Reading book recommendations please for 5yr old DD...

(57 Posts)
simpson Thu 09-May-13 22:42:11

DD is 5 and a very able reader. She has read My Naughty Little Sister, Milly Molly Mandy, Roald Dahl, Flat Stanley, Frog and Toad, early reader chapter books, red bananas books, Secret Mermaid books and Horrid Henry etc....

Basically I need ideas of what she can read next. She is not yet ready for Enid Blyton or the dreaded Rainbow Fairy books.

She does read books at an alarming rate and can read a chapter book in about an hour (to herself) and seems to understand what she reads.

Any ideas?

Forgot to say she hates non fiction with a passion!

piprabbit Thu 09-May-13 22:48:33

If she's read Roald Dahl and Milly Molly Mandy then she is already streets ahead of the Rainbow Fairies.

What about the "Worst Witch" series?
Little House on the Prairie (start with Little House in the Big Woods).
Mrs Pepperpot.
Pippi Longstocking.

simpson Thu 09-May-13 22:55:55

She has not read all of RD admittedly... She has read The Enormous Crocodile, The Magic Finger, The Twits and George's Marvelous Medicine. She could cope with Fantastic Mr Fox but it did not float her boat...

She has read some of the picture books of the Worst Witch, I will check out the chapter books.

Pippi Longstocking looks good, thanks smile

DD (4.5) love the Bake a Wish series and Magic Molly. She has just started Magic Faraway Tree.

learnandsay Thu 09-May-13 23:11:24

Beatrix Potter

learnandsay Thu 09-May-13 23:12:57

Swallows & Amazons

Beehatch Thu 09-May-13 23:15:36

Yes to Mrs Pepperpot, my DD is loving it ATM.
She also managed some chapters of The Wishing Chair by herself.
The stories Like The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark are also favourites
Dare I say Spy Dogs to (for some reason!)

humblebumble Thu 09-May-13 23:22:04
simpson Thu 09-May-13 23:34:08

Forgot to say, she loves Mercy pig!

The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark, I read to her about 6 months ago and she did not understand everything, but she may well do now...

Magic Molly looks good!

Will check out the other suggestions, thanks smile

MrsFrederickWentworth Thu 09-May-13 23:39:45

Do read the little house series, beginning with in the bid woods. They are much much better than the tv series.

The adventures if the little wooden horse.

Gobbolino the witch's cat.

Get her a nice illustrated aesop'fables and also a book of fairy tales. They will stimulate her imagination.

Esio Trot



simpson Thu 09-May-13 23:44:41

Forgot to say blush she has read Esio Trot (and loved it) will check out the little house series, thanks!

hels71 Fri 10-May-13 07:40:54

My DD, also 5, has read several you mention and is currently enjoying The Worst Witch books. She also like Winnie the Witch (and the dreaded rainbow fairies..........) We also have sveral of the Usbourne Young Readers books, including The Wizard of Oz (only one I can remember) and she enjoys those.

Periwinkle007 Fri 10-May-13 10:03:24

Magic Molly
Humphrey the Hamster
Willow Valley
Princess Poppy chapter books
Winnie the Witch chapter books
Magic Toyshop
Anna Hibiscus
Lucky Stars
there is a disney fairies set of chapter books and also a disney princess set which I found in TKMaxx - 7 or 8 books in a set.
Bluebell Woods
Felicity Wishes chapter books
Titania Woods fairy school ones
My Naughty Little Puppy
Mammoth Academy
Tilly Tiptoes
Railway Rabbits
Olga de Polga possibly? we have it - no idea how hard it is though
Lulu books by Hilary McKay (she wants to be a vet when she grows up if I remember right)
Worst Witch
Paddington (proving to be a big hit here at the moment)
Gobbolino (although my old copy has TINY text)
Brambley Hedge? not sure how hard they are either but lovely pictures - saw some cheap in The Works the other day.

Periwinkle007 Fri 10-May-13 10:16:28

ooh and if anyone is interested the Book People have the Oliver Moon set - 12 books for £9.99

we haven't read any of those but just noticed them on their website

Periwinkle007 Fri 10-May-13 10:18:08

and 15 Roald Dahl books for £15.99

I might be getting that for the present box...

freetrait Fri 10-May-13 10:21:06

Is your library any good? I am finding it really useful for trying things out and then you can buy things if they go down well. Also DS will sometimes pick things that I would not have chosen for him but have been very good. Sometimes they seem very easy for him, but I have to remind myself he is only 6- it's fine to read Monster and Frog (in about 5 minutes) as well as Horrible Histories smile.

Mr Men/Little Miss

Oh yes, Magic Treehouse. There are loads of those! Let her choose and don't discount picture books. Sort of move off these thinking they are too grown up/better readers, but actually some are great (eg Katie Morag).

