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Struggling to keep up with DD's reading habit - recommendations for a 7yo avid reader please!

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Glendora · 23/04/2020 10:26

DD has always been a keen reader, but has become a total bookworm since lockdown - the extra time to read means she's getting through a book a day and I'm struggling to keep the supply up! Can anyone suggest what else she may like based on the following?

  • Absolutely loves anything based in fantasy worlds - so magic, mythical creatures, etc
  • Likes also some animal and nature-based stories
  • Won't read anything that is presented as a 'mystery' or detective story (i.e. won't read Secret Seven and those ones with the girl Victorian detective)


Things she's loved:
  • How to Train your Dragon
  • Worst Witch
  • Amelia Fang
  • Witch Wars
  • Bad Mermaids
  • Charmseekers
  • The Boy who Grew Dragons
  • Starfell books (these we're reading to her)
  • A Piglet called Truffle et al books by Helen Peters


Stuff she likes but doesn't love
  • Roald Dahl (has enjoyed these being read to her, but doesn't seem keen to read them herself)
  • Narnia books - I read a couple of them to her a while ago, but she lost interest half way through the Horse and His Boy. Might try her on them again though.
  • She read Dick King-Smith's The Sheep Pig recently and enjoyed it, but didn't get 'in' to it the way she has with the ones listed above


She's enjoyed Beast Quest and Rainbow Magic a while ago, but she's beyond that now really.

Any other recommendations? Ideally of series that she can get stuck into (and that I can buy relatively cheaply 2nd hand!), but also for stand alone books.
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akkakk · 24/04/2020 15:57

Redwall books?

Noel Streatfeild (e.g. ballet shoes - but loads of others which are fab)

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rosy71 · 24/04/2020 16:15

The Malory Towers series
David Walliams
Pippi Longstocking
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Horrid Henry
Five Children and It

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Glendora · 27/04/2020 12:32

Thanks for the further recommendations.

Yes - she loved Wizards of Once @ArfArfBarf

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BlueChampagne · 27/04/2020 12:48

Wolves of Willoughby Chase (Joan Aitken)
Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf

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YetAnotherSpartacus · 27/04/2020 12:52

Definitely Enid Blyton.

Jill's Pony Club?

Amanda and the Brownies?

Trixie Belden?

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ChaBishkoot · 27/04/2020 12:55

I asked my bookworm 8 year old who recommends:

The Lottie Lipton books about an eight year old who lives in the British Library and solves mysteries.
And the Pages and Co series whose third book is about to come out about a girl who lives above a bookshop.

He loved both and also says maybe she would like the Jack Stalwart series about a boy who is a spy. (I am aware although he isn’t that I would like my daughter to read books where there are more female protagonists hence my first two suggestions).

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ChaBishkoot · 27/04/2020 12:56

If she loves animals she will love Mango and Bambang. He loved those books too.

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YetAnotherSpartacus · 27/04/2020 12:59

The Neverending Story

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LesleysChestnutBob · 27/04/2020 13:00

If she likes ponies there are lots of pony books out there by authors like the Pullein-Thompson sisters. If she likes Black Beauty, they did a follow up book called Black Beauty's family. K M Peyton is brilliant too. All feel good wholesome stories about children who really want ponies. A more up to date author along the same vein is Kate Lattey. Her pony jumpers series - each book follows a different child. The other books she had are probably too grown up for her at the moment.

Redwall will keep her going forever.

Eva Ibbotson is great too, I used to love Secret of Platform 13 as a kid.

I, Houdini is from a hamsters point of view.

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Squiz81 · 28/04/2020 22:34

My ds is currently enjoying The Shop on Peculiar Hill by Grimly Darkwood. I got it on a kindle deal following a recommendation

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Glendora · 29/04/2020 12:50

Ooh more recommendations. Thanks so much!

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Aroundtheworldin80moves · 29/04/2020 13:02

My DDs love

Zoe's Rescue Zoo series
Hotel Flamingo series
The Disney Twisted Tales
Magic Ballet Shoes (Darcey Bussell books)

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