The two DDs of a friend of mine will have their fourth and eighth birthdays soon. Could anyone recommend some books that they think they might like, for me to give them as birthday presents (separately, of course!)?
My dd is 7 and loves books by Gwyneth Rees, like Mermaid Magic. Unfortunately they look rather trashy, but are quite well-written, and good at dealing with real-life situations through metaphor. She's a child psychiatrist and it shows in the writing I think. (GR, not my dd, obviously). Might be slightly young for an 8 year old if she's very sophisticated though. Molly Moon is another one we've been reading, that would be worth a look too.
For the 4 year old, hmm. I have to say that Angelina Ballerina was the big star in dd's life when she was that age.
My nearly 8 yr old (Yr3) loves the 'rainbow fairies' books, as do many girls in her class. Tends to appeal to the 'girly girls' though. Would be slightly careful with Jaqueline Wilson as she writes for a wide range of ages & some of the themes are definately aimed at older kids (teenager). The suitcase kid went down well, the illustrated mum didn't.
Any of the animal ark books are usually well recieved, plus Horrid Henry! If they have any interests (riding/ballet etc) you can usually get 'presentation' style books for those (quite often in the discount shops!!)
Can't remember what they were reading at 4, but think Shirley Hughes books were still liked at that age (but read to, not read by themselves). Also, fairy sticker books (M&S used to do a good one- not sure if they still do)