Top Five Books for Children, Ages 5-8


1. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey 

The story is so famous in Boston where it’s set, that it was immortalized by the casting of bronze statues – of the whole mallard family- on Boston Common.

An oldie but a goodie!  A heartwarming tale of Mr.  and Mrs.  Mallard and their quest to find a home for themselves and their seven ducklings.  The tale is set in Boston and is a particular favorite of my daughters.

 2. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson 

A modern classic.  It begins with a mouse, taking a stroll through the deep dark wood…The clever little mouse knows he’s a tasty treat to many an animal.  But with the terrible Gruffalo for protection, who is going to risk it?  But what the other animals don’t realize, is that there is no such thing as a Gruffalo. Or is there?

3. Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton 

There are many books in this series and we have many in our home…My daughter are unabashed kitty fanatics! So far favorites include Scaredy Cat, Splat; Secret Agent Splat and Splish, Splash Splat.  The illustrations are fantastic, both funny and charming.  The stories are short but bursting with character and engaging.  Different books introduce you to various friends, family members and Splat’s pet, which is strangely enough a mouse called Seymour.  Is Splat a secret vegetarian?

4. Heidi by Johanna Spyri  

I loved this book as a child and thankfully both my daughters loved it too.  It’s a gentle old fashioned story that also gives children a sense of geography and the past.  Beautiful descriptions of the Alps abound.  The pristine air and the scent of the pine trees seem to blow through the pages.

Heidi is a strong and engaging heroine.  Her struggles as an orphan – first living with her fierce grandfather – then as a companion to an invalid, pull children into her world and keep them listening as Heidi finally finds happiness.

5. The Magical Faraway Tree Collection by Enid Blyton: The Enchanted Wood; The Magic Faraway Tree; The Folk of the Faraway Tree

Enid Blyton

This famous English author will not be as familiar to American audiences.  But in her lifetime she wrote over 700 books.  Yes, an incredible amount!  Many of her books remain in print and are still very popular.  Some readers might find the books a little dated.  But the three above in particular are much loved by every child who reads them.Frannie, Beth and Joe are three children who move to a cottage in the country.  Next to the cottage is a magical wood and within that magical wood a magical tree.  The children discover the magical tree and its’ eccentric inhabitants.  They become friends with Moon-Face, Silky the Fairy and the strange Saucepan Man.  Together they discover the rotating lands at the top of the tree, where they have endless adventures.  All three books are highly imaginative page turners that serves to get your child hooked on reading.

Evonne Blanchard is the author of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace,’ and ‘Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage.’ These are the first two books in, ‘Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures,’ an exciting series of ten books set in outer space, (for children ages 5-9).

Ever wondered if aliens exist?  What if one needed your help?  Would you travel into outer space?  For the adventures…of a lifetime!

New – Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

Amelia the Venutons cover with text

Uglesnoo needs Amelia’s help.  His sister is very sick.  The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune.  With his Earthling friend, Amelia, they must continue their quest.  More items are needed to buy the crystal.  But Venus is full of danger and angry aliens.  Are Uglesnoo and Amelia in over their heads?

Click below for a preview:


Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

Amelia the Moochins 8-15

When is a present not a present?  When it’s a friendly purple alien called Uglesnoo, from the planet Pluto!  Uglesnoo needs to leave right away for the Moon.  Uglesnoo also desperately needs Amelia’s help.  Should Amelia venture into outer Space?

Click below for a preview:


For a limited period read the book for FREE on KINDLE. Click here for more information

“Appealing Illustrations combine with lots of text to make this a great read for children transitioning from picture books to chapter books.” – Kirkus Reviews

“The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children

You can read the first few chapters, FOR FREE, of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace.’  Simply click on the link below:


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s