Tumtum & Nutmeg: Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall by Emily Bearn
Landon Snow and the Auctor’s Riddle by RK Mortenson
The Four Seasons of Brambly Hedge by Jill Barklem: The book combines four charming illustrated stories about a village of field mice and follows them through the seasons.
Escape from the Carnivale by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson: This book from Barry & Pearson’s Never Land adventures about the Lost Boys and their friends makes a fun, exciting read-aloud! My 7-year-old kept asking for just one more chapter, and I’m sure she’ll like the Starcatchers series about Peter Pan’s origins when she’s older. The audiobooks read by Jim Dale are also excellent.
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner: This is the classic that started Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny Alden’s mysteries and adventures.
Mary Jane: Her Book by Clara Ingrom Judson: We really liked this peek into the daily life of a curious, smart little girl living in another time. Mary Jane’s innocent antics made my daughter laugh out loud several times, and one of them even caught me up in the giggles.
My Father’s Dragon trilogy by Ruth Gannett: A fun and funny fantasy about a clever, resourceful boy in search of a dragon. These illustrated chapter books are just right for a first read-aloud.
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder: This was my favorite series as a girl, and what a joy it is to read about Laura and her family with my own daughter!
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo: This is a sweet character-driven story about a girl named Opal, her Dad, and the stray dog she adopts and who leads her to develop several new friendships in her community. Her unresolved feelings about her mother, who abandoned her and her father, give the book a bittersweet tone.