What are your 5-7 year olds reading at the moment?

(56 Posts)
Chocomint Tue 25-Feb-14 18:23:57


I'm doing a course about writing childrens books and need to do some research into what children are reading at the mo.

Are you children reading chapter books, early readers or perhaps they love activity books, or still prefer picture books?

Mucho appreciated if you could let me know.


lljkk Tue 25-Feb-14 19:29:08

My 9yo still prefers pictures books (I'm told his English attainment is above avg).
The 6yo is on early readers & what I read to him.

mrsravelstein Tue 25-Feb-14 19:31:31

just turned 6 year old boy isn't reading much himself other than books from school, but his choice of book to be read to him is pretty much all factual books/children's encyclopedia type things with lots of pictures and info about dinosaurs/diggers/rescue vehicles/the human body

onepieceoflollipop Tue 25-Feb-14 19:32:34

My dd is a young 6 and loves Topsy and Tim. Also Alfie books.

Ubik1 Tue 25-Feb-14 19:33:45

mine is seven and is reading Malory Towers

HerGraciousMajTheBeardedPotato Tue 25-Feb-14 19:35:19

7yo ds has just discovered Michael Morpurgo.

When he's not reading MM, he's reading the Where's Wally? books, the Puzzle books, or Beano.

MrsKCastle Tue 25-Feb-14 19:35:33

My DD is 5, in Y1. If she is reading on her own, she'll usually choose picture books. When reading to me and for bedtime stories we do early chapter books, such as Rainbow Fairies and similar. X

SpookedMackerel Tue 25-Feb-14 19:36:37

Dd doesn't read herself "for pleasure" yet, she's 6- she has been working through a reading scheme at home (doesn't go to school yet, as we are outside Uk.) She does like looking at familiar picture books and trying to read them.

We read chapter books at bedtime, usually. She also really enjoys poetry, which surprised me somewhat.

DustyBaubles Tue 25-Feb-14 19:39:12

My 7 year old has taken on his brother's Penny Dreadful and Horrid Henry books.

Also the Aurora books by Anne Vestly.

He still likes toddler's books though, like Duck in the Truck, Superworm, and The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew it was None of His Business.

I love that last book blush

tumbletumble Tue 25-Feb-14 19:44:25

Me and my 6yo are enjoying Roald Dahl together. I read most of it and she reads some pages.

My 4 and a half year old gets read picture books - we've just done the Gruffalo and Roberta and Me.

7yo DS gets them too but mainly because she does. DH reads chapter books to them both - just finished Gulliver's Travels. DS reads things like Horrid Henry or his Lego encyclopedia thing when he's reading alone.

ArtexMonkey Tue 25-Feb-14 19:55:46

My 7yo has just read all the Worst Witch books, and has started on Pippi Longstocking which she's kind of alternating with a graphic novel series called Amulet.

takingthathometomomma Tue 25-Feb-14 19:56:18

Just turned 5YO reads the school readers (Magic Key) alone and is still having picture books read to her. The Gruffalo has returned as a favourite.

RiojaHaze Tue 25-Feb-14 20:01:11

My 7yo is reading Roald Dahl, the rainbow fairies and a one direction book!
The 5yo is into anything to do with animals: a national geographic animal facts book and animal atlas are his current favourites.
Oh, and 5001 disgusting jokes.....

Treaclepot Tue 25-Feb-14 20:04:26

My 6 year old reads Any Roald Dahl, Diary of a Wimpy kid books but also enjoys reading his old picture books like the gruffalo etc

He read Harry potter but had enough after the forst book, unlike his 8 year old brother who will read them and read them.

HanSolo Tue 25-Feb-14 20:08:29

5yo- reading has just clicked for him- he's reading anything he can get his hands on:
Horrid Henry
Claude books
Tintin (often asks me what words are, let alone their meanings!)
Brambley Hedge
Lotta (Astrid Lindgren)
Joke books (interminably!)

School send him home with Floppy's phonics hmm

spiderlight Tue 25-Feb-14 20:14:07

DS is 7 next month. He is mostly reading joke books (Horrid Henry and Angry Birds), non-fiction car books, annuals (Top Gear/Dr Who) and dipping into a primary atlas. He's bringing short chapter books home from school but much prefers non-fiction.

insearchoftheFlumFlumTree Tue 25-Feb-14 20:21:09

DS(5.5) would read Biff, Chip et all on a loop if I'd let him! Also likes his ORT "My Chapter Books Collection", and Usborne fact books (e.g. Space facts), but is also happy to pick up picture books (Julia Donaldson, Eric Carle, the Ahlbergs etc) and read them (ostensibly to his younger siblings). He has an Usborne child's encyclopaedia which he can often be found curled up reading.

