Finn’s Favorites — Suggestions From a First Grader

Finns collage

I spent the Easter weekend at my brother’s house in Massachusetts.  My nephew, Finn, is wise beyond his years and I was excited to see him happy to go to bed with his latest read, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.  As a 7 year old first grader, he is a remarkable reader and his mom has a hard time finding books that challenge his reading level but are at his comprehension and maturity level. Instead of creating a suggested reading list on my own, I asked him what his favorite books are and here they are in no specific order…




Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid by Megan McDonald Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid
By: Megan McDonald

The shortest kid in the second grade, James Moody, also known as Stink, learns all about the shortest president of the United States, James Madison, when they celebrate Presidents’ Day at school.  Ages 5 and up

Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye by Geronimo Stilton Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye
By: Geronimo Stilton

Geronimo Stilton–editor of “The Rodent’s Gazette”–his adventurous sister Thea, a correspondent for the paper, and their cousin Trap travel to a distant island to search for the treasure shown on an old map Thea discovers.  Ages 7 and up

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone 
By: J.K. Rowling

After he is rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.  Ages 9 and up

The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey The Adventures of Captain Underpants: An Epic Novel
By: Dav Pilkey

When George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking that he is the superhero Captain Underpants, he leads them to the lair of the nefarious Dr. Diaper, where they must defeat his evil robot henchmen.  Ages 8 and up

Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne Dinosaurs Before Dark
By: Mary Pope Osborne

Eight-year-old Jack and his younger sister Annie find a magic treehouse, which whisks them back to an ancient time zone where they see live dinosaurs.  Ages 5 and up


The Counterfeit Tackle by Matt Christopher The Counterfeit Tackle
By: Matt Christopher

Identical twins change places leading to many more complications than they expected.  Ages 8 and up

Dog Man by Dave Pilkey Dog Man
By: Dav Pilkey

Dog Man, a crimefighter with the head of a police dog and the body of a policeman, faces off against his archnemesis Petey the Cat.  Ages 7 and up


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