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Old 09-04-2007, 06:21 AM
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Classics that every child should read in Middle school?

A new question about children's books----What are some of your favorites or ones you consider classics that every child should read.
I am thinking of picking some of these type of book for a reading program aimed at Middle school age children.
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Old 09-04-2007, 07:02 AM
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Joy, I've made this question its own thread so that it will get more recognition! I'm also going to move it to the Education forum under Middle school.

My son is not quite there yet but I'm looking forward to seeing suggestions anyway.


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Old 09-04-2007, 07:38 AM
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Jean Craighead George books. Swiss Family Robinson. Trixie Beldon, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, the older ones. Three Investagators, again the older ones. Any bio about famous people, George Washington, Noah Webster. We had a kids book on Mozart or was it Betoveen, The Man Upstairs. Very good book.

I read somewhere that books written before the sixties are great for kids.
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Connie ---I love your last comment. I too feel that there are many "older" books that would still be wonderful reading today. Unfortunately at the library, where I work, I don't see some of these good books being checked out. Kids today sometimes look at the colorful covers of "new" books and check them out for that reason. I also get a lot of kids who want to know how many pages are in a book and will only check out books that are short.
You have some really great suggestions and I will add them to my list.
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Black Beauty and My Friend Flicka are realy good books too
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Little women, Black Beauty, Cheryl ames, Anne of Green Gables, Little House on the Prarie, The wind in the willows, The Lion the witch and the wardrobe, Swiss Family Robinson, Tom Sawyer, Wizard of Oz, Charlie and the chocolate Factory, and the Glass Elevator, Charlottes Web, Dear God it's Me Margaret, mother West Winds Children, The Secret Garden, ?Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Alice in Wonderland, Stuart Little, Treasure Island, Aesops Fables, Heidi, Gullivers Travels, Where the red fern grows,

I am sure there sre so many others i have read just can not think of them right now


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Very good suggestions everyone. I think I have read most of the ones mentioned.
I think my first chapter books (although we never called them that when I was young) were Carolyn Haywood's Betsy series. I remember reading Beverly Cleary books about Ramona, Beezus and Henry.
A Wrikle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle and The Forgotten Door by Alexander Key were some books I enjoyed also.
I read the Bobbsey Twins, Hardy Boys and Trixie Beldon, but never really liked Nancy Drew.
Keep the titles coming.
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Around The World in 80 days, pippi longstocking, Tuck Everlasting, The Arabian Tales, Anne Frank, Jo's Boys, The Borrowers, big Red, Lassie, The Reluctant Dragon, Sounder, Harriet the Spy, The Little Prince,

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new and old classics:

Johnny Tremain

Harry Potter

Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series

Anything Newberry awarded especially the older ones (good glimpse of culture and life in those years)
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Good choices Ellen. You jogged my memory with a couple of Newberry books I liked.
Across Five Aprils -Hunt
The Circket in Times Square - Seldon
The Family Under the Bridge - Carlson
Rifles For Waitie- Keith
Old Yeller - Gipson
The Moffats - Estes
Caddie Woodlawn - Strong

I really appreciate all of the suggestions-- I am getting a nice list. If anyone has more I would love to hear them.
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