I started reading to my kids again, and I love it. Suggestions please.

(56 Posts)
PippiL Mon 25-Feb-13 21:43:54

I am so ashamed to say I got out of the habit. Their dad did it whilst I did "more important" things. I have missed out for a year or so now. Dd is 8 nearly 9 and ds is 5 nearly 6.

So I kicked my own crappy behind and started reading The Indian in the Cupboard. We are loving it. Day 4 and halfway through the book.

I have some years to make up for. I'm sad that it won't be long before they don't want a story.

What else can/must I read to them to make up for lost time?

TreadOnTheCracks Mon 25-Feb-13 21:46:35

Harry Potter

I have just finished reading Enid Blyton's Naughtiest Girl Series to my nearly 9 and nearly 7 year old DS and DD, they loved them.

PippiL Mon 25-Feb-13 22:19:49

I thought Harry potter might be beyond my ds but he is managing with the language in the Indian in the Cupboard really well so might give it another go. Though dis reading them herself, but losing interest. Perhaps family reading time is the way forward with HP.

greencolorpack Mon 25-Feb-13 22:21:51

Diana wynne Jones books.

I read daughters Flower Fairies books in a massive assortment of daft regional accents. Changing every few paragraphs. It makes my dd laugh.

GoldenHares Mon 25-Feb-13 22:26:27

My dd (8) liked: the worst witch books/ madame Pamplemousse series/ Harry potter/ roald Dahl (witches/ Charlie and the chocolate factory/ James and the giant peach).
My 5 year old likes her picture story books, The Monkey Puzzle/ Stick Man/ The Snail and The Whale etc

SavoyCabbage Mon 25-Feb-13 22:29:48

The Indian in the cupboard is a series so you could keep going with them for ages!

Famous Five?

nilbyname Mon 25-Feb-13 22:30:19

My 4 year old is into Enid Blyton (faraway tree etc) and rhoald Dahl ( James and the giant peach, twits etc)

What about flat Stanley books too?

PippiL Mon 25-Feb-13 22:31:47

Regional accents are my speciality!

I think my ds has just moved on from julia Donaldson which was my fail safe option when I did read to them. It is nice to be able to explore some more advanced books now.

I remember a book called the queens nose which I loved as a child.

The velveteen rabbit,
Redwall series,
a series of unfortunate events,
the bromeliad trilogy,
just so stories,
Hawthorne's fairy books,
Anne of green gables
The secret garden

PippiL Mon 25-Feb-13 22:34:19

Dick king smith is perhaps a bit too young and animal related for my grown up dd though.

TaggieCampbellBlack Mon 25-Feb-13 22:34:32

I miss reading to the DDs.

Things we loved.....

The phoenix and the carpet
The treasure seekers
The wind in the williows
The little house books
Winnie the pooh and The house at pooh corner
Alice in wonderland

Anything from the library that caught their eye.

PippiL Mon 25-Feb-13 22:35:53

Dd currently reading the lemony snicket books by herself.

Yes, must retry the velveteen rabbit, was too old for them when I tried last.

Googling the others!

TaggieCampbellBlack Mon 25-Feb-13 22:39:14

Loads of Dick king smiths. Dome fir littlies snd lots for nigger ones. Saddlebottom, the sherp pig etc.

TheCatInTheHairnet Mon 25-Feb-13 22:39:28

We're huge Roald Dahl fans here. It gives me loads of opportunities to put on silly voices!!

And don't be too hard on yourself. My youngest 2 (8 &9) have started asking me to read to them again. I didn't realise how much I'd missed it until I started doing it again.

MarianForrester Mon 25-Feb-13 22:39:45

Second the Madame Pamplemousse recommendation.

Miss Happiness and Miss Flower too.

A Little Princess, or Ballet Shoes, if not too antiquated?

Beswitched is good too, tho maybe for when a bit older? And The Giant Under the Snow, tho it is a bit creepy..!

TaggieCampbellBlack Mon 25-Feb-13 22:40:08

Some for littlies. Lots for bigger.



Fishandjam Mon 25-Feb-13 22:41:17

Willard Price? I adored them when I was a kid. NOT just for boys, despite what the cover blurb might say.

TaggieCampbellBlack Mon 25-Feb-13 22:42:16

Lots of old classics.

Dido Twite and the Battersea ones.

The wolves of willoghby chase


Anne of green gables

SorryMyLollipop Mon 25-Feb-13 22:44:44

The Borrowers
Pippi Longstocking
Emil and his clever pig

LaundryFairy Mon 25-Feb-13 22:45:17

Mr. Gum - loads of accent potential! DS and I laugh like drains every night.

difficultpickle Mon 25-Feb-13 22:46:56

I've just read the Windvale Sprites with ds (8). Really enjoyed the story and we both wanted to know what happened next.

jkklpu Mon 25-Feb-13 22:47:52

Roald Dahl, My Naughty Little Sister, The Rats of Nimh

beeroclock Mon 25-Feb-13 22:48:50

Super Fudge by Judy Blume, very funny!

piprabbit Mon 25-Feb-13 22:49:01

If you can do a broad Glaswegian accent, you might have fun reading Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett.

thornrose Mon 25-Feb-13 22:52:36

The Faraway Tree, and second Pippi Longstocking.

happybubblebrain Mon 25-Feb-13 22:54:58

Read all the Roald Dahl books.
Pippi Longstocking - we love that the most and have read it 3 times now.
Clarice Bean books.
The Magic Faraway Tree - love.
Swiss Family Robinson, Treasure Island and other oldies.

