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Good books to buy for a child reading Orange level?

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cabbageandbeans Fri 13-Jul-12 20:57:53

DD loves to read - would like to buy her some books to see us through summer holidays and that will be interesting and fun for her also. I have borrowed books from library but they all seem to be a bit basic and easy for her. We have a box set of Floppy/biff & Chip books from the Book people and she has moved beyond those I would say.

I had looked at Anna hibiscus books online but think they might be a step too advanced-I just can't tell. Can anyone recommend something that would equate to Orange/turquoise level at school?

Tiggles Fri 13-Jul-12 21:03:54

I would suggest looking at the early reader range (we have some in our library) e.g. this one. DS2 is really enjoying them, currently working his way through the horrid henry ones.

CURIOUSMIND Fri 13-Jul-12 21:06:25

I suggest you stay away from any reading books during the summer holiday.
Surelly keep reading ,but not necessarily reading book.

Little Miss set may be suitable for her ability and interest.

mummytime Fri 13-Jul-12 21:15:42

Try the summer reading challenge at your library, you can share reading the books with her. Also encourage her to practise reading, on bus tickets, newspapers, anything she is interested in.

numbum Fri 13-Jul-12 21:17:02

If you go on Amazon you can 'look inside' a lot of books. Winnie the Witch books are good, lots of colourful pictures to look at too.

numbum Fri 13-Jul-12 21:17:28

Usborne early readers are good too

infin Fri 13-Jul-12 21:18:00

Children usually enjoy the humour of the 'Happy Families' series by Allan Ahlberg. They're about right for a moving towards turquoise level reader, I think. Sometimes the Book People have very cheap sets of these.

Notcontent Fri 13-Jul-12 21:18:44

Cabbage - that's just the level my dd is at. We have been reading Enid Blyton's Amelia Jane stories. Also the Happy Cat First Readers series. It's great to be reading real books!!

redwhiteandblueeyedsusan Fri 13-Jul-12 21:24:19

charlie and lola books are about turquoise. which I think is the next stage up. also I think the book people do a set of 10 books that have a few in it about that level. I took them on holiday last year for dd when she was about turquoisish level

Odmedod Fri 13-Jul-12 21:29:50

Don't forget Dr Seuss- lots of it is good for decoding because many words are pronounced as they're spelled.

numbum Fri 13-Jul-12 21:30:52

No!! Don't do Charlie and Lola. They're horribly written books 'and then I said' 'and Lola said' 'and then I said' - urgh

cabbageandbeans Fri 13-Jul-12 21:32:35

I hadn't thought, but of course she will probably be able to share reading a picture book with me like Winnie the witch or anythiing really. I will have a look at all those suggested so far, particuarly enid blyton and the early readers.

Curious - I don't intend to be strict but even while she has been at school I always pick up books that she can read from the library. She has seemed to like that so I thought it might be nice to have something nice of her own. She generally reads of her own initiative and is enjoying it.

Has anyone read the anna hibiscus books by any chance? still eyeing them up on book people!

cabbageandbeans Fri 13-Jul-12 21:33:44

redwhiteand blue - which set? I must know!!!!

redwhiteandblueeyedsusan Fri 13-Jul-12 21:34:49

a little easy to about right

about right

sorry couldn't find the collection that we got. they do keep changing.

cabbageandbeans Fri 13-Jul-12 21:35:18

We actually have a few charlie's and lola's. She never asks for it to be read but I could look at it. They are hard to read though with that writing swirling all over the place!

infin Fri 13-Jul-12 21:37:25

Anna Hibiscus might be a bit can look inside the books on Amazon

infin Fri 13-Jul-12 21:38:01


cabbageandbeans Fri 13-Jul-12 21:38:19

Hmmmmm, redwhiteandblue, interesting - again books that I would not have thought of encouraging her to read. It seems I have been pigeon holing my books into categories of me reading to her and her reading to me. I feel free of the chains - basically- she can give anything a go! hoorah!

cabbageandbeans Fri 13-Jul-12 21:40:24

Infin - Can't get it for some reason - even the second one. But I will take your word for it - I had my doubts.

cabbageandbeans Fri 13-Jul-12 21:42:08

It just worked and I think you are right - a bit too long. Mind you might be nice for me to read to her........ I quite like sharing the reading too so she might read a page and then I will take over.

redwhiteandblueeyedsusan Fri 13-Jul-12 22:36:01

there are quite a few picture books that can be read, it just takes a long time searching for them in the library. <bitter experience>

dd read about 30-40 books at each level. I did have a list somewhere. I used a hotch potch of reading scheme books and early readers at the library.

do they have leap frog books published by franklin watts, or more likely to be ready for the hopscotch books also published by franklin watts.

some of the blue banans books are turquoise, though I think they may be still a little hard. I found them harder for dd to read, and very long to start with.

usborne do a few series of readers. the chart to work out which titles/series you need

MuddlingMackem Fri 13-Jul-12 22:53:02

I'm glad you started this thread as I'm looking for books for dd for her birthday in September. She's kind of hovering across orange/turquoise/purple in the books she's bringing home from school, but I want her personal reading to be for fun at this stage, something she doesn't need help with if possible; school reading books are for challenging her.

I had a trawl of the shelves at our local WH Smiths last week to see what was available, and all that I could find that seemed to fit my bill were a series called Magic Farm. They're on Amazon, but you can only look inside the Kindle edition. However, if you have a Smiths or Waterstones near you it might be worth checking them out.

Second the Usborne stuff, but I have loads of that with being an organiser so am trying to give dd a bit of variety. grin

cabbageandbeans Fri 13-Jul-12 22:54:21

thats how I feel about reading books in general at the library. None of them in order and they all have a different approach to how they are graded. But I think I will go for one of these early readers that have been mentioned. Perhaps the best way is to take her out to the book shop and get it as a reward fro something.....

thanks for the great advice.

infin Fri 13-Jul-12 23:06:55

Ha ha...have found a cheap set of the Ahlberg books..
Happy Families series

infin Fri 13-Jul-12 23:07:50

Another blunder. Out of stock.
Must be bedtime!!

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