Watching someone learn to read is quite amazing. Putting letters together to form words is a formidable feat. Reading is agift for life...it opens so many doors. Liam is now six and at the point where he is actually sounding out words on his own all day and everywhere. He's no longer just recoginizing words he's reading them...and making connections. Here are some of the picks for kids ages 6-9 from Oprah's book club list. I added some of our most loved books at the end too, enjoy...
B.B. Wolf receives a “mysterious envelope” in the mail. It is invitation from Miss Wonderly to the “Annual Storybook Tea”! Should he go? He doesn’t think he likes tea…but will there be cookies? B.B. studies up on etiquette and goes off to the library tea in his best jacket. Can he behave like a gentleman?
Knopf, 2007. ISBN: 9780375835322
Jack Plank Tells Tales by Natalie Babbitt
After spending years at sea, Jack comes to town to find a new career. Is there any job that is just right for an ex-pirate who is no good at plundering but loves to tell stories?
Michael di Capua Books/Scholastic, 2007. ISBN 9780545004961
Nic Bishop Frogsby Nic Bishop
In the incredible world of frogs, some species camouflage to escape danger, another eats with its eyes and one can even glide through the air! Dazzling photographs and fun facts introduce these amazing amphibians in action.
Scholastic, 2008. ISBN 9780439877558
Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars: Space Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian
“The universe is every place, / Including all the e m p t y space.” Poems full of wordplay, rhyme and humor that’s just right for kids accompany eye-catching illustrations in this fascinating introduction to outer space.
Harcourt, 2007. ISBN: 9780152053727
Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Littleby Peggy Gifford; photography by Valorie Fisher
On the last day before fourth grade, Moxy Maxwell, usually an avid reader, finds multiple reasons to continue avoiding her assigned summer reading book.
Schwartz & Wade, 2007. ISBN: 9780375839153
Snoring Beauty by Bruce Hale; illustrated by Howard Fine
A fairy tale that’s as twisted as they come, and hilarious to boot. True to the spited fairy, Beebo’s curse, Princess Marge becomes a snoring dragon doomed to sleep until wakened by “a quince.” Yes, a quince, due to the curse-fix of a hard-of-hearing fairy. All ends well and the kingdom whoops it up “with a hey-nonny-nonny and a hot-cha-cha.”
Harcourt, 2008. ISBN: 9780152163143
Just Graceby Charise Mericle Harper
Grace’s humorous attempts to cheer up her neighbor Mrs. Luther leads to a misunderstanding about the woman’s disappearing cat!
Houghton, 2008. ISBN: 9780547014401
The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County by Janice Harrington; illustrations by Shelley Jackson
Miss Hen is smart, fast and knows all the tricks. Is that enough to keep her safe from the girl who calls herself the Chicken-Chasing Queen? Dynamic illustrations bring this squawking, pecking, feather-flying battle of wits to a conclusion that works out fine for both girl and bird.
Farrar, 2007. ISBN 9780374312510
Oh, Theodore!: Guinea Pig Poemsby Susan Katz; illustrated by Stacey Schuett
A boy gets a guinea pig for a pet. The boy and his guinea pig, Theodore (so named because he’s soft, fuzzy and brown like a teddy bear), cautiously adjust to each other, and their affection develops. Told in short, easy-to-read poems.
Clarion, 2007. ISBN: 9780618702220
Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroadby Ellen Levine; illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Henry Brown grew up a slave. After his wife and children are sold off to another master, and with nothing left to lose, Henry is boxed up by the local doctor, an abolitionist, and mailed! After a rough ride, Henry is unboxed—a free man.
Scholastic, 2007. ISBN: 9780439777339
Diary of a Fly by Doreen Cronin; illustrated by Harry Bliss
The ups and downs of a young fly’s life are captured in funny pictures and in her own words, including flying lessons, school lunches and meeting the toughest babysitter ever: “She brought a frog.” Fun facts about flies are mixed in with the jokes and silliness.
HarperCollins/Joanna Cotler, 2007. ISBN 9780060001568
The Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Greatby Gerald Morris; illustrations by Aaron Renier
These adventures of the greatest knight of the Round Table are full of brave deeds and lots of humor. Lancelot rescues maidens and defeats evil knights. He also wins a tournament by accident, tricks an enemy by singing terribly and takes plenty of afternoon naps in this in this version that’s just right for young readers.
Houghton, 2008. ISBN: 9780618777143
Nothing but Trouble: The Story of Althea Gibsonby Sue Stauffacher; illustrated by Greg Couch
A picture book biography of the tomboy who, given the opportunity to play tennis, not only learned the game but also how to keep her cool and, in 1957, became the first African-American to win at Wimbledon.
Knopf, 2007. ISBN: 9780375834080
Robot Dreamsby Sara Varon
In this nearly wordless book, comic book-style illustrations tell the story of Dog and his best friend, Robot. When the two become separated, readers follow their separate—and very different—experiences, which are amusing, wistful and truly thought provoking.
Roaring Brook, 2007. ISBN 9781596431089
The Pigeon Wants a Puppyby Mo Willems
This self-described puppy-lovin’ pigeon promises to take care of what he’s always wanted, at least since last Tuesday—a puppy. He promises he’ll water it once a month. In the end, after meeting up with a huge puppy, he changes his mind—maybe a walrus is more his speed.
Hyperion, 2008. ISBN: 9781423109600