If you have a child in fourth, fifth or sixth grade, books from The Dork Diaries, I Funny or I Survived series have probably already visited your home. There are some wonderfully popular series afloat in these grades and if your child has not already delved into one of them, I would encourage him or her to do so. With that said, however, let’s not forget some of the older, but equally wonderful book series for children in this age group. This is a great time to begin a read aloud and pique your child’s interest in a series that just might take him through the summer. Here are a few suggestions:
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Talk about an “oldie but goodie”. This series still has tremendous appeal for fourth, fifth and sixth grade girls. They can join Laura Ingalls Wilder on her journey West, meet her wonderful family, engage in adventure, learn about pioneer life and vicariously grow up right alongside Laura. This is a delightful series to read along with your child for it captures the interest of young and old alike.
Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Filled with humor, adventure and misadventure, this series chronicles the unlucky Baudelaire children as they deal with Count Olaf and his attempts to steal their parents’ fortune. Lots of books and lots of fun in this series.
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Although a bit dated, these easy-to-read mysteries engross readers as they accompany Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny who used to live in a boxcar. Fourth and fifth graders enjoy solving mysteries along with these delightful characters and the slew of books in this series provides an endless supply of enjoyable reads.
Check back soon when I continue to highlight series that will engage and engross intermediate readers. If there’s a series that has been a hit with your child, please share your treasure.