Periwinkle007 Fri 10-May-13 10:27:15

The Lighthouse Keeper books have been republished in pairs as chapter type books so may appeal to her more now

lostintoys Fri 10-May-13 10:30:05

DS devoured the entire Magic Treehouse series when he had just turned five. Also loved Pippi Longstocking, Olga de Polga, Greek myths (especially those by Lucy Coats), the Goblins series by David Melling, and Aesop's fables.

GingerPCatt Fri 10-May-13 10:51:20

It's been aged since I read them, but the wizard of oz series is great. There are loads of them as well if she likes them.

simpson Fri 10-May-13 13:02:20

Our local library is shut for nearly a year <<wail>> for a face lift...

freetrait Fri 10-May-13 13:08:37

Boooooooooo! trauma! sad- there should be a trauma face.

shock no library??!!!

AnonYonimousBird Fri 10-May-13 13:20:45

Mrs Pepperpot is a huge favourite in this house. We read them together, they are short and funny, but your DD would be able to read them on her own.

Shocker re library, ours now closes one afternoon a week and that was bad enough when they announced it! Poor you! Scour ebay and amazon for cheaper copies plus charity shops....

Periwinkle007 Fri 10-May-13 14:35:06

oh forgot my favourite latest discovery the sainsburys ones (they all used to be corgi pups/corgi first readers). just enjoyed Dogbird and Dog on a Broomstick here. next up looks to be The troublesome tooth fairy and grandma also got her the Snow Dog. they would be very quick reads for your daughter though, they are about 2 nights worth for us.

Have the library not supplied some sort of mobile service? next they will be complaining that the newly done up library is underused - because people have all given up and found alternatives.

simpson Fri 10-May-13 14:53:53

Nope no library (although the school DD goes to have a mobile library coming in twice a week so maybe it might be possible to order books via that).

I am completely traumatised at having no library till next spring...

Unfortunately DD hates Mrs Pepperpot (don't know why).

hels71 Fri 10-May-13 16:34:29

The Book People often have sets of books cheaply..worth keeping looking....

numbum Fri 10-May-13 16:35:56

My DD enjoyed these this time last year when she was in reception.

and these although your DD might not 'get' the vocab if she isn't up to Rainbow Fairy books yet.

Periwinkle007 Fri 10-May-13 19:06:15

I would definitely ask if you can order books through the mobile library coming to school. there ought to be some provision whilst the library is closed. Is it a long journey to the next nearest one? We don't go very often because we have ended up with so many books but we are very lucky and have 2 libraries within 15 minutes walk and another 3 within about a 15 minute drive. so different to where I grew up in the countryside

simpson Fri 10-May-13 19:22:01

Thanks for all the book suggestions smile she loves books about animals so all of them look right up her street.

The next library is about a 20 min drive but I don't drive and its 2 buses....

Periwinkle007 Fri 10-May-13 19:27:44

yeah and 2 buses whilst carrying books... no that isn't practical. what a pain.

Wigeon Fri 10-May-13 19:37:23

Will you join me in a boycott of Rainbow Fairies? Or is it inevitable? My DD is only 4.11yrs and not a fluent reader yet, and I am dreading the Rainbow Fairies stage!

piprabbit Fri 10-May-13 19:53:58

My DD has long outgrown Rainbow Fairies and I'm looking to free up some shelf space by getting rid of her copies...but I'm having a terrible moral dilemma. Do I pass them on to another family or throw them away? I really hate to throw away a book, but I think it is unfair to inflict them on someone else.

Wigeon Fri 10-May-13 19:57:39

Third option - give them to a charity shop. So although you are then imposing dreadful literature on a poor innocent child, at least a charity benefits! smile

Periwinkle007 Fri 10-May-13 20:02:34

Rainbow fairies are fine so long as they read them to themselves. I don't have a problem with them unless i have to sit through them endlessly.

simpson Fri 10-May-13 20:38:48

Peri - that will be my thinking on rainbow fairies too, fine as long as DD reads to herself. I also refuse to spend lots of ££ on them either so will get a couple from charity shops if I see any.

Periwinkle007 Fri 10-May-13 20:52:59

we got the fairies from the book people in a big set (or 2) cheaply. well grandma did actually. After my 2 have finished with them I will pass them to my niece.

simpson Fri 10-May-13 21:32:19

I saw that peri but would rather the ££ went into something else...

You are lucky in that you have a younger DD to use them as well I guess to get your money's worth!

Although I am lucky as DS is 7 and I have kept all of his books for her to work through. But obviously he was not into girlie books about mermaids/fairies/princesses/animals etc...grin

Don't know if he's already been mentioned, but... Dick King Smith? Good for animal stories - DS started with Hodgeheg.

rhetorician Fri 10-May-13 21:43:00


numbum Fri 10-May-13 22:18:42

I am more than happy to send a few Rainbow Fairy books to anybody who wants them! DD never really took to them but my sister bought her 3 set (21 books) for Christmas.

They really are badly written, although the 7 stories are good for comprehension as they all link together.

If anybody would like some then feel free to PM me!

simpson Fri 10-May-13 22:36:15

Numbum - I would love them for DD if that's ok...

