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Reading book recommendations please for 5yr old DD...

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simpson Thu 09-May-13 22:42:11

DD is 5 and a very able reader. She has read My Naughty Little Sister, Milly Molly Mandy, Roald Dahl, Flat Stanley, Frog and Toad, early reader chapter books, red bananas books, Secret Mermaid books and Horrid Henry etc....

Basically I need ideas of what she can read next. She is not yet ready for Enid Blyton or the dreaded Rainbow Fairy books.

She does read books at an alarming rate and can read a chapter book in about an hour (to herself) and seems to understand what she reads.

Any ideas?

Forgot to say she hates non fiction with a passion!

piprabbit Thu 09-May-13 22:48:33

If she's read Roald Dahl and Milly Molly Mandy then she is already streets ahead of the Rainbow Fairies.

What about the "Worst Witch" series?
Little House on the Prairie (start with Little House in the Big Woods).
Mrs Pepperpot.
Pippi Longstocking.

simpson Thu 09-May-13 22:55:55

She has not read all of RD admittedly... She has read The Enormous Crocodile, The Magic Finger, The Twits and George's Marvelous Medicine. She could cope with Fantastic Mr Fox but it did not float her boat...

She has read some of the picture books of the Worst Witch, I will check out the chapter books.

Pippi Longstocking looks good, thanks smile

blueberryboybait Thu 09-May-13 22:56:21

DD (4.5) love the Bake a Wish series and Magic Molly. She has just started Magic Faraway Tree.

learnandsay Thu 09-May-13 23:11:24

Beatrix Potter

learnandsay Thu 09-May-13 23:12:57

Swallows & Amazons

Beehatch Thu 09-May-13 23:15:36

Yes to Mrs Pepperpot, my DD is loving it ATM.
She also managed some chapters of The Wishing Chair by herself.
The stories Like The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark are also favourites
Dare I say Spy Dogs to (for some reason!)

humblebumble Thu 09-May-13 23:22:04

Mercy Pig

simpson Thu 09-May-13 23:34:08

Forgot to say, she loves Mercy pig!

The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark, I read to her about 6 months ago and she did not understand everything, but she may well do now...

Magic Molly looks good!

Will check out the other suggestions, thanks smile

MrsFrederickWentworth Thu 09-May-13 23:39:45

Do read the little house series, beginning with in the bid woods. They are much much better than the tv series.

The adventures if the little wooden horse.

Gobbolino the witch's cat.

Get her a nice illustrated aesop'fables and also a book of fairy tales. They will stimulate her imagination.

Esio Trot



simpson Thu 09-May-13 23:44:41

Forgot to say blush she has read Esio Trot (and loved it) will check out the little house series, thanks!

hels71 Fri 10-May-13 07:40:54

My DD, also 5, has read several you mention and is currently enjoying The Worst Witch books. She also like Winnie the Witch (and the dreaded rainbow fairies..........) We also have sveral of the Usbourne Young Readers books, including The Wizard of Oz (only one I can remember) and she enjoys those.

Periwinkle007 Fri 10-May-13 10:03:24

Magic Molly
Humphrey the Hamster
Willow Valley
Princess Poppy chapter books
Winnie the Witch chapter books
Magic Toyshop
Anna Hibiscus
Lucky Stars
there is a disney fairies set of chapter books and also a disney princess set which I found in TKMaxx - 7 or 8 books in a set.
Bluebell Woods
Felicity Wishes chapter books
Titania Woods fairy school ones
My Naughty Little Puppy
Mammoth Academy
Tilly Tiptoes
Railway Rabbits
Olga de Polga possibly? we have it - no idea how hard it is though
Lulu books by Hilary McKay (she wants to be a vet when she grows up if I remember right)
Worst Witch
Paddington (proving to be a big hit here at the moment)
Gobbolino (although my old copy has TINY text)
Brambley Hedge? not sure how hard they are either but lovely pictures - saw some cheap in The Works the other day.

Wheresmycaffeinedrip Fri 10-May-13 10:09:13

Periwinkle007 Fri 10-May-13 10:16:28

ooh and if anyone is interested the Book People have the Oliver Moon set - 12 books for £9.99

we haven't read any of those but just noticed them on their website

Periwinkle007 Fri 10-May-13 10:18:08

and 15 Roald Dahl books for £15.99

I might be getting that for the present box...

freetrait Fri 10-May-13 10:21:06

Is your library any good? I am finding it really useful for trying things out and then you can buy things if they go down well. Also DS will sometimes pick things that I would not have chosen for him but have been very good. Sometimes they seem very easy for him, but I have to remind myself he is only 6- it's fine to read Monster and Frog (in about 5 minutes) as well as Horrible Histories smile.

Mr Men/Little Miss

Oh yes, Magic Treehouse. There are loads of those! Let her choose and don't discount picture books. Sort of move off these thinking they are too grown up/better readers, but actually some are great (eg Katie Morag).

Periwinkle007 Fri 10-May-13 10:27:15

The Lighthouse Keeper books have been republished in pairs as chapter type books so may appeal to her more now

lostintoys Fri 10-May-13 10:30:05

DS devoured the entire Magic Treehouse series when he had just turned five. Also loved Pippi Longstocking, Olga de Polga, Greek myths (especially those by Lucy Coats), the Goblins series by David Melling, and Aesop's fables.

GingerPCatt Fri 10-May-13 10:51:20

It's been aged since I read them, but the wizard of oz series is great. There are loads of them as well if she likes them.

simpson Fri 10-May-13 13:02:20

Our local library is shut for nearly a year <<wail>> for a face lift...

freetrait Fri 10-May-13 13:08:37

Boooooooooo! trauma! sad- there should be a trauma face.

Wheresmycaffeinedrip Fri 10-May-13 13:10:44

shock no library??!!!

AnonYonimousBird Fri 10-May-13 13:20:45

Mrs Pepperpot is a huge favourite in this house. We read them together, they are short and funny, but your DD would be able to read them on her own.

Shocker re library, ours now closes one afternoon a week and that was bad enough when they announced it! Poor you! Scour ebay and amazon for cheaper copies plus charity shops....

Periwinkle007 Fri 10-May-13 14:35:06

oh forgot my favourite latest discovery the sainsburys ones (they all used to be corgi pups/corgi first readers). just enjoyed Dogbird and Dog on a Broomstick here. next up looks to be The troublesome tooth fairy and grandma also got her the Snow Dog. they would be very quick reads for your daughter though, they are about 2 nights worth for us.

Have the library not supplied some sort of mobile service? next they will be complaining that the newly done up library is underused - because people have all given up and found alternatives.

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