What books shall I buy to read to my 6 yr old daughter?

(25 Posts)
Butkin Wed 02-Jan-13 14:59:15

I agree with Hatchypom - Rainbow Fairies are incredibly popular in that short window of time (I think when they are 6) when they are about to move from picture books to chapter books and then self reading. They will numb your brain while you read them though!

DD loved Secret Seven. We bought her the whole series (or at least the first 12 books) in one boxed - good value - set. I read the first few to her and then she started reading them herself and were a huge success.

hatchypom Tue 01-Jan-13 19:34:18

Apologies for the low brow lit but rainbow fairies are really popular

DillyTante Tue 01-Jan-13 19:30:13

The Faraway Tree trilogy, all the Roald Dahl books. Just started reading The Children of Cherry Tree Farm & DH is reading DD1 the Secret Seven. I have Little House in the Big Woods which I can't wait till she is old enough to appreciate. She is 5 btw.

Greythorne Tue 01-Jan-13 19:18:16

I second the Fudge books by Judy Blume and the Ramona series by Beverley Cleary. Also the Famous Five, Naughtiest Girl, Faraway Tree books by Enid Blyton.

Fancy Nancy books are great, not chapter books, but fun and good for building vocab.

Narnia series.

thegreylady Tue 01-Jan-13 18:36:06

The Wind in the Willows
the Fudge Books by Judy Bloom

Laura0806 Tue 01-Jan-13 14:35:10

My 6 year old loves reading naughty Amelia Jane, the worst witch, anything by Dick King smith and malory towers ( enid Blyton)

DD has enjoyed Roald Dahl: James & the Giant Peach, Matilda, George's Marvellous Medicine, The Twits. Probably others that I've forgotton.

Enid Blyton: Secret Seven, Faraway Tree, The Naughtiest Girl in the School, Willow Tree Farm.

Also some non-fiction - she got the Wow! Everything book for Christmas, which is beyond her reading to herself atm but she's enjoying going over bits with DH. She also has the Usborne series of pocket science books, stuff like How Bees Make Honey etc - not that good for bedtime as they tend to generate lots of discussion!

She was given all the David Walliams books for Christmas too by her aunt (who seems to think she's about 10, not 5...) which we will read to her in the next few months.

Elibean Mon 31-Dec-12 22:18:14

Loads of Usborne abridged editions of classics.

Worst Witch.

Ottoline (we read it together).

Anything from around the world: myths, legends etc.

My 6 year old, though, is bored silly by My Naughty Little Sister. I used to love it (in the 60s!) but she definitely doesn't.

PeanutButterOnly Mon 31-Dec-12 20:25:38

DD (6) has enjoyed listening to How to train your dragon by Cressida Cowell which I've been reading to her elder brother. It's not something I expected her to like, but she just joined in and surprised me. It's well written and so lovely to read aloud. Makes a change from the ballerina and fairy books...

UniS Mon 31-Dec-12 18:55:46

DH is reading the Hobbit to 6 yr old DS. Others he has read aloud recently include Charlie and the chocolate factory, Wind in the willows and assorted beast Quest stories.
Some nights DS wants a picture book read to him, other nights its part of a chapter book, depends on time and mood.

EcoLady Thu 27-Dec-12 23:47:02

Anything by Jeremy Strong for a giggle or Dick King Smith for animal stories.

FrostyTheShosheman Thu 27-Dec-12 20:36:04

Pollyanna was my DGds favorite.

Tgger Thu 27-Dec-12 20:33:37

DD, only 4 is enjoying Peter Pan at the moment, the abridged Ladybird Classic version, probably because we've just seen it at the panto smile. I am more up with boys books but niece likes the Worst Witch and Milly Molly Mandy.

simpson Thu 27-Dec-12 20:28:49

The Worst witch ( as others have said)
My Naughty Little Sister
The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark
Milly Molly Mandy

dinkystinky Thu 27-Dec-12 20:22:00

Roald Dahl were all big hits. Worst Witch, The Sheep Pig, The Owl who was afraid of the dark and The No 1 Fairy Detective Agency were big hits too with 6 year old DS1.

PrimrosePath Thu 27-Dec-12 20:19:50

'Daisy and the trouble with ...' books by kes gray. Dd loves them.

HelpOneAnother Thu 27-Dec-12 20:19:08

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bamboostalks Thu 27-Dec-12 20:18:25

The Worst Witch

Ruprekt Thu 27-Dec-12 20:17:14

Flat Stanley
Magic Faraway Tree
The Borrowers
My Naughty Little Sister

redlac Thu 27-Dec-12 20:15:54

My 6yo DD loves Heidi being read to her

fuzzpig Thu 27-Dec-12 20:14:45

My 5yo recently loved George's Marvellous Medicine. A few different Roald Dahl books have been published in A4 size with colour illustrations - it's a really good way to make the transition between picture books and big books smile

My friend gave her a couple of small Michael Morpurgo books for Xmas (something about winter, and 'I believe in unicorns' or something like that?) so we will be trying those soon.

Considering 101 Dalmatians as I found my dogeared copy (and she knows the movie), possibly some secret seven.

Am open to any other suggestions too grin

There is a new version of wind in the willows out, I think it's the full text but again with gorgeous illustrations - but I think the story might be a bit long/wordy for my DD so am resisting it for the moment!

expansivegirth Thu 27-Dec-12 20:14:43

mary poppins
magic faraway tree (series)
Famous Five
chitty chitty bang bang
all roald dahl
anna and the mini man
my naughty little sister
abridged wind in the willows
abridged peter pan
(all the ladybird old fashioned abridged classics have gone down verywell - gullivers travels, journey to the centre of the earth etc etc).
alice in wonderland
just bought: little house on the prairies, fattipuffs and thinifers, emil and the detectives, dr doolittle

mrz Thu 27-Dec-12 20:13:12
Cybbo Thu 27-Dec-12 20:08:48

Ramona Quimby books by Beverly Cleary.

OnlyWantsOne Thu 27-Dec-12 20:07:04

She loves the gruffalo & all the others similar, hungry catapillar etc but we now want to read "proper" books (even though she listens to the other younger books when I'm reading them to her sister who's 2)

So, bought Pippi Longstocking - but what else shall I get? She loves a story

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