Quick Post: Favorite Read-Alouds for Six- and Seven-Year-Olds

January 1, 2007 @ 10:03 am | Filed under: Books

Jennifer asked:

My daughter is closer to your Beanie’s age.  What are your favorite read alouds for 6-7 year olds?

I will try to give a more articulate response to the rest of your comment later, Jennifer, but for now, here’s an off-the-top-of-my-head list of great read-alouds for girls your daughter’s age. (Some of these are great for boys too.)

Milly-Molly-Mandy by  Joyce Lankester Brisley. (Such sweet, simple stories. Huge hit with all three of my girls in turn.)

The Wheel on the School by Meindert deJong.

Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner. (Short chapter book, a real tearjerker.)

The My Father’s Dragon series by Ruth Stiles Gannett.

Oh! My absolute favorite for this age! Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield. This is really a perfect novel. And so on the mark for homeschoolers—the scene in which Betsy first goes to the Vermont country school is both funny and dead-on in its discussion of school "placement" issues.

Fairy tales and tall tales.

D’Aulaire’s Greek Myths.

D’Aulaire’s  Benjamin Franklin.

Charlotte’s Web.

The first four Betsy-Tacy books.

Once Upon a Time Saints by Ethel Pochocki.

There are many more I could include, but I think the fact that these are the books that spring readily to mind is a sign of their enormous value to our family!


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  1. I am off to Amazon. Thank you so very much. You have no idea how much I value your advice!

  2. One other thing: Of course, your own books are some of her favorites right now.

  3. I just re-read Understood Betsy for the umpteenth time – and had my nine-year old read it. I had read it to her a couple of years ago. What a great book. Another really fun read aloud is Pollyanna. It’s got great dialogue and great characters

  4. We have been reading Understood Betsy the last few days. We are all enjoying it, especially Daddy. Thanks for the wonderful suggestion. Now I just need to get a print copy!

  5. […] the youngest students, it was Melissa Wiley’s mention of the girl with the funny name (first here and then here) that finally prompted me to pull Milly-Molly-Mandy Again by Joyce Lankester Brisley […]