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Initial post: 6 Jun 2009 00:19:38 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 Jun 2009 00:22:15 BDT
J. Hales says:
Hi everyone.

Please help me. My little boy is doing very well with his reading. He's in Reception and about to move on to stage 6 of the Oxford Reading Tree. I'm looking for some book recommendations for him that are not related to Kipper, Floppy and co. It's so easy to find books for girls but I'm struggling to find something that is advanced enough for his reading skills, but not too advanced in story matter.

I hope you can help... thank you.

Posted on 6 Jun 2009 09:59:49 BDT
J. Carson says:
I have found the I can read books very good for both my daughter and son. The Frog and Toad books in particular are funny and introduce new characters - would recommend giving them a try

Posted on 6 Jun 2009 17:14:28 BDT
My daughter's six and she likes the Secret Seven books by Enid Blyton - she reads a chapter at a time - sometimes I help her out with any new words, but she really enjoys them, and they're "just exciting enough" without being TOO exciting :-D
There are various story books by EB too 8 O'Clock Tales, Mr. Pinkwhistle and so on, we have loads of them and she likes those. My 4 year old likes them read aloud too.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jun 2009 23:04:59 BDT
Can't agree more. My parents brought the frog and toad books in the 70's when they lived in the states. My sister and I loved them! My own kids read and re- read them. They are all about life and are terribly cleverly written with wonderful illustrations. It's just a shame that there aren't more of them!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2009 18:28:40 BDT
LEP says:
Look on www.
It's a book swap site and they have lots of children's books under age categories.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2009 18:30:33 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2009 18:35:13 BDT
LEP says:
Try the Animal Ark books (I think that they are by varied authors, but try Lucy Daniels). My son loved them. If you type in Animal Ark books under Amazon Search, Books, above it come up with the series and says they are for ages 4 - 8.
They are about a vet's children and the animals in the clinic etc., and are very amusing.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jan 2011 20:04:34 GMT
tassie says:
Karen May books.
Walk in the Woods.
Silly Squirrels.
Shy Saelig.

Posted on 24 Jan 2011 22:02:31 GMT
sandsy says:
I'll also add in a vote for Frog and Toad.
Another good first reading book for boosting confidence is Green Eggs and Ham (Seuss).

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jan 2011 22:30:51 GMT
Happy Days says:
Try the Danny Daydream stories by Arabella Armstrong. Our boys love them.

Posted on 25 Jan 2011 15:57:12 GMT
BM says:
I agree with the others about the suggestions but I think most of them will be a little daunting for a child about to start on Stage 6 ORT because they are quite long and have a much wider vocabulary. When my son was at your son's stage he really really loved the Mudpuddle Farm books by Michael Morpurgo which are chapter books but with simple vocab and clever fonts and great pictures. The other thing I did was raid the local library "Early Readers" section - a particular favourite was "The Best Nest" by P D Eastman... Longer books to read to a 5 year old boy (that he will be able to read some of) - we loved the Indoor Pirates series by Jeremy Strong....

Posted on 25 Jan 2011 17:35:10 GMT
I suggest Phonics Comics. My son, who is reading in English for less than a year (English is not his school instruction language), loves them. They come in three levels - on Amazon they have the "look inside" feature, so you can find the level best for your son. Also Pirate Pete possibly. If he enjoys poems then Dr Seuss's Green Back Books: Fox in Sox; Red Fish Blue Fish; Oh Say Can You Say. A book called Pirate School by Dubrowski.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2011 12:12:20 GMT
Sam says:
Danny Daydream (Arabella Armstrong) is a great set of stories for boys. Gentle adventures with easy to access language.

Posted on 27 Jan 2011 06:44:18 GMT
PapaDelta says:
Agree about Frog & Toad. For a British equivalent there are the Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell Hedhehog and Rabbit sequence Rabbit's Wish (Rabbit & Hedgehog). You could try reading him into a funny young fiction series like Steve Cole's Astrosaurs series.Astrosaurs: The Twist of Time. I had the same problem with my son and the school's insistence on sticking to a reading scheme. What got him going with his own reading were funny books. But your son is only 5. I wouldn't worry about his reading yet. Some children take longer (mine did and is now an avid reader). Just keep reading to him at bedtime and try not to put pressure on at home. Reading is supposed to be enjoyable and I'm confident that if you keep reading great stories to him, he will get there (despite the reading scheme)!

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2011 21:52:08 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Jan 2011 21:56:15 GMT
A. Brett says:
My son is the same age and in reception and doing extremely well with his reading and I have just purchase the Pirate Cove Year 2 pack. Pirate Cove Year 2 Pack (6 Fiction Books), do not be put off by the Year 2 on the title, my son was up to Level 5 of the Kipper books (I did not realise the go above this) and can read these no problem - there are 6 books that progressively get harder.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2011 13:50:10 GMT
Michelle says:
Have you tried Peter and Jane? They go quite high in numbers and have 3 readers per level. Books a and b have new words to learn with a good story and book c is spelling the words learned; so if you just want story books, buy the a and b for each number. My son is 4 and reading 3a right now and absolutely loves them. To give you an idea where that is, he just finished the beginning level (purple) of Floppy Reading books (this might be behind because we just got them!). Of anywhere I looked, Amazon was the best price. All the best! Key Words: 3a Things we like

Posted on 4 Feb 2011 14:38:57 GMT
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Posted on 8 Jul 2011 16:54:27 BDT
Emma says:
What about Marvin Redpost books by Louis Saacher

Posted on 8 Jul 2011 20:26:21 BDT
:) says:
Have you a Kindle? Then Rob Auty's 'A Hare's Tale' is written for that age grouping, worth a look.

Posted on 9 Jul 2011 04:52:13 BDT
DanyBoyde says:
'The Book of The Animals': Fun Learning for children & parents
The 4th episode of the children's books series is out now.

Posted on 18 Jul 2011 16:27:10 BDT
critic says:
The Adventures of Baby Bat
The Adventures of Baby Bat is great. 5 short stories (all with a moral) and hundreds of fantastic illustrations. Some illustrations and more information at

Posted on 18 Jul 2011 16:46:25 BDT
Boodyboobles says:
"Over the moon and Eco Jack" by Christine Kearney is superb.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jul 2011 22:26:53 BDT
Witches, Hats and All That

This book is out soon - new book - new author (me). Story is told in rhyming verse and has some slightly complicated words but I believe getting the little people interested in language as early as possible. Take care

Posted on 1 Aug 2011 10:15:08 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 Aug 2011 10:45:26 BDT
J. Gatehouse says:
If your son likes fun and adventure (and the Loch Ness Monster! Two, actually!) and you have Kindle, download a new book called "Wiggles the Flying Pig".

It's written by an award-winning writer (me!) and drawn by an award-winning artist, it only costs £2.85, has a foreword by BAFTA, Olivier and OBE award-winning actress Virginia McKenna, and 10% of all profits goes to the Born Free Foundation to Save the Tigers!!

So not only do you get a great read and fantastic artwork, you help to protect and save this magnificent animal! What more can one ask for from a book!

Oh, and I second "Winnie-the-Pooh - greatest kids book EVER and free on Kindle.

Posted on 2 Aug 2011 09:52:08 BDT
Sam says:
Try Danny Daydream short stories - good fun and easy to read.
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