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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!

lostintoys Sat 11-May-13 10:28:59

The Sophie books by Dick King Smith were extremely popular here at that age.

numbum Sat 11-May-13 22:17:15

My DD hated the Sophie books. I was quite excited when I found a collection of them in the charity shop for 50p after someone else suggested them but DD found them hard going so only read half of one before giving up

itsnothingoriginal Sat 11-May-13 22:37:42

Good thread - lots of books I'll be looking out for here..

Seconding Oliver Moon for younger, able readers too. Has dd (also 5 yrs) in stitches and nothing upsetting or too advanced in subject matter!

We've also enjoyed some of Holly Webb and Jill Tomlinson's books recently and some of the Sprinters series we've been getting from school. DR is also hugely into Horrid Henry all of a sudden (not sure if a good or a bad thing!).

DD loved Esio Trot and The Twits but we've struggled more with some of the nuances in Matilda and other Roald Dahl books.

We've been enjoying looking at poems the last few weeks for a change. Some lovely books out there eg 'I like this poem' for all ages...

Bunnyjo Sat 11-May-13 23:05:46

If your DD is reading red bananas books and some Roald Dahl, then I would say she is more than capable of reading the utter dross that is Rainbow Fairies.

DD is 5 and in Year 1 (late August born). She has read a couple of the Rainbow Fairies, but finds them a bit 'boring' thank God. She's just started reading Charlotte's Web and is absolutely captivated. Other than that, she's loved the Magic Tree House, Roald Dahl and Pippi Longstocking, to name a few.

DD loves non-fiction too and I would say that has been very useful for developing her reading skills. I can also highly recommend the All Stars books by ORT, as mrz mentioned - thankfully DD's school has them and they were a pleasure for her to read and for me to listen to.

simpson Sun 12-May-13 20:00:20

She has read quite a few all stars books (from school, all the ones they have I think...)

She read a 125 page book today to herself shock "Sky the Unwanted Kitten" so maybe she is ready for harder books than I realise...

numbum Sun 12-May-13 20:16:16

this sort of thing is good for non fiction

My DD has only just started looking at non fiction after I found some Usborne beginner books. There are loads on Amazon

Biscuitsneeded Sun 12-May-13 20:37:06

Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf. Still makes me laugh now!

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