Dick king smith is good, I had forgotten about him. DD has read Connie and Rollo and Poppet.

simpson Fri 10-May-13 22:37:02

Going to look up Moomins grin

numbum Fri 10-May-13 22:42:25

that's fine simpson. I'll ask DD to send them with a letter for your DD if you PM me your address grin

Your DD does sound very like my DD, a year on and my DD is reading C S Lewis (expressively, with intonation and comprehension). It is hard trying to find books to interest them

simpson Fri 10-May-13 22:54:31

Wow at CS Lewis in yr1!!!

If you want to put your address in DD will write back grin

simpson Fri 10-May-13 22:57:39

Numbum - have PMed you smile

EskSmith Fri 10-May-13 22:57:45

Some good suggestions here, I'm bookmarking for ideas for dd1.

Suggestions from me, Dd1 is currently loving working her way through my old Teddy Robinson books which are fab. She also loved the magic ballerina books (not great writing but better than rainbow fairies!)

carriedawayannie Fri 10-May-13 23:05:43

Is it normal for a 5yo to be able to read like this? How does she manage it? There are some complicated words in dome of the books mentioned and my 5yo dd could only manage words that fitted in with her phonics reading.

And she is doing really well compared to her class.

How does she manage the bigger words?

Periwinkle007 Sat 11-May-13 08:01:02

annie don't panic. no it is not 'normal' to be reading this well in reception. it isn't abnormal obviously but the vast majority of children won't reach this sort of level for another year or two. my daughter missed being the youngest in yr1 by a matter of hours so last year when she was still at home but ready to do more we taught her to read. most of it she picked up herself but we did lots of phonics books and covered ie ai ight etc. i missed some stuff but managed to include most things and now she is confident with them. she also has a good memory so has actually learnt most of the words. if she reaches one she doesn't know then it is a case of sounding it out and trying to use the right sounds if it is a word she has never heard of and may not be obvious. we then would correct pronunciation if needed and discuss what it means. i am sure when she reads to herself she just skips some words or guesses but she either reads easier books to herself or she usually comes and checks words with me. i also still check she has understood the chapter she has read to herself. my daughter is the only one at her level i think out of 30 in her class but there are another 2 close behind. they just aren't quite ready for chapter books yet. there really is a huge spread of ability at this age so dont't worry

christinarossetti Sat 11-May-13 08:56:31

*carriedawayannie", this level of reading is within normal range for a 5 year old but not typical iyswim.

There's a huge range at this are, but this chart suggests levels 1, 2 or 3 in the ORT are expected (pink, red or yellow).

My daughter learnt to read very quickly and ably in reception although lots of other children didn't take off until they were in Y1 or so.

lostintoys Sat 11-May-13 10:28:59

The Sophie books by Dick King Smith were extremely popular here at that age.

numbum Sat 11-May-13 22:17:15

My DD hated the Sophie books. I was quite excited when I found a collection of them in the charity shop for 50p after someone else suggested them but DD found them hard going so only read half of one before giving up

itsnothingoriginal Sat 11-May-13 22:37:42

Good thread - lots of books I'll be looking out for here..

Seconding Oliver Moon for younger, able readers too. Has dd (also 5 yrs) in stitches and nothing upsetting or too advanced in subject matter!

We've also enjoyed some of Holly Webb and Jill Tomlinson's books recently and some of the Sprinters series we've been getting from school. DR is also hugely into Horrid Henry all of a sudden (not sure if a good or a bad thing!).

DD loved Esio Trot and The Twits but we've struggled more with some of the nuances in Matilda and other Roald Dahl books.

We've been enjoying looking at poems the last few weeks for a change. Some lovely books out there eg 'I like this poem' for all ages...

Bunnyjo Sat 11-May-13 23:05:46

If your DD is reading red bananas books and some Roald Dahl, then I would say she is more than capable of reading the utter dross that is Rainbow Fairies.

DD is 5 and in Year 1 (late August born). She has read a couple of the Rainbow Fairies, but finds them a bit 'boring' thank God. She's just started reading Charlotte's Web and is absolutely captivated. Other than that, she's loved the Magic Tree House, Roald Dahl and Pippi Longstocking, to name a few.

DD loves non-fiction too and I would say that has been very useful for developing her reading skills. I can also highly recommend the All Stars books by ORT, as mrz mentioned - thankfully DD's school has them and they were a pleasure for her to read and for me to listen to.

simpson Sun 12-May-13 20:00:20

She has read quite a few all stars books (from school, all the ones they have I think...)

She read a 125 page book today to herself shock "Sky the Unwanted Kitten" so maybe she is ready for harder books than I realise...

numbum Sun 12-May-13 20:16:16

this sort of thing is good for non fiction

My DD has only just started looking at non fiction after I found some Usborne beginner books. There are loads on Amazon

Biscuitsneeded Sun 12-May-13 20:37:06

Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf. Still makes me laugh now!

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