Books, Kids

AR Reading and Sunshine and Blue’s Top Five Favorite Books

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If you are looking for some good reading books for your school age kids , check out my girls list of books that they have enjoyed! When I was younger, all I ever loved to do was read, read, and read. And I’ve read to my kids since birth and now they love to read as much as I do. They’ve discovered there’s nothing like a good book to transport you into an adventure in another world. Sometimes I’ll find them up really early in the morning or really late at night, just trying to finish one more chapter.How can I say no when I do the very same thing?

Because it was summer break, I didn’t push the need to read so much A) because they read a lot throughout the school year and B) They will still read on their own even if it’s lower than their reading level. Their school does the AR program (Accelerated Reader) where they have a goal of getting so many points each semester for reading at school. They read a book, take a quiz on it, and earn the points. If you need to know what level the books your kids are reading, you can enter the title or author on the site here and it will tell you level and quiz code number. The levels are by grade, so if your child is reading a book that’s a 3.5- it means that it’s 3rd grade and 5 months into 3rd grade level. If your child is in 2nd grade and reading a 3.5 then your child’s reading level is higher than their grade level.

All of my books on my shelf are sorted by level and have the code written inside the front cover.

I color coded each level with a color so it would be easier for them to find something to read that’s the level they are recommended to read. Some of the series are in different levels so I keep them together as a series so it’s easier to find.

Because AR levels don’t follow content, some of the books labeled for 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade level may have adult content, which I define as more than just a kiss. It could be sex, heavy make out scenes, suicide or murder, or strong violence. I’m very picky about what my kids read and I, myself, usually read Young Adult books because they are cleaner than regular adult books. Those books have been marked with a red dot.

I have my own little library that I’m in the process of building. The books in this picture is only a third of the ones I own.  The rest are still in the process of being coded and labeled. I am definitely a book collector and I buy all my favorites so friends can read them as well. I’m a huge believer in reading comprehension and sometimes it takes the right book for a kid to love to read. If someone needs to borrow a book to try it out, I’m totally available to help out.

Also the local library is an amazing place to go for a variety of books. Sometimes we have to get on a waiting list for a new book that just came out, or they don’t have the ones we are searching for, but there are always great stories on their shelves just waiting to be read!

Anyway, these books are the girls top five favorites. They really love more fantasy fiction genre and anything animals. When I asked them their favorites this is what they told me, in no particular order:

Sunshine’s Favorites-

The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles

Wayside School Boxed Set: Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger, Wayside School is Falling Down, Sideway Stories from Wayside School

Whatever After Books 1-3

The Giving Tree

Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye (Geronimo Stilton, No. 1)

Blue’s Favorites-

Keeper of the Lost Cities

Warriors Box Set: Volumes 1 to 6: The Complete First Series (Warriors: The Prophecies Begin)

Wings of Fire Boxset, Books 1-5 (Wings of Fire)

Fairy-Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm 1): 10th Anniversary Edition (Sisters Grimm, The)

Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7)


Now that school is almost back in session, we are looking for new books to read! If you have suggestions, let me know in the comments! I’m always adding to my library!

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