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50 Books that Won't Bore Your Elementary School Kid

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50 Books that Won't Bore Your Elementary School Kid

My kid's PTA is hosting a read-a-thon to raise money for the school. Full disclosure - I am the fundraising chair behind it. I am so excited for this fundraiser. So excited!

Reading and raising money to help support our school! What could be better!?!

I shared that my daughter is doing this on Facebook to get some ideas for books. I showed my bookworm the suggestions and she was underwhelmed. Many peaked her curiosity, but most she already read.

We decided to create a giant wish list of books that she would like to read that won't be, "boring." I prefer dull, but she insisted. And, this list includes many of the suggestions from our Facebook post. Turns out she can't judge a book by its title but can add it to the list after she saw the cover. Oh, kids.

 Read-a-thon reading for our school

This is her ultimate wish list of books. With any luck, she will be able to work through it this summer starting with the read-a-thon.

50 Books that Won't Bore Your Elementary School Kid

 50 Books that Won't Bore Your Elementary School Kid

Classic-ish Books

Books that have a classic feel or are actual classics

1. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

2. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

3. The Giving Tree Hardcover by Shel Silverstein

4. Harriet the Spy Paperback by Louise Fitzhugh

5. The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew, Book 1) by Carolyn Keene

6. The Tower Treasure Hardcover by Franklin W. Dixon

7. The Boxcar Children Books by Gertrude Chandler Warner

8. Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol

9. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

10. My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier


Science fiction, magic, and fantasy 

11. The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier

12. The Universes Inside the Lighthouse: Balky Point by Pam Stucky

13. The Cowboy and the Unicorn by Kristyn Gansen

14. The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris

15. A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

Book to Movie or TV

16. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein

17. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

18. The Bad Beginning: Or, Orphans! (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1) by Lemony Snicket

19. Matilda by Roald Dahl

20. The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

Role Models

Kids and adults who make you want to be a better person

21. Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper

22. Ban This Book: A Novel by Alan Gratz

23. I Am Enough by Grace Byers

24. I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy

25. Malala's Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzal

Science, Math, and Technology

People who make learning fun! 

26. Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty

27. Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

28. Suddenly Astronaut by Andrew J. Morgan

29. Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky

30. The Math Inspectors: Story One - The Case of the Claymore Diamond (Volume 1) by Daniel Kenney

Power of Friendship + Family

31. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

32. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

33. Echo the Copycat (Goddess Girls) by Joan Holub

34. Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker by Shelley Johannes

35. Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead

36. Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks

37. The Feather Chase: (The Crime-Solving Cousins Mysteries Book 1) by Shannon L. Brown

38. Code 7: Cracking the Code for an Epic Life by Bryan R Johnson

39. Wish by Barbara O'Connor

40. Welcome to Wonderland #1: Home Sweet Motel by Chris Grabenstein

41. What Do You Do With a Chance? by Kobi Yamada

42. Sherlock Academy (Sherlock Academy Series) by F.C. Shaw

43. I Don't Want To Go To School by A.J. Cosmo

44. One Crazy Summer Paperback by Rita Williams-Garcia

45. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Animals with life lessons

46. My Fox Ate My Homework (Volume 1) by David Blaze

47. Princess the Cat versus Snarl the Coyote: A Cat and Dog Adventure by John Heaton

48. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

49. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss and Marlon Bundo

50. The Cricket in Times Square (Chester Cricket and His Friends) by George Selden

These are just 50 books that we found! There are ten more on our list that we found as we were putting our selections into categories. We hope that you check them out. I think we will continue to add to this list as we discover new reads.

Have a favorite book that was left off? 

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