Looking for book suggestions for the 8 to 12 year old set? My talented friend and children’s book author, Jackie Broad, has another thoughtful list of titles that include a mix of classics and a fun new internationally bestselling author. Happy National Reading Month!
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
“It was a dark and stormy night”- a famous line that begins this classic. This iconic science fiction story was published in 1962 and is still a book club favorite for the 4th-8th grade kids of today. The story centers on a feisty heroine, Meg, who travels through time and space to find her father and bring him back home. Meg gets help from some kind and quirky women: Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs.Which, and Mrs. Who to name a few. A movie remake is on its way, starring Lady O herself, Oprah, as Mrs. Which. Can’t wait! But tell your kids to read the book first!
The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
Beverly Cleary is a master storyteller and author of so many wonderful and wholesome chapter books for elementary school kids. I still remember reading this particular book as a child. I loved how a little mouse, Ralph, rode a shiny toy motorcycle all around the Mountain View Inn. “Pb-b-b-b” went the motorcycle down the halls. The forbidden friendship that forms between Ralph, and Keith, a human, will warm your heart too. A feel good and fun read.
Demon Dentist by David Walliams
Dentists are not exactly the favorite people of children. Many kids would like to avoid them entirely – and in this story there may be good reason to. Who or what is taking the teeth left under pillows and replacing them with….slugs and spiders? What evil is entering the bedroom of children late at night? Author David Walliams is brilliant and being touted as the next Roald Dahl. My 5th grade son loves this book.
What are your kids reading?