He’s eight years old and in third grade. He’s loved Diary of A Wimpy Kid since first grade (and has re-read them a handful of times) and has read those commonly read series of books like Harry Potter and Percy Jackson (another favorite series is How To Train Your Dragon). It’s always a challenge to find a new book or series to keep him entertained. Which is why I wanted to pass on a few of his favorite books as of late. So here are 6 of our favorite books for young readers. But the first book on our list will get your child writing.
One Line A Day Five-Year Memory Book
Last year, my husband and I both purchased One Line A Day Five-Year Memory Book. My son loved the idea and begged us for one of his own. I put it off because I didn’t want it to be one of those dozen ditched journals he had started in the past. Finally, after his persistent pleading and promise that he would write in it every day, we gave him one at the beginning of the year. It’s just enough space for him to write one memory from each day. It’s already become an invaluable treasure with his daily memories. Five years is a long time in a kid’s life and I love thinking that he’ll have a book full of memories before he hits his teenage years. I couldn’t recommend this book enough. And as for my husband and I, we’ve kept it up for almost six months without faltering. It’s the best way we’ve been able to journal in our busy lives. Consider it for your entire family.
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
Segregation. It was a main theme of this book. Maniac Magee was a great for my son to read, bringing up topics that aren’t ordinarily seen as easy topics for grade school kids. Even better, we got to talk about those topics together.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
There was something about this book that hooked my son. Mysterious and unique, it centers on the adventure three children embark upon while also reinforcing the power of loving relationships.
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
My daughter pulled this off the library shelves and wanted her big brother to read it. This biography about “Nat” Bowditch who overcame many obstacles to practice his love of math becoming a master of sea navigation. My son was amazed that despite his many challenges, Nat persevered and accomplished so much.
One Dead Spy by Nathan Hale
We found this one on a whim as I was browsing the non-fiction youth section in our library. It’s the first of the Hazardous Tales Series by Nathan Hale. It’s a graphic historical novel if that’s an actual classification. My son actually read another in the series first (and then another in the series after) but One Dead Spy was his favorite although he would recommend all the books. The story is of the famous spy Nathan Hale (yes, the same name as the author) who is famous for saying, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” After reading this, my son chose to do a project in school about Nathan Hale (the American spy, not the author). I love how much my son absorbs from history and he loves how humorous and entertaining these tales are.
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
I really dislike how books today seem to be divided into “boys books” and “girls books”. I was happy to see my son come home from school with this classic. He devoured it and I appreciated that he read a book with a female protagonist.