Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Top 10 Tuesday - Chapter Books for Any Child

A few weeks ago I posted our favorite chapter books for girls. I can't believe I forgot the All of a Kind Family books. Those were some of my favorites when I was a girl and Polly loves them now. They are (sadly) mostly out of print but we're covering that deficit with the library and Paperback Swap. Thanks to Amanda for reminding me!

So, what if you don't have girls? Or if your girls need more chapter books to read? {smile}

The Chronicles of Narnia1. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. Our girls also have these stories on c.d (This set.) They highly recommend them! Every child should have a chance to visit Narnia. Please, please don't settle for the movie versions. That's like only reading about England and never actually visiting it. (Which, ahem, I've done both.) Strangely enough, I didn't read these as a kid. I've made up for lost time since then!

by Florence Atwater (Author) Mr. Popper's Penguins (Paperback)2. Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard & Florence Atwater. I have fond memories of my mom reading this to us. I've read it to my girls, they've listened to an audio book version and now, Polly has read it herself. It's a favorite.

Just So Stories: for Little Children (Oxford World's Classics)3. Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling. Oh best beloved, you must read this book. It's just not negotiable. There are some picture book versions of some of the stories that are also great.

Stuart Little4. Stuart Little by E.B. White. Another favorite read aloud. Another book far superior to the movie version.

The Borrowers5. The Borrowers by Mary Norton. I read this one to Polly. Now she's busy reading the numerous sequels to herself because she can't wait for me. Interesting and not too sweet.

The Phantom Tollbooth6. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. I haven't actually read this but Polly highly recommends it. Lots of word play.

Ginger Pye (Young Classic)7. Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes. Another recommendation from Polly and Tigger. A delightful book about a dog that isn't ridiculously sad (Old Yeller, anyone?).

The Cricket in Times Square (Chester Cricket and His Friends)8. The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden. Yet another book illustrated by the incomparable Garth Williams. (I'm beginning to suspect he's the reason many books became the beloved classics that they are today!)

Alice In WonderlandThrough the Looking-Glass - Original Version9. Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. Everyone ought to be acquainted with the real Alice. My girls especially enjoy the audio version. (British narrators make everything better, right?)
Homer PriceCenterburg Tales: More Adventures of Homer Price10.Homer Price and Centerburg Tales by Robert McCloskey. Enjoyed by boys and girls for many years now. McCloskey's books are always pitch perfect. They, like Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder, also make me hungry. Especially for donuts. So consider yourself warned: you might want to lay in a supply of donuts before reading.

This post is linked to Top 10 Tuesday at Oh Amanda.
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Stephen said...

I am enchanted by donut-making machines to this day ...

See Jamie blog said...

We've read quite a few of those, & have loved the ones we've read!

Karabeth Bapt. Homeschool said...

Ah! Your list brings back so many memories!

Remember how much the Princess loved "Mr. Popper's Penguins"? She liked "The Borrowers" and all of its sequels, too.

The Bear was particularly enchanted by anything about "Homer Price" or "A Cricket in Times Square."

Garth Williams illustrations are some of my favorites. He ranks right up there with Tasha Tudor, and Beatrix Potter in my opinion. Different styles, yes, but different is sometimes good. :)

Calling All Sleepyheads said...

Loved this list! Even remember reading some as a child. Some of my favorites I've read to my girls were childhood favorites of mine-The Secret Garden, The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodle and The Witch of Blackberry Pond.

Dan said...

This list has provided some inspiration. I just finished reading Charlotte's Web one chapter at a time as a bed time story. I think I might try Stuart Little next.

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