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DaddyKev23 Tue 09-Feb-16 09:33:42

I want to start reading longer books to my little girl (aged 5), ones we can read a few pages then pick up again the following night. It has to be something she'll look forward to reading again to find out what happens next. We started on the Velveteen Rabbit last night but I think we're going to have that finished in two sittings!

She's a typical little girl who likes princesses & fairies and loves books like the Gruffalo, The Troll and of course Cinderella.

Thanks in advance.

Seeline Tue 09-Feb-16 09:35:44

at that age, DD enjoyed me reading chapter books to her, so we could have a chapter a night. Some were individual stories, like My Naughty Little Sister and Paddington, some were more on going stories. She really liked some of the Enid Blyton stuff - Magic Faraway tree series, and The Naughtiest Girl in the School.

DaddyKev23 Tue 09-Feb-16 10:04:24

Thanks Seeline I'll look those ones up on Amazon

HopefulHamster Tue 09-Feb-16 10:11:30

Roald Dahl is always great. I'm partial to The Twits as an opener but they're all good.

My son liked Horrid Henry but they're horrendous books.

Flat Stanley and Mr Majeika went down well too.

BlueChampagne Tue 09-Feb-16 13:27:24

Sophie and the Shadow Woods

DaddyKev23 Tue 09-Feb-16 14:03:37

All good suggestions. Think I'll bookmark this thread. Thanks all

SavoyCabbage Tue 09-Feb-16 14:04:21

Stuart Little

BlueChampagne Wed 10-Feb-16 13:55:59

The Worst Witch

Clutterbugsmum Wed 10-Feb-16 14:03:01

Mine like the Magic treehouse books.

WhatTheActualFugg Wed 10-Feb-16 14:12:31

I personally avoid Enid Blyton for the sheer classism / racism / sexism embedded in to her writing.

And Roald Dahl can be a bit frightening.

My DD is 5 and 3/4 and has just started reading Roald Dahl. She loved Fantastic Mr Fox and George's Marvellous Medicine, but we've had to shelve The Witches because it was causing nightmares!!

OP there are lots and lots of really good books out there, you don't need to stick to the 'classics'. We get through them like they're going out of fashion so I use The Book People a look. I take inspiration from what they've got on offer, then research reviews and 'look inside' on amazon.

I found these good for this age group -

Plenty of pictures, modern, style quite large font, fast moving and not too many words or pages.

If you don't want to move on to chapter books yet, perhaps Paddington Bear or Katie Morag?

DaddyKev23 Wed 10-Feb-16 14:23:57

It's chapter books I'm after. The Velveteen rabbit was an excellent read for her and she could relate to it with her having a leopard that she always takes to bed. Only downside was it was nowhere near as long as I expected it to be.

hels71 Thu 11-Feb-16 18:10:23

Polly and the Wolf.
Milly Molly Mandy

BlueChampagne Fri 12-Feb-16 13:00:05

Don't Cook Cinderella by Francesca Simon

storyteller26 Fri 12-Feb-16 14:13:04

have you tried Sheila Helliwell's Short story book? It consists of five short stories: The Hippo in the Pantry; The Tree That Cried; The Leafless Fairy; Monty the Monster; & The Glass Snowman.
Try www.children'

storyteller26 Fri 12-Feb-16 14:13:29

have you tried Sheila Helliwell's Short story book? It consists of five short stories: The Hippo in the Pantry; The Tree That Cried; The Leafless Fairy; Monty the Monster; & The Glass Snowman.
Try www.children'

cheapandcheerful Fri 12-Feb-16 14:17:11

My 5yo absolutely adores these rainbow magic books
There are literally hundreds of them, each based on a fairy character. I don't think it will be long before she can read them independently either - she already enjoys trying smile

leccybill Fri 12-Feb-16 14:21:51

I was going to say Rainbow Magic too. The 'Early Reader' editions of these books have taken my 5yo DD from a very reluctant reader to hiding under the covers with a torch at night reading them.

The standard ones 'Ella the Emerald Fairy' etc can be read to the child as a chapter book. I really like them too!

cuntinghomicidalcardigan Fri 12-Feb-16 14:25:50

We are reading famous five with our 3.5 yo DD and she loves it, we even have a dog called timothy now grin

Magic faraway tree and the wishing chair have also been enjoyed. Anne of green gable, the chalet school, Roald Dahl, the borrowers by Mary Norton. Tom's midnight garden.

DaddyKev23 Fri 12-Feb-16 16:36:31

Tonnes of good ideas folks. Will look some up and see what takes her fancy. Thanks

mrsmortis Sat 13-Feb-16 10:32:28

The owl who was afraid of the dark is a good one to read if you are starting on chapter books.

Also anything by Dick King Smith. I'd suggest the Sophie books as a place to begin.

Yika Sat 13-Feb-16 10:40:15

Agree with the Rainbow Magic recommendation. I hate them but my DD has been absolutely addicted since discovering at age 4 in the school library. They have 6 chapters + 1 teaser chapter for the next book (sigh) thus making them last a week. Writing is dire and so are the illustrations. But a great way to move out of picture books onto chapter books. Enjoy! smile

WhatTheActualFugg Sat 13-Feb-16 20:30:47

Ahh, Rainbow Magic. Only marginally less painful than the My Little Pony books.

Mynd Sun 14-Feb-16 23:36:32

My 4 year old loves The Enormous Crocodile and Plop The Owl.

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