classic books for 5 year old girl

(35 Posts)
FCEK Thu 21-Mar-13 22:28:10

Can anyone recommend classic books that I can read to my 5 year old? I'm struggling to remember what I liked at that age, although I think I started on famous five when I was 6 or 7. Probably a bit too old fashioned for DD though, what else is there, books no child should not read?

montmartre Sun 24-Mar-13 22:09:32

I've just thought of Katie Morag stories- they're a mixture of longer stories, but still with illustrations to each page.

anonymosity Tue 26-Mar-13 14:35:07

My DD (5) love the Katie Morag stories too but the print on the page is so very miniscule I find it hard to read them tbh, even with my glasses on!

babybythesea Tue 26-Mar-13 20:50:37

I would have thought Just William was a bit old for this age but you never know!

As well as the Faraway Tree, there is the Wishing Chair series by Enid Blyton -my dd is loving those at the moment (she's 4.3).
Also Amelia Jane, the naughty doll in the nursery. DD loves the idea that her toys might come to life when she's not there and some of them might be naughty.

Jill Tomlinson - The Owl who was afraid of the Dark. And a bunch of others by her that I don't know but am hopeful will turn out to be good!

Dick King Smith - some of his for younger children I think should be suitable. (He wrote the Sheep Pig, which is what the film Babe is based on). Especially the 'Sophie' books. Some of the books, like the Sheep Pig, might have a suitable story (i'd certainly show the film to kids that age) but the actual language might be a bit much for her just yet - might be worth a look though.

The other book like that is 101 Dalmations - the story has been simplified for Disney but the original book is actually for slightly older kids, as is the sequel, 'Starlight Barking'. Well worth it though, when she's a couple of years down the line!

The Tales of Olga da Polga. I seem to remember loving these at about that age.

And yes to some of the other suggestions on here - Wind in the Willows, some of the Roald Dahl (Fantastic Mr Fox, the Magic Finger), even Winnie the Pooh if she hasn't already read them herself, and Paddington.

Dancergirl Wed 27-Mar-13 11:34:04

fruitpastelle you're so lucky, I LOVED Teddy Robinson as a child and I love reading them to my dds now!

hels71 Sun 31-Mar-13 22:04:29

My 5 year old loves Roald Dahl,
Milly-Molly-Mandy
Polly and the Wolf
My Naughty Little Sister
Faraway Tree
Wishing Chair
Amelia Jane
Pippi Longstocking
LAdybird Classics...especially Wind in The Willows
Winnie The Pooh

Periwinkle007 Thu 04-Apr-13 14:08:10

I would also say Milly Molly Mandy
my daughters love the James Mayhew - Katie in the art gallery books and of course Katie Morag

Kaekae Fri 05-Apr-13 11:22:02

My five year old son is loving Bednob and Broomsticks, also The Borrowers at the moment. The Borowers is a little out of date but he is still enjoying it.

Kaekae Fri 05-Apr-13 11:23:13

Bedknob!! Silly ipad.

Kaekae Fri 05-Apr-13 11:23:51

Bedknobs...give up

boogiewoogie Fri 05-Apr-13 20:47:26

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett but she didn't like A little Princess.
Charlottes Web - Beware though as it is sad.
A Necklace of raindrops and other short stories - Joan Aiken.
Railway Children

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