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Accessible Chapter Books for a 5 year old girl

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BaconAndAvocado Thu 27-Feb-14 21:37:22

DD has just got into reading and it's a joy to behold!

She loves the Fairy Animal series and the Secret Kingdom, though the latter is sometimes a bit too challenging.

Any other ideas?

BaconAndAvocado Thu 27-Feb-14 22:25:53


Skiingmaniac Thu 27-Feb-14 22:27:58

The worst witch
Magic faraway tree
Daisy and the trouble with....series
Shrinking violet...series

BaconAndAvocado Fri 28-Feb-14 12:00:49

Thanks for those suggestions skiing will have a gander in Amazon!

iwantavuvezela Fri 28-Feb-14 12:04:12

she might enjoy the Claude books, really funny, still a picture on every page, and nice paragraph chunks to read, (not too overwhelming) and the stories are really good. There are about 6 of them, the first one is Claude in the City. My daughter loves them as there is lots of humour regarding mentioning of bottoms etc!

EduCated Fri 28-Feb-14 12:08:51

I loved Dick King-Smith novels around that age. Not sure how difficult they are though, but lots of lovely stories. I particularly loved the Sophie novels smile <wistful>

BaconAndAvocado Fri 28-Feb-14 12:13:33

Ooohhhh the Claude books look absolutely perfect, a real chapter book but not too much text and the language is just right! Thanks iwant

Will have a look at Dick King Smith! WhT Are the Sophie novels?

TheNightIsDark Fri 28-Feb-14 12:17:53

The Sophie books are brilliant. She's 4 and wants to be a lady farmer.

Bloody love them. They go up until she's 7 I think. She also stomps on a my little pony and has a pet snail.

TheNightIsDark Fri 28-Feb-14 12:18:09

First one is Sophie's snail

Cringechilli Fri 28-Feb-14 12:18:51

Little Gems books are similar ish in difficulty to Claude. Also on Amazon.

EduCated Fri 28-Feb-14 12:29:14

Yes, Sophie's a little girl who loves animals and wants to be a farmer. A bit twee in places, but quite gentle and actually a nice step away from the whole fairy princesses thing! There's about 5 or 6 books, I think.

Night That's because MLP is mowldy, stupid and assive!

BlueChampagne Fri 28-Feb-14 13:02:39

Second Worst Witch, Sophie and Claude. How about My Naughty Little Sister (very dated!) and Sophie and the Shadow Woods?

Flicktheswitch Fri 28-Feb-14 13:03:43

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fruitpastille Fri 28-Feb-14 14:32:58

Wiinie the witch? There are chapter books as well as the picture books.

hels71 Fri 28-Feb-14 18:20:43

My DD (now 6) is enjoying the usbourne young readers series 2 books....
She also enjoys Milly Molly Mandy, worst witch and the secret mermaid...

Campaspe Fri 28-Feb-14 18:24:38

Awww, the Sophie books. Just read the whole series to my DD, and I think they are lovely. I much preferred them to all the fairy animal stuff DD normally wants to read!

PastPerfect Fri 28-Feb-14 18:26:16

The rainbow fairy books?

TBH they're pretty dreadful (v twee) but when DD was 6/7 she and all her friends adored them and they were a good stepping stone to more sophisticated choices smile

SpookedMackerel Fri 28-Feb-14 18:30:15

The owl who was afraid of the dark, by Jill Tomlinson, is great.

There are others she has written about other animals - not as good, though the Cat who wanted to go home was very much enjoyed by dd.

BaconAndAvocado Fri 28-Feb-14 18:43:42

The Sophie books look fab, though Amazon won't let me look inside so I'm not sure about the level of text.

We have done the Magic Fairy books, with me reading them to her about a year ago.

Thanks so much for all the great ideas smile

As she has only just really started to read independently the book needs to be quite basic for her understanding but also needs to be a real chapter book IYSWIM

GrouchingTiggerHiddenSomething Fri 28-Feb-14 19:16:59

my DD loves the Gaskitt books by Allan Ahlberg, there are four, "The Man who wore all his clothes", "The Woman who won things", "The children who smelled a Rat" and "The Cat who got carried away". Really fun, very short chapters and great pictures too.

First one

BrokenBananaTantrum Fri 28-Feb-14 19:18:22

Rainbow Magic have some easy reader ones which she might be ok with?

wearymum200 Fri 28-Feb-14 19:28:11

Text in Sophie books is a bit harder than Claude, I think. Had Holly Webb recommended to me on a prev thread like this and dd loves Lost in the Snow and the x the something kitten/puppy etc ones.
Other early readers incl Horrid Henry ones, Sally Gardner Princess ones
Willow valley

BaconAndAvocado Fri 28-Feb-14 21:24:57

Think Claude looks like the way to go but I can't figure put which Claude book comes first?!

BlueChampagne Fri 28-Feb-14 21:26:44

Claude books stand alone so don't worry too much about which comes first.

iwantavuvezela Fri 28-Feb-14 21:28:27

The first one is claude in the city
Second I think is either countryside or holiday
But you can read them in any order, they are really funny.

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