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Top Intermediate Children Classic Reader Books (Ages 8-10)


INTERMEDIATE CLASSIC READER BOOKS (Ages 8-10)

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Ramona the Pest
1. RAMONA THE PEST
by Beverly Cleary
Avon Paperback, 1996
ISBN: 0380709546
Ramona Quimby is ready for kindergarten, but is kindergarten ready for her? As eager student Ramona challenges her teacher with sensible but very funny questions, readers will understand why Cleary is a master at creating characters that are equal parts comical and sweet.


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2. HENRY HUGGINS

by Beverly Cleary
Morrow, Avon Paperback
ISBN: 0380709120

From the moment Henry meets the skinny stray pup he names Ribsy, his life moves from boring to adventure-filled. This sweet and hilarious novel, Cleary’s first, introduces the residents of Klickitat Street, most of whom show up in Cleary’s later works.

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3. ALL-OF-A-KIND FAMILY  by Sydney Taylor
Dell Paperback, 1980
ISBN: 0440400597
The story of five energetic sisters living with their parents on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the early 1900s brings Jewish immigrant life into focus with humor and tenderness.

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4. D’AULAIRE’S BOOK OF GREEK MYTHS
by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire
Doubleday, Dell Paperback, 1992
ISBN: 0440406943

The D’Aulaires provide an accessible introduction to such Greek gods and goddesses as Zeus, Athena, Hera, Hades and Pandora, and their stories.

King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian
5. KING OF THE WIND
by Marguerite Henry
Aladdin Paperback, 1991
ISBN: 0689714866
“Sham,” a magnificent, feisty horse, is born in the stables of a Moroccan sultan and then given as a gift (along with his young groom) to the King of France. After changing owners many times, Sham ends up in England where he sires a legendary line of Thoroughbred racehorses.

6. THE PEOPLE COULD FLY: American Black Folktales
by Virginia Hamilton
illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon
Knopf, 1985; Knopf Paperback, 1993
ISBN: 0679843361
24 wonderully vivid stories in the African-American oral tradition, featuring trickster tales, “Bruh Rabbit” stories, spine-tinglers, and more.

The Moffats

7. THE MOFFATS

by Eleanor Estes
1941, Harcourt Paperback, 2001
ISBN: 0152025413
The first of several gentle, humorous novels about the four Moffat children and their widowed mother who live in small-town Connecticut in the 1910s.

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8. UNDERSTOOD BETSY

by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
1916, Henry Holt, 1999
ISBN: 0805060731

Elizabeth Ann, a sickly, nine-year-old orphan, expects the worst when she is sent from her city home to the Vermont farm of her relatives. The down-home Putneys introduce cousin “Betsy” to their farm-life ways and before long she is healthier and happier than ever.

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9. THE CRICKET IN TIMES SQUARE by George Selden
illustrated by Garth Williams
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1960, Dell Paperback, 1989
ISBN: 0440415632

Talking animals star in this classic about a cricket, Chester, who plays glorious soothing music in the middle of the hustle and bustle of New York City.

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10. THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE by C. S. Lewis
HarperCollins Paperback, 1994
ISBN: 0064471047

The second in the seven-volume fantasy series about the magical land of Narnia.

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11. THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS by Kenneth Grahame
Dell Paperback, 1990
ISBN: 0440403855
Four animal friends traverse the English countryside, making their way back home.

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12. HEIDI by Johanna Spyri
Copyright 1881, Puffin Paperback, 1995
ISBN: 0140366792

Rich gentleman takes on the woes of Heidi and her happy, but destitute Alpine family.

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13. PETER PAN by James M. Barrie
Viking, 1904, Puffin Paperback, 1986
ISBN: 0140350667

Peter Pan spirits Wendy and her brothers out of the nursery and into Never Neverland.

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14. WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS by Shel Silverstein
Harpercollins, 1974
ISBN: 0060256672

The poetry featured in Shel Silverstein’s WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS strikes a nerve when it comes to young reader funny bones. He is humorous without trying too hard, tender without being overblown. Young readers appreciate that balance and Shel Silverstein’s style.


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15. BUNNICULA by James Howe
Aladdin Paperbacks, 1979
ISBN: 0689806590

When the vegetable in the refrigerator mysteriously lose their color, Chester the cat and Harold the dog think the family’s new pet rabbit is a vegetable sucking vampire.

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16. CHARLOTTE’S WEB 
by E.B. White
illustrated by Garth Williams
Harper & Row, 1952, Paperback, 1974
ISBN: 0064400557
E.B. White has captured the essence of friendship and loyalty in his story of the pig Wilbur and Charlotte, his unlikely arachnid friend. Generations have been grateful for his skills. Generations to come will doubtless follow suit.

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17. CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY 
by Roald Dahl
Knopf, 1964, Puffin Paperback, 1988
ISBN: 0140328696
When this Roald Dahl classic was made into a motion picture (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) it experienced a renewed popularity. But the sometimes dark lessons learned in the original book are what have made the story a classic.

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18. THE INDIAN IN THE CUPBOARD 
by Lynne Reid Banks
Doubleday, 1982, Camelot Paperback
ISBN: 0380600129
Omri discovers that a cupboard he receives for his birthday can magically bring his toy action figures to life. But when Little Foot the Indian comes alive, Omri discovers that playing with peoples’ lives has consequences. Hollywood gave Lynne Reid Banks a nod when they made THE INDIAN IN THE CUPBOARD into a full-length feature film.

