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What can I read to dd 6.5?

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Dancergirl Tue 24-Sep-13 09:31:13

Dd3 is 6.5 and like her older sisters is a keen and capable reader. She reads mainly to herself these days but still likes me to read at bedtime to her and I enjoy it too!

I'm looking for some ideas of books that I can read to her, maybe a bit above what she's reading herself. Classics maybe. She's confident with a wide range, Enid Blyton, Jacqueline Wilson, Mr Gum, most chapter books really.

I've just started Before Green Gables with her which I also read to dd2 and loved (better than Anne of Green Gables imo!).

What else?

TheFunStopsHere Tue 24-Sep-13 09:39:25

Pippi Longstocking
Paddington books
Beezus and Ramona series

Dancergirl Tue 24-Sep-13 11:31:41

She's read those herself!

Think I'm looking for something the next level up but still suitable for her age.

Periwinkle007 Tue 24-Sep-13 12:22:50

Just William?

Poledra Tue 24-Sep-13 12:26:57

The Secret Garden and A Little Princess -storyline is suitable for her but the settings and language require adult help.

cornflakegirl Tue 24-Sep-13 12:45:22

Little Women
Ballet Shoes
The Borrowers
Matilda (or any Roald Dahl)
Tiffany Aching series by Terry Pratchett (first one is Wee Free Men)

Not that she couldn't read any of these by herself, but they might be ones she wouldn't automatically pick by herself.

Just William is brilliant, but I would never read them out loud because I can't do it as well as Martin Jarvis!

BlueChampagne Tue 24-Sep-13 13:05:29

101 Dalmatians
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Black Beauty

BlueChampagne Tue 24-Sep-13 13:06:28

A Necklace of Raindrops - Joan Aiken

Takver Tue 24-Sep-13 14:04:33

In some ways if she is a keen / fluent reader, maybe you don't need to worry too much about going the level up, and just find books that you would both enjoy?

IM (heretical)O many classics are better read to yourself, because they can be a bit wordy when read aloud. EE Nesbit is a good example, we tried it, drove me round the bend, dd read them herself and we were both happier grin

Books I remember that dd & I enjoyed around that age:
the Laura Ingalls Wilder books esp Farmer Boy,
The Princess and The Goblins by George Macdonald (but be warned the sequel The Princess & Curdie is boringly Victorian-morality-play),
the Borrowers books,
the Wombles chapter books,
The Dribblesome Teapot by the same author as Professor Branestawm (though in some ways this + PB perhaps better read to yourself because the punning names are less obvious when read aloud)
The Swallows & Amazons series

Takver Tue 24-Sep-13 14:11:06

I've just forgotten one of my absolute favourites, though it is out of print so you'd need to find via Abebooks or the like: Martin Pippin in the Daisy Field by Eleanor Farjeon. Its a series of short stories with a linking story arc, and the stories are wonderful (esp Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep which always makes me cry)

(For some reason Amazon shows this with the title of the precursor Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard, which I think is more suited to slightly older children as it is something of a love story.)

fleacircus Thu 26-Sep-13 08:46:35

DD and I enjoyed Swallows and Amazons a lot; she's reading What Katy Did at the moment (slow going but she's enjoying it). She's also enjoyed Rumer Godden's 'The Fairy Doll' collection. Olga Da Polga is good and surprisingly demanding if you're looking for something challenging but a bit more up to date.

IndianMummy Thu 26-Sep-13 09:33:45

Reading to DD is fab - it lets us both enjoy books that are a would be a real struggle for her to read herself...

Anyway, our favorites were Charlotte's Web, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Nina and the Travelling Spice Shed series, The Killer Cat Series by Anne Fine, and Pippi Longstocking.

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