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Our Favorite Book Recommendations for Children

Written By Geoff Nixon . February 23, 2017

It’s a tantalizing story.  Child resists reading, until coming across that one book that changed everything!  We have shared book ideas for children with dyslexia.  Or there is the more pragmatic need, to keep up the momentum.  Either way, we are asked often for book recommendations for children.

Gemm Learning’s reading programs aim to make reading easier, creating more desire to read (or less resistance!).  Out of this, to help keep the reading fire lit, we are asked for book recommendations. A key here is just right books – engaging, and at your child’s changing reading level.

Recently, one of our students asked for a list of Gemm Learning staff to make book recommendations for children, the kind of books that can mark a change in attitude to books – for our clients.  As I was compiling the list, I decided to share it with our readers.

These are few of our favorite things…

Melissa is particularly fond of the Harry Potter Series, by JK Rowling, the Amelia Bedelia books, by Peggy and Herman Parish, and the Fudge books by Judy Blume.

When asked what inspires her to read, Melissa replied, “I’ve loved to read my entire life.  Books teach me, inspire me, motivate me, help me escape into other worlds when I need to and also to see that others share a lot of similar experiences that I’ve had.”

Danielle loves Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic, by Shel Silverstein. She is also very fond of I Love You Because You are You, by Liza Baker.

When asked what inspires her to read, Danielle replied, “Reading provides the perfect escape from a chaotic world. It’s an easy way to quiet your mind and your heart. I love that a book can be found to tap into whatever you need in that moment.”

Deli recommends Phoebe’s Revolt, by Natalie Babbit. She also fondly remembers performing a dramatic reading of “Paul Revere’s Ride” often referred to as “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere”, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, for her students. She loves bringing poetry to life.

I asked Deli what she enjoys most about reading. She responded, “That I can.” Having overcome learning challenges as a child, Deli loves to help her students overcome their obstacles so they, too, can learn to read.

More Favorites Books

Carolyn recommends Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White, and The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein.

I asked Carolyn about her earliest memory of reading. Carolyn remembers memorizing “Green Eggs and Ham”, by Dr. Seuss. This is an excellent example of an emerging pre-reader.

Christine and her sons all enjoy mythological fiction, fantasy and adventure. They read a book simultaneously and then discuss it. A recent family favorite is Gregor the Overlander, by Suzanne Collins.

Michelle recommends Nina Bonita, by Ana Maria Machado, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, by Mildred D. Taylor, and The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C. S. Lewis.

Michelle credits her love of reading to those who read to her as a child. She was so grateful for the gift of being read to that she made reading to her classroom a priority when she was a classroom teacher. She read each of the books listed above to her students.

Robin recommends Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen, and Because of Winn Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo.

Robin has noticed that her children’s favorite books are often similar to her favorite books. The material is often encouraging and provides great comfort.

More game-changing books for 6-8 year olds here and for 9-11 year olds here.

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