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Arkadia Tue 07-Nov-17 21:26:00

I know questions like this have been posted before, but here we are.
I am looking for advice on books to get for my DD2 (which could read my DD1 too). DD1 is 8,5 and DD2 is 6.
Reading ability not an issue, so no need for anything Biff-and-Chip-like. I would avoid Dhal as well because I don't enjoy it that much.

The "problem" we have at the moment is that DD2 is getting books that are too difficult to understand (we are finishing now Deathwood Letters, which I think is fantastic, but way too difficult to fully understand). Recently we have read "Lost and found" (very good indeed) which I found was more approachable. Also "The gift from Winklesea" (which seemed harder).
So, I am looking for some kind of chapter book which is a good read, but it is approachable for a younger audience, without looking too childish.
For example, the Princess in Black probably fits the bill. It is VERY easy to read and it is not complex to understand (alas, we have run out now. I particularly recommend the first one), but still has some kind of structure.

brilliotic Tue 07-Nov-17 22:10:58

I'm not sure I understand your question. Are you basically looking for age-appropriate books for an able reader? This is frequently discussed over on 'Children's books' and also on 'Gifted and Talented'. Also there are lists of recommendations available on the PotentialPlus website. Happy to share some ideas here too if you are able to describe what your DDs enjoy (I don't know the particular books you mention in the OP). I'm guessing not so much the funny/silly type of books seeing as you don't like Dahl, though whereas we don't really do funny and silly either, we do enjoy Dahl generally. I guess what we don't like are books that are basically little more than one joke followed by another, whereas we find that the humour supports an interesting storyline in most Dahl books. Anyway...

Or is this something about books given by school and which school reader books would be more appropriate and how to get school to give different books?

LadyGagarden Tue 07-Nov-17 22:13:43

My youngest will be 7 soon and she really likes The Secret Seven and other Enid Blyton books like The Wishing Chair and The Faraway Tree. They’re good chapter books with age appropriate storylines.

Tomorrowillbeachicken Tue 07-Nov-17 22:14:34

Ds6 is currently enjoying 13 storey treehouse.

Raaaaaah Tue 07-Nov-17 22:16:57

We are reading A boy called Christmas at the moment and both my 6 and 8yr olds are enjoying it. It’s a good read and I am looking forward to reading it each evening. I like the Madame Pamplemousse books too.

Norestformrz Wed 08-Nov-17 05:27:18

The Winnie the Witch books are available as chapter books and so are some of the Julia Donaldson books. The Jolley Rodgers series are popular with my class as were the Titchy Witch and Oliver Moon books.

Tomorrowillbeachicken Wed 08-Nov-17 07:40:10

www.badgerlearning.co.uk/ecommerce/primary-resources/library-reading-boxes/confident-fluent-readers/

irvineoneohone Wed 08-Nov-17 09:06:45

It's not a book, but I would recommend these sites for knowledge, vocabulary and comprehension.

www.readworks.org/find-content#!s0:0/q:/g:/t:0/s:/k:/cid:/f:0/pt:/features:/

readtheory.org/

For books, I would just take them to the local library/book shop/ charity shop and let them choose.

Arkadia Wed 08-Nov-17 09:33:37

Brill, yes, "age-appropriate books for an able reader".

Irvine, the do choose what they like, but especially DD2 tends to choose books that are too difficult (but we don't know it till it is too late...). At least we have now run out of Horrid Henry's (thank goodness for that...). Hopefully they will get over the Beano phase too...
DD1 is into David Walliams and we have gone through the Malory Towers phase (so, we have done Enid Blyton too).

(As an aside, I have been reading the Malory Towers series as well... remarkable how they are pretty much identical to, say, the worst witch and even the early Harry Potters...)

irvineoneohone Wed 08-Nov-17 09:51:03

What do you mean by " choose the book that are too difficult".

As in vocabulary? If so, get her an electronic dictionary, it worked really well with my ds. young children can look up without too much disruption.
If it was as in concept, can you talk about it?
My ds was an early reader, and some of the book he read was very difficult in concept. He read it anyway, and re-read it in later years. You can sort of tell if your dc actually get it or not.

