But honestly, I don't limit or even guide my children's reading much. I did steer them away from obvious garbage, and I made suggestions which they sometimes took and sometimes didn't, but other than that, I let them have free rein. To me, it was more important that they read widely and followed their interests, than followed some proscribed list of "good books."
All books by Roald Dahl are appropiate for that age. My favorite of his is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Also Mr. Poppers Penguins, Pippi longstocking, and The Cricket in Times Square. All three books by EB White including Stuart Little. The Phantom Tollbooth is an awesome book for that age however it is like a sixth grade reading level so it would work well as a read aloud.
The Magic Tree House, Box Car Kids, American Girl books ( though I have not read the new ones only the historical ones), The Phantom Tollbooth, Little House on the Praire series. Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys. The last two are probably more for for older kids, the Magic Tree house for younger kids.
We have a great reading list with our studies, all Newberry Award winners or finalists. So far we've read The Golden Goblet - Eloise Jarvis McGraw , Aesop's Fables, Classic Myths to Read Aloud - William F. Russell, The Bronze Bow- Elizabeth George Speare, Adam of the Road - Elizabeth Janet Gray , The Door in the Wall - Marguerite De Angeli, The Swiss Family Robinson - Johann D. Wyss, Call It Courage - Armstrong Sperry, Island of the Blue Dolphins - Scott O'Dell (one of my favorites of all time), Misty of Chincoteague - Marguite Henry, Little Pilgrim's Progress - Helen Taylor, Amos Fortune, Free Man - Elizabeth Yates, and we are currently reading Calico Captive by Elizabeth George Speare.
Next we'll read The Sign of the Beaver, also by Elizabeth George Speare, Johnny Tremaine by Esther Forbes, Tolliver's Secret by Esther Wood Brady, and the Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford.
We've been able to find all of these at the library, though some I already had.