Last month we finished reading the third Harry Potter book to Crazy Bug. We're afraid the rest of the series may be a little heavy for her at this age, so we've been looking for other options. Neither my husband nor I can stand any more of the rapidly published children's series books! So here's what we've found...
Emily's Runaway Imagination, by Beverly Cleary
A book about the funny adventures of a farm girl in the early 1900's. This is a great introduction to what life was like a 100 years ago! Follow it up with a trip to a living history museum so your child can see things like a washboard and wringer in person.
The Blue Fairy Book, by Andrew Lang
This classic 1890's collection of fairy tales is part of a whole series of books. The tales are much more detailed and interesting than current versions and use rich, sophisticated vocabulary. Your child might enjoy seeing how the original tales differ from the Disney versions. Plus, the series has dozens of tales you've probably never even heard before!
Every child should be familiar with these. There are probably hundreds of versions available.
Mr. Popper's Penguins, by Richard and Florence Atwater
When Mr. Popper is sent a group of penguins, life gets nuts until he takes his penguin show on the road. Try another compare and contrast activity with the book and the recent movie.
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
Pippi leads the life your child dreams of: she has a pirate father, a pet monkey, and no parental supervision!