Five Days of Great Kids' Reads: Our Favorite Kids' Fiction

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Fiction is a huge category I know. But I'm going to try to pick only a few of our favorite fiction books. And then I'm going to end this post with some resources for finding even more great kids books and literature study tools. Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end for a chance to win 5 books from the categories I've been sharing this week. You can see the books featured here.

A Wrinkle in Time (Time, #1)A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle is a long time favorite of mine. As a child and teen I always enjoyed fantasy/sci. fi books. And I loved all of Madeline L'Engle's. I've been glad to share them with my two oldest kids so far, and I look forward to reading them to the younger girls also.








Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls is another childhood favorite. I had a teacher who read it aloud to us, and I loved it. Since then I've read it several times. And a few years ago I read it to the kids. Of course they like to find humor in the fact that I cry through the end of touching books. I'll give a little spoiler here. (The dogs die.) It's sad but sweet. And in a way the book really has a happy ending. It's a classic coming of age story.

Where the Red Fern Grows











Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan- This is one of those books that blurs the lines of "what is a classic" for me. Set in the Old West, it's a touching story of a mail order bride and a young family who needs her. I love it.

Sarah, Plain and Tall (Sarah, Plain and Tall, #1)













Ramona Quimby, Age 8 is one of the many Beverly Cleary books that I think are so great for kids. I loved Ramona and her family through many books. I also loved Cleary's touching stories of other kids. The characters in her books just seem so easy for kids to relate to.

Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (Ramona, #6)













The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall- We stumbled onto the Penderwicks in the audio section of our library. And after we heard the first one we were hooked. The main characters are four sisters. And, although we have three girls and a boy, the kids placed themselves in the story. There are two other follow up books that also feature the four girls and the friend they make in the first story. We've enjoyed them all!

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy










Famous Five Mysteries Collection by Enid Blyton are some other great stories we found when we looked for audio books at our library. Enid Blyton was a British writer who wrote in the early 1900s. The stories are so very British in sound and style. And the settings are different from some traditional kids books, taking place in the early 1900s. The Famous Five books are all mysteries. But Enid Blyton was a very prolific writer and has books across many genres. I always look for some of her books when I visit a used book store with older editions.














The Runaway Dolls by Ann Matthews Martin and Laura Godwin is an adventure story featuring doll friends. The dolls are puzzled by a new arrival to their owner's toys, a doll that may be the little sister of one of them. They set out on an adventure to find the truth behind the new doll's appearance. This is a cute make believe adventure story. I came upon it at a library used book sale, and we later found our that there were other doll books by the authors.

The Runaway Dolls (Doll People, #3)












As you can probably tell, I'm a big fan of literature. Because of that, I love literature based unit studies. Here are some of my favorite resources:
Free literature units and lapbooks from Homeschool Share
Glencoe Literature Library
Novel Guide
Memoria Press- many, many literature guides for purchase- Classical style
Progeny Press- another company with literature guides in the Classical style
Honey for a Child's Heart: The Imaginative Use of Books in Family Life-guide to great books to read with your child

There are so many more favorite reads that I love to share with my kids. I realized as I wrote these posts that I could probably write dozens more to fit them all in. If you have any other favorites to share, please share them in the comments section.

Five Days of Great Kids Reads:
Favorite Picture Books
Favorite Early Reader Books
Favorite Classics
Favorite Nonfiction
Favorite Fiction

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