Warning! Don’t Let This Be You!

Filed Under (reading) by Lee Kolbert on 09-01-2010


Are you ignoring Books? We have some students who are not reading for pleasure and that makes me sad. It also has a serious impact on their learning in every subject matter including writing.

You can help.Your recommendations are needed!

What books would you recommend for 10 year old boys and girls?

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  1. tell us a little about yourself like what grade you are in or what type of job you have and why you read
  2. what book do you recommend and why.
  3. tell us what state/country you are from (remember, never leave personal information, like last names, phone numbers or addresses, on websites).
  4. feel free to leave any other information you feel will help our reluctant readers learn to find the joy in books.

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Sue Hannan on 9 January, 2010 at 12:09 pm #

I’m using the City of Ember series and Lightning Thief series in my class. My students have loved them.

Ms Day on 9 January, 2010 at 12:24 pm #

I am a 4th grade teacher in Iowa. My class really likes books by Andrew Clements. Frindle and Landry News are a good place to start. I also like A Week In the Woods. Good reading!

Ronnie B. on 9 January, 2010 at 12:57 pm #

1 I am in third grade. My name is Veronica. I like to read before bed.

2 My favorite book is Dear Mr Henshaw by Beverly Cleary. It is written in letter format which is what we are learning in school. A boy writes letters to his favorite author. As you read more letters you learn more about the boy and his life. It is a sad story and a funny story.

Right now I am reading The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop. I don’t know too much yet. William is given a toy castle from Mrs. Phillips. The silver knight is real and William is going to help the silver knight.

I got both of these books from my brother so they are good books for boys.

Everyone should also read The Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney. The stories are in words and pictures. The books are about a middle school boy named Greg and all the things he does. It is so funny. My mom laughed to death when she read it.

3 I live in Duxbury, MA.

4 Jeff Kinney lives in Massachusetts but not near me. Duxbury is on the ocean near Cape Cod.

Jill on 9 January, 2010 at 4:05 pm #

I am a teacher and I love to read because I like to escape into the lives of the characters in books. I would recommend Poppy by Avi. I have read it aloud to 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes and they all have loved it. It is funny and exciting at the same time. Its characters include a mouse family, a deceitful owl and a sweet but cantankerous porcupine. When I look out into the open space behind my house in Colorado, I imagine the story being played out by the mice and owls living there. My husband and I are currently reading it aloud to our 4th grade daughter. My daughter would recommend The Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Both Poppy and The Diary of a Wimpy Kid have follow-up books so if you enjoy them, you will have a “next read” already to go.

Makenzie on 9 January, 2010 at 7:57 pm #

I am in 8th grader in California and I love to read. I am not entirely sure why. Books are somewhat like movies, only instead of watching a movie, you live in books. Reality disappears for a time, however short that may be.

My favorite memory from fourth grade was when my teacher would read Sideways Stories from Wayside School to us. She used different voices for each of the characters.

To a fourth grader I would recommend Mandy by Julie Andrews (yes, the actress) for a girl. It is about an orphan named Mandy who discovers an abandoned cottage and makes it her own. It is an easy read, fairly calm, but I still re-read it today. It’s good to read after you just read a very exciting, adventurous book. To boys and girls, I would recommend the first few Harry Potter books. Some kids might be able to read them all, but not everyone. They get pretty complicated towards the end. These books are great at making a reluctant reader love to read. It has worked for several kids I know.

Enjoy reading!

Jack on 9 January, 2010 at 9:08 pm #

I am Jack and I am in the 7th grade. I have always loved and enjoyed reading. It is a great way to relax and have fun. I read because I enjoy being able to imagine scenes or stories in my head. Reading is almost like watching a T.V. in your head. You have scenes and characters and can actually visualise what your reading. Some of the books that I enjoyed when I was in fourth grade are…

-The Harry Potter Series
-Fudge (also a series of books)

I hope that all of your students can learn to enjoy reading as much as I do!