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19. SADAKO AND THE THOUSAND PAPER CRANES by Eleanor Coerr
Yearling Books, 1977
ISBN: 0440474655

Death and lasting recollection are complex topics both expertly covered in Eleanor Coerr’s classic young reader novel, SADAKO AND THE THOUSAND PAPER CRANES. It is tender literature at its finest.

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20. JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH 
by Roald Dahl
illustrated by Nancy Burkert
Puffin, 1983
ISBN: 0140314644
James escapes his evil aunts when he finds his way inside a giant peach that magically takes flight. A band of insects living inside become his pals. Disney and PIXAR productions brought the story to life on film.

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21. LITTLE HOUSE IN THE BIG WOODS by Laura Ingalls Wilder
HarperCollins, 1932
ISBN: 0064400018
Meet Laura, Pa, Ma and the rest of the Ingalls in this first book in the Little House series. Kids will get a taste of what life was really like for settlers moving West in the 1800s.

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22. WINNIE-THE-POOH 
by A. A. Milne
illustrated by Ernest Shepard
Puffin, 1926
ISBN: 0140361219
Reading A.A. Milne’s classic WINNIE-THE-POOH isn’t something most 8 to 10-year-olds will do in public. But when the lights are low and the bed covers are pulled back, it’s a remarkable experience for these budding readers and their parents to share.

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23. ABEL’S ISLAND 
by William Steig
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1976
ISBN: 0374400164
Abel, a dandy city mouse, is swept away from his bride during a sudden storm. He finally washes up on a deserted island in the middle of a river and must learn some important lessons about survival and self-confidence. A funny, sometimes-scary, and always exciting adventure.

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24. BABE THE GALLANT PIG 
by Dick King-Smith
Knopf, 1988
ISBN: 0679873937

The pig who thinks he’s a sheep dog makes a splash in this funny, heartwarming novel.

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25. LASSIE, COME HOME 
by Eric Knight
Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1940
ISBN: 0805007210
The talented and whip-smart collie who inspired the classic television series was introduced in this wonderful story.

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26. SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL by Patricia MacLachlan
HarperCollins, 1985, Paperback, 1987
ISBN: 0064402053
A woman comes to the prairie from Maine to become wife to a stoic farmer and mother to two orphaned kids. All of their lives are dramatically changed.

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27. BIG RED by Jim Kjelgaard

illustrated by Bob Kuhn
Holiday House, 1945, Bantam Paperback, 1992
ISBN: 0553154346

A heartwarming boy-and-his-dog story starring a spunky Irish setter.

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28. THE BORROWERS by Mary Norton

Harcourt Brace, 1953, Paperback, 1993
ISBN: 0152000860


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29. DOMINIC by William Steig

Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1972, Paperback, 1984
ISBN: 0374418268

Dominic, a dapper dog, sets out to see what awaits him in the world.

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30. CADDIE WOODLAWN by Carol Ryrie Brink
Macmillan, 1935, Paperback, 1990
ISBN: 0689713703

A girl’s view of pioneer life in 1860s Wisconsin.

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31. HALF MAGIC by Edward Eager
illustrated by N.M. Bodecker
Harcourt, 1954, Paperback, 1989
ISBN: 015233081X
When four kids wish on a magic coin, they embark on the most unusual summer of their lives.

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32. HOW TO EAT FRIED WORMS by Thomas Rockwell
illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully
Watts, 1973, BDD Paperback
ISBN: 0440445450
Kids adore this yucky tale of a bet that has Billy eating one worm a day for 15 days. The worm “recipes” and contest rules will have readers laughing and squirming. Ewwww.

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33. PIPPI LONGSTOCKING by Astrid Lindgren

Viking, 1950
ISBN: 014032772X


The irrepressible girl with super-human strength and unruly red pig-tails stars in what could be considered one of the earliest fantasies about children living on their own. With her mother dead and her father lost somewhere on the seven seas, Pippi and her friends make their own fun.

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34. STUART LITTLE by E.B. White
illustrated by Garth Williams
HarperCollins, 1945
ISBN: 0061070092
Stuart, the second son born into the Little family is quite unusual — he is a mouse! When he grows up he leaves home to follow his heart and the lovely bird Margalo. An unforgettable fantasy.


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35. TALES OF A FOURTH GRADE NOTHING by Judy Blume
Dutton, 1972; BDD 1976
ISBN: 044048474X

Nine-year-old fourth-grader Peter Hatcher is trying to deal with friends and school, and at home he is totally exasperated by the antics of his outrageously mischievous two-year-old brother Fudge. Lots of comical and heartfelt situations for young readers.

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36. THE RELUCTANT DRAGON by Kenneth Grahame
illustrated Ernest H. Shepard
Holiday House, 1938
ISBN: 0823407551
A dragon who doesn’t want to breathe fire and terrorize the villagers? Yep, that’s just what you’ll find in this sweet story of a boy who befriends the peaceful and misunderstood beast. Shepard’s line drawings are the perfect complement.


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37. ROOTABAGA STORIES: Part One by Carl Sandburg

illustrated by Michael Hague
Harcourt Brace, 1936; 1990
ISBN: 0152690654

These very silly nonsense stories are also great for reading aloud. Titles include “The Two Skyscrapers Who Decided to Have a Child.”

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