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Books for me to read to my 7yo dd to read

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PlayingHouse Thu 04-Jun-15 18:10:35

She is in year 2 and reading secret seven series to herself atm and I wanted to try and read something a bit more complicated to her, instead of reading books she could read and comprehend by herself.

So I tried Carbonel but bits were going over her head.

Any suggestions? I would hate to ruin a book by reading it to her 'too early' - so she doesn't fully understand it. But would like to read something above her current reading level.

foolonthehill Thu 04-Jun-15 19:48:20

Secret Garden?
Eva Ibbotson (Dragonfly pool etc)
How to train your dragon (Cressida Cowell)
Chronicles of Narnia CS Lewis
David Walliams: Awful Auntie, Boy in the Dress, Billionaire Boy etc.
Pippi Longstocking

Takver Thu 04-Jun-15 20:26:40

The first Laura Ingalls Wilder - Little House in the Big Woods - is lovely.

DD also enjoyed having Swallows and Amazons read to her at that age, although it's quite a long book, there's nothing incomprehensible to a 6 y/o.

Another vote for How To Train Your Dragon (also amusing as an adult, which is nice).

I'm not sure I fully understand the Moomintrolls now, and I'm 45 grin

sparkysparkysparky Fri 05-Jun-15 08:30:46

worst witch series.

Leeds2 Fri 05-Jun-15 22:10:13


Asleeponasunbeam Fri 05-Jun-15 22:15:17

My DD did like Carbonel but I thought it needed quite a lot of explaining. I'd like to try Swallows and Amazons soon.

We're reading a lovely series of books recommended on here - Violet Mackerel.

Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf
Roald Dahl (younger ones)
Worst Witch
Faraway Tree/ Wishing Chair
Mary Poppins (lots of explanation needed)

PlayingHouse Fri 05-Jun-15 23:32:53

I really appreciate all the suggestions.

The last book I read ti dd1 was Violet Mackerel and she really enjoyed it. I must get the rest of the series.

I found a Paddington book in the charity shop this morning which was a nice find smile

Will order Worst Witch as well

I think Swallows and Amazons will be my next choice for us to read together.

PlayingHouse Fri 05-Jun-15 23:35:29

She did enjoy Pippi Longstocking.

I did try David Walliams - the Auntie one - but some of the references were going over her head so I thought I would wait a bit longer.

She didn't seem gripped by the how to train your dragon book - hoping that will change.

The Laura Ingells book is a good idea to try as well.

PlayingHouse Fri 05-Jun-15 23:37:35

We've read the Faraway tree series - it was much loved smile

I keep meaning to order Clever Polly so thanks for the reminder smile

Sorry about multiple posts, am on app so can't scroll to remember the book suggestions

PlayingHouse Fri 05-Jun-15 23:38:23

Will also try secret garden.

Which Dahl books would you suggest?

nightswift Fri 05-Jun-15 23:42:46

Recent reads we have all enjoyed are;

The little house on the prairie trilogy

Them main lion witch wardrobe books - read the book then watched the film which was a good way to enjoy them

Swallows and Amazons

Boy and a bear in a boat

The Railway children

All books that my DC would struggle with themselves but loved the storied

RandomHouseRules Fri 05-Jun-15 23:43:02

DS who is 6 is v into Roald Dahl at mo. Have read James and Giant Peach, BFG, Giraffe the pelly and me, Fantastic Mr Fox and George's Marvellous medicine, Charlie and the chocolate Factory so far. Book people do the set very cheaply.

Thanks for reminder about the faraway tree - I had forgotten it entirely.

Asleeponasunbeam Sat 06-Jun-15 07:14:37

Random's list of Roald Dahl's is right for this age. I'd avoid, for now, Matilda, The Witches, and Boy.

happyanddappy Sat 06-Jun-15 14:30:07

try Nina and the Traveling Spice Shed.

BlueChampagne Mon 08-Jun-15 13:13:59

101 Dalmatians
Charlotte's Web
Wings Fairy Detective Agency
Goth Girl
Fortunately the Milk
Wind in the Willows

Second Worst Witch, Swallows and Amazons and Clever Polly.

Tamar86 Mon 08-Jun-15 13:34:23

My DD is 7 too, and has enjoyed lots of the books mentioned above, especially Laura Ingalls Wilder.

I tend to find more "old fashioned" stuff goes over her head more and uses much more complicated language, but we enjoy reading them together.

We have just finished Heidi, which she loved, and have started on Peter Pan, which she is really enjoying (but I am having to explain words and concepts to her right, left and centre!)

I have tried Roald Dahl - the easier ones she reads to herself anyway, but we started the Witches and she was sobbing with fear a few nights in because it was too scary (maybe she is just over-sensitive). I think Charlie and the Chocolate Factory would be good though, or Matilda.

I am planning on trying The Borrowers once we have finished Peter Pan, and I also thought she might enjoy What Katy Did, and Black Beauty, A Little Princess, and maybe The Children of Greene Knowe - all of which were books I enjoyed around that age, and that I recently retrieved during a raid on my parents' attic.

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