Little house in the big woods - Laura Ingalls Wilder
The little white horse
Fattipuffs and Thinifers
The Phantom Tollbooth
the Snow Spider Trilogy
Thimble Summer
Emil and the Detectives

MrsTittleMouse Mon 25-Feb-13 22:58:44

Dick King Smith.

thornrose Mon 25-Feb-13 23:01:11

Taggie, some epic spelling/typing fails in your post of 22.39 grin

showtunesgirl Mon 25-Feb-13 23:04:23

The Dark Is Rising Sequence. 5 books so lots to get through!

dearcathyandclare Mon 25-Feb-13 23:06:50

Roald Dahl is great to read aloud, but resist Little House on the Prairie as very dull.
Michael Murpurgo's Kensuke's kingdom was great, also Eva Ibbotson
Alice in Wonderland still works even tho it is 150 years old.
My lot also loved poetry and fitted the bill when we were all tired, especially The Highwayman by Alfred (?) Noyes.
Clarice Bean also good for something more modern.

piprabbit Mon 25-Feb-13 23:08:58

wombling I just started reading Little House in the Big Woods to my 4yo DS tonight and he sat there with wide eyes and a look of rapt attention. Then he made his dad read chapter 2.

dearcathyandclare Mon 25-Feb-13 23:10:16

I still read to mine when they were teens especially if they were feeling overwrought.

Mr Gum definitely worth a try - I bought DS (just 9) a set of the audio books of these for Christmas and he and DD (just 7) love them.

TaggieCampbellBlack Mon 25-Feb-13 23:15:00

I'm v tired and had wine

Michael morpurgo - some of them ok (Adolphus Tips) some of thrm dead dpressing.

piprabbit your post made me smile. Both DD and DS really enjoyed it, and I don't agree with dearcathyandclare, they are really interesting.

I do agree that Eva Ibbotson is fabulous, I have just read the Abominables to DD, and she loved it!

thornrose Mon 25-Feb-13 23:23:52

Im tired and on the wine too, Sorry, didn't mean to make you feel bad, it was genuinely amusing.

Rowlers Mon 25-Feb-13 23:28:08


Dromedary Mon 25-Feb-13 23:45:38

My DD loved all the Little House books (as did I when that age).
Neither DC would listen to the end of Alice in Wonderland (not a big fan of that kind of fanciful stuff myself).
The Moomins.
Ballet Shoes (wonderful).
Thursday's Child.
The Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse, and Gobbolino the Witch's Cat (would suit your younger DC) - my DCs both loved this series.
The Little Prince.

UnrequitedSkink Mon 25-Feb-13 23:50:41

I can't believe no-one has mentioned the How to Train Your Dragon series! They're brilliant for sharing, really funny and some fantastic language. Rather a lot of shouting though (well, they ARE Vikings wink)

vesela Sat 02-Mar-13 20:43:18

Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh.

sandycloud Sat 02-Mar-13 21:48:30

You must read mr gum. We were camping when we read one. Me and dh carried on when the dcs were asleep. It was so funny. Had drunk wine. We used to fight over who could read it.

mrspink27 Sat 02-Mar-13 22:20:23

Marcus Sedgwick is great - also Agatha Parrot series and Penny Dreadful

Thewhingingdefective Sat 02-Mar-13 23:37:44

My DTs are 7 and have enjoyed recently:

Abridged versions of...
Black Beauty
Treasure Island
Around the World in Eighty Days


Billy Bonkers (by Kes Gray I think)
Daisy books (Daisy and the Trouble With...)
Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf
Mr Gum
The Sheep Pig
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
The Magic Faraway Tree trilogy

DuchessofMalfi Sun 03-Mar-13 08:34:17

We're nearing the end of The Magic Faraway Tree trilogy, and have loved it all the way. I don't remember reading it as a child, so it seemed new to me. Will definitely want to read it to DS when he's old enough too.

I love threads like this - gives me even more ideas for bed time stories smile

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alibeen Mon 11-Mar-13 12:52:15

I've found reading to dd and ds a way of re-reading the books I loved best when I was their age. DD and I have been reading Pippi Longstocking, The Borrowers and Little House on the Prairie series recently - non of which I read as a child but we've both loved them.

PeasandCucumbers Wed 13-Mar-13 23:33:34

I am currently reading Stig of the Dump to my 2 and they are both enjoying it & asking for more. The Railway Children is next on my list to read to them

MercedesKing Thu 14-Mar-13 07:11:37

Animal Farm, The Little Prince, Sophie's World, I was grown up by hearing my mom reading those books for me. wink They might of some help. smile

DuchessofMalfi Thu 14-Mar-13 18:25:08

I managed to find a copy of Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce yesterday, in a charity shop. So happy smile I remember loving this one as a child.

Hattifattner Thu 14-Mar-13 18:33:46

DS (10) is in the middle of Suzanne COllins' "Gregor the Overlander" series, which he is loving. Its billed as "Young adult" but I would think its 9-12 age. Its got plenty of action and a sarcastic giant rat who is a brilliant swordsman. Plus giant bats, cockroaches, spiders......and a small girl called Boots.

Leeds2 Thu 14-Mar-13 20:33:33

Mr Majeika.

jamaisjedors Wed 20-Mar-13 22:47:01

I've just finished reading Olga da Polga to my 6yr old and 8.5 yr old.

Not babyish I don't think (although I think my eldest is quite "young" in his tastes!) - I enjoyed it too.

Harry the Poisonous Centipede by Lynne Reid Banks is good too (although I prefered Olga da Polga) - the copy I bought had illustrations which meant my younger DS could follow more easily.

They both followed Harry Potter but had seen the film so knew the story - I found it a bit clunky to read out (not a fan).

lilachair Wed 20-Mar-13 22:50:04

The Secret Garden!

The chapters are just the right length. My two were asking to go to bed for the story

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