Great Reading Selections for Elementary School Students Part Two

The trip down memory lane continues as I, and our daughter, remember many book titles.  An elementary child by my side listening to one of those books or reading one of those books to me provide happy hours of reminiscing.
The early elementary child may enjoy The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman and illustrated by Marla Frazee. The book could have been named the Seven Picky Eaters. The mom works to cook different meals for each one. The book ends with a delightful surprise. Stellaluna by Janelle Cannon provides a picture story of adventure of a Baby Fruit Bat. Another interesting series, Betsy Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace, is a semi-autobiographical series which provides delightful reading of growth in the girls’ lives. The books are progressive in difficulty, so one could read the books while in early elementary and finish the series in middle school.
The upper elementary child will find a treasure in some of the following book choices. The All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor is a series of five books in which five sisters live with their parents in New York City in the early 1900’s. What a delightful time full of surprises they have, and what a delightful time our child had when she read and re-read this series. The American Girl Historical Series by various authors provides fairly accurate historical glimpses into various periods of American History. I would find these books time and again in the stack of books checked out from our local library.
The Miller Family Storybooks by Mildred Martin provide inspiration and character. The missionary biographical series Heroes for Young Readers by Renee Taft Meloche allow the younger reader to fly into the heart of the Amazon with Jim Elliott, to visit India with Amy Carmichael, to travel with Gladys Aylward to China. There are several other missionaries about whom a child may read in Missionary Stories with the Millers.
No reading list would be complete without the mention of The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. This fantasy series takes the reader into the fictitious land of Narnia where there are many adventures. This series provided many marvelous hours of reading as the books were read and re-read.
The books listed here and in Part One (and many more books which aren’t listed) helped to develop a love for reading in our daughter. Emily Dickenson described the love of reading best in the following poem:
There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away
Nor any Coursers like a page
of Prancing Poetry –
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll
How frugal is the Chariot
that bears the Human Soul –

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