Books for 9yo & 11yo dc

(15 Posts)
WhatAPigsEar Sun 01-Nov-15 22:27:16

The dc and I still enjoy reading a bedtime story together despite their ages. Can you recommend any books suitable for boys and girls of these ages?
We have read the first few Harry Potter books, all the David Walliams books and Famous Five. I guess all aimed more towards a 9 yo but we enjoy the family time & I'm keen to continue for as long as they will happily listen.

ArthurMcAffertyhastwocats Sun 01-Nov-15 22:55:17

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a huge hit at the moment with two of
mine, of similar ages.
They've also really enjoyed having all of the following read to them. I'm really hoping they want to be read to for ages to come, as I still really enjoy it!
The Dark is Rising series
The Narnia books
Harriet the Spy
The Saturdays
From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler
Five Children and It
The Tripods series
The Railway Children

deepdarkwood Sun 01-Nov-15 23:04:03

The incorrigible children of Ashton place is excellent as a read aloud (my two are the same age & one of each gender). You could also try:
- Young Bond : Charlie Gibson (slightly gorey bits but loved by mine)
- all the classic e nesbits
- Artemis Fowl series (fairies but very high tech ones!)
- wind in the willows/Winnie the pooh (more sophisticated than you assume IMO)
- the roof toppers was a recent hit with mine too

And if they aren't too easily scared, both spider wick chronicles & series of unfortunate events.

Or try Gerald Durrell - my family & other animals.

WhatAPigsEar Mon 02-Nov-15 12:07:43

Fantastic!! Thanks for the recommendations, they should keep us going for a while.
I'm glad I'm not the only one still reading to an 11 yo! Like you, Arthur I'm also hoping the dc will want me to read to them for a long time to come smile

ArthurMcAffertyhastwocats Mon 02-Nov-15 13:09:04

If they, and you, like non fiction then I'd recommend A Little History of the World. We all loved it and learned masses, and it covers a huge amount of ground in a very light and accessible way.

WhatAPigsEar Mon 02-Nov-15 13:36:21

I'm going to try that Arthur as my history knowledge is not great!

BlueChampagne Mon 02-Nov-15 16:38:57

Sherlock Holmes?
The Hobbit?

Etrusca Mon 02-Nov-15 19:48:56

A friend of mine recommended this book for my daughter (she's 9, almost 10), and she absolutely loved it. I hadn't heard of the author before, but it wasn't too expensive, so I thought why not.

BlueChampagne Tue 03-Nov-15 13:32:20

Tom's Midnight Garden
Swallows and Amazons
The Children of Greene Knowe
The Box of Delights (good pre-Christmas book)

YY to The Dark is Rising
Tried 5 Children and It and found it very dated to read aloud.

mrsmortis Tue 03-Nov-15 15:06:39

+1 for The Dark is Rising
The eagle of the ninth and other Rosemary Sutcliffe books
Anything by Garth Nix - A confusion of princes might be a good place to start
The little house books
As well as the Tripods look at the Prince in Waiting books by John Christopher
The Crysalids and Chucky by John Wyndam
The dolphin crossing
The Moonstone
The Dragon King books - Stephen Lawhead
The Pawn of Prophecy and following books - David Eddings
The Circle of Magic books - Tamora Peirce

IndridCold Tue 03-Nov-15 18:49:01

Paddington
William books
Wolves of Willoughby Chase, and other Joan Aiken stories
Helen Cresswell (The Signposters was a particular favourite with DS)
Michelle Paver's Wolf Brother series

IndridCold Tue 03-Nov-15 18:50:50

Ooh, and The Phantom Tolbooth

Preminstreltension Tue 03-Nov-15 21:45:34

The Lionboy series is great and will keep you going for ages!

BlueChampagne Wed 04-Nov-15 14:51:38

+1 for anything by Joan Aiken IndridCold
Jack London?
Leon Garfield?

WhatAPigsEar Wed 04-Nov-15 19:21:08

Wow I thought this thread had died. Plenty to keep us going, thanks all!

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