He also likes Flat Stanley, although we alternate between him reading this alone and my reading it to him, Pippi Longstocking (Astid Lindgren), the easier Roald Dahl books, the "younger" Sally Gardner books, Dick King Smith, some Enid Blyton (mostly I read these to him - he can just about cope with reading the words, but I think would struggle with the meaning if he had to concentrate so much on the process). And he loves silly poetry-type books - Edward Lear, Spike Milligan, Quentin Blake etc.

Taffeta Tue 25-Feb-14 20:22:45

My 7 yo DD is loving Mary's Hair by Eion Colfer ATM. We read Pinocchio - Michael Morpurgo version together which she liked last week.

Chris Riddell is a big fave, as is Neil Gaiman, I read these to her - the Ottoline series, Fortunately the Milk, Goth Girl.

She also has read Snug by Michael Morpurgo and The Smallest Girl Ever by Sally Gardner in the last month.

Taffeta Tue 25-Feb-14 20:23:36

Oh and she's also reading the Usborne See Inside Ancient Egypt as it's their school topic this term

tassisssss Tue 25-Feb-14 20:24:27

5 year old loving Paper Dolls, Dogger and Annie Rose (beginning to read pages herself, lovely)

7 year old loving Clarence Bean, Mallory Towers and some Roald Dahl

MomentForLife Tue 25-Feb-14 20:28:38

DD age 5 is reading mainly chapter books but can't read them in her head yet. My naughty little sister, Hughie Higgins etc.

staverton Tue 25-Feb-14 20:29:56

6yo ds year 1
Us borne encyclopaedia
Vision Football book of facts
Ronald Dahl books
Judy moody books
Sally Gardner eg boy with the lightening feet
Mr majeika
Mr gum series

He reads brilliantly and doesn't really like to be read to anymore, preferring to read independently but we sometimes alternate chapters of his school books.

TheSmallPrint Tue 25-Feb-14 20:33:49

Astrosaurs and Beast Quest are favourites with 6yo DS at the moment bu also listening to Stig of the Dump and How to be a Pirate on CD.

IsabellaRockerfeller Tue 25-Feb-14 20:36:21

My 6 year old will only read non fiction books.

Anything about space, animals, science, dinosaurs, countries, vehicles etc.

He's an utter geek!

MistyB Tue 25-Feb-14 20:38:18

Puzzle books are a firm and repeated favourite. I wish there were more of them.

Stockhausen Tue 25-Feb-14 20:38:40

Our 5yr old is a creature of habit!

We rotate from the same 20 or so books, he's loving where's wally (has a competition with dh!) He loves the biff, chip & kipper box set, he still enjoys picture rich books, current favourite is An Itch to scratch about an itchy gorilla grin but the big change is that we've just started the roald Dahl box set! Reading the twits, which is going down a treat & he remembers the story so far, from the night before

notwoo Tue 25-Feb-14 20:43:48

Dd is nearly 5. She likes having picture books or traditional fairy stories read to her. Try as I might I can't get her into listening to chapter books yet as she likes to get to the end of a story in one go. We did have a lovely day reading George's Marvellous Medicine in one sitting a couple of months ago!

She is just starting to get the hang of reading and likes the Julia Donaldson songbirds phonics books alongside her school reading scheme books.

HappyAsEyeAm Tue 25-Feb-14 20:48:27

DS has just turned 6. He loves the lighthouse keeper books at the moment. They are all picture books, and some are much more detailed and lengthier than others. He also still loves the little ted train books and mrs pepperpot books. And all octonauts books.

I read to him every night. At least one book, usually two. He also reads to me every night, but only his school book which is an ORT biff chip and kipper book.

JiltedJohnsJulie Tue 25-Feb-14 20:49:51

Dd is 6.5 and is working her way through all of the Daisy books by Kes Gray. She's just read all of the Horrid Henry Early Readers available still the library.

Any books on Guinea Pigs always gets picked up and read and she is driving us crazy with the Annoying Orange joke book.

CrockedPot Tue 25-Feb-14 20:51:40

Ds2 is 6, just discovered Roald Dahl and is reading The BFG at the moment. Still likes picture books too.

JoinYourPlayfellows Tue 25-Feb-14 20:52:32

My 5 year old loves those infernal Darcey Bussell books about Enchantia.

