June 1, 2011

Summer Reading List (ages 8-11)

At church, I plan bi-weekly activities for 8-11 year old girls, and for this past activity the girls brought favorite books to share to put together a list for summer reading.  We also talked about the importance of choosing good books, and to put books down if we feel uncomfortable reading them.  I thought I would share the list they came up with, although a few of these books I wouldn't have my 8 year old read yet, but will keep in mind for the future.  Also, as a side note, I find commonsense.org a good place to check up on books that I'm not familiar with to see about age appropriateness for my kids.  

The Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit
Five Children and It by E. Nesbit
The Story of the Amulet by E. Nesbit
The Phoenix and the Carpet by E. Nesbit
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Beauty by Robin McKinley
Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale
Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
The Witch of Blackbeard Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
The Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynn Reid Banks
The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck
A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
Ida B. by Katherine Hannigan
The Boys Start the War by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flannagan
The Doll People by Ann Martin
The Dark is Rising Series by Susan Cooper
The Chronicles of Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede
Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George
Half Magic by Edward Eager
Septimus Heap by Angie Sage

Okay, I added a few there at the end, just because.  We also made bookmarks.  The girls loved this activity.  I bought cute paper pads at Hobby Lobby and they were the perfect size when cut in half.  The girls added stickers and ribbons.  I also bought thick ribbon that the girls could just cut a piece off of to make a ribbon bookmark.  They all went home with several bookmarks for their summer reading books.  

For treats we had gummy "book"worms and smarties

showing off the finished product


  1. Great book list, and great ideas for a book lovers' party!

  2. I'm going to add this list to my collection (you know, for use in a couple of years). So sad Lu missed this one by 3 months! It looks like the girls are having a blast.

    Also, I want to know at what point you started adding book titles to the list :).

  3. Ha. I started after the doll people, so starting with the Dark is Rising Series. I almost kept going, but decided I had to stop or the list would be too long. i just noticed that they're mostly all fantasy series also. Well, you know what Maren and I like. Someday I'll have to add some more book lists for different genres to the blog.

    We are excited for Lutece to join us soon!

  4. Fabulous list! And a great idea for an activity.


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