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Post Sun, Jan 10 2021, 12:14 am
I have a daughter in first grade and a son in second grade. I am looking for ideas on chapter books where I can read them a chapter before bed each night. Ideally a series of books. Gender neutral. I jsut read a bunch of flat Stanley books and they both loved them.
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notshanarishona




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Jan 10 2021, 12:19 am
Ramona/ Beverly Cleary
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srbmom




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Jan 10 2021, 12:20 am
Magic School Bus chapter books
Who is...Series
Ready Freddy
Here's Hank
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#BestBubby




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Jan 10 2021, 12:58 am
Books by Roald Dahl - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, etc.

Books by Carolyn Hayward - Betsy and Eddie books

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle series

All of a Kind Family Series

Ktonton (out of print but maybe you can find).

Some books by Judy Blume "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" and "Fudge" books
(might need a little censoring which you can do as you are reading aloud).

Magic Treehouse series.

Frog and Toad series

Pippi Longstocking series

Berenstain Bear Chapter Books

Charlottes Web & Stuart Little

Homer Price

Books by Ruth Chew: What the Witch Left

The Little Witch

The Little Leftover Witch

Baby Island

Trina Finds a Brother


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#BestBubby




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Jan 10 2021, 1:05 am
There are lots of picture books that are for more mature children 6 - 8:

Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Bad Day

Amelia Bedilia

Fly Guy Series

Stone Soup

The Three Wishes

Heckedy Peg (a bit scary)

The Carp in the Bathtub

Dr. De Soto and Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

Ira Sleeps Over

Ticki Ticki Tembo

Aesop's Fables

Nate the Great


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Elfrida




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Jan 10 2021, 1:15 am
#BestBubby wrote:
Books by Roald Dahl - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, etc.


Roald Dahl was incredibly antisemitic. His family recently issued a apology for his attitudes. I don't buy any of his books, on principle.
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#BestBubby




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Jan 10 2021, 1:22 am
Elfrida wrote:
Roald Dahl was incredibly antisemitic. His family recently issued a apology for his attitudes. I don't buy any of his books, on principle.


This is true. I read his books as a child before this was known and they are some of the best.

But I respect your principles.


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ora_43




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Jan 10 2021, 1:39 am
Dory Fantasmagory.

Ivy and Bean.

Seconding Roald Dahl.
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Teomima




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Jan 10 2021, 1:53 am
At that age my kids loved anything by Roald Dahl or EB White.
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amother




Firebrick
 

Post Sun, Jan 10 2021, 6:44 am
Anything Enid Blyton - Mr Pink-Whistle, The Wishing Chair and Faraway Tree series are all fun, or if they'd like mystery-style, the Five Find-Outers and Dog series. Malory Towers, St Clare's, and the Naughtiest Girl are set in boarding school settings, also lots of fun. Galliano's circus series was a favourite as a kid.

Most Americans I've met have never heard of them (Enid Blyton was a British author) but everyone in England grows up on them and I have such great childhood memories of them! Any fellow Brits here feel the same?
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imasinger




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Jan 10 2021, 6:55 am
I'm not a Brit, but I read and enjoyed Enid Bottom.

OP, a few more suggestions:

My Father's Dragon

Chocolate Fever

And there are some Jewish books that would work:

That's Me, Tzviki Green, or the Bentzi books.
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amother




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Post Sun, Jan 10 2021, 7:35 am
Freckle Juice
Chocolate Touch
Chocolate Fever
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amother




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Post Sun, Jan 10 2021, 7:43 am
The Russel and Elisa books by Johanna Hurwitz are perfect for that age. They are so funny and realistic. Heartwarming books that kids and parents can relate to.
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amother




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Post Sun, Jan 10 2021, 7:45 am
I'm surprised at all the recommendations for Roald Dahl. I was reading them myself at ages nine or ten. I didn't know anything about the antisemitism then, but I found of lot of the language and attitudes displayed in the books very off putting. I mostly read them once to know what everyone was talking about, but never bothered going back to them. There might have been a good story, but they just weren't nice books. I wouldn't necessarily stop children who bought them home from school, but I would never buy them for my family.
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PinkFridge




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Jan 10 2021, 8:23 am
You can read on a higher level than they might be reading. I guess for nighttime reading nothing too suspenseful or scary. So that eliminates a lot of books.
Here's one: Mr. Popper's Penguins.
And Savta Simcha books, Jeremy Levi, Hedy Levi.
I'm sure I'll come up with more.
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Amelia Bedelia




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Jan 10 2021, 8:39 am
Personally, if I would read aloud, I would select a book that's on a higher reading level. Even Harry Potter books might be young enough if they are not struggling to read on their own. Books like Johanna Hurwitz's Russel and Elisa, Freckle Juice, Ivy and Bean, Flat Stanley or Carolyn Haywood's books are easy enough for a second grader to read on her own.

ETA: Just noticed that Pink Fridge also mentions about higher reading level
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Elfrida




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Jan 10 2021, 8:43 am
Amelia Bedelia wrote:
Personally, if I would read aloud, I would select a book that's on a higher reading level. Even Harry Potter books might be young enough if they are not struggling to read on their own. Books like Johanna Hurwitz's Russel and Elisa, Freckle Juice, Ivy and Bean, Flat Stanley or Carolyn Haywood's books are easy enough for a second grader to read on her own.


I wouldn't start reading Harry Potter to a first grader. The first few books would be fine, but when do you stop? The later books aren't suitable for that age, and stopping half way through would be hard. Wait until they are old enough to enjoy reading the full series at once.

Enid Blyton in hardly high literature, but is eminently suitable for that age.
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Amelia Bedelia




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Jan 10 2021, 8:46 am
Elfrida wrote:
I wouldn't start reading Harry Potter to a first grader. The first few books would be fine, but when do you stop? The later books aren't suitable for that age, and stopping half way through would be hard. Wait until they are old enough to enjoy reading the full series at once.

Enid Blyton in hardly high literature, but is eminently suitable for that age.
I would only do the first Harry Potter book
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bsy




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Jan 10 2021, 8:47 am
Jelly belly! I remember my mother reading it to us at bedtime when I was little
Also, the war with grandpa
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Teomima




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Jan 10 2021, 8:58 am
Amelia Bedelia wrote:
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I love it that someone named Amelia Bedelia is commenting on a thread about children's stories! Very Happy
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