my dd has just started having more 'grown up' books read to her at bedtime. we have just read matilda and the twits by roald dahl which she loved. I have tried reading my childhood favourites to her (enid blyton, my naughty little sister, milly molly mandy) she doesnt like these, i think they too dated. what great books have your children enjoyed?
Of the more recent ones my dds enjoyed at 5, I'd suggest:
The worst witch series Dick King-Smith Sophie series and animal stories. Anne Fine (the ones for younger readers, she writes for various ages). e.g. Bill's new frock, Anneli the Art Hater, The same old story every year. Jacqueline Wilson (ditto, some are Ok for this age, many aren't). Connie and the water babies, the Werepuppy, and Cliffhanger are fairly innocuous. Horrid Henry, if you can bear him, most 5 year olds love him.
I meant to add there, it's worth trying other older classics, Milly Molly Mandy and Naughty Little Sister are quite twee and dated, but other old favourites have dated less. Ones with less of the moralising and twee goody-two-shoes narrating.
DD1(5) is currently enjoying some of the Jeremy Strong books such as 'My Brothers Famous Bottom', others she has recently enjoyed are The Worst Witch, Jill Murphy The Fairy Doll, Rumer Godden the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary George's Marvellous Medicine, Roald Dahl Charlotte's Web, E.B. White Paddington Bear, Michael Bond the Princess Mirrorbelle Books by Julia Donaldson.