However, it is becoming apparent that this child's appetite for reading is more than just I can feed. We have done Little House on the Prairie series (which I hope she will reread when her comprehension is better), the Ramona books, the Chronicles of Narnia (which I am sure will be reread more than once), and even an ancient series called The Happy Hollisters (okay, not ancient, but George's mom read them when she was a kid). She read Baby Island so fast (in one night) I didn't even get a chance to use the Veritas comprehension guide that goes with it. Also by Carol Ryrie Brink is my favorite book from when I was a little girl (one of the only ones I read as a younger reader- and I loved it so much, I read it twice), Caddie Woodlawn. I am waiting until her birthday to get her her own hardcover copy. I am also thinking of getting her the Betsy books by Carolyn Haywood, another favorite of mine from early elementary days. I am not sure if I have read the Betsy books by Maud Hart Lovelace, but I am considering these as well. Will she get the Betsys mixed up?
She has recently read The Secret Garden, The Enchanted Castle, Matilda, and The Borrowers and is now working on the last two mouse books by Beverly Cleary. We have also ventured into other books by Beverly Cleary and have read several of the Marguerite Henry horse books. The library is getting us The Trumpet of the Swan and Stuart Little (we've already read Charlotte's Web), Five Children and It (another by Edith Nesbit), and Pippi Longstocking. I am particularly excited about Pippi Longstocking. It is a newer translation and is illustrated by Lauren Child of Charlie and Lola fame. This got me wondering about the Child's Clarice Bean books. Are any of you familiar with these? I can't stand sassy children that act like rebellious teenagers, and I always worry about modern books for this age group being full of that sort of thing. For example, I can't stand that Junie B. Jones kid. On the other hand, I think Charlie and Lola Sonner and their friends are perfectly delightful children so it seems safe to say that Ms. Child doesn't typically create smarmy characters. Anyone who can tell me anything about these books would be most appreciated- the more details, the better.
I guess I should mention that I plan to work The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Story of the Treasure Seekers, and Black Ships Before Troy (plus a whole bunch of other ancient Grecian stuff) into our reading curriculum for next year if I end up homeschooling. Blah blah blah, the point is, what do you like? What do your girls (or boys) read? What did you read? I only tell you all of these titles to keep you from doing research on ones we are already working with and to give you an idea of her reading level (Boxcar Children were too easy, I think). But what am I missing?
There are a couple of books which I think Amabel read a little early- Ginger Pye and Dancing Shoes. Each of these is part of its own series, and I wonder if it would be worth having her reread them to re-introduce her to the series. Are these series worth reading? Oh, and does anyone remember the Bunnicula books? So many questions. So many books. I figure I should just keep lengthening my list because she keeps plowing through it. I am sure her comprehension will improve over time, and while I sometimes wonder if she doesn't think reading is a race, I want to encourage her love of good books and always be sure to supply her with something worthwhile to read. Suggestions are hoped for. Don't worry about saying something that may or may not be too hard or too easy or something we have read before. I know I already mentioned a bazillion books, but every time I think we have enough to keep us busy, she tells me she's read everything we just picked up from the library. It's sort of a good problem to have, no? Well, thanks for you help.