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Hi,

Would love to hear your recommendations for a book with chapters that would appeal to two boys, ages 5 and 6, for Grandma to read to them at night. They are trying to move out of picture books and into something where they can hear one chapter each night before bed.

Thank you!
#1 - April 15, 2015, 11:14 AM

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Kung Pow Chicken, by own very own Artemesia (aka Cyndi Marko). My 6YO LOVES those books. :)
#2 - April 15, 2015, 11:40 AM

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Aw, thanks Rose!  :thanx

Actually, the whole Branches line is excellent!!

http://www.scholastic.com/branches/index.htm
#3 - April 15, 2015, 11:49 AM
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I second that recommendation!

Also, maybe Mrs. Noodlekugel. And the Maybelle books (like Maybelle and the Haunted Cupcake).
#4 - April 15, 2015, 11:55 AM
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What about the My Weird School books by Dan Gutman?
#5 - April 15, 2015, 12:57 PM

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Propaganda response: for 5 and 6 year old boys, I recommend any books that would appeal to 5 and 6 year old girls.
#6 - April 15, 2015, 01:11 PM

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What Mike said! Ones that haven't been mentioned yet:

I've heard boys like Princess in Black, and I'd recommend it. Dory Fantasmagory is full of imagination and sibling drama. Have also heard good things about The Chicken Squad books (haven't read them yet - in my to read stack now). The Clementine series is great too, oh, and Araminta Spookie - love that series.

For a young MG that might work, I'd suggest The Doll People series - lots of action, even though they are dolls (they act like people when real people aren't around, and the toy aspect/rules is really fun).

For graphic novels, The Flying Beaver Brothers series is fun, as is Baby Mouse. They might also like the Lunch Lady series. Books by or edited by Kazu Kibuishi would be good too, like the Amulet series or Explorer anthologies.
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Some oldies that my kids loved: Wayside School by Louis Sachar, CatWings by Ursuula LeGuin, Magic Pudding, Carbonel the King of Cats. My husband read the Great Brain books to the kids when they started school and these are great read alouds. Oh, and Roald Dahl. Just don't read Where the Red Fern Grows until they're a bit older ... :cry

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Agree about boys liking any stories girls would also like, especially at that age. Don't pigeonhole them too young!

My son enjoyed, at at age:
Little House in the Big Woods
My Father's Dragon (3 book series)
Magic Treehouse Books (adult readers beware of major overload, though)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Clementine
The Year of Billy Miller
All the Beverly Cleary books

My daughter loves Lulu and the Dog from the Sea and other books in that series by Hilary McKay. Really great stories about a girl who likes to rescue stray animals.
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The Nate the Great series is fun. Very easy chapter books. Can easily read the whole thing in one sitting.

I love The Year of Billy Miller. It seems to be designed to be read by an adult to a 5 or 6 yo. The MC is only 7 - if I remember right.
#10 - April 15, 2015, 04:15 PM

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The SHELTER PET SQUAD series by Cynthia Lord.
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Anything Roald Dahl is awesome. His chapters are really short, too, so you can read a ton if the kid gets into it, but if you have to break off and cut it short one night, there are easy places to pause.

I've noticed a cognitive leap between five and six, too--last year I picked out books to read aloud and my son couldn't quite hold a story that big in his head at once. But this year, we've revisited some, and he's really loved them. (The True Meaning of Smekday, being one such book. Also, be warned, it has no chapter breaks!) For a 5YO, I do like the idea of books where it's not essential to hold every single plot point in their heads to understand the story--the Little House books, for example, are more slice of life, and a little easier to take up and set down over time. (Plus of course, they are interesting and well written!) Some of the shorter/younger Newberies might work, too (Charlotte's Web or other books by the same author might be good.)
#12 - April 15, 2015, 05:27 PM

Thank you all -- these are great suggestions!

Artemesia -- we will definitely check out your book!

Vijaya -- great call on Wayside stories. I have a signed copy! :) I will loan it to them. Crazily enough they do not like Catwings. It might just be too sophisticated for them yet. I bought the entire series a few years ago because I heard it might go out of print! I wonder if that's true.
#13 - April 16, 2015, 01:12 PM

^^LOL Did some quick research. Catwings is totally NOT going out of print. Phew! Don't know why I thought that. Still, I'm saving my set for my daughters.
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Greg Trine has some fabulous boy-centric chapter books in his Melvin Beederman line.  My students adore them.
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Yes, yes, yes to what everyone has said.

My boys loved anything with illustrations at that age. Aside from the recommendations you have, I'd also include:

The Spiderwick Chronicles (Diterlizzi)
Ricky Ricotta and His Mighty Robot (Pilkey and, honestly, anything else by Pilkey; my six-year-old LOVES Captain Underpants)
Boxcar Children
Jo Shmoe (Greg Trine)

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Christine, I'm so glad Catwings is not OOP and I'm totally jealous that you have a signed copy of Wayside!!!

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Winnie the Pooh, Little Bear, and Stuart Little--These were my three most successful read-alouds when my son was that age. I feared he'd find them too slow, but he adored all three--as did his older sisters (and me when I was that age). Make sure you get Milne's Winnie the Pooh--not the Disney books using the characters.
#19 - April 18, 2015, 04:47 PM

Michelle - great suggestions. I just got Milne's Pooh for my own daughters (who are only 1 but I need some excuse to hoard books, er, I mean to build a library for them as they grow.)
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The FROG AND TOAD series by Arnold Lobel. 
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Aw, I love Frog and Toad. This reminded me of Cynthia Rylant's Henry and Mudge series.

Christine, I love your new avatar showing off your baby girl. Too cute!
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Thank you, Vijaya! I feel bad that I don't have any current photos showing both babies (they are twins) but the other one looks just like the one in the photo!   ;D
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Aw! I'll bet you wish you had a clone of yourself too ;)
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Aw! I'll bet you wish you had a clone of yourself too ;)
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^^Yes! Or at least an extra arm!
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I just came across this, which recommends some chapter books for boys. Not all of them are series, but my son loved some of these (esp. Flat Stanley, and Hank the Cow Dog). :)  http://www.readbrightly.com/10-early-chapter-books-for-boys/ And I second, The Magic Treehouse series and My Father's Dragon.
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^^Yes! Or at least an extra arm!

Then you need to become an Indian goddess :)
Have you noticed that many of the Western statues are missing their arms? Hmmm.

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