Ideas on books for advanced reading 6 year old

(52 Posts)
TheEnthusiasticTroll Mon 26-Nov-12 23:33:22

Have read almost all Roal Dahl, far away tree and magic chair, mr gump, horrid henry, she doesn't like rainbow fairies.

Does like battersea dogs series but a little too basic, she likes the idea of Jacqueline Wilson but story line is a little beyond her grasp in suitcase kid and another she has that I don't remember the name.

Looking to replenish for Xmas plus she has come off reading scheme at her request as she told her teacher that the easy reading books where taking up too much time when she could be reading what she wants. and I have agreed to use own books until school are able to purchase some free choice books for her.

Any ideas based on these likes, her reading has really taken off and struggling to keep up with her. Would like a series suitable for her ability that isn't a over her comprehension.

learnandsay Mon 26-Nov-12 23:43:04

Enid Blyton
Swallows and Amazons

Methren Tue 27-Nov-12 00:05:30

Little House on the Prairie series
The Worst Witch series

My 6yo DS is an advanced reader and loves both of these.
Also, Usborne Books does an excellent series of abridged classics.

TheEnthusiasticTroll Tue 27-Nov-12 00:11:07

Thanks, liking the idea of some of the classics well written and not to grown up story lines.

madwomanintheattic Tue 27-Nov-12 00:12:27

Dd1 loved the first three or four Harry potter's at that age. Se didn't like the last ones as she felt they were too grown up, but she loved the first ones. It was perfect timing, as when she moved into y2, the class groups were named after the Hogwarts houses. grin

Dd2 loved Michael Morpurgo books, and ds1 loved the Cressida Crowell ones. The older kids went back and read them too, as they were such great fun.

Dd2 tried Percy Jackson etc, but decided to wait - 8 was more reasonable for that, along with the septimus heap/ Angie sage books.

NotAnotherPackedLunch Tue 27-Nov-12 00:15:51

Milly Molly Mandy
Swallows and Amazons
The Wombles
Just William
My Naughty Little Sister
Anne of Green Gables
What Katy did Next
Ballet Shoes

TheEnthusiasticTroll Tue 27-Nov-12 00:18:20

She has never shown an interest in Harry potter, when watching the films with her cousins she found them boring. Not sure she is a fantasy or even scfie type person she loves adventure and drama and is into sports big time. She is very practically minded still very young in her own thought process which is why she has loved Roal Dahl so well. Danny champion of the wold fantastic mr fox have been her favourites.

madwomanintheattic Tue 27-Nov-12 00:20:40

Dd1 was like that too - she adored Ronald Dahl. No idea how she ended up reading HP!

Michael Morpurgo might be a goer. What about lemony Snicket? She might be a year or so 'young' but if she gets the language play it might be an option?

TheEnthusiasticTroll Tue 27-Nov-12 00:28:52

I had her look at lemony snicket in the book shop the other day but she was more interested in the moshi monsters annual grrr. I think she would like that. She also loves Madeleine the rhyming in those stories keep her interest.

I just ordered Millie Molly Mandy, I remember my sister loved those stories as a child too and would read them to me, so would be lovely to share them with my dd.

NotAnotherPackedLunch Tue 27-Nov-12 00:49:50

Not sure if you're old enough to remember the tv programme Jackanory, but they published books too, which are good for young children who are good readers. Some were written especially and others were stories that were adapted to make them suitable for the 1970s children.

D has enjoyed my old Little Nose stories and PussyOwl - both Jackanory books. I think it's easy to pick these books up secondhand.

piprabbit Tue 27-Nov-12 01:03:25

Little Nose is fab!

Clary Tue 27-Nov-12 01:08:44

If she likes Milly Molly Mandy, I recall DD also liked My Naughty Little Sister.

How abotu The Borrowers? Maybe a bit of a challenge but super story.

YY to Michael Morpurgo but watch out as he writes for all ages, somethign like Dancing Bear or Butterfly Lion maybe better for a 6yo than Private Peaceful.

BetsyBoop Tue 27-Nov-12 07:02:44

I don't think anyone has mentioned the Judy Moody books and Humphrey the Hamster ones, DD (Also 6) has Aldo recently read and enjoyed them.

acebaby Tue 27-Nov-12 08:00:09

Secret seven, my naughty little sister, flat Stanley series, asterix, Malory towers

If she likes non-fiction: horrible histories, usbourne eye witness books

DS1 also loves the dinosaur cove books and the narnia books.

What are you reading to her? I have just finished wind in the willows with my two (7 and 4).

