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Accessible Chapter Books for a 5 year old girl

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BaconAndAvocado · 27/02/2014 21:37

DD has just got into reading and it's a joy to behold!

She loves the Fairy Animal series and the Secret Kingdom, though the latter is sometimes a bit too challenging.

Any other ideas?

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BaconAndAvocado · 27/02/2014 22:25


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Skiingmaniac · 27/02/2014 22:27

The worst witch
Magic faraway tree
Daisy and the trouble with....series
Shrinking violet...series

BaconAndAvocado · 28/02/2014 12:00

Thanks for those suggestions skiing will have a gander in Amazon!

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iwantavuvezela · 28/02/2014 12:04

she might enjoy the Claude books, really funny, still a picture on every page, and nice paragraph chunks to read, (not too overwhelming) and the stories are really good. There are about 6 of them, the first one is Claude in the City. My daughter loves them as there is lots of humour regarding mentioning of bottoms etc!

EduCated · 28/02/2014 12:08

I loved Dick King-Smith novels around that age. Not sure how difficult they are though, but lots of lovely stories. I particularly loved the Sophie novels Smile

BaconAndAvocado · 28/02/2014 12:13

Ooohhhh the Claude books look absolutely perfect, a real chapter book but not too much text and the language is just right! Thanks iwant

Will have a look at Dick King Smith! WhT Are the Sophie novels?

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TheNightIsDark · 28/02/2014 12:17

The Sophie books are brilliant. She's 4 and wants to be a lady farmer.

Bloody love them. They go up until she's 7 I think. She also stomps on a my little pony and has a pet snail.

TheNightIsDark · 28/02/2014 12:18

First one is Sophie's snail

Cringechilli · 28/02/2014 12:18

Little Gems books are similar ish in difficulty to Claude. Also on Amazon.

EduCated · 28/02/2014 12:29

Yes, Sophie's a little girl who loves animals and wants to be a farmer. A bit twee in places, but quite gentle and actually a nice step away from the whole fairy princesses thing! There's about 5 or 6 books, I think.

Night That's because MLP is mowldy, stupid and assive!

BlueChampagne · 28/02/2014 13:02

Second Worst Witch, Sophie and Claude. How about My Naughty Little Sister (very dated!) and Sophie and the Shadow Woods?

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fruitpastille · 28/02/2014 14:32

Wiinie the witch? There are chapter books as well as the picture books.

hels71 · 28/02/2014 18:20

My DD (now 6) is enjoying the usbourne young readers series 2 books....
She also enjoys Milly Molly Mandy, worst witch and the secret mermaid...

Campaspe · 28/02/2014 18:24

Awww, the Sophie books. Just read the whole series to my DD, and I think they are lovely. I much preferred them to all the fairy animal stuff DD normally wants to read!

PastPerfect · 28/02/2014 18:26

The rainbow fairy books?

TBH they're pretty dreadful (v twee) but when DD was 6/7 she and all her friends adored them and they were a good stepping stone to more sophisticated choices Smile

SpookedMackerel · 28/02/2014 18:30

The owl who was afraid of the dark, by Jill Tomlinson, is great.

There are others she has written about other animals - not as good, though the Cat who wanted to go home was very much enjoyed by dd.

BaconAndAvocado · 28/02/2014 18:43

The Sophie books look fab, though Amazon won't let me look inside so I'm not sure about the level of text.

We have done the Magic Fairy books, with me reading them to her about a year ago.

Thanks so much for all the great ideas Smile

As she has only just really started to read independently the book needs to be quite basic for her understanding but also needs to be a real chapter book IYSWIM

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GrouchingTiggerHiddenSomething · 28/02/2014 19:16

my DD loves the Gaskitt books by Allan Ahlberg, there are four, "The Man who wore all his clothes", "The Woman who won things", "The children who smelled a Rat" and "The Cat who got carried away". Really fun, very short chapters and great pictures too.

First one

BrokenBananaTantrum · 28/02/2014 19:18

Rainbow Magic have some easy reader ones which she might be ok with?

wearymum200 · 28/02/2014 19:28

Text in Sophie books is a bit harder than Claude, I think. Had Holly Webb recommended to me on a prev thread like this and dd loves Lost in the Snow and the x the something kitten/puppy etc ones.
Other early readers incl Horrid Henry ones, Sally Gardner Princess ones
Willow valley

BaconAndAvocado · 28/02/2014 21:24

Think Claude looks like the way to go but I can't figure put which Claude book comes first?!

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BlueChampagne · 28/02/2014 21:26

Claude books stand alone so don't worry too much about which comes first.

iwantavuvezela · 28/02/2014 21:28

The first one is claude in the city
Second I think is either countryside or holiday
But you can read them in any order, they are really funny.

BendyBusBuggy · 28/02/2014 21:29

The bookpeople have a three book claude collection for £4.99, and they also,have 10% off at the moment

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