Only time he stopped reading the book he chose was, when he decided it was too boring(or out of his understanding) by himself.

irvineoneohone Wed 08-Nov-17 10:00:09

But on the other hand, I did actively monitored what he read. I didn't let him read Harry Potter until he was in yr3, simply because I really wanted him to enjoy reading them with full understanding, rather than just reading as in decoding.

LordSugarWillSeeYouNow Wed 08-Nov-17 10:03:15

Dd is 6 and I've just ordered her Malory Towers and secret seven books by Enid Blyton.
These are the books I loved from that age upwards.

She has already read a couple of secret seven from the library and loved them.

You can't go wrong with Enid Blyton for your dd's ages.

Tomorrowillbeachicken Wed 08-Nov-17 10:05:40

Ds always favours science non fiction when given the choice.

Tomorrowillbeachicken Wed 08-Nov-17 10:05:40

Ds always favours science non fiction when given the choice.

CruCru Wed 08-Nov-17 11:18:06

www.timeout.com/london/kids/the-100-best-childrens-books

Arkadia Wed 08-Nov-17 11:58:22

Why am I not getting any notification?

Anyway, Irvine, take "deathwood letters", an easy read and not too long (I recommend it): to understand what is going on you have to read between the lines and infer what is NOT being said in the text and I don't this she is there yet. I googled it and it seems a book for older primary - young secondary kids.
What I will try is to read it again and see if we can make more sense of it.

Arkadia Wed 08-Nov-17 12:01:19

I was having a look at the times out list. The Iron man is for children aged 6-8? Are you kidding me?

irvineoneohone Wed 08-Nov-17 14:05:58

summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/book-sorter

This website has a book sorter function, you pick the category (like fantasy, sports, facts, etc) and choose(or not choose) age and gender.
Then list of recommended books by children comes up.

CruCru Wed 08-Nov-17 14:19:10

The Iron Man is asking quite a lot of a child who has just turned six (although I don’t remember the vocabulary being difficult). However an able reader aged 7 or 8 May enjoy it.

irvineoneohone Wed 08-Nov-17 15:59:04

My ds's biggest problem was learning inferring/deduction, etc, more higher comprehension skills. That's the problem with early readers, imo.
We have been working on it since teacher made us aware in yr1. My ds being hyperlexic didn't help either.
Some children has it naturally, some(like my ds) need to learn it.

My ds re-read a lot of the books in ks1. School used bug club, which is the online reading scheme, and they went only up to lime(lv11) in ks1 in our school.
He read 100+ books twice or more in yr1/2, and done great for him, imo.
We have early readers section in local library as well, and ds read all the books there too. It's age appropriate for 6 year olds, so it's great to pick books from, if your local one has it. It maybe too easy, but any books is good to read imo.
Being able reader doesn't mean they need to read something difficult for them to understand, or reading for challenge all the time.

Bowerbird5 Wed 08-Nov-17 17:13:54

The Iron Man is a book used in Yr 3 Literacy.
If you like Enid Blyton has she read the Faraway Tree series?
Old fashioned but I read Mrs Pepperpot to Yr 3 last year and they loved it. Several girls went on to read the rest of the series. Michael Murpurgo is good but perhaps for a little older. Jacquline Wilson but again be careful as some books are for older children and she tackles a lot of topic so please research first. Why don't you go to the library and ask the librarian.

Pansiesandredrosesandmarigolds Wed 08-Nov-17 18:15:28

Fifth Form at St. Dominic’s.

1981trouble Wed 08-Nov-17 18:18:51

We are loving the Creakers at the moment Tom fletchers new one

Arkadia Wed 08-Nov-17 21:13:10

I had replied but my message seems to have gone lost. Never mind. Having had a look on Amazon I see that the Faraway Tree gets a lot of rooohhhs and aaahhhs so I thought I would give that a go. In addition it is rated 7 to 9 I suppose to Mallory tower which is 9 to 11 so it should be ok. If it's not too much of an imposition can someone post a random them page of the Faraway Tree just to have a look to see what it's like? Thanks a lot

sirfredfredgeorge Wed 08-Nov-17 21:44:30

You know you can just click "look inside" on amazon and read most of the first chapter?

DD read it when she was 5, had no problems but it didn't engage, but it probably is a good book for the older to read to the younger if they are interested in the story.

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