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What are your 5-7 year olds reading at the moment?

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Chocomint Tue 25-Feb-14 18:23:57


I'm doing a course about writing childrens books and need to do some research into what children are reading at the mo.

Are you children reading chapter books, early readers or perhaps they love activity books, or still prefer picture books?

Mucho appreciated if you could let me know.


lljkk Tue 25-Feb-14 19:29:08

My 9yo still prefers pictures books (I'm told his English attainment is above avg).
The 6yo is on early readers & what I read to him.

mrsravelstein Tue 25-Feb-14 19:31:31

just turned 6 year old boy isn't reading much himself other than books from school, but his choice of book to be read to him is pretty much all factual books/children's encyclopedia type things with lots of pictures and info about dinosaurs/diggers/rescue vehicles/the human body

onepieceoflollipop Tue 25-Feb-14 19:32:34

My dd is a young 6 and loves Topsy and Tim. Also Alfie books.

Ubik1 Tue 25-Feb-14 19:33:45

mine is seven and is reading Malory Towers

HerGraciousMajTheBeardedPotato Tue 25-Feb-14 19:35:19

7yo ds has just discovered Michael Morpurgo.

When he's not reading MM, he's reading the Where's Wally? books, the Puzzle books, or Beano.

MrsKCastle Tue 25-Feb-14 19:35:33

My DD is 5, in Y1. If she is reading on her own, she'll usually choose picture books. When reading to me and for bedtime stories we do early chapter books, such as Rainbow Fairies and similar. X

SpookedMackerel Tue 25-Feb-14 19:36:37

Dd doesn't read herself "for pleasure" yet, she's 6- she has been working through a reading scheme at home (doesn't go to school yet, as we are outside Uk.) She does like looking at familiar picture books and trying to read them.

We read chapter books at bedtime, usually. She also really enjoys poetry, which surprised me somewhat.

DustyBaubles Tue 25-Feb-14 19:39:12

My 7 year old has taken on his brother's Penny Dreadful and Horrid Henry books.

Also the Aurora books by Anne Vestly.

He still likes toddler's books though, like Duck in the Truck, Superworm, and The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew it was None of His Business.

I love that last book blush

tumbletumble Tue 25-Feb-14 19:44:25

Me and my 6yo are enjoying Roald Dahl together. I read most of it and she reads some pages.

StealthPolarBear Tue 25-Feb-14 19:53:37

My 4 and a half year old gets read picture books - we've just done the Gruffalo and Roberta and Me.

7yo DS gets them too but mainly because she does. DH reads chapter books to them both - just finished Gulliver's Travels. DS reads things like Horrid Henry or his Lego encyclopedia thing when he's reading alone.

ArtexMonkey Tue 25-Feb-14 19:55:46

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takingthathometomomma Tue 25-Feb-14 19:56:18

Just turned 5YO reads the school readers (Magic Key) alone and is still having picture books read to her. The Gruffalo has returned as a favourite.

RiojaHaze Tue 25-Feb-14 20:01:11

My 7yo is reading Roald Dahl, the rainbow fairies and a one direction book!
The 5yo is into anything to do with animals: a national geographic animal facts book and animal atlas are his current favourites.
Oh, and 5001 disgusting jokes.....

Treaclepot Tue 25-Feb-14 20:04:26

My 6 year old reads Any Roald Dahl, Diary of a Wimpy kid books but also enjoys reading his old picture books like the gruffalo etc

He read Harry potter but had enough after the forst book, unlike his 8 year old brother who will read them and read them.

HanSolo Tue 25-Feb-14 20:08:29

5yo- reading has just clicked for him- he's reading anything he can get his hands on:
Horrid Henry
Claude books
Tintin (often asks me what words are, let alone their meanings!)
Brambley Hedge
Lotta (Astrid Lindgren)
Joke books (interminably!)

School send him home with Floppy's phonics hmm

spiderlight Tue 25-Feb-14 20:14:07

DS is 7 next month. He is mostly reading joke books (Horrid Henry and Angry Birds), non-fiction car books, annuals (Top Gear/Dr Who) and dipping into a primary atlas. He's bringing short chapter books home from school but much prefers non-fiction.

insearchoftheFlumFlumTree Tue 25-Feb-14 20:21:09

DS(5.5) would read Biff, Chip et all on a loop if I'd let him! Also likes his ORT "My Chapter Books Collection", and Usborne fact books (e.g. Space facts), but is also happy to pick up picture books (Julia Donaldson, Eric Carle, the Ahlbergs etc) and read them (ostensibly to his younger siblings). He has an Usborne child's encyclopaedia which he can often be found curled up reading.

He also likes Flat Stanley, although we alternate between him reading this alone and my reading it to him, Pippi Longstocking (Astid Lindgren), the easier Roald Dahl books, the "younger" Sally Gardner books, Dick King Smith, some Enid Blyton (mostly I read these to him - he can just about cope with reading the words, but I think would struggle with the meaning if he had to concentrate so much on the process). And he loves silly poetry-type books - Edward Lear, Spike Milligan, Quentin Blake etc.

Taffeta Tue 25-Feb-14 20:22:45

My 7 yo DD is loving Mary's Hair by Eion Colfer ATM. We read Pinocchio - Michael Morpurgo version together which she liked last week.

Chris Riddell is a big fave, as is Neil Gaiman, I read these to her - the Ottoline series, Fortunately the Milk, Goth Girl.

She also has read Snug by Michael Morpurgo and The Smallest Girl Ever by Sally Gardner in the last month.

Taffeta Tue 25-Feb-14 20:23:36

Oh and she's also reading the Usborne See Inside Ancient Egypt as it's their school topic this term

tassisssss Tue 25-Feb-14 20:24:27

5 year old loving Paper Dolls, Dogger and Annie Rose (beginning to read pages herself, lovely)

7 year old loving Clarence Bean, Mallory Towers and some Roald Dahl

MomentForLife Tue 25-Feb-14 20:28:38

DD age 5 is reading mainly chapter books but can't read them in her head yet. My naughty little sister, Hughie Higgins etc.

staverton Tue 25-Feb-14 20:29:56

6yo ds year 1
Us borne encyclopaedia
Vision Football book of facts
Ronald Dahl books
Judy moody books
Sally Gardner eg boy with the lightening feet
Mr majeika
Mr gum series

He reads brilliantly and doesn't really like to be read to anymore, preferring to read independently but we sometimes alternate chapters of his school books.

TheSmallPrint Tue 25-Feb-14 20:33:49

Astrosaurs and Beast Quest are favourites with 6yo DS at the moment bu also listening to Stig of the Dump and How to be a Pirate on CD.

IsabellaRockerfeller Tue 25-Feb-14 20:36:21

My 6 year old will only read non fiction books.

Anything about space, animals, science, dinosaurs, countries, vehicles etc.

He's an utter geek!

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