Grow-a-Reader BookList

9 - 10 Year-Olds

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Language and
Literacy Development:
Nine- and ten-year-old children are moving toward greater independence in their reading-writing development and habits.   They are becoming better able to set their own purposes for reading and alter their reading rate and strategies to their reading purpose and the material.  With effective instruction, they are also becoming better able to monitor their own understanding of what they're reading.  They know when it makes sense and when it doesn't make sense.  They understand what good readers do when they aren't comprehending a selection; they can reread, look up the meaning of an unfamiliar word, keep reading and them reread, look for support information in pictures/charts/diagrams, consult an expert on the information, or try another strategy.  These children can meaningfully read longer portions of text silently.  Children who are becoming readers start to focus on favorite genre, series, and authors. Some nine- and ten-year-olds discover that they enjoy reading informational writing; they become interested in reading about their interests and hobbies. Their writing often starts to become more personal; sometimes they want to share it with others, sometimes they don't.  Some are more willing to experiment with different literary elements, styles, and genre.  Starting in fourth grade, many students are expected to read textbook sections and reference materials independently.   They are often held accountable for their reading on tests.  In addition, they are expected to be able to take notes from references to help them write reports.  Some children experience pressure from the textbook reading, report writing, and test-taking.  These students start experiencing a need for study strategies. They continue to use their writing to strengthen and enrich their reading!  And they use their reading to strengthen and enrich their writing!

Reading Interests:
  • books about animals

  • poetry

  • sports

  • funny books, joke books

  • reading series of books

  • developing interests and hobbies

  • lessons about good and evil


Children's Books: Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, Audio cassette; Audio CD; Spanish edition:  Las Telaranas de Carlota

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt, Audio cassette; Spanish edition: Tuck Para Siempre

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan; Audio cassette; Spanish edition:  Sarah Sencilla y Alta.

Bill Peet, An Autobiography by Bill Peet

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, Audio Cassette; Spanish edition:  Charlie y la Fabrica de Chocolate

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein; Audio Cassette

Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary; Audio cassette; Spanish edition:  Querido Seņor Henshaw

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder; Spanish edition:  La Casa de la Pradera

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, Audio Cassette; James Y el Melocoton Gigante

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume, Audio Cassette

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh, Audio cassette

Stuart Little by E.B. White, Audio cassette

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech; Audio cassette

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

If You're Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand: Poems about School by Kalli Dakos

Popular Series:

Pony Pals by Jeanne Betancourt

Books of Marguerite Henry

Animorphs by K.A. Applegate

Informational Books:

Scholastic Voyages of Discovery Science and Technology Series

Books written by Seymour Simon

Eyewitness Visual Dictionaries

Reference Books:

Scholastic Children's Dictionary
Roget's Student Thesaurus
The Kingfisher Young People's Atlas of the World
The Kingfisher Children's Encyclopedia
The Scholastic Rhyming Dictionary

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