ReadingCountess on 10 January, 2010 at 1:39 am #

I am a fifth grade reading teacher outside Houston, Texas. I am also the proud mother to three active boys, all of whom are voracious readers. I would recommend:
1. Where the Red Fern Grows because that book holds a special place in my heart for me personally. My fourth grade teacher read it aloud and it completely transformed my readerly life from then on.
2. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane: I have read it aloud to my classes and my boys, and each time I cry unabashedly. It is a wonderful story about the redemptive quality of love.
Other than those two books, which I am hugely passionate about, I would recommend:
-Riordan’s Percy Jackson series
-The Great Wide Sea
-When the Whistle Blows
-All the Broken Pieces
-11 Birthdays
for any reader-from a lover of any kind of book to a more reluctant reader. They have all been popular in my room.

Natalie on 10 January, 2010 at 11:54 am #

My name is Natalie and I am a 5th and 6th grade language arts teacher. I have always loved reading. My favorite books when I was in the 4th grade were all of the Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume books. My students are always suggesting books for me that they have read and enjoyed. Right now I am reading The Lightning Thief and believe it or not, the Harry Potter Series (I am behind the times in that read).
I used to teach 4th grade, and we read and enjoyed Island of the Blue Dolphin-adventurous and By the Great Horn Spoon-adventurous and very funny. Another book I now read with my 6th graders is The Phantom Tollbooth which is a very clever book. My 5th graders really enjoy The Sign of the Beaver which is an adventure book.
Like I tell all of my students, there is a book out there for everybody. If you claim to not like to read, you have to often wade through the first couple of chapters and before you know it you will become completely immersed-maybe not the first book you pick up but eventually.

McTeach on 10 January, 2010 at 2:33 pm #

My name is Karen and I teach seventh and eighth grade here in Northern California. It’s been a very long time since I was in the fourth grade (I’m pretty sure the printing press had been invented by then), but I do remember loving every one of the Little House on the Prairie books. Even then I absolutely loved reading anything that had to do with history. Like Natalie, I also remember loving all of the Beverly Cleary books. That Ramona…what a kick!

Today, I definitely recommend the Harry Potter books! I’ve seen more students learn to love reading via the adventures of Harry, Ron, and Hermione. One of my favorite books for younger readers that came out just a couple of years ago is The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo. I loved every word! And I loved reading it out loud to my middle school students…it gave me a chance to do lots of different voices and accents. Such fun for me! More importantly, the story line was absolutely fabulous! I love a story that emphasizes the idea that we can be whoever WE want to be. We are NOT the people others tell us we are.

Why I love to read is a tough question to answer. As someone with dyslexia, reading is not always easy for me. I also read very slowly because of it. But I love to write, so I love reading how other authors use the language. I so enjoy seeing how they create characters and develop their story. Once I get pulled into a story, I just HAVE to know how it ends! And I love every minute of the journey!!

Jack on 10 January, 2010 at 9:49 pm #

I completely love The Tale of Despereaux though it may be challenging especially for people that don’t enjoy reading. It has a few french words and a woven story line that makes it challenging but also a great book. I loved this book when I was in fourth grade but it may be a little challenging for kids who are not very fluent when reading.

Kathryn on 11 January, 2010 at 12:27 am #

Great post and comments. I am a teacher in New Zealand. When my class get back from the holidays on the 2nd of Feb, they will be Year 5 and 6. About Grade 4 and 5 equivalent. Last year I found that my students loved me reading the Deltora Series by Emily Rodda. Most of them went off and got the books themselves and became experts on the subject! Emily is an Australian author. I don’t know if you have heard of her.
http://www.scholastic.com/deltora/author.htm is one place you can read about her and the books.

Dean Mantz on 11 January, 2010 at 12:35 am #

Lee, my 10yo daughter really enjoys reading “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” book series. She also enjoys the “Magic Tree House” series.

Hadass Eviatar on 11 January, 2010 at 12:39 am #

Hi, I’m Hadass and I have three kids who love to read – one is 13, one is 10 and one is 7. My 10 year old loves, loves, loves Harry Potter and the Diary of a Wimpy Kid. He also likes the Warrior series (about cats living in a forest and having battles and stuff – cool for boys).

