Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Read Alouds: What Should We Read Next?

We will finish up book 9 next week in A Series of Unfortunate Events. There are three books left and I am starting to ponder what should we read next?

They really enjoyed the sarcasm and I loved the rich vocabulary in Lemony Snickett's books. We are thinking we would like to maybe read another series but are open to reading several good books as well.

So far we are looking at:

A tour of Judy Blume's books

Harry Potter (But I think we want to save these for a couple of years)

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart (recommended by our librarian)

The Dark is Rising Series by Susan Cooper

One of Lloyd Alexander's series (I own The Chronicles of Pyrdain)

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (but I think we should save these too)

The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi

We like things that are different and off-beat. My plans are that we will save the classics for high school and just read good stories and learn to love literature at this point in time.

So what do you think we should try next and do you have any ideas for books that we may not know about?


jennybell said...

Do you have to move to another series? We just started reading From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler, which is fun. Or, if you want to stay with one author, books by Roald Dahl are always good.

Anonymous said...

What about some children's classics, like "Peter Pan", "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass", or have you done these already?

Maybe the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" books, although they may be a bit young for them yet. So perhaps keep those in mind for the future.

CloseAcademy said...

We've read "Peter Pan" and watched the movie for "The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler."

We don't have to do a series but it seems to give us a theme or continunity to the year.

My oldest is interested in the Lloyd Alexander books so we may do those next and he has more than one series.

Amanda, the Head Nut said...

My girls really enjoyed the "Peter and the Starcatchers" by Dave Barry. They also really enjoyed the "How to Train Your Dragon" series by Cressida Cowell. The books are NOTHING like the movie, and full of bathroom humor.

CloseAcademy said...

I had wondered about the Dragon books. I noticed that there are 3 of them so far in the series. Thanks for more suggestions.

Amanda, the Head Nut said...

There are (I think) about five or six in the series. Despite the titles, they are all a continuation of the same story and characters. Another series that is very fun to read and has a lot of sarcasm is the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage. We love this one on CD because the narrator captures the characters so well with his voice.


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