Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Ramona's Summer Reading List, Part One

Ten-year-old reader (nearly 11 ... eek!) looking for ideas, so I'm starting a list for her. Here's the first installment, in no particular order.

She's not three anymore. (Sniff, sniff.) 

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Grace Lin

Because of Winn Dixie, Kate de Camillo

Number the Stars, Lois Lowry

The Winged Watchman, Hilda van Stockum

Magic by the Lake
Knight's Castle
The Time Garden, Edward Eager

Island of the Blue Dolphins, Scott O’Dell

The Little White Horse, Elizabeth Goudge

Anne of Avonlea, L.M. Montgomery

The Story of Doctor Dolittle, Hugh Lofting

Love That Dog, Sharon Creech

Justin Morgan Had a Horse, Marguerite Henry

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E.L. Konigsburg

Rules, Cynthia Lord

Beorn the Proud, Madeleine A. Polland

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, Catherynne M. Valente

The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Elizabeth George Speare

Lilly's Crossing, Patricia Reilly Giff

Sun Slower Sun Faster, Meriol Trevor

The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster

The Cricket in Times Square, George Selden


Liz said...

If she hasn't already read it, Understood Betsy was one of my favorites at that age.

Faith said...

She's in the golden age of reading!

Danae said...

I might have to add some of these books to my own summer reading list! How about A Wrinkle in Time, or Meet the Austins?

Karen Edmisten said...

Danae, I did A Wrinkle in Time as a read-aloud, but I'm thinking she was too young. Time to revisit it. Trying to remember when my older girls got into Meet the Austins -- 11? 12?

Faith, I know, right?

Liz, we did that one as a read-aloud last year. Love that book! I remember when you and Lissa constantly recommended it to me -- my older girls loved it, too.

ellie said...

The Saturdays, by Elizabeth Enright would be perfect. And then The Four Story Mistake. The final two books in the series might better when she's a bit older. Also, Enright's Gone-Away Lake (perfect summer book!) and its sequel, Return to Gone-Away.

I tend to feel that Meet the Austins is better for an angsty 11-13yo (your milage may vary :-) ).

ellie said...

Ooo! How about the All of a Kind Family series by Syndey Taylor? Wonderful books about a close-knit Jewish family (five daughters) in NYC in the early years of the century. Highly recommended.

Jennifer said...

Great list, Karen! I think we'll be looking at these too over the summer.

Karen Edmisten said...

Jenn, let us know what you end up reading this summer.

Ellie, I just thought of All of a Kind Family yesterday, too! Also, yes, I think we'll wait a wee bit on Meet the Austins, and thanks for the Enright idea!

Liz said...

I know you like Hilda Von Stockum. Have you done her Bantry Bay books? My fourth grade teacher read them aloud to us, and as an adult I could remember the books, but not the author. I tried finding them in public libraries around here when my kids were little, but no go. I was so thrilled when (after becoming Catholic) I discovered them in the Ignatius Press Catalog. Now I'm just waiting to share them with Luci.

Ramona might enjoy them, if she hasn't already.

Patricia said...

I noticed you posted Anne of Avonlea. I read--and LOVED--the Anne series growing up. As an adult, I discovered Emily of New Moon, Emily Climbs, and Emily's Quest. They are wonderful books! I'd highly recommend them.

ellie said...

The Emily books are very good .... Kind of dark, and mature, though. I think they're more for teens+. Kind of like how so many of Madeleine L'Engle's (wonderful) books are definitely more for teens and adults.

Karen, have you all read Elizabeth Goudge's Linnets and Valerians? Wonderful wonderful book. Would make a lovely summer read.

mel said...

I have an autistic son. We love Rules. :)

Karen Edmisten said...

Liz, thanks for the reminder to add the Bantry Bay books to the list. Ramona hasn't read them yet! I SO love Hilda van Stockum.

Patricia, Emily of New Moon is actually on *my* summer list. :) Can't believe I haven't gotten to that one yet! So many books and so little time....

Ellie, Linnets and Valerians is going on the list, too. Thank you! We haven't read it.

Karen Edmisten said...

Mel, my older daughters have read it and loved it. So now it's Ramona's and my turn. :)

Erica said...

FYI, Grace Lin has a prequel to Mountain called Starry River of the Sky. Lovely.