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Books to read to my 7 year-old DD (similar to C S Lewis, Roald Dahl....)

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Rockdoctor Fri 05-Dec-14 13:02:28

DD is a good reader but she still likes me to read "harder" chapter books to her. We'd been through The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by the time she started school. We've done most of Roald Dahl and most of Enid Blyton (she loves Malory Towers but seems to have outgrown Secret Seven/Famous Five). So... where next? I'm tempted to introduce Harry Potter at this stage, partly because I haven't read them.... and I've also thought about the David Walliams books but am wondering if the themes in these are still too old for her. Any suggestions?

mankyscotslass Fri 05-Dec-14 13:08:18

Try the Susan Cooper "Dark is Rising" Series?

Or LLoyd Alexander "Taran" series

Alan Garners Moon of Gomfrath books are good but slightly darker.

Icedfinger Fri 05-Dec-14 13:35:40

The Borrowers could be good.

Some Michael Morpurgo books- be careful though as some are quite dark.

5 children and it.


Showy Fri 05-Dec-14 13:42:14

DD loves the classics. She's just read Tom's Midnight Garden and Stig Of The Dump from my bookshelf. She has worked her way through lots of my childhood books. Swallows and Amazons, Tom Sawyer, Wind In The Willows etc. Really good starting point.

DD is 7 and read most of the David Walliams books while still 6 (she has the new one for Christmas in fact) so they would be fine. The grizzly nature of a few of them is quite appealing in the way that Dahl is. Ratburger we listened to as an audio CD and I was quietly horrified by the end, but the dc cheered!

I dislike Jacqueline Wilson but dd has read a few of them as her best friend is a fan. You need to be VERY careful with them though. Some of them you need to avoid like the plague. Jeremy Strong's good too. DD loves them.

Some short story collections are good too. Terry Jones' fairy tales and George Layton's The Fib and other stories are good.

DD has read the first 5 Harry Potter (number 5 quite recently) and I am making her hold off on the others for a fair while yet. The first three I'd completely encourage you to read out loud.

DieselSpillages Fri 05-Dec-14 13:44:44

My Dc loved Michael Morpurgo's books

Rockdoctor Fri 05-Dec-14 13:55:51

Thanks for the ideas.

The classics are a good bet - she loved The Secret Garden and there's some other good ideas there.

I'm avoiding Jacqueline Wilson as she's addicted to Tracy Beaker on the TV and I got the feeling I needed to approach them with care.

Never heard of "The Dark is Rising" series - I must look at those.

Thanks again

EElisavetaofBelsornia Fri 05-Dec-14 14:06:18

Yes Dark is Rising, Borrowers, Swallows and Amazons. Philip Pullman is great - maybe not Northern Lights for a year or so but ones like I Was A Rat would be good at 7. Anne is Green Gables maybe? As she liked Malory Towers, what about the Chalet School <coughs self consciously and points at user name>?

I am really looking forward to my DCs getting to the age when I can read all of these to them.

Showy Fri 05-Dec-14 14:06:34

Well done on avoiding Wilson. Ones like Cliffhanger are fine but some of the others are for much older readers and in some cases, completely inappropriate for any child ever.

mankyscotslass Fri 05-Dec-14 16:04:22

EElisavetaofBelsornia have you escaped from your uncle Cosimo then? Assisted by a girl with eyes like pansies and a bounding St Bernard? grin

I would agree with the Chalet School books.

Also the Anne Books - and some of the classics like a Secret Garden.

Takver Fri 05-Dec-14 18:01:16

I'd second Swallows and Amazons.

Also what about Ballet Shoes and other Noel Streatfeild books - ideal for reading aloud to a 7 y/o.

Other classics that read well out loud - the Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House books (I particularly enjoyed reading Farmer Boy, her husband's story), The Little Princess (but be prepared to sob). Jennings is very funny, especially for grown ups as the characters are just so very true to life, but dd liked them too. Professor Branestawm is also very funny.

More modern - what about the How to Train Your Dragon books?

wearymum200 Fri 05-Dec-14 19:20:33

101 Dalmations and The Starlight Barking. 5 children and it. My family and other animals. Worst witch. Children of Green Knowe.

EElisavetaofBelsornia Sat 06-Dec-14 11:17:50

Yes manky - knocked a couple of Nazi heads together and ran over the border to Switzerland. Did you know there's a whole clique load of Chalet fans over in the Children's Books thread?

Little House books of course. And Charlotte Sometimes.

EElisavetaofBelsornia Sat 06-Dec-14 11:21:54

Sorry - Charlotte Sometimes is by Penelope Farmer.

kelda Sat 06-Dec-14 11:22:39

What about the Worst Witch books?

mankyscotslass Sat 06-Dec-14 19:50:33

EElisavetaofBelsornia I will have a look for that thread, thanks. smile

The Little House on the Prairie books went down well here with DD too - and it meant I re-read them, which I really enjoyed.

The How to train your Dragon books are good, as are the "Mr Gum" series.

I've been trying to get hold of the Mary Poppins books from our library - still waiting for them but I think they will go down well too.

ChocolateHelps Sat 06-Dec-14 20:52:30

Shamelessly page marking. Dd1 aged 9yrs loves chapter books but needs new ideas.

fuzzpig Sat 06-Dec-14 20:55:05

We are reading the borrowers ATM. Have already done bedknobs and broomsticks.
Green smoke was nice, and she loved the wizard of Oz and Peter Pan.

girliefriend Sat 06-Dec-14 20:58:36

The Daisy and the Trouble with... series are great and make me laugh as much as dd!! They also were fab for getting dd independently reading.

My dd is 8yo and loves the David Walliams books but has just got into them this year, we have read Gangsta Granny and apart from me sobbing at the end blush I would say is fine for a 7yo.

The Holly Webb books are o.kay, dd enjoyed the naughty little puppy series although I found them slightly annoying after a while dd loves dogs though!

She also enjoys the Winnie the Witch books and these have been popular goblin series

girliefriend Sat 06-Dec-14 21:00:23

Oh yy to the Mr Gum series -although I find them so random, dd loves them!!

imip Sat 06-Dec-14 21:01:16

Ottoline and goth girl, chris riddell - my 8 and 6 yo love them!

meglet Sat 06-Dec-14 21:03:36

The Phantom Tollbooth (which is my most favourite book ever)

Mr Gum and How to train your dragon are fun to read out loud.

I've read the first 2 Harry Potters out loud to now 8yo DS. Each book took the best part of a year to read, we dipped in and out of it. I even did voices for all the characters which was bloody hard work.

VivaLeBeaver Sat 06-Dec-14 21:05:39

Weirdstone of Brisingemen
Toms midnight garden
Swallows and amazons

girliefriend Sat 06-Dec-14 21:12:30

Meglet wow at doing the voices - that is dedication shock grin

Have just bought The Phantom Tollbooth due to your high praise!

fuzzpig Sat 06-Dec-14 22:28:09

The phantom tollbooth is amazing. Actually I might make that one of the books I buy this Xmas. I was in a local theatre play of it when I was 10, I was the Spelling Bee grin (I can still spell antidisestablishmentarianism in under 4 seconds because of that wink)

BiscuitMillionaire Sat 06-Dec-14 22:30:57

Charlotte's Web - another classic

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