Sometimes I read with her, but mercifully she mostly reads them herself.

sittingbythepoolwithenzo Tue 25-Feb-14 20:53:50

7 year old ds is reading the How to Train Your Dragon series. And the Beano.

JoinYourPlayfellows Tue 25-Feb-14 20:54:30

They are chapter books, I don't know what early readers are, but I imagine they are that. They're very simple and the writing is quite big and there are some line pictures too.

Plus they're all the same, so if you've read one you've read 'em all.

tassisssss Tue 25-Feb-14 20:55:31

I really recommend the Daisy book and the Claude books for the in between stage between picture books and proper chapter books.

hazeyjane Tue 25-Feb-14 20:59:44

dd1 (7) has just finished a Liz Pichon - Tom Gates book, and is now reading Dick King Smith - Sophie is Seven. She reads chapter books, can't stand 'girly' books like the Rainbow Fairies, but struggles to find books that she likes.

dd2 (6) is reading school reading book and is having How to Speak Dragonese - Cressida Cowell to her. She is dylslexic and struggles with the 'physical' side of reading, but gets bored of the Biff Chip and Kipper books, and would prefer to read stuff like How to Train your Dragon.

PPaka Tue 25-Feb-14 20:59:55

New book by Shirley Hughes and her daughter, Clara , who also did the illustrations- Dixie O Day

Saw them at the south Bank Imagine festival last week, kids were fascinated. 2 x 6 yr olds. V entertaining story with fab illustrations

IdRatherPlayHereWithAllTheMadM Tue 25-Feb-14 21:01:43

6, Ottoline series, these books are what made her realise what fun books can be, roald dhal, spiderwick chronicles, lemony snicket ( books 1 and 2) dick king smith, some fairy books,

She loves telling me how many chapters she is whizzing through.

CocktailQueen Tue 25-Feb-14 21:04:48

DS is 6 and in Year 2. He's currently reading Roald Dahl's The Twits, and in the last week has read Esio Trot and the Giraffe, the Pelly and Me, and George's Marvellous Medicine. He also reads football magazines and Match annuals. He likes Dick King Smith books too.

(But recently he found his Julia Donaldson books again, and we had a few nights of The Snail and the Whale, the Smartest Giant in Town, Tiddler, Stick Man, Tabby McTat and the like. Fabulous)

My 5.5yo DS is currently reading non-fiction book to himself, books of facts on various topics. Lots of short bites he can dip in and out of.

Since Christmas I have been reading to him the full Chronicles of Narnia, some Winnie the Pooh and we are in the middle of Wind in the Willows. I think he is making DH read Dahl again.

olivo Tue 25-Feb-14 21:06:57

4 1/5 yo DD likes me to read her picture books, all the Julia donaldsons, hairy mclary, the elephant and the bad baby as well as Miffy and mr men books. DD 7 likes all the animal rescue type chapter books, as well as the dancing school ones and Roald Dahl.

JiltedJohnsJulie Tue 25-Feb-14 21:07:21

Join Early Readers are like this. Fewer words per page, slightly larger and clearer text and more illustrations than more grown up chapter books smile

tyaca Tue 25-Feb-14 21:15:20

my nearly 6 year old is really enjoying having the bfg read to her.

she's on the cusp of reading early reader chapter books by herself - can decode the words and understand but really struggles with the chunks of text. she really enjoys reading picture books by herself.

she loves my naughty little sister at the moment (mainly being read to). winnie the witch has also been a strong favourite. at school she has been read horrid henry and flat stanley, both of which she really enjoyed.

DeWe Wed 26-Feb-14 09:36:46

My 6yo loves Horrible Histories/Horrible Geography, but in the last week has read as well:
History of the Lancaster Bomber
Book about the beasts from Beastquest
My story (Battle of Britain)
WWII: The home front
The Red Arrows story

I'm reading The Black Riders (Violet Needham) to him for his bedtime story.

He also likes fact books about the weather, volcanoes/earthquakes etc and dinosaurs.

DeWe Wed 26-Feb-14 09:41:36

Sorry, didn't read the Op properly, I thought you wanted examples.

He reads mostly fact out of choice. Mostly about WWII or planes, often adult books are fine as long as there's some pictures. It's amazing what they can understand when it interests them. If he's reading fiction then it's chapter books.

JoinYourPlayfellows Wed 26-Feb-14 09:43:51

Ahh, thanks Jilted. smile

Those Ottoline books look awesome, I'm going to get some of those for DD.

