Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 4-6

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To encourage the joy of reading, the Mensa Foundation has developed the Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Program, a year-round challenge to kids of all ages based on the NEH's "Summertime Favorites" reading list, with some alterations.

Alice in WonderlandAlice in Wonderland
by Lewis Carroll
Also: Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime
Also: Angelicum Academy 1st Grade Good Books
Also: Veritas Press 3rd Grade Literature

Anne of Green GablesAnne of Green Gables
by L.M. Montgomery
Also: Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime
Also: Former Sonlight Books

Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin by His Good Mouse AmosBen and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin by His Good Mouse Amos
by Robert Lawson
Also: Reading Roadmaps 3rd Grade

Betsy-Tacy Betsy-Tacy
by Maud Hart Lovelace
Also: Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime

Black BeautyBlack Beauty
by Anna Sewell
Also: Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime
Also: Angelicum Academy 3rd Grade Good Books

The Black StallionThe Black Stallion
by Walter Farley

The BorrowersThe Borrowers
by Mary Norton
Also: Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime
Also: Mater Amabilis Level 1B Book List for Ages 6-7
Also: Memoria Press 3rd Grade Read-Aloud Program

Bridge to TerabithiaBridge to Terabithia
by Katherine Paterson
Recommended Age: 8
Also: Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime
Also: Newbery Medal Winners

Caddie WoodlawnCaddie Woodlawn
by Carol Ryrie Brink
Recommended Age: 10
Also: Newbery Medal Winners
Also: Sonlight Level E for Ages 9-12

Cheaper by the DozenCheaper by the Dozen
by Frank Gilbreth
Also: Former Sonlight Books

The Children of Green KnoweThe Children of Green Knowe
by L. M. Boston

The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain)The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain)
by Lloyd Alexander

The Black Cauldron (The Chronicles of Prydain)The Black Cauldron (The Chronicles of Prydain)
by Lloyd Alexander

The Castle of Llyr (The Chronicles of Prydain)The Castle of Llyr (The Chronicles of Prydain)
by Lloyd Alexander

Taran Wanderer (The Chronicles of Prydain)Taran Wanderer (The Chronicles of Prydain)
by Lloyd Alexander

The High King (The Chronicles of Prydain) The High King (The Chronicles of Prydain)
by Lloyd Alexander
Recommended Age: 9
Also: Newbery Medal Winners

The MagicianThe Magician's Nephew (The Chronicles of Narnia)
by C. S. Lewis
Also: Veritas Press 3rd Grade Literature

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)
by C. S. Lewis
Also: Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime
Also: Veritas Press 3rd Grade Literature

The Horse and His Boy (The Chronicles of Narnia)The Horse and His Boy (The Chronicles of Narnia)
by C. S. Lewis
Also: Sonlight Level F for Ages 10-13
Also: Veritas Press 3rd Grade Literature

Prince Caspian (The Chronicles of Narnia)Prince Caspian (The Chronicles of Narnia)
by C. S. Lewis
Also: Veritas Press 3rd Grade Literature

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (The Chronicles of Narnia)The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (The Chronicles of Narnia)
by C. S. Lewis
Also: Veritas Press 3rd Grade Literature

The Silver Chair (The Chronicles of Narnia)The Silver Chair (The Chronicles of Narnia)
by C. S. Lewis
Also: Veritas Press 3rd Grade Literature

The Last Battle (The Chronicles of Narnia)The Last Battle (The Chronicles of Narnia)
by C. S. Lewis
Also: Veritas Press 3rd Grade Literature

The Complete Fairy TalesThe Complete Fairy Tales
by Charles Perrault
Also: Angelicum Academy Kindergarten Good Books

Over Sea, Under Stone (The Dark Is Rising Sequence)Over Sea, Under Stone (The Dark Is Rising Sequence)
by Susan Cooper

The Dark is Rising (The Dark is Rising Sequence)The Dark is Rising (The Dark is Rising Sequence)
by Susan Cooper
Also: Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children's Literature

Greenwitch (The Dark Is Rising Sequence)Greenwitch (The Dark Is Rising Sequence)
by Susan Cooper

