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What books are your 6/7yo's reading?

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ElenorRigby Sat 01-Aug-09 19:10:56

DSD6 loves reading, I'm wondering about what books to buy her!
TIA

foxinsocks Sat 01-Aug-09 19:16:26

Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Hugely popular here (but a 7 yr old turning 8 in Nov so not sure if slightly old for a 6 yr old)

AramintaCane Sat 01-Aug-09 19:17:20

Magic Tree House books are nice but I suppose it all depends on what she enjoys. We just go to the library and hang about for hours choosing. It is warm and dry in there grin

shigella92 Sat 01-Aug-09 19:36:21

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tummytickler Sat 01-Aug-09 19:43:58

What about the Series of Unfortunate Events series? there are 13 of them and my dd (8) loved them when she was 6/7.
I keep meaning to read them myself - they sound really good!
Also Roald dahl has been a good investment (still reads them now) and all the old classics (Worst Witch, My Naughty Little Sister etc).

foxinsocks Sat 01-Aug-09 19:45:53

I loved that stage too shigella. So lovely to see them read stories you read to them <weeps>. Am an old soppy git.

misshardbroom Sun 02-Aug-09 14:25:50

My DD is 6 next month. She loves the Rumblewick Diaries, and we're just starting on Pippi Longstocking. We also got out from the library some Usborne retelllings of tales from Shakespeare, which are simple enough for her to read by herself and she really enjoyed them.

bloss Sun 02-Aug-09 15:03:17

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TheProfiteroleThief Sun 02-Aug-09 15:22:59

Pride and Prejudice is her current favourite.

misshardbroom Sun 02-Aug-09 15:47:54

TPT, are you serious and the mother of a prodigiously talented 6 y.o or are you poking fun at my tales from Shakespeare thing?

Because I wasn't trying to be pretentious and PFB, they're these and they're in the 'ready to read' section of our library.

squilly Sun 02-Aug-09 16:13:08

I debated about answering on this one as I could see it getting a bit pretentious/contentious. People get SO precious about what their kids/other people's kids can or can't read.

Mine wouldn't read much at 6, so we did the hideous, ubiquitous rainbow fairy books. I also bought, at the same time, Enid Blyton Secret Seven adventures, in the funky new covers, Animal Ark books and a lot of fact books, as DD seemed obsessed with facts.

I agree with the poster who said the library is the best place to go. Kids love to choose and will often surprise you beyond reason.

The main thing is to have fun with the books and let her guide you. Picture books often go down well with this age group as they like to recall their youth! Or maybe that's just mine

hippipotamiHasLost53lbs Sun 02-Aug-09 16:17:39

Dd is 6 and a half. She loves the Rainbow (sodding) Fairies and anything from the Animal Ark series.
She loves any books in the Young Corgi range as they seem to be just the right level.
I am getting Pippi Longstocking for her for her birthday as I have the fondest memories or reading that myself when I was around 7.

hippipotamiHasLost53lbs Sun 02-Aug-09 16:18:14

Actually, thanks squilly - Famous Five and Secret Seven are another great idea smile

Countingthegreyhairs Sun 02-Aug-09 16:40:59

Gosh, are all your children reading at age 6?

Where we live (mainland Europe) they only start learning to read at this age (dd will start in September) - they have previously familiarised them with the shapes of letters and numbers .... but not the sounds as yet ...

Spidermama Sun 02-Aug-09 16:44:44

Worst Witch. Captain Underpants. Beast Quest.

Incredibly DD1 and DS2 read all thirteen A Series of Unfortunate Events books by the time they were 7. I now realise, after a major panic about DS3, that they are in fact very strong readers and way ahead of their peer group.

If your DSD loves reading though ...

pugsandseals Sun 02-Aug-09 17:35:50

If you want picture books (with complicated enough stories), try Clarice Bean 'That's me' & the others in Lauren Child series. They are absolutely fantastic!
'Proper' books DD has read recently include Rainbow Magic (Grr), Mr Majeika, Worst Witch, Faraway Tree series, Wishing Chair series, From your diary with Love...
Factual books, she has a beautiful set of Little Encyclopedia's (Usborne) all with internet links- keeps her busy for hours!

TheProfiteroleThief Sun 02-Aug-09 17:42:38

I was just kidding. She likes those bloody awful fairy books. Had not read your other thread grin

Tidey Sun 02-Aug-09 17:54:10

Roald Dahl, Horrid Henry and Horrible Histories. And really awful books of jokes which he then he repeats to everyone he meets, regardless of how bad they are grin

I also started reading the first Harry Potter book to him one chapter per night, but I left it in his room and he carried on reading ahead. Don't think he's finished it yet though.

dietstartstomorrow Sun 02-Aug-09 17:55:40

We are making are way through Famous 5 and lovin it.

JulesJules Sun 02-Aug-09 18:04:24

DD1 loves:
Horrible Histories (good value boxed set on Amazon)
Faraway Tree
Wishing Chair
Famous 5
Malory Towers
Mr Gum books by Andy Stanton
Ottiline and the yellow cat
Clover Twig and the incredible flying cottage
Jeremy Strong books

We have also started Harry Potter, like Tidey, I started reading it to her and she has carried on herself.

tummytickler Sun 02-Aug-09 18:11:13

Spidermama - my dd read all 13 Series of Unfortunate events books before 7 too, i thought it was normal until i got to ds!!!
I like to leave all sorts around and then they can pick up whatever they fancy (we have a hell of a lot of books).
dd is now 8 and will read anything she can find, ds 6 likes books about fiah grin

melorablack Sun 02-Aug-09 22:24:31

Why not take her to the library and let her chose her own books?

Eventually she will know what she likes and will ask you to buy any favourites.

misshardbroom Mon 03-Aug-09 07:25:40

Feel honour bound to clarify that my DD isn't necessarily reading all of this by herself, some she reads on her own, some we read together and some I read to her.

nwmum Mon 03-Aug-09 10:16:59

hi
my dd (6) just finished, yr1 is enjoying reading Spiderwick Chronicles at the moment. She has a school reading list for the hols. which contains following;

George's marvellous medicine
I believe in unicorns
Lion, witch & the wardrobe
Matilda
Happy mouseday
My naughty little sister series
Family phatoms
Little seahorse
George speaks
Lion at school
Crazy mayoonaisy mum
Akimbo & the elephants
Harry the poisonous centipede
Poetry paint box athologies

Scarletibis Mon 03-Aug-09 10:59:23

The bloody awful Rainbow Fairy books and the Naughtiest Girl in the school books (which strike me as odd books, but she seems to like)

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