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Old 03-26-2007, 07:35 AM
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I am a Children's Librarian and I am working on my reading list for the Summer Reading Program.This year our theme is Mysteries. I am interested in hearing about what books you and your children enjoy reading. If you have any good suggestions of mysteries that would be great, but any childrens books are fine. All age levels from preschool thru elementary are what I am interested in hearing about.
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Old 03-29-2007, 03:19 AM
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Joy, What a great job you have!

My son loved reading the A to Z Mysteries.

This year he has really enjoyed The Boxcar Children Mysteries.


Hope this helps!

Are you compiling a list by grades? I would love to see what books you have on your list for 4th and 5th grades.
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Old 03-29-2007, 05:09 AM
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Tami, we bought the Ato Z Mysteries last year. The kids seem to really like them. The Boxcar Children are always popular (Even I like them). The kids do not however get too excited by the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew or the Bobbsey Twins like my generation did. Maybe they are too dated. I know there are updated versions now but, even these don't check out that well.
I am working on a list that is ranked by grade. The school system here uses AR (Accelerated Reading) Program and I am basing my list on the AR rankings.
I personally work with the Preschool to Kindergarten age and would enjoy hearing from more of you with some good suggestions for that age group.
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For starters we like the unabridged versions of The Bobbsey Twins, The Hardy Boys, & G.A. Henty's Books. We also like Amelia Bedelia, Mrs Piggle-Wiggle, & The Scrambled States of America. I'll post more later.
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Scrambled States of America looks like a very fun book. It would work great in a history or geography program. I am putting it on my list. Thanks.
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The summer before I went into 4th grade I read a book called "Half Magic" by Edgar Eager. It has stayed in my mind ever since. My SIL who is a librarian found a copy for my kids to read. It's a story about 4 kids who, bored on summer vacation, find an old coin that turns out to be 1/2 magical. They make casual wishes out of sheer boredom and they 1/2 come true making for some funny situations. It's not exactly a mystery.. except that the kids don't know what's causing all the strange events until half way through the book. It's a fun book grades 2-5.

I also remember Encyclopedia Brown and also The Boxcar Mysteries series

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Thanks for the suggestion Lifestar. I checked our Library and we have the book so I am going to check it out and read it.
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Subbing. I will try to remember to come back with dd later. She is 15 and has read mysteries since she was 5! I'll get her faves to you! (I hope)
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Tami, we bought the Ato Z Mysteries last year. The kids seem to really like them. The Boxcar Children are always popular (Even I like them). The kids do not however get too excited by the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew or the Bobbsey Twins like my generation did. Maybe they are too dated. I know there are updated versions now but, even these don't check out that well.
I am working on a list that is ranked by grade. The school system here uses AR (Accelerated Reading) Program and I am basing my list on the AR rankings.
I personally work with the Preschool to Kindergarten age and would enjoy hearing from more of you with some good suggestions for that age group.
They use the AR programs here too.

You mentioned mystery stories--are you finding stories like that for preschool and kindergarten? My daughter will be 4 but has no interest in mysteries yet. We love Mercer Mayer too! I am lucky to have so many MM books left from when my son was her age.

Can't wait to read more from others too!
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