Maybe I’ll ask my boys to comment on your blog themselves. We live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Keith Ferrell on 11 January, 2010 at 1:09 am #

My name is Keith and I’m a tech teacher at Singapore American School. One of my all time favorite books I used to read to my student when I taught grades 3 and 4 is the BFG by Roald Dahl. Classic!
Happy Reading!

Brand on 11 January, 2010 at 1:22 am #

I am a 10 year old boy, too and I’m in grade five. I live in British Columbia, Canada and my favourite thing to do is yo-yo. I mostly read because my mom is a teacher and she makes me but I’ve found I like lots of books.

I would recommend Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Sea of Trolls, Monster Blood Tattoo and Guinness Book of World Records 2010. I also liked Sir Fartsalot Hunts the Booger, all the Eyewitness books and Where the Sidewalk Ends.

Mrs. Braidwood on 11 January, 2010 at 1:39 am #

I’m a grade 6/7 teacher in British Columbia, Canada. I’m going to second the suggestion of Poppy by Avi as well as give another vote to the Diary of the Wimpy Kid series. My son’s in Grade 4 and he loves them. Both he and I have laughed out loud reading them.

Another author to check out is Roald Dahl. They are still some of the most imaginative books around. My personal favourite has always been Danny the Champion of the World, but there are really so many to choose from. Some are smaller novels than others and make a great bridge to larger chapter books later.

Have fun reading! I hope within all of these suggestions you find many books that make it into your own lists of recommendations to others.

Brian Crosby on 11 January, 2010 at 7:31 am #

I am a teacher in Reno, Nevada. Without a doubt THE best book ever is Maniac Magee, by Jerry Spinelli. I’ve used it with 4th graders for 15 years and they have all loved it! It will make you laugh, AND it will shock you! It is both a Tall Tale and a commentary on being the best you can be and respecting others. Maniac is even a bit like Harry Potter (the character, not the book) without the magic spells. However, best of all it will make you think about which kids are actually the cool ones, and who is not.

Do you like sports? That’s in here. Do you like scary stories? That’s in here. Do you like to see jerks and bullies get put in their place? That’s in here. Do you like animals? That’s here too … and so much more!

Let me know how you like it when you are done reading! : )

When I was your age, every once in awhile, I would read a book that was so good my parents would find me still awake way past my bedtime reading in my room because I couldn’t put the book down. THIS is one of THOSE books. You’ll see.

Jessica on 11 January, 2010 at 7:44 am #

I am a high school math teacher in Virginia, USA. I have a friend that is a 5th grade teacher and he always tells me about the books that his students enjoy. I have read and enjoyed some of them as well!

The Lightning Thief (series)- the first book is a coming-of-age story about what it would be like if the Greek gods were real and had half-god children living in the US.
The Mysterious Benedict Society (3 books)- about a group of gifted kids solving puzzles and mysteries/stopping crime
Chasing Vermeer – it takes place in Chicago, with 5th grade students solving a mystery

Michael Walker on 11 January, 2010 at 8:53 am #

My kids, 9 1/2 and 11 are voracious readers. My son loves the “Redwall” series, with it’s action, fantasy and adventure. My daughter likes mysteries, and recently completed the “Mysterious Benedict Society” series. They’ve read and enjoyed almost everything mentioned above, as well!

Shannon on 11 January, 2010 at 11:31 am #

I am not a kid, a parent, or a teacher, I’m a writer for an education Web site, but I worked in book publishing before that and still fall asleep with a book by my pillow every night. One of my favorite books when I was in grade school was “The Westing Game,” by Ellen Raskin. I was in a tom boy phase and I looked up to “Turtle,”almost as much as I did Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird (an obvious must read), though no one beats Scout.

I didn’t read “The Westing Game” until fifth grade but I think a lot of fourth graders could handle it, especially ones that like reading mysteries and can keep track of several threads of a story at once.

And for adults who miss Scout.You’ll find a little bit of her in Carson McCullers, “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.” It’s in an incredibly sad book, but a great one. I wouldn’t recommend it for nine-year-olds, too heavy.

