I'd like to preface this by stating the fact that 6-8 spans some very interesting ages, as my reading level grew by leaps and bounds. So I tried to put them in order of about the ages I read them as, and I also understand that some 6-8 year olds wouldn't care to read the books I read at that age. (Although that could go for any of these lists, I suppose!) I am simply sharing what I happened to be reading a lot at these ages. ;)
1. A Porcupine Named Fluffy by Helen Lester is actually a storybook, but I can't tell you how many times I've read this, even when I was beyond storybook age. In fact...I may still occasionally read through this little book just for the fun of it. (Shh.) The first time I read this I distinctly remember laughing out loud and not being able to stop!
2. Egermier's Bible Stories Believe it or not, for my sixth birthday, I requested a big Bible Story book and a joke book. That joke book and Ergermier's Bible Story Book were the first books I received that weren't picture-books and I pored over them constantly. I think it's a hilarious combination of books that I asked for now that I'm older, but I'm pretty sure they shaped the rest of my life. The joke book is all falling apart now, but my Bible Story book is still in prime condition, as I was always very careful with it. *note. My mum did edit a few of the pictures!*
3. Kickapoo This is a funny book about a boy and his mule--I used to read it all the time. (Sometimes I don't know what to think of my earlier reading habits, haha!) It's by Miska Miles, and I'm not sure if it's even in print any more. The link goes to used books.
4. Little Tuck I don't know how many times I've read Little Tuck by Clara Baldwin. Little Tuck, the youngest in his pioneer family, want's to prove himself a man. Between being literally carried off by a huge turkey, stranded in a tree, and attempting to gather honey, Little Tuck never gives up and keeps on pressing towards his goal. The link is to used books as I couldn't find new ones.
5. Lonnie's Landing by Charlie May Hogue Simon is about Lonnie, his older brother, and his grandfather as they go to tame the wilderness. It involves an interesting subplot with the Indian family Lonnie and his grandfather try to protect from the government displacement officers. There were a few places marked out, or that involved discussion with my mum as there were a couple Indian legends told in it, which of course weren't true. I can't even begin to explain how much of a favorite Lonnie's Landing was though. This is again a link to used books-- I'm starting to feel a bit old. :P
6. Pollyanna By Eleanor Porter. Everyone knows about Pollyanna, right? I used to take this book with me everywhere. I probably tried to do the glad game for a while, too. :P If you haven't read it, you should--it's sweet and classic.
7. Captive Treasure This book by Milly Howard used to be one of my sister's favorite books. I enjoyed it too. This is one of those books that "inspired" me to write basically a different version of it, lol. Such was the way my writing went when I was younger! In fact, the various books I read by Milly Howard (These are My People, The Treasure of Pelican Cove, the two Crimebusters books etc) were all read so many times I went through a stage where my favorite name was Mellicent-- "Milly" for short. Laughable now, but I was quite attached to the name Milly for a while! Captive Treasure is about a pioneer girl who is kidnapped by Indians and ends up bringing them the gospel.
8. With Daring Faith--Amy Carmichael Do you remember in my list from 9-13 I mentioned The Hidden Jewel? Well, let's just say I loved this biography of Amy Carmichael by Rebecca Davis just as much. My Amy Carmichael phase lasted years-- She was who I pretended to be, who I constantly read or made stories about, and who I looked up to. I'm very glad, looking back now, that my mind was filled with Indian orphan girls and colorful saris and mission work instead of tiaras and ballrooms. ;)
9. Adoniram Judson--Missionary To Burma Adoniram Judson is still my hero. I first read this biography when I was around 8, and I couldn't get enough. There are books for younger audiences of Judson, but this one, (not a children's book) was the book I read, was fascinated by, and liked.
10. The Tinker's Daughter by Wendy Lawton I actually received for my 11th birthday, but if I had owned it when I was younger I would have read it that much more. Plus, I didn't have it in my 9-13 list, but the book just has to go in one of my lists, lol. This is a story about Mary Bunyan, blind daughter of John Bunyan. I still love this book! It's written for younger girls and is part of the Daughters of Faith series (not all of which I wished to read). This is, in my humble opinion, the best of the lot. ;)
Well, there you have it! Ten books I read from 6-8. Have you read any of these? I'd love to hear what you read as a little one in the comments below! :)
Have a lovely day,