This page offers out-of-the-box, creative options for inspiring right-brained children to read chapter books. Click on the image for a link to the product. Longer reviews will have its own tab. I would love to hear your recommendations by using the comments section at the bottom of the page!
Have you read My Side of the Mountain? It’s about a boy who runs away from home and lives on his own in the woods. It’s full of information about the natural world, and a good story, too. ~Ellen
I second this recommendation! It’s one of my all-time favorite books! I think it has a few sequels, although I only read one sequel (the 2nd book in the series, if it is a series), and I recommend that too. ~Linda
by Sterling North
Sterling North’s Rascal — semi-autobiographical story of his childhood with his pet raccoon, Rascal, or his Wolfling — both great read-alouds for the whole family. ~Lindsay
I’ve just done a massive update to my Huge Book List. It is sorted first by grade and second by subject. We are far from reading all of the books on this list. I hope you find it useful.
Watership Down, by Richard Adams is a classic and may appeal if your child enjoyed the Warriors books (although this is one you will definitely read more than him, as it is quite long and heavy going). ~Tracey
My sixth grade teacher read this aloud to us in class. He was an out-of-the-box thinker for that time. I never had a teacher read aloud to me. I was absolutely mesmerized and couldn’t wait for him to read it. It was a surreal experience for me. I read it to my children between 8 and 10 years old. ~Cindy G.
My Favorite Children’s Books
Top 25 Books for Boys Ages 9 to 12 and up
by Heather Idoni
This book was told in the four different perspectives of each child in the book, and then tied together at the end…very, very well done. ~Peggy
The Call of the Wild
by Jack London
This is a link to a number of stories that are historical fiction. It’s mostly for teens but there are many that I would read to my 10 year old. They may not pass scrutiny if a child is really good at picking out books that are meant to teach. But it’s a long, good list so I thought I’d share. ~Peggy
by Stephanie Elm