The Grey King (The Dark is Rising Sequence)The Grey King (The Dark is Rising Sequence)
by Susan Cooper
Recommended Age: 11
Also: Newbery Medal Winners

Silver on the Tree (The Dark Is Rising Sequence)Silver on the Tree (The Dark Is Rising Sequence)
by Susan Cooper

DD'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths
by Ingri d'Aulaire
Also: Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime
Also: Former Sonlight Books

D’Aulaire’s Book of Norse MythsD’Aulaire’s Book of Norse Myths
by Ingri d'Aulaire
Also: Memoria Press 3rd Grade Read-Aloud Program

A Dog on Barkham StreetA Dog on Barkham Street
by Mary Stolz

The Evolution of Calpurnia TateThe Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
by Jacqueline Kelly

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. FrankweilerFrom the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
by E.L. Konigsburg
Recommended Age: 11
Also: Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime
Also: Newbery Medal Winners
Also: Sonlight Level E for Ages 9-12

Gentle BenGentle Ben
by Walt Morey

HatchetHatchet
by Gary Paulsen

Hans Brinker, or The Silver SkatesHans Brinker, or The Silver Skates
by Mary Mapes Dodge

Harriet the SpyHarriet the Spy
by Louise Fitzhugh
Also: Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime

HeidiHeidi
by Johanna Spyri
Also: Angelicum Academy 2nd Grade Good Books

Homer PriceHomer Price
by Robert McCloskey
Also: Reading Roadmaps 3rd Grade
Also: Sonlight Level B for Ages 6-8
Also: Veritas Press 3rd Grade Literature

The House of Dies DrearThe House of Dies Drear
by Virginia Hamilton

The Jungle BookThe Jungle Book
by Rudyard Kipling
Also: Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime
Also: Angelicum Academy 1st Grade Good Books

Lad: A DogLad: A Dog
by Albert Payson Terhune

Lassie Come HomeLassie Come Home
by Eric Knight

Mary PoppinsMary Poppins
by P. L. Travers
Also: Memoria Press 3rd Grade Read-Aloud Program

MatildaMatilda
by Roald Dahl

The Matchlock GunThe Matchlock Gun
by Walter Edmonds
Recommended Age: 8
Also: Former Sonlight Books
Also: Newbery Medal Winners
Also: Reading Roadmaps 2nd Grade

Misty of ChincoteagueMisty of Chincoteague
by Marguerite Henry
Also: Reading Roadmaps 3rd Grade
Also: Veritas Press 3rd Grade Literature

The MoffatsThe Moffats
by Eleanor Estes
Also: Reading Roadmaps 3rd Grade

My Side of the MountainMy Side of the Mountain
by Jean Craighead George
Also: Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime
Also: Former Sonlight Books

The Pushcart WarThe Pushcart War
by Jean Merrill

The Railway ChildrenThe Railway Children
by E. Nesbit
Also: Veritas Press 2nd Grade Literature

RedwallRedwall
by Brian Jacques

The RescuersThe Rescuers
by Margery Sharp

Roller SkatesRoller Skates
by Ruth Sawyer
Recommended Age: 12
Also: Newbery Medal Winners

Strawberry GirlStrawberry Girl
by Lois Lenski
Recommended Age: 10
Also: Newbery Medal Winners
Also: Sonlight Level C for Ages 7-9

The Summer of the SwansThe Summer of the Swans
by Betsy Byars

Swiss Family RobinsonSwiss Family Robinson
by Johann D. Wyss

The Twenty-One BalloonsThe Twenty-One Balloons
by William Pène du Bois
Recommended Age: 10
Also: Newbery Medal Winners
Also: Sonlight Level C for Ages 7-9

The Wonderful Wizard of OzThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz
by L. Frank Baum
Also: Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime

Thimble SummerThimble Summer
by Elizabeth Enright
Recommended Age: 12
Also: Newbery Medal Winners
Also: Sonlight Level E for Ages 9-12

Tuck Everlasting Tuck Everlasting
by Natalie Babbit
Also: Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime

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