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Initial post: 4 Jan 2012 15:35:22 GMT
Barbara Ann says:
My granddaughter is six and in 2nd year at school. She reads well for her age. What recommendations for books she can actually read herself please?

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2012 16:06:30 GMT
N. Smith says:
My daughter is the same age and in Year 2. She is ahead of the expected reading level for her age, but not super-precocious.She enjoys reading the following:
- Rainbow Fairies series (bit girly for my taste)
- Horrid Henry (good counterbalance to the Rainbow Fairies, although all the characters are rather unbearable)
- The Magic Faraway Tree (Blyton, but not too clunky)
- My Naughty Little Sister books (she seems to cope with the historical oddities eg coalmen, without batting an eyelid)
- Judy Moody stories (just starting on these, a bit more demanding)
and of course Roald Dahl's stories (although these tend to be more enjoyed when read aloud by grown ups as the tone is often critical to understanding).
Hope that helps.

Posted on 4 Jan 2012 16:12:11 GMT
Mammaof3 says:
My daughter is 6 and also loves reading, some of the ones I can remember are rainbow fairies, although be warned there are a lot of these books in the series each with a theme, eg rainbow, animals, music; they can get a bit samey after a while. She has also enjoyed 'Princess Poppy', quite girly. This week she's been reading 'My naughty little sister' books by Dorothy Edwards, some would say old fashioned but I also loved them as a child. I think Enid Blyton and Judith Kerr are worth a look at for this reading age, they seem to have the right balance for early readers. Hope this helps.

Posted on 4 Jan 2012 16:15:25 GMT
Gemma Spurr says:
Thinking back to when my daughter was 6:-

My Naught Little Sister, Dorothy Edwards and Roald Dahl as already suggested were really popular
(She read a few rainbow fairies but quickly tired of them (they are not well written in my opinion and I am not a fan either))

Teddy Robinson (Joan Robinson)
Naughtiest Girl in School (Enid Blyton)
Charm School (Anne Fines)
Secret Seven (Enid Blyton)
Harry Potter (The first couple are not too dark and were ok, the problem for me was the way the books get older as they go through and once they have started they tend to want to keep going so you may need to be prepared to make her wait a while for book 4 onwards (in my opinion of course, Im sure some people think they are all fine for this age)
The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett) although we needed to talk about a few things in this she did not immediately understand
The Mr Gum books by Andy Stanton

Posted on 4 Jan 2012 16:26:17 GMT
Ru Morris says:
for quick reads try "Erin and the Pink Playground" and "Erin and the Fairy Jailbreak"

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2012 17:15:04 GMT
A. Buckwell says:
Try the author Sue Mongredien, my daughter was addicted to the whole Oliver Moon~boy wizard range of books featuring characters such as Bully Bogeywort and Hattie Toadtrumper....I enjoyed reading them too!!! Guarantee she won't be able wait for the next chapter! The same author also wrote 'The Secret Mermaid' series. Also, an American author called Mary Pope Osbourne wrote the Magic Tree House series, these books mingle fiction with factual places, you never know where the Tree House will transport Jack

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2012 19:17:47 GMT
You could try my newly published book Reginal the Vegetarian Vampire which has the added strangeness of being in both English and French! I'd love to hear how she gets on with it :-DReginal The Vegetarian Vampire (The Reginald Bilingual Readers)

Posted on 4 Jan 2012 23:57:34 GMT
My daughter is six and loves the Rainbow Fairy books, Holly Web's animal books, e.g. Lost in the Snow, Jill Murphy's The Worst Witch (Young Puffin Story Books) series, and is now beginning to try Linda Chapman's unicorn series, e.g. My Secret Unicorn: Keeper of Magic

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jan 2012 19:54:46 GMT
LEP says:
Try her with Dick King Smith's books, they are charming and funny. The Sophie series would probably be good for her.

Then there's the little Animal Ark books for age 4 + and Animal Ark books are for age 8+. My son loved them.

Posted on 15 Jan 2012 11:52:41 GMT
Barbara Ann says:
Thank you everyone for your very helpful suggestions and I will certainly act upon your advice !

Posted on 20 Jan 2012 15:14:59 GMT
Oxford Reading Tree and Oxford Project X provide excellent graded books to get just the right level. You can even look up Oxford Owl online and read entire books for free to get a good idea which level is best. You will find samples of some good chapter books too. You can read the first chapter and if she enjoys it buy the whole book.

My son is age 6 and he enjoys National Geographic Kids Magazine, Oxford Project X, Horrid Henry, and the Charlie Higgins books but the latter are quite difficult for him. He also loves reading graphic novels but the ones he reads are more apt to appeal to boys. I involve the child in choosing the books because the most important bit is to find books the child really enjoys reading - and don't forget to keep reading out loud too :)

Posted on 20 Jan 2012 19:29:15 GMT
My little girl who's also 6 is very much enjoying the Winnie the Witch collection at the minute - they are available in a set of 10 books. I had got her 42 of the Rainbow Fairies books and thought they would keep her reading for ages but she only read a few and then got tired of them. The Winnie the Witch collection seems to be brilliant and she has nearly finished them all !!!!!!

Posted on 1 Feb 2012 20:43:33 GMT
CJ says:
My daughter is also six and currently reading Michael Morpurgo Mudpuddle Farm Pigs Might Fly. Very funny with lovely black and white illustrations in, text going round corners etc. She's really enjoying it. It has chapters and feels grown up but is also fun.
There are quite a few books in the mud puddle Farm series.

Posted on 2 Feb 2012 10:26:01 GMT
Mo-chan says:
I second Winnie The Witch, my daughter loves them.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Feb 2012 20:08:14 GMT
Mindy's Adventure with the Pussycat Witches: Playing in the Rain have a look,it is a good read.

Posted on 20 Feb 2012 21:14:04 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 21 Feb 2012 10:43:49 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Feb 2012 10:45:06 GMT
F James says:
Try the Magic Treehouse books. They're absolutely brilliant for this age group and make great