I want some inspiration for wonderful books with read to my ds. What ones did you and your children enjoy? He likes exciting, adventurous and amusing books and has really enjoyed Roald Dahl (Charlie & Choc), Frank Rogers (The Witches Dog, etc), fairy tales, fantasy, etc. He seems ready for long, thick books that we can snuggle up with at night and read over a fair period of time. He gets excited about bedtime when we read things in instalments. I enjoy them as much as he does - the only books I read these days!
Oh - I've got to go away and do things. This looks like it's going to be a very informative thread and I'm going to note all these details down. Please name the books too (unless there's too many). Keep them coming! I'll check back later!
What about Charlotte's Web? Fab book, and not too girly I don't think. The only thing is if you are reading to him, you may blub at the end. Famous Five books by Enid Blyton are good too. I agree with frizbe - the faraway tree books are awesome, really brilliant.
OK I would recommend
Michael Morpurgo: Kensuke's Kingdom It's the story of a boy who gets shipwrecked to a remote island and finds he is not alone ... The writing is wonderful. I would rather read Morpurgo aloud than any other author (except perhaps Tolkein).
FINALLY (Can you tell I am passionate about children's literature?)
This is great! I like the sound of these books. So glad I posted. Ds has just reached the stage where he doesn't mind if there are only a few illustrations.
Roisin - thanks for that list - we're currently reading the Dog Star by Jenny Nimmo and he's really getting into it, so I'm sure he'll enjoy more by her. I love the sound of the other books/authors - I'm sure I'll enjoy them as much as he does.
Rosebunch, I shall look up Diane Wynne Jones - what would you recommend to begin with?
swallows and Amazons? There are so many good Diana Wynne Jones books that it's hard to remember which ones fit which ages. You could try starting with 8 Days of Luke which is based around Nordic myths.
I did a quick google search on Horrid Henry TMPC - perfect - will appeal enormously to his ghoulish sense of humour, he likes those kind of illustrations too and he loves a good laugh. Rosebunch - thank you, lovely choice - Oh I knew her by her books .... have a bad memory for authors. More Pooh and WIT Willows is good - we haven't done too much there. I think the library is going to be my first point of call before I get too carried away.
Dd loved Horrid Henry, Dahl and the Narnia books. The last books that we shared on a nightly basis were the Harry Potter series, which we all enjoyed. From 7 on she has been reading to herself for pleaseure every night and we share 'bits'
Oh and Charlot Lawrence's kids go to the same school as mine , so the whole school gets 'encouraged' to read her books They are jolly good too!
happymerryberries, glad you backed me up on the Horrid Henry. Thought i'd killed 2 threads sujjesting that. Nothing like the kind of things I read as a child but harmless I think. Have you done Captain Underpants? My ds7 is just getting into these. they were recommended by a friend with boys so not sure if a girl would like them.