The Vine: December 2, 2011
Hi Sars — I've enjoyed your site for years and hope to tap into the book knowledge that you and your readers have. I have a 7-year-old son who is a voracious reader. I love that he loves to read, and try to keep him supplied with books, and that is the question — I'm looking for recommendations. These are the books that he has read and enjoyed:
Cam Jansen series
Puppy Place series
Bailey School Mysteries
Box Car Children
A to Z Mysteries
Magic Tree House
Secrets of Droon
My Weird School Daze
Black Lagoon series
I've also bought him all of the Stepping Stones books that I could find — Knights of the Round Table, Swiss Family Robinson, The Time Machine, 10,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Three Musketeers, Oliver Twist, Last of the Mohicans, Swiss Family Robinson.
He's also just started the Hardy Boys books, I think they are a little difficult for him but he is reading them and enjoying them.
He has read all of his books numerous times so I don't begrudge buying him new ones when I can find something for him to read.
One problem is content. Although he reads at a higher level, his maturity level is still 2nd grade. For instance, he read one of the Henry and Ribsy books by Beverly Clearly about a year ago and it was mentioned in the book that "dad is the tooth fairy." And I'm not opposed to Harry Potter but I'm not sure if might be too mature for him at this point.
If you or any of your readers have any suggestions, I would really appreciate it. They don't have to be series, I like the series because it makes my life a little easier. I can buy in bulk and he's occupied for a little while at least.
Going Broke Buying Books But Loving Every Minute Of It
First of all, hooray, a question involving kids that's aggro-free! Hee.
Second of all, hooray, I can recommend a series Skyrockets's son tore through in about two weeks. (He'd just turned seven at the time; mileage will vary between kids the same age, of course.) It's by the inaptly named Andy Griffiths, and it starts with a classy tome called The Day My Butt Went Psycho. The titles get even more highbrow from there, obviously (Zombie Butts From Uranus).
You might also try Gnod's literature map, although entering Griffiths's name, in addition to popping up Wimpy Kid's Jeff Kinney right next to Griffiths, also put Donald Trump near him in the cloud? So those suggestions may need a little curating.
Readers? Stock that kid's bookshelf. (Three per comment, please. Thanks.)
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