Beehatch Wed 26-Feb-14 09:47:17

My just turned seven DD would rather non-fiction when she picks up a book - space, dinosaurs, wild animals all float her boat.

When I or school encourage her to read fiction it will be something along the lines of Dahl, Mr Gum, Winnie the Witch or some dreadful series involving puppies.

littlebluedog12 Wed 26-Feb-14 09:55:34

My almost-6yo DD loves the Titchy Witch books, she reads them herself with a little help.

I am reading The Twits by Roald Dahl to her at the moment and she loves it. She still very much likes picture books as well, things like Katie Morag, Tiger that came to tea, Charlie and Lola, Gruffalo etc.

leddeeburdee Wed 26-Feb-14 10:03:51

DS (6, nearly 7) reads a lot, very keen on Wimpy Kid, Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe, Famous Five at the moment. DD (just 5) prefers to be read to, loves picture books, Topsy and Tim, Princess Poppy, My Naughty Little Sister, Milly Molly Mandy.

blackbird41 Wed 26-Feb-14 11:55:57

My DS is just 8 but I can tell you what he was reading at 7. He's a good reader and liked chapter books - astrosaurs, Mr Gum, sea quest, Roald Dahl and mammoth academy. All these have black and white illustrations which he would like studying and medium sized print which is not too daunting. The illustrations also means there are less words per page so he got through it quicker (he would delight in telling me how many chapters or pages he had read). All children like getting praised!
Astrosaurs were also the first chapter books that he read at age 5/6. The main attraction/incentive for him was the coloured collector cards inside which he loved collecting. I didn't let him cut them out until he had finished the book (mean mother!)

He would pretty much reject any book with no illustrations at this age. Interestingly I ordered the re-published secret seven series which now has no pictures and these were rejected. I then bought an 'old' copy from a charity book shop (same book) with some black and white pictures and he said he would try it!

At 5/6 he would use clues like the front cover, the title and the illustrations inside to decide whether he would read the book. He would generally go for animal books. He got into Mr Gum as I got the first book on audio (he previously rejected the book cover-?a little scary maybe) and then there was no stopping him reading the books.
He generally would not read the blurb on the back unless I prompted him to until about 7 when he would start to use this to decide on book selection.
What other boys at school were reading would also have an influence!

I will also add the school assessed his reading age at 5/6 to be age 10. Yes he could read the words in harry potter but the tiny print, long text and small print was too daunting.

At age 5-7 he didn't have the confidence to try lots of different books- he would generally keep to 1 or 2 series until read them all.
Now at 8 he has worked out that longer books with a more complex plot are now more rewarding and that more description means that that illustrations aren't absolutely necessary. He has this week announced that he wants to start reading Harry Potter soon.

GoAndDoSomeWork Wed 26-Feb-14 12:27:32

5-7 is a really broad range in reading abilities - it covers reception through to year 3 in which children make massive leaps in reading. My nearly 8 year old has just finished the Harry potter series and is now back on to reading Roald Dahl books to herself which we read to her when she was 5. when she was 5 she loved 'reading' picture books but couldn't read most of the words now she'll attempt anything that has a good cover or appealing title (comedy, vampires, tomboys, style books) She really got addicted to non-stop reading when she turned 7 - she loves spending the weekend ploughing through shorted chapter books like Tom Gates, Horrid Henry, Secret Kingdom books, lots of Enid Blyton, Sophie and the Shadow woods, Spiderwick chronicles and Agatha Parrot but likes longer books for bedtime. I think of these the Sophie and the shadow woods sets a good benchmark for how to write an appealing age appropriate short chapter book for non-girly girls in the the higher end of your age group and would be worth having a look at.

6.5yo chapter books, to himself, in silence!

GoAndDoSomeWork Wed 26-Feb-14 12:28:46

eeeek apologies for all the typos!

Campaspe Thu 27-Feb-14 16:48:29

7 yo DD loves non-fiction books about animals and jobs. She reads picture books to herself, but prefers me to read chapter books t her. We recently read all the Dick King-Smith books in the Sophie series together, and both of us enjoyed these. She likes sticker books.

Chocomint Fri 28-Feb-14 12:19:04

Oh this is all brilliant. Thanks so much for your replies. Very very helpful.


drivenfromdistraction Fri 28-Feb-14 12:28:03

My 6yo is reading chapter books to himself. He loves Dinosaur Cove, Space Mutts, Flat Stanley, Claude & Sir Bobbly Sock plus factual books like '100 Facts about Sharks' or Usborne Young Reader information books.

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