Category Archives: Early Grade Reading Level

Riding the Pony Express by Clyde Robert Bulla (1948)

In a day when you can call or text just about anyone on the planet instantaneously, it’s fascinating to remember that back in 1860-1861 the fastest delivery service on the planet was the Pony Express.  In an effort to connect … Continue reading

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The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh (1954)

The purported true story of seven-year-old Sarah Noble. In 1707, Sarah and her father travel to the frontier of Connecticut to establish a homestead on property he has recently purchased.  Connecticut is wild country in those days, filled with animals … Continue reading

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The Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle Series by Betty McDonald (1947 – 1957)

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle  Do you know a child that won’t clean up their toys?  How about one who doesn’t want to go to bed?  Or a child who is quarrelsome?  Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has the cure for every childhood ill you can … Continue reading

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Fairchild Family Series by Rebecca Caudill (1947 – 1959)

Happy Little Family   Take a charming step back in time to meet the Fairchild family living in turn of the 20th century Kentucky.  Bonnie is the youngest child, can she finally join in all the fun of her older siblings … Continue reading

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When We Were Very Young & Now We Are Six by A. A. Milne (1924 & 1927)

Of course, we know A. A. Milne best for his Winnie the Pooh books, but in fact he wrote dozens of novels, short stories, plays, articles and poetry.  He saw himself mostly as a playwright. When We Were Very Young … Continue reading

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Tornado by Betsy Byars (1996)

While a twister rages outside the storm cellar, Pete the farm hand, keeps the family (hiding in the storm cellar) calm and entertained with tales of his dog from long ago named Tornado. When Pete was a little boy, a … Continue reading

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Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater (1938)

Mr. Popper is a poor housepainter — and a dreamer.  While painting the many small kitchens in the town where he lives, he dreams of visiting the South and North Pole.  His wife and children encourage his interest in the … Continue reading

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