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Chapter books to read aloud to 5 year old

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Asleeponasunbeam Sun 25-Jan-15 21:24:16

What books have your children loved at this age? I'm not looking for books for DD to read herself. She can cope with fairly complex language but no peril, or very little anyway!
So far, we've enjoyed:
Various Enid Blyton - fairy stuff and Secret Seven
My naughty little sister
Milly Molly Mandy
Teddy Robinson
Mrs Pepperpot
Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf
Roald Dahl - Charlie, James, The Twits
The owl who was afraid of the dark and others in the series
Mary Poppins (very complex but she asks for it regularly).

What else would you suggest for now? I don't like to try things too soon in case they put her off. She is very sensitive!

HollyBdenum Sun 25-Jan-15 21:26:06

The Faraway Tree.

FATEdestiny Sun 25-Jan-15 21:27:12

We are currently reading The Faraway Tree to our DC5, DS9 and DD10

BikeRunSki Sun 25-Jan-15 21:27:36

The Worst Witch series by Jill Murphy

meglet Sun 25-Jan-15 21:29:31

the 'Daisy and the trouble with......' series is funny. It's also suitable for a slightly older child to read alone.

MrsDumbledore Sun 25-Jan-15 21:40:45

The Claude books by Alex T Smith are funny.

golemmings Sun 25-Jan-15 22:24:28

We're reading gobbolino at the moment. Mr McFadden's Haloween was an abject failure but she loved Far Away Tree and the Naughtiest Girl books.

We also read some rainbow magic to try and encourage her to read the rainbow magic early readrs herself.

cazzmags Sun 25-Jan-15 22:27:54

Enid Blyton's Wishing chair.

Leeds2 Mon 26-Jan-15 12:05:02


Iggy & Me

BlueChampagne Mon 26-Jan-15 13:08:37

I'm not quite sure how 'little or no peril' sits with Roald Dahl, so here are some some we found popular about that age:

101 Dalmatians
Charlotte's Web
Winnie the Witch for older children
Katie Morag
Janet Reachfar
The Wizard of Oz

Second Worst Witch

Asleeponasunbeam Mon 26-Jan-15 13:24:41

Well, I wouldn't try Matilda or The BFG! The peril in the others I mentioned has been manageable. Definitely wouldn't cope with Cruella DeVille.

Thanks for all the great suggestions.

BertieBotts Mon 26-Jan-15 13:25:56

Dick King Smith.

AliceinWinterWonderland Mon 26-Jan-15 13:27:59

Ds2 likes Horrid Henry books - there are easy level ones as well. Each "section" is a complete story, so no issues with him not remembering the next night what happened the night before.

AliceinWinterWonderland Mon 26-Jan-15 13:28:46

And you can often buy loads of different Horrid Henry books at Poundland, so not too expensive either.

Asleeponasunbeam Mon 26-Jan-15 13:28:49

Oh yes, we've read some Dick King-Smith too. They're lovely. Just pitched right for her.

Cedar03 Fri 30-Jan-15 12:49:31

Jeremy Strong books - some of these are really silly. My daughter loves 100 mile an hour dog and one about the Indoor Pirates
Finn Family Moomintroll?
Pippi Longstocking
The wishing chair stories by Enid Blyton (although in this and the Far Away Tree there is a lot of mild peril)

fattymcfatfat Sat 31-Jan-15 20:36:45

Enid blyton was my favourite author as a child and I have just bought my ds a load for christmas! He six and loves to read anything and everything. At the minute we are reading Harry Potter....I now know more about it than I ever wanted to! (Harry potter was released when I was the right age to read it but have never been interested or watched the films). My ds is a very advanced reader but still enjoys stories with me! Sometimes we even revert back to julia donaldson! Horrid henry worked well for him but with yours being a girl she may not be that interested in them?

campfan Sat 31-Jan-15 20:39:01

Amazing esme by Tamara macfarlane- fab!
Agree pippi longstocking
? David Walliams

fattymcfatfat Sat 31-Jan-15 20:41:46

Oh black beauty by anna sewell! But maybe wait until she is a bit older for that one as it is quite upsetting in places. I was 7 when I read that cover to cover in two nights! I loved it but it made me cry

Asleeponasunbeam Sat 31-Jan-15 20:43:40

We really enjoyed all the Jill Tomlinson animal books but have finished our set now. Faraway Tree and Wishing Chair series have been popular (read twice) but a few bits needed to be skipped over the first time round! Oh those scary horror escapades that Silky and Moonface get up to!

Thanks for the ideas, I'll be following them up.

MuddlePuddle Sat 31-Jan-15 20:46:25

Claude by Alex T Smith are by good:

Giggler Treatment and the 'Rover' books by Roddy Doyle are also very good:

margaritasbythesea Sat 31-Jan-15 20:46:49

Is the BFG that bad? I have just started it with DD (7) and DS (4.5). All I really remembered was the funny language but 6 chapters in I am wondering how nightmare-inducing it might get.

Asleeponasunbeam Sat 31-Jan-15 21:03:45

I plan on getting some Claude soon. Have heard lots about them.

If you're already 6 chapters into BFG you're way past the scary bits! My DD wouldn't cope with the descriptions of the baddie giants in chapter one!

tassisssss Sat 31-Jan-15 21:07:48

Our 6yo is currently very much enjoying My Naughty Little Sister.

Had forgotten Daisy and Claude, her 8 year old big sister loved these!

The Dick King Smith Sophie books are great too.

pinkseal Sat 31-Jan-15 21:12:03

The Junie B. books by Barbara Park
Princess Disgrace books by Lou Zuenzler
Billy Bonkers books by Giles Andrae
Oliver Moon books by Sue Mongredian
Angela Nicely books by Alan Macdonald

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