These are usually the first chapter books I hand them: (In no particular order except how they come to mind)
Milly Molly Mandy-Joyce Lankester
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-Ronald Dahl
James and the Giant Peach-"
Raggedy Anne and Andy-Johnny Gruelle
Encyclopedia Brown-Donald J. Sobol
Boxcar Children-Gertrude Chandler (I stick w/the lower #'s)
Yonie Wondernose-Marguerite de Angeli
Bears on Hemlock Mountain-Alice Dalgliesh
Courage of Sarah Noble-"
Thornton Burgess' animal storybooks (There are quite a few.)
My Father's Dragon Trilogy-Ruth Stiles Gannett
Rikki Tikki Tavi-Rudyard Kipling
Sarah Witcher's Story-Elizabeth Yates
Trumpet of the Swan-E.B. White
The Ordinary Princess-M.M. Kaye (S. really liked this one.)
Betsy-Tacy-Maud Hart Lovelace
Betsy-Tacy and Tib-"
Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill-" (There are more Betsy-Tacy books, but I stick w/these three because of girl/boy themes and such.)
Railway Children-Edith Nesbit
Five Children and It-"
These Are My People-Mildred Howard (the story of Gladys Aylward)
Paddinton Bear books-Michael Bond
Ballet Shoes-Noel Streatfeild
Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin-Marguerite Henry
Brighty of Grand Canyon-"
King of the Wind-"
Misty of Chincoteague-"
Stormy, Misty's Foal-"
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH-Robert O'Brien
Lloyd Alexander books-I haven't read these, S. has. She really enjoyed them and recommends them. They are fantasy.
Redwall series-Brian Jacques-These were very important for about a year or two...I could never get into them enough to read out loud, but they are better than most stuff put out these days.
Strawberry Girl-Lois Lenski This author used to have a lot of historical fiction. If you can find her out of print stuff at yard sales or the library they are all worth picking up.
Phantom Tollbooth-Norton Juster (Fi has had her nose in this one all week)
The Lost Princess-George MacDonald
Princess and the Goblin-"
Princess and Curdie-"
At the Back of the North Wind-"
Sir Gibbie-" (this comes under various names. My copy is called Wee Sir Gibbie of the Highlands.)
The Maiden's Bequest-"(aka Alec Forbes and His Fiend Annie or Alec Forbes of Howglen)
Bunnicula a Rabbit-Tale of Mystery-James Howe
Return to Howliday Inn-"
Bunnicula-The Celery Stalks at Midnight-"
Bunnicula Strikes Again-" (These are totally "fluff books" -A vampire Rabbit-but fun and different.)
Well, I think that's all the computer time I can take today. I will have to get back with the rest later. The boys are taking over.