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Books to read aloud to 8 year old boy please

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stoptalkingaboutminecraft Wed 10-Oct-18 12:49:08

I still read aloud to my 8 year old son most nights as he enjoys it and sometimes we take turns to read, so sneaks in a bit more reading for him as he's not overly keen on reading himself for fun, even though he is a competent reader.

We've been on Harry Potter for what seems like a lifetime and though I love the books myself I find them sooo boring to read out loud, so wordy, on Order of Phoenix and finding it the worst so far.

Any recommendations for books that flow well for reading aloud would be gratefully received to save my sanity 😀

commanderprimate Wed 10-Oct-18 12:55:57

I'm reading Terry Pratchett's Truckers to my 8 year old at the moment and he's really enjoying it. It's quite humorous and well put together, certainly readable for an adult too, but was written for children. It's about little people who live in a shop and think it's the whole world, but who get a big awakening.

Thumbcat Wed 10-Oct-18 12:59:22

Time Travelling With a Hamster
The Secret of Platform 13
Small Change for Stuart
Big Change for Stuart
Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh

KingLooieCatz Wed 10-Oct-18 12:59:25

We've had a couple of books by Frank Cottrell-Boyce and I found myself reading for longer than I meant to, as I was enjoying it so much.

Also "Floors" by Patrick Carman much enjoyed. Also found that quite easy to read aloud.

Thumbcat Wed 10-Oct-18 13:01:19

Also A Christmas Carol once December comes.

stoptalkingaboutminecraft Wed 10-Oct-18 13:04:52

Oh thanks everyone, will get looking on Amazon, I remember Mrs Frisby and the rats of NIMH from school so would actually quite like to read that again myself, haven't thought of it in years. I think I remember one called Emil and the Detectives from P5 at school so same age group, must look that up too.

MrsRubyMonday Wed 10-Oct-18 13:05:37

Beyond the Deepwoods

stoptalkingaboutminecraft Wed 10-Oct-18 13:05:41

Yes! Love the idea of A Christmas Carol too, thank you.

TweeBee Wed 10-Oct-18 13:14:36

I got a set of the wombles from the book people and my 7 year old has enjoyed them. I also bought a set of poetry for our next choices.

TwigTheWonderKid Wed 10-Oct-18 13:31:49

Emil and the Detectives is by Eric Kastner. He's written a few children's books which are all fab.

I still read to my 9 yo DS and we get through books quite quickly. We've recently loved:
Journey to The River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
To Be a Cat, Matt Haig
The Children of Green Knowe by Lucy M Boston
Minnow on the Say by Philippa Pearce
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

and we're in the middle of Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer

FinnJuhl Wed 10-Oct-18 13:32:58

The Iron Man by Ted Hughes is lovely to read aloud. Plus the chapters aren't too long.

The Hobbit is also 'better' read aloud.

AwdBovril Wed 10-Oct-18 13:33:23

City of Ember? There are 4 books, actually quite good, I'm listening to them as audiobooks. I'd have loved them as a kid!

Tidypidy Wed 10-Oct-18 13:34:51

My 9yo ds1 and I are into the second book of how to train your dragon. It's quite different to the tv show but it's very good.

SittHakim Wed 10-Oct-18 13:45:05

Slightly implausibly, mine is really loving the Little House books- we're well into the third in the series and I'm looking for something else based on a true story to read when we finish them. He says he likes them because they're real.

TwigTheWonderKid Wed 10-Oct-18 14:06:29

SittHakim not based on a true story but in a very similar vein to Little House books are the Sarah, Plain and Tall books by Patricia MacLachlan.

Trampire Wed 10-Oct-18 14:13:13

'One Dog and his Boy' by Eva Ibbotson is a great story to read.

margaritasbythesea Wed 10-Oct-18 14:16:49

Definitely not the Warrior Cat books. Got one from the library and it's nigh on impossible to read aloud. I find myself cutting every third adjective and clause. So much guff in there!

Plus we're on chapter 11 and nothing has really happened yet.

Even DS is bemused.

BlueChampagne Wed 10-Oct-18 16:17:14

Second How to Train your Dragon and The Edge Chronicles.

Currently reading The Lord of the Rings to our 8yo because he loved The Hobbit. DH and I are having to take alternate nights because we're enjoying an excuse to re-read it too.

101 Dalmatians
The Phantom Tollbooth

stoptalkingaboutminecraft Wed 10-Oct-18 16:43:35

Thank you so much for all these recommendations, having a great time looking them up. I've downloaded Truckers to my kindle so I'll see if I can convince him to try that tonight.

stoptalkingaboutminecraft Wed 10-Oct-18 20:26:41

Thank you Thumbcat for recommending the secret of platform 13, we just read the first two chapters and both really enjoyed. It's much easier to read than Harry Potter! Can't wait to hear what happens next.

Thumbcat Thu 11-Oct-18 08:01:48

Glad you're enjoying it. We're reading the Harry Potter books at the moment - just started Order of the Phoenix. I think the writing has got better as the books have gone along but they don't at all compare to really well written books that are so enjoyable to read aloud.

BlueChampagne Thu 11-Oct-18 12:48:02

Archie Greene - Potterish

bigiszi Thu 11-Oct-18 14:33:25

My friends love A.F. Harrold's Books - Fizzlebert Stump (the boy who ran away from the circus and joined the library) and his Greta Zargo ones. The Imaginary and Song from Somewhere Else are a bit scary in places but amazing stories - might be a bit old for him - but I'd say they are 'harry potter' age range

BlueChampagne Fri 12-Oct-18 12:55:05

Maudlin Towers by Chris Priestley

Jen69 Thu 06-Dec-18 00:20:55

I suggest Wishbone Billy. The chapters are right length for bedtime read and each chapter ends on cliffhanger. It takes about two weeks to get through and so doesn’t become an never ending chore. It’s funny too for kids and parents alike. The Wilf The Worrier books are quite good to read aloud. Also the classics Stig of the Dump or The Wishing Chair.

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