Booklist: If Then for Elementary School
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Becoming an independent reader is a source of pride for kids. Newly voracious readers will want to read anything they can get their hands on, while others might need more help finding their niche. Some readers might cling to easy reads and need help with (or coaxing!) to tackle more challenging books.
As with my other If Then lists, note that the "then" option is a title which I like even more than the "if" option.
If you like Junie B. Jones, then try Judy Moody by Megan McDonald.
If you like Mary Poppins, then try Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald.
If you like Amelia Bedelia, then try The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren.
If you like Pollyanna, then try Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.
If you like The Chronicles of Narnia, then try Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
If you like Pendragon, then try OutCast by Christopher Golden and Thomas E. Sniegoski. (Start with Book One: The Un-Magician.)
If you like A Series of Unfortunate Events, then try The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. (There's a film as well, but I strongly urge you to read the book first!)
If you like Holes by Louis Sachar, then try Hidden Talents and its sequel True Talents by David Lubar.
If you like The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo, then try Four Dolls by Rumer Godden and Behind the Attic Wall by Sylvia Cassedy.
If you like The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo, then try Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (re-released as The Secret of NIMH) by Robert C. O'Brien.
If you like Ida B. by Katherine Hannigan, then try So B. It by Sarah Weeks, The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. by Kate Messner, and the two Amalee books by Dar Williams.
If you want additional recommendations, leave a comment below.
Similar booklists: If Then for Teens and If Then for Middle School