The craziness continues this week. So far we've had two dress rehearsals and a play cast meeting. Tonight and tomorrow are dance recitals, then Friday we're heading out with Child for a 3-day school campout. No internet! No *computers* even!
Good thing I finished the most recent rewrite of SALVAGED yesterday. I can spend downtime at the campout reading down that big 'ol pile of books I've got.
Speaking of books...I've been having so much fun re-discovering old books and finding new ones with Child. She's 8, and an enthusiastic reader. We read together every night, and she checks out stacks from the library herself. I always feel bad when I have to pull her away from reading, because she gets SO intense on a book she has no idea what's going on around her at all. It's a joy to see.
Since I've got a great list of books for 8+ that we love, I thought I'd share...and see what MG books you guys love!
Our Current Favorites:
- Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace
- Pippi Longstocking books by Astrid Lindgren
- Judy Blume, especially the Fudge/Superfudge books
- Ballet Shoes, Theater Shoes, etc. by Noel Streatfeild
- Little House in the Big Woods (she just started it) by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- James & the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
- Nancy Drew series
- The Littles series by John Peterson
- Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
- Any Beverly Cleary, but especially Ramona
- Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
- Sisters Eight by Lauren Baratz-Logsted, Greg Logsted, & Jackie Logsted
- Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley
- Ivy & Bean by Annie Barrows
- Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell (she's reading this by herself, and she laughs out loud all the time while reading)
- Just Grace by Charise Mericle Harper
- Spiderwick Chronicles by by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
- Mary Margaret, Center Stage by Christine Kole MacLean
- Magic Treehouse by Mary Pope Osborne
- Cam Jansen by David A. Adler
- A-Z mysteries by Ron Roy
- The Rainbow Magic books by Daisy Meadows
- Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park
- Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
- (many more I've forgotten)
Next I want to try Clarice Bean and Judy Moody. We also have the Anne of Green Gables set waiting for when she's interested. Given this list--and the fact that she really likes the more "challenging" books right now--what else should we try? What middle grade books do you love right now?