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A Child's Reading List
Reading should be the most exciting activity in a child's life. Nothing can give a child such a good education as being a good reader. The wonderful world of reading starts when a caring adult teaches the child the right skills before the child is taught the bad word-guessing methods used in most schools today.

Maria and Juliet, twin girls, were taught to read by their parents before entering the first grade using the pre-publication manuscript of Turbo Reader. They are now age 10-1/2 and just entered the 5th grade. Here is a partial list of books that one or both of the twins have already read. Many of the books marked "B" (for boy) have also been read by their brother, Alexander, who is 9-1/2 and just entered the 4th grade.

Codes: 1 = easy, 2 = medium difficulty, 3 = hard, 4 = very hard.
G = more suitable for girls, B/G = suitable for both boys and girls.

Historical Fiction
The Secret GardenFrances Hodgson Burnett1G
A Little PrincessFrances Hodgson Burnett1G
The Little White HorseElizabeth Gouge1G
Linnets and ValeriansElizabeth Gouge1G
MandyJulie Edwards1G
Under the LilacsElizabeth May Alcott1G
Little WomenLouisa May Alcott2G
Eight CousinsLouisa May Alcott2G
Anne of Green GablesL. M. Montgomery1G
Anne of AvonleaL. M. Montgomery2G
The Witch of Blackbird PondElizabeth George Speare2G
The Perilous GardElizabeth Pope2G
FrecklesGene Porter2G
A Lantern in Her HandBess Aldrich2G
A Girl of the LimberlostGene Stratton Porter2G
National VelvetEnid Bagnold2G
The Silver PencilAlice Dalgliesh2G
Understood Betsy Dorothy Canfield Fisher2G
Outlaws of Ravenhurst Sister M. Imelda Wallace2B/G
The WouldbegoodsE. Nesbit2B/G
Swiss Family RobinsonJohann Wyss2B/G
Knights of the Round TableHoward Pyle2B/G
The Scottish ChiefsJane Porter2B/G
Adam of the RoadElizabeth Janet Grey2B/G
The Trumpeter of KrakowEric Kelly2B/G
Hans BrinkerMary Mapes Dodge2B/G
Gone With the WindMargaret Mitchell3G
The Scarlet PimpernelBaroness Orczy3B/G
Sherlock Holmes StoriesSir Arthur Conan Doyle3B/G
Great ExpectationsCharles Dickens3B/G
IvanhoeSir Walter Scott3B/G
Jane EyreCharlotte Bronte4G
Wuthering HeightsEmily Bronte4G
Pride and PrejudiceJane Austen4G
The American SenatorAnthony Trollope4G

Science Fiction
Mirror of DestinyAndre Norton2B/G
Dread CompanionAndre Norton2B/G
Ordeal in OtherwhereAndre Norton2B/G
Secret of the Lost RaceAndre Norton2B/G
Brother to ShadowsAndre Norton2B/G
Dare to Go A-HuntingAndre Norton2B/G
Key Out of TimeAndre Norton2B/G
Journey to the Center of the EarthJules Verne3B/G

Contemporary Fiction
Black BeautyAnna Sewell2B/G
White FangJack London2B/G
ThunderheadMary O'Hara2B/G
My Friend FlickaMary O'Hara2B/G

Cheaper by the DozenGilbreth & Carey3B/G
Belles on Their ToesGilbreth & Carey3B/G
A Chainless Soul: The Life of Emily Bronte

The Adventure Series(15 books)Willard Price2B/G
(The ORIGINAL) Hardy Boys Franklin W. Dixon 2B
KimRudyard Kipling2B/G
Captains CourageousRudyard Kipling3B
Tom Swift series of books Victor Appleton2B
The Great EscapePaul Brickhill3B/G

Frontiers IIIsaac Asimov3B/G

The Children's HomerPadraic Colum2B/G
Ancient Egyptian Myths and LegendsLewis Spence3B/G
The Arabian NightsAnonymous3B/G
The OdysseyHomer4B/G

Five Children and ItE. Nesbit1G
The Phoenix and the CarpetE. Nesbit1G
The Light PrincessGeorge McDonald1G
The Golden KeyGeorge McDonald1G
The Land of Green GingerNoel Langly1G
New Treasure SeekersE. Nesbit1G
A Wrinkle in TimeMadeleine L'Engle2G
The Water BabiesCharles Kingsley2G
Around the World in 80 DaysJules Verne2B/G
Andrew Lang Fairy TalesAndrew Lang2B/G
Chronicles of NarniaC. S. Lewis2B/G
The Wind in the WillowsKenneth Grahame2B/G
The Well-WishersEdward Eager2B/G
The Wood Beyond the WorldWilliam Morris3B/G
The Time MachineH.G. Wells3B/G

BambiFelix Salten1B/G
The Call of the WildJack London3B/G

The Dorling Kindersley Science Encyclopedia
The Usborne Series of History Science and Geography

Parents' advice:

  1. Look for books published before 1970 -- the older the better!
  2. Let the child's taste and interests guide the selection.
  3. Avoid books that have won recent awards.
  4. Read books as they were originally written; no abridged versions allowed!

It's rather obvious, isn't it, that television will never be a problem in a household where the children enjoy this kind of reading!

Also see:
The Ultimate Reading List -- Classics That Endure

Children Will Love Discovering 'Lost Classics'

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