Read-aloud Recommendations for 9-11-year-olds

School books

In my last post from this series, I gave my list of recommended read-alouds for 6- to 8-year-olds. Now I will post my list for the 9- to 11-year-olds. I was in that age group when my fourth grade teacher introduced me to the fascinating, imaginary world of reading aloud. She was the first teacher I can remember who read chapter books aloud to us. Every day after lunch, we’d lay our heads on our desks and listen while she read a chapter. We were so sad when she came to the end of the chapter and would beg for more. If we were lucky, she might oblige us. I credit her with igniting my fire for reading, and I thank her for that. The books I remember her reading to us are all included in the following list, and I read them to my own children. My very first introduction to the Little House series was in her classroom. It was my favorite series throughout childhood and has even had a measurable impact on my own pioneer-era stories.

I just have to tell you, one of our favorite experiences with my kids was when I read them Summer of the Monkeys with a Southern accent. You really can’t read it any other way, and it was funny and a good time!

The Librarian Who Measured the Earth by Kathryn Lasky

The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Hans Brinker, Or the Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol

Lassie Come Home by Eric Knight

Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry

Old Yeller by Fred Gipson

The Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls

The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

by E.L. Konigsburg

Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray

The Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark

The House of Sixty Fathers by Meindert DeJong

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

Amos Fortune:  Free Man by Elizabeth Yates

Naya Nuki:  Shoshoni Girl Who Ran by Kenneth Thomasma

The Black Stallion by Walter Farley

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis


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