There's a birthday in my family coming up. One of my step-mom's grandkids is turning 9 in a few months, and the gift I always looked forward to was a new book to read! I have a few classic favorites in mind, but my dad is also looking for advice, and we might grab a few for his siblings as well so they don't feel left out.
This is my list, but if anyone can add to it in the comments I'll be really grateful!
The Witches- Roald Dahl
I really enjoyed this book as a kid. My dad thinks that it might be too scary, but kids love being scared! Especially by books. Remember how popular Goosebumps was?
This is not a fairy tale. This is about real witches.Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There's nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma's stories—but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face-to-face with The Grand High Witch herself!
Ramona Quimby, Age 8- Beverly Cleary
I felt like these books were really relatable when I was a kid. Ramona struggled to make herself understood, and made mistakes.
Eight-year-old Ramona Quimby's zest for life is infectious as ever. Whether speaking her mind to her third-grade teacher, or befriending her schoolyard bully, Ramona can't be kept down!Then one day an embarrassing incident in the classroom leaves Ramona completely humiliated. Can she bounce back from this one?
Sideways Stories from Wayside School- Louis Sachar
These books made me laugh when I was younger. They were so goofy and cleverly written, and really kept my attention.
There was a terrible mistake-Wayside School was built with one classroom on top of another, thirty stories high! (The builder said he was sorry.) Maybe that's why all kinds of funny things happened at Wayside-especially on the thirteenth floor.
Island of the Aunts- Eva Ibbotson
This was such an odd story. The premise is a little disturbing from an adult perspective, but to a kid it all sounded like a really thrilling adventure.
When the kindly old aunts decide that they need help caring for creatures who live on their hidden island, they know that adults can't be trusted. What they need are a few special children who can keep a secret-a secret as big as a magical island. And what better way to get children who can keep really big secrets, than to kidnap them! (After all, some children just plain need to be kidnapped.) Don't miss this wildly inventive and funny read from master storyteller Eva Ibbotson.
Does anyone else have any suggestions?
Finding good books for kids to read can be really challenging sometimes. I kind of want to give them Harry Potter but I'm not sure if 9 is old enough yet? Any advice anyone has would be greatly appreciated!