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Books to read aloud at bedtime to a 7yo DD and 5 year old DS>?

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DarrellRivers Mon 27-Sep-10 14:18:45

Am trying to encourage DS that reading is fun.
So many books seem girl-centric or badly written if aimed at boys, for example the Ben10 books are so boring.
(This book needs to be good so I enjoy it)

We started with some of the Puffin series of 'Stories for 4 year olds' and 'Stories for 5 year olds', which were good , but have found that a whole book is better for getting involved with the characters.

So we have started reading a book together at bedtime and we have enjoyed
Gobbolino the Witch's Cat and Charlotte's Web greatly.

I was thinking perhaps 'The Horse and his Boy' next, but need some good reading aloud books with preferably a male or feisty female hero.
(DD too fond of Disney princesses so needs an injection of gumption)

Any suggestions gratefully received

DarrellRivers Mon 27-Sep-10 14:31:34

come on you avid readers

DarrellRivers Mon 27-Sep-10 14:43:29

Last lunchtime bump

Scootergrrrl Mon 27-Sep-10 14:49:28

We have been working our way through the Mr Men books, Pippi Longstocking and the Farway Tree. Just about to start on the Famous Five with princess obssessed DD who is 6.

Scootergrrrl Mon 27-Sep-10 14:50:43

And what's wrong with the Mallory Towers books wink ?

DarrellRivers Mon 27-Sep-10 14:53:50

Pippi Longstocking- great suggestion

YYY to Mallory Towers- keep trying to get DD onto Enid Blyton, she has not caught yet

I will look for my old copy of the Faraway Tree at home

BadgersArse Mon 27-Sep-10 14:54:25

you want seperate books

Scootergrrrl Mon 27-Sep-10 14:55:53

But then you have to spend twice as long reading to the little darlings....grin

BadgersArse Mon 27-Sep-10 15:01:26


i did three sep stories always
am good mum
you are shoddy

DarrellRivers Mon 27-Sep-10 15:05:58

'Not enough caring from mummy'
Official complaint already been lodged to father!

No, used to read 2 stories, can't be arsed.
Want one long story

Right off to pick up.
Will expect some more contributions from y'all when I get back, apart from accusations of being shoddy

cidre Mon 27-Sep-10 15:06:46

5 chidren and it?
Secret garden?
Faraway tree/wishing chair/famous 5, secret 7 etc
sorry about capitals,keyboard playing up

cidre Mon 27-Sep-10 15:07:32

Oh, Horrid Henry too

edinburger Mon 27-Sep-10 15:07:49

what about 101 dalmations? The secret Garden, Stig of the dump Judy Blume ones for younger children such as the Superfudge stories. I loved all of those as a child.

ShatnersBassoon Mon 27-Sep-10 15:08:46

Roald Dahl must have been mentioned already?

BadgersArse Mon 27-Sep-10 15:08:59

i dont htink though DR that story time is onyl about hte story
its about one on one time and sharing
dont be such an idle fucker

two stories is what ...20 mins?

DarrellRivers Mon 27-Sep-10 16:18:29

ok, i will see if they want separate stories
(Although they seem to love being read to together)

DD already reads Horrid Henry and Rainbow Magic (eurgh) by the bucketload

So, if boy only story, I need more suggestions, adventure, intrigue, magic etc

I suppose Harry Potter might be worth a try as well

jamaisjedors Mon 27-Sep-10 16:24:47

one each but not ness separate?

The DSs choose one each but we read them both together.

madamehooch Mon 27-Sep-10 16:53:59

Hundred Mile an Hour Dog
Mr Gum
Sophie books

Will suit boys and girls, content is age appropriate for both and you will not die of boredom.

DarrellRivers Mon 27-Sep-10 17:26:17

yes, i think they will like still together

paddington is amusing, i will try some of that
Is Sophie from Dick King-Smith?

great, i have a few ideas


Bucharest Mon 27-Sep-10 17:36:42

dd is 7 on Saturday and apart from the Naughtiest Girl (who has lots of boy-friends) and Malory Towers we've started to work our way through the Famous Five and Secret Seven (we may be some time grin) Carbonel (similar to Gobbolino) 101 Dalmatians and Starlight Barking, The Little Prince (that one whooshed over her head a bit though) and numerous Paddington ones. My friend started with the shortest Harry Potters when her son was 6.

Diana Wynn Jones might be OK as well?

I've got a pile of classics as well but as they are unabridged I've abandoned them for now as I get stopped every 10 words with a "what does that meannnnnn?" (Secret Garden, Railway Children, Wind in the Willows, etc)

StayFrosty Mon 27-Sep-10 17:43:11

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

DarrellRivers Mon 27-Sep-10 17:53:44

yyy, justwilliam v funny

And I loved 'The Kingdom of Carbonel'
And was 'Carbonel and Calidor' the sequel?

madamehooch Mon 27-Sep-10 17:56:40

Sophie is Dick King Smith.

maggiemcc Mon 27-Sep-10 17:58:52

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Graciescotland Mon 27-Sep-10 18:03:34

Dr Seuss, fun to read, fun to listen to

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