TheEnthusiasticTroll Tue 27-Nov-12 08:14:50

I haven't read anything with her for a while I tend to read what ever she picks up, fantastic mr fox, but she has wanted to read on her own lately in bed where she has read most of the batersea dogs books. I did start suitcase kid with her a few nights ago but the story was a little out of her grasp and she said she didn't want to read it anymore so we started glubslyme but I'm not sure that suits her too much either.

TheEnthusiasticTroll Tue 27-Nov-12 08:15:29

Fantastic mr fox is the last one I read with her, that should have said.

antimony Tue 27-Nov-12 08:24:14

Arabel and Mortimer series by Joan Aiken. Ronia the Robbers Daughter. Little House in the Big Woods. Philip Pullman has some good ones for younger readers- the firework makers daughter, I was a rat, The Scarecrow and his Servant.

simpson Tue 27-Nov-12 09:15:08

Ramona the Pest
My Naughty Little Sister
Secret 7
The Owl who was afraid of the dark
Flat Stanley

Blowninonabreeze Tue 27-Nov-12 09:20:53

Dd (also 6) loves lots of Michael morporgo, especially the butterfly lion, sausage lion, kensuki's kingdom.
Also dick king smith (sheep pig, hodge heg etc)
My naughty little sister (although I hate these!)
Secret seven
Stig of the dump.
Charlotte's web...

We're currently reading the lion, the witch and the wardrobe to her and dd2 (4) which is a huge hit with them both, (although probably beyond dd1 reading ability if she was reading it herself)

DeWe Tue 27-Nov-12 10:34:55

In year 1:
Dd1 read: All the Harry Potters that had been released (I think down to 5 or 6)
Arthur Ransome (SWallows and Amazons)
Narnia
Famous Five
Roman Mysteries
Joan Aiken (Wolves of Willowby Chase and sequels)
What Katie did and sequels
Little Women
Malcolm Saville

Dd2 read: Famous Five/Adventure series
Jacqueline Wilsons (some are fine-Candyfloss was her first)
Little House on the Prairie set
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
Little White Horse and others by Elizabeth Goudge
Arthur Ransome
Gwendoline Courtney (stories from 60s I think)
Monica Edwards (Wish for a pony and others)
Secret Garden
Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe/Magicians Nephew/Horse and His Boy (she was scared by Prince Caspian and didn't continue)

Ds (currently in year 1) is reading all the library's collection of books on WWII and aeroplanes. Makes for interesting discussions "Did you know mummy that the bouncing bomb Lancasters had to be specially adapted...?"

ChiefOwl Tue 27-Nov-12 10:38:36

David Walliams mr stink is fab and very roald Dahl like smile he has written thers too but dd not read those yet.

ChiefOwl Tue 27-Nov-12 10:40:20

If she likes moshis Asdas have a set of find your own path moshi books for £4. They are like the old choose your own adventure stories but with moshis.

WineOhWhy Tue 27-Nov-12 10:47:16

My DDs have loved the David Walliams books (all of them - Gangsta Gran prob the favourite). Have you tried Eve Ibbotson, e.g one boy and his dog?

Second (or third) Michale Morpurgo. Not all of his books are suitable at that age, but try the 9 lives fo Montezumo, Butterfly Lion etc.

UrbanSpaceManBaby Tue 27-Nov-12 11:08:25

We found this age group/ability a struggle:

Lots of short stories, fairy tales from around the world, myths & legends stuff.
Marcia Williams - comic books but myths & legends, Dickens etc
Ottoline - Chris Riddle which leads on to lots of others.
Wizard of Oz
Charlottes Web - loved
Stig of the Dump-not so keen
Enid Blyton
Not keen on Harry Potter at this stage so save for later.

PolkadotCircus Tue 27-Nov-12 11:26:13

I'd tread carefully tbh.All of mine were the same at 6 however no way would they be reading Harry Potter etc a)I wanted them to love HP and get the most they could out of them b)6 is a tricky age re comprehension c)you push them too far you'll turn them off and they won't read so much d) you'll run out of decent stuff to progress to.

Yes they could read the weighty stuff easily but comprehend every word and meaning no.

My dd loved Ottoline,Ivy and Bean,Naughty Little Sister,TumTum and Nutmeg,Bella Donna,the easy JW,Pippi Longstocking,Mirror-Belle,Madame Pamplemousse,Humphry books,Daisy books,Flat Stanley,Secret Seven,Famous Five....

All the above are easy to comprehend but she will go through them quick,not a big issue imvho.At 6 I wanted them to be working on becoming confident readers building a lifelong love of reading.It's also easier to build on the comprehension skills they're supposed to do and the book talk with a shorter book at this age.

Now they're all enjoying the heavier stuff.Ds 9 is re-reading the Harry Potters,sooo glad we waited.

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