Welcome back for our fifth installment of top ten lists for young advanced readers! If you’ve missed the first four sets, you can see them at these links:
- Top Ten List of Books for Young Advanced Readers, guest post at Mother-Daughter Book Reviews
- Top Ten List of Series for Young Advanced Readers
- Top Ten List of Christian Book Series for Young Advanced Readers
- Top Ten List of Oldies but Goodies for Young Advanced Readers
Today’s list is our top ten children’s books and series that still aren’t available electronically but are totally worth your time anyway! To be truthful, this list came together first because my kids are totally old school and love to hold and smell and turn the actual pages of their books. So this list is full of some of their absolute favorites! I’m sure you’ve heard of some of them, but hopefully there will be some new friends for you to meet here. And as always, please let us know what you’d add to this list! We may just do a top ten list of books our commenters have recommended on our top ten lists!
In case you’re just now joining us in this series, I’m doing this series in response to a number of questions I’ve received from moms and dads of five to eight year olds whose children have become very good readers and want to read chapter books but don’t know what to read. And they, like me, have no desire for their children to be reading middle grade books even though they are capable of doing so because of the issues they deal with like crushes on boys, trouble with teachers and parents, jealousy and cliques, bad attitudes, and the fact that a lot of them deal with good and evil in ways that is beyond where little ones need to be.
So, please enjoy and share our newest top ten list for young readers. (This post contains affiliate links to Amazon to assist you in finding the books we are talking about. If you click on them and buy the book(s) or even go on to buy something else, we will receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thanks for your support!)
- Welcome to the Grand View, Hannah by Mindy Warshaw Skolsky – Bignificent and I both absolutely loved this sweet little book loaned to us by a British friend. The books seem to have been released under different names in the U.S. and there are quite a few of them about Hannah, but this is the only one we’ve been able to get our hands on so far. You can see our full review of this book here.
2. The Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder – What is there to say about this series? It’s rather obvious, but it had to be included! Little House in the Big Woods is THE perfect first big chapter book for little ones, in my opinion, and they can devour the rest of the series if they want or take their time to grow with Laura.
3. The Animal Ark Series by Ben M. Baglio – These books feature Mandy, daughter of two veterinarians in rural England, and her best friend James. Because Mandy has grown up surrounded by pets and wildlife, she has developed a great interest in animals of all kinds. In each book, she and her friend James save an animal in trouble.
4. The Littles by John Peterson – This is a book (and TV show) I fondly remember from my childhood. This picture I’ve put here is the cover I remember, but there is an updated one at the link that your kids might like more than this one. The Littles are a miniature family whose normal lives are threatened when new big people come to stay in the house they live in. This is a fun story, full of adventure and creativity.
5. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren – Pippi Longstocking has crazy red pigtails, no parents to tell her what to do, a horse that lives on her porch, and a pet monkey. Her neighbors, Tommy and Annika soon learn that no matter what Pippi is doing, adventure will soon follow! There are a number of books in this series, but we’ve only had the privilege of reading this first one so far.
6. The Children of Noisy Village also by Astrid Lindgren – A charming story of days gone by in Sweden, this book is about the everyday life of six children living on three neighboring farms. The locals call their area “Noisy Village” for obvious reasons. I love how one reviewer described this book as Tom Sawyer and Little Women melded together, but I would add that it is suitable for much younger audiences than either of those books.
7. The King’s Equal by Katherine Paterson – An arrogant prince’s search for a wife who is his equal in intelligence, beauty, and wealth leads to a lesson for both the prince and the reader in humility and selflessness.
8. The Third Grade Detectives Series by George E. Stanley – These are fun and light-hearted whodunnits for little ones. Nothing too scary happens, and it’s lots of fun to follow the clues and solve the mystery.
9. Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by Betty MacDonald – These books are hilarious! Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is sort of like Mary Poppins, only a little less magical. She has a cure for every ailment and problem of childhood and knows exactly when and how to be silly and nonsensical and when to make cookies.
10. Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie by Peter and Connie Roop – This book is based on a true story of an 1856 storm off the coast of Maine during which Abbie, a young girl, is left for far longer than intended to make sure the lamps in the lighthouse don’t go out while her father, the lighthouse keeper, is away getting supplies. Abbie’s courage is very inspiring in this easy-to-read chapter book.