I decided to make a couple gift guides based on topics I know pretty well. Yesterday was Mean Girls, today it's about the elementary school reader. Since I have an elementary school-age child who likes to read (and I read his books with him most of the time), I decided to share the BEST OF.
This guide is for the child ages 7-13ish who you'd love to share the gift and joy of reading with.
So, here is a list of books you should buy for a beginning reader:
1. The Last Kids on Earth (#1) by Max Brallier & The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade (#2) by Max Brallier
- This is our #1 favorite. It's funny and has cool illustrations-- but it's not all pictures, there's a lot of content in this book. It's about a Monster Apocalypse and the 4 kids that have survived. The narrator has the best sense of humor, and I really don't see any kid (especially boy) not loving it.
- We haven't read the 2nd book yet, but the first book in this series was adorable. I thought it had a fun message & quirky characters. We read this together, but I'd say a decent 3rd grade reader could read this alone.
- We loved this!! It's about a genius 6th grader who turns his cat giant AND invisible!! He teams up with a new friend and they try to stop Proton from destroying the whole town.
- This wasn't the BEST book we'd ever read (or the most well-written), but the premise was fun, and my son loved the girl m/c.
- A cute story about a Goldish that was turned into a zombie by a boy's evil scientist brother. Great for the 3-5th grade ages!
6. Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi
- Favorite graphic novel series. Totally Cole approved (that's my boy). He flew through all 7 of these books & it made me wish there were 999 other graphic novel series like this. Side note-- where are all the graphic novels for kids??
- Another graphic novel that my kid got really into. It's about a boy who gets stuck in the spirit world.
- Another kids vs. zombies book with illustrations. It's not as good as The Last Kids on Earth, but it's for a little bit of an older crowd-- probably 5th grade and up.
- It's basically about Jedi Middle School-- which is totally FUN!! Great for 2nd-4th graders. It's part graphic novel, part regular book.
- A graphic novel with really bright, colorful, cartooney illustrations. Would be awesome for 1st-5th grade.