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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!

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

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

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

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...

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.

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...

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

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

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

christinarossetti Sat 11-May-13 08:56:31

*carriedawayannie", this level of reading is within normal range for a 5 year old but not typical iyswim.

There's a huge range at this are, but this chart suggests levels 1, 2 or 3 in the ORT are expected (pink, red or yellow).

My daughter learnt to read very quickly and ably in reception although lots of other children didn't take off until they were in Y1 or so.

Periwinkle007 Sat 11-May-13 08:01:02

annie don't panic. no it is not 'normal' to be reading this well in reception. it isn't abnormal obviously but the vast majority of children won't reach this sort of level for another year or two. my daughter missed being the youngest in yr1 by a matter of hours so last year when she was still at home but ready to do more we taught her to read. most of it she picked up herself but we did lots of phonics books and covered ie ai ight etc. i missed some stuff but managed to include most things and now she is confident with them. she also has a good memory so has actually learnt most of the words. if she reaches one she doesn't know then it is a case of sounding it out and trying to use the right sounds if it is a word she has never heard of and may not be obvious. we then would correct pronunciation if needed and discuss what it means. i am sure when she reads to herself she just skips some words or guesses but she either reads easier books to herself or she usually comes and checks words with me. i also still check she has understood the chapter she has read to herself. my daughter is the only one at her level i think out of 30 in her class but there are another 2 close behind. they just aren't quite ready for chapter books yet. there really is a huge spread of ability at this age so dont't worry

carriedawayannie Fri 10-May-13 23:05:43

Is it normal for a 5yo to be able to read like this? How does she manage it? There are some complicated words in dome of the books mentioned and my 5yo dd could only manage words that fitted in with her phonics reading.

And she is doing really well compared to her class.

How does she manage the bigger words?

EskSmith Fri 10-May-13 22:57:45

Some good suggestions here, I'm bookmarking for ideas for dd1.

Suggestions from me, Dd1 is currently loving working her way through my old Teddy Robinson books which are fab. She also loved the magic ballerina books (not great writing but better than rainbow fairies!)

simpson Fri 10-May-13 22:57:39

Numbum - have PMed you smile

simpson Fri 10-May-13 22:54:31

Wow at CS Lewis in yr1!!!

If you want to put your address in DD will write back grin

numbum Fri 10-May-13 22:42:25

that's fine simpson. I'll ask DD to send them with a letter for your DD if you PM me your address grin

Your DD does sound very like my DD, a year on and my DD is reading C S Lewis (expressively, with intonation and comprehension). It is hard trying to find books to interest them

simpson Fri 10-May-13 22:37:02

Going to look up Moomins grin

simpson Fri 10-May-13 22:36:15

Numbum - I would love them for DD if that's ok...

Dick king smith is good, I had forgotten about him. DD has read Connie and Rollo and Poppet.

numbum Fri 10-May-13 22:18:42

I am more than happy to send a few Rainbow Fairy books to anybody who wants them! DD never really took to them but my sister bought her 3 set (21 books) for Christmas.

They really are badly written, although the 7 stories are good for comprehension as they all link together.

If anybody would like some then feel free to PM me!

rhetorician Fri 10-May-13 21:43:00


RhinestoneCowgirl Fri 10-May-13 21:40:17

Don't know if he's already been mentioned, but... Dick King Smith? Good for animal stories - DS started with Hodgeheg.

simpson Fri 10-May-13 21:32:19

I saw that peri but would rather the ££ went into something else...

You are lucky in that you have a younger DD to use them as well I guess to get your money's worth!

Although I am lucky as DS is 7 and I have kept all of his books for her to work through. But obviously he was not into girlie books about mermaids/fairies/princesses/animals etc...grin

Periwinkle007 Fri 10-May-13 20:52:59

we got the fairies from the book people in a big set (or 2) cheaply. well grandma did actually. After my 2 have finished with them I will pass them to my niece.

simpson Fri 10-May-13 20:38:48

Peri - that will be my thinking on rainbow fairies too, fine as long as DD reads to herself. I also refuse to spend lots of ££ on them either so will get a couple from charity shops if I see any.

Periwinkle007 Fri 10-May-13 20:02:34

Rainbow fairies are fine so long as they read them to themselves. I don't have a problem with them unless i have to sit through them endlessly.

Wigeon Fri 10-May-13 19:57:39

Third option - give them to a charity shop. So although you are then imposing dreadful literature on a poor innocent child, at least a charity benefits! smile

piprabbit Fri 10-May-13 19:53:58

My DD has long outgrown Rainbow Fairies and I'm looking to free up some shelf space by getting rid of her copies...but I'm having a terrible moral dilemma. Do I pass them on to another family or throw them away? I really hate to throw away a book, but I think it is unfair to inflict them on someone else.

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