Sherri on 11 January, 2010 at 11:45 am #

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
The Story of the Seagull and the Cat Who Taught her to Fly by Luis Sepulveda
Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel (and then read the trilogy)

CFraser on 11 January, 2010 at 2:01 pm #

Try The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo, The Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer, Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, and books by Tamora Pierce. Of course there’s always Harry Potter, Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, and The Pendragon Series by D.J. MacHale

Ethan on 11 January, 2010 at 4:07 pm #

One book that I like to read is the 39 clues series.It is a good series because it makes you want to read more.

Ellie on 11 January, 2010 at 8:41 pm #

I am in Fith grade and i have some suggestions for some fun books.One for girls that i would say is a book called Nicola Berry Earthling Ambassador.There are 3 books based on her.I have one more, it is called Cracker the Best Dog in Vietnam.It is full with edventure and exitment,well both are.Cracker is good for girls and boys.Thanks

John Evans on 11 January, 2010 at 10:19 pm #

I’m a retired elementary teacher and principal and I loved reading to my classes. Every single class I had from grades 4 – 6 loved to listen to and read “The Mouse and the Motorcycle” series by Beverly Cleary. Vroom!!!

Michele on 11 January, 2010 at 11:10 pm #

I have taught 3rd and 4th grade for the last 6 years and have also taught K-2. I have had a few reluctant readers in that time. One series that seems to appeal to kids with an irreverent sense of humor is the Wayside School Series. Other popular books have been Because of Winn Dixie, Holes, Jerry Spinelli and Andrew Clements books, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Roald Dahl books, Poppy by Avi, Number the Stars, Harry Potter (especially the first two which are a bit shorter), Among the Hidden series, Artemis Fowl series, Series of Unfortunate Events, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing series, Gary Paulsen books, the Chasing Vermeer series, and the American Girl series.

Some of my students who don’t respond to fiction really love non-fiction. Books about animals, space, biomes, weather or real life events really get them hooked.

Lilly R. on 13 January, 2010 at 4:04 pm #

One book I recomend is SCAT by Carl Hiason.This book falls into the genre of
mystery and realistic fiction.It is extremely interesting and has a great
mystery,however I would not recomend it
for fourth grade more for fifth and sixth because it says a couple of not
nice words.SCAT makes my list of great
books.My name is Lilly and I live in

mario.emilio on 13 January, 2010 at 7:57 pm #

hi i am 4 years old and i am from the u.s.for kids my age i recomend DR.SEUSS’S ABC

Chad Lehman on 13 January, 2010 at 10:02 pm #

My name is Kaitlyn and I’m in 4th grade. I live in Wisconsin. Some of the books I like to read are Amber Brown books because I think Amber Brown is a hilarious person. Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are a great series for us because they are like comic books except they don’t have the comic part, they have regular words but comic pictures. I also like Judy Moody books because Judy Moody books are a great way for kids to learn about Independence Day and other kinds of stuff.

My name is Austin, I’m Kaitlyn’s brother. I like reading Magic Tree House books because Annie and Jack do funny things. I like Diary of a Wimpy Kid books too because Greg is funny.

maria.c on 19 January, 2010 at 5:16 pm #

One series I like to read is,the Percy Jackson series.

jack w. on 21 January, 2010 at 7:19 pm #

My name is jack and I liked to read Harry Potter. Another series I like to read is the 39 clues.

raegan on 23 January, 2010 at 1:47 pm #

Hi i am in 4th grade and i enjoy reading ALOT
I read books that aren’t on 4th grade level and heres some books i enjoy (they are middle and high school level)
the house of night series
the vampire diaries
the secret circle
twilight saga
here are some books on 4th grade level
the percy jackson series

kaite g on 21 February, 2010 at 9:13 am #

My favorite books are the Percy Jackson series

M Dahms on 15 March, 2010 at 3:17 am #

I’m a Grade 5/6/7 teacher from Queensland, Australia. I adore reading, and try to get my students to read too.

I recommend
-Percy Jackson series
-Ranger’s Apprentice (these are SO good)
-Graphic novels like Amulet and Mail Order Ninja
-Love, Aubrey
-Anything by Morris Gleitzman