins.
In our home, we have successfully read The Lord of the Rings to two eight year olds. Going slowly a chapter at a time, it takes about three to four months. Popular among the 5 and 6 year old set, at least one book of the Junie B. Jones series must be read out loud merely because Junie is such a fun character to read. She mispronounces many words and hearing these mistakes is great for training the first and second grade ear.
Poignant, sad and yet beautiful in the end. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is the tale of a beloved toy finding its way back to the arms of a child. The gorgeous writing alone makes it worth reading aloud. In this case, magic is replaced with Greek mythology. Percy must come to terms with his demigod lineage and the reality of a world filled with minotaurs, chimeras, and vengeful titans. Contemporary cultural references and a prior interest in mythology by my kids made these five books and the first two of the follow-up series riveting bedtime reads.
It proved a fun race to see who recognized each myth first. So you know the story of Peter Pan and Captain Hook, but do you know how they got to Neverland, and why Peter will never grow up? Peter and the Starcatchers and its sequels tell a great tale that serves as a backstory to the tales you know.
Great fun, if you know the original story. Savvy by Ingrid Law is a coming-of-age story about a special family whose members are each blessed or cursed with a special ability. For Mibs Beaumont, her gift comes at a critical time when her father is recovering from a terrible accident. Reading Savvy sparked several bedtime conversations. Law has turned the premise into a series with Scumble released as the follow-up in Calling all dreamers… Poetry is made to be read out loud and no modern poet captures the spirit of childhood imagination and play better than Shel Silverstein.
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents is a book about a cat and a group of rats who run the perfect pied piper scheme… or at least, try to. Only Terry Pratchett could write animal characters this smart, yet still somehow believable. This book does technically take place in Discworld, but is much more aimed at kids than are the usual Discworld books.
This would be a great book for anyone who saw The Secret World of Arrietty , which was loosely based on it. You think you had an unusual childhood? Try growing up raised by ghosts in a graveyard. Strange, creepy, and altogether wonderful. No one must know how I feel about my life. In the wake of the General Strike, Edward was sent on another publicity tour and behaved abominably throughout.
Crowd Ranked Version of the List - Vote on it! Join the discussion. Photo beneath from Our view. The carriage pulled into huge gates of the castle. Today she wore a skirt of purple silk beneath her black shirt, completed with a purple veil embroidered in gold.
You have seen it all before, illuminated slightly differently according to which cache was found in which nook or cranny of which palatial dwelling, and which socio-historical heads have been dragooned into talking us through it again. It is becoming quite comforting, really — an audiovisual strand being twisted into the rope of constitutional continuity that we are told binds us through the ages.
There are some well-trod paths here with the plot and character: she starts off as inexperienced and even jaded because of her past, but soon learns to find her own voice, makes positive friendships, and comes to realize her own strengths as a person and a woman. The Inheritance. A new series that's been getting a lot of great reviews. And with good reason. An interesting plot, lots of political maneuvering, and a very well done female protagonist This series is more intelligent than many of the other fantasy books out there. So if you like SMART fantasy with a strong female protagonist and a fascinating fantasy world, pick this book up.
This is a trilogy. Berg writes some of the best female heroines in the genre — all of them are carefully developed personalities with a lot of depth to them. The world is well drawn as is the wonderful cast of characters — the female protagonist especially stands out. Oh yes, this book is good. Abercrombie is a male writer, but the man is just so damn clever he's able to pull off some pretty good female characters. But it's intelligent fantasy.
Best Served Cold is the mother of all revenge tales about a woman betrayed. The protagonist is a woman and she's a woman you don't screw over. Melini Rawn is a great at writing realistic female characters.
The description of the novel does not do it justice. This is a wholly character-driven book, with complex, deep characters and an enticing world. Unlike some of the other fantasy books for women mentioned above, the entire plot is not based on romance, but the strong female characters, well-developed world, and addicting plot make this a must read for the fairer sex.
In the year , with the Napoleonic Wars raging on land and sea, most people believe magic to be long dead in England until the reclusive Mr Norrell reveals his powers, and becomes a celebrity overnight. Soon, another practicing magician comes forth: the young, handsome, and daring Jonathan Strange. He becomes Norrell's student, and they join forces in the war against France. But Strange is increasingly drawn to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic, straining his partnership with Norrell, and putting at risk everything else he holds dear.
A remarkable book written in a sort of Victorian-era flowery prose. The flowery prose my be off-putting at first, but the mesmerizing story soon sucks you right in. Romance is a definite and important element in this novel, but it is certainly not a romantic fantasy. However, the strong narrative, rich characters, and compelling story make this a novel that must be read. Women who love the Jane Austen style settings and prose will especially be delighted.