Ruby Holler

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CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER – 2002

Ruby Holler

by Sharon Creech

Age: 8+

Interests: orphans, twins, siblings, family, country living, adoption

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The Graveyard Book

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 2009

CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER – 2010

The Graveyard Book

by Neil Gaiman

Age: 10+

Interests: ghosts, ghouls, violence, orphans, monsters, adopted family, adventure

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1959

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

by Elizabeth George Speare

Age: 10+

Interests: history, American history, politics, religion, intolerance, adventure, romance, strong girls, orphans, witches, superstition More

The Storm (Lighthouse Family series)

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The Storm (Lighthouse Family series)

by Cynthia Rylant

illustrated by Preston McDaniels

Age: 4+ (read to); 6+ (independent reading)

Interests: animals, cats, dogs, mice, ocean, boats, weather More

The Dark Frigate

 

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER: 1924

The Dark Frigate

by Charles Boardman Hawes

Age: 12+

Interests: ships, pirates, adventure, action, violence, travel, history, British history More

A Single Shard

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 2002

A SINGLE SHARD

by Linda Sue Park

Age: 9+

Interests: Korea, artists, pottery, history, orphans

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The Three Robbers

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The Three Robbers

by Tomi Ungerer

Age: 3+

Interests: crime, robbers, treasure, orphans, morality, helping others

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The Whipping Boy

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1987

The Whipping Boy

by Sid Fleischman

Age: 6 + (read to); 7 + (independent reading)

Interests: medieval times, adventure, criminals, carnivals and bears

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When Jessie Came Across the Sea

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GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 1997

When Jessie Came Across the Sea

Amy Hest, text

P. J. Lynch, illustrations

Age: 6+

Interests: history, ship, travel, immigration, American history, New York City, sewing, romance

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What Age is Right for Harry Potter?

My six-year-old is loving stories about magic and strange creatures, and it occurred to me that we might be ready to wade into Potter-mania. Maybe. I think. Or maybe I should wait. Isn’t it too scary? Too violent? Too intense?

Fortunately I’ve come across this succinct bit of advice on Commonsense Media re. what ages are best for all the Harry Potter books, movies and games.

Here’s the gist of it… At age 6 or 7 it’s fine to read first book to them aloud (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone), and maybe watch the first movie.

After that the books and movies ramp up pretty quickly, agewise. You should check out the link for greater detail, but the last book, and the movies from Goblet of Fire onward are more appropriate for age 11 or 12.

Also included in the article are recommended ages for the various Harry Potter video games.

There really shouldn’t be any rush to put HP into your child’s hands, after all there are many, many fantasy books and movies out there more suitable for ages 5, 6, or 7, titles that are tamer, less violent and scary, and just not so grim. I’m working on a list of these right now, to be posted soon, I hope!

Let me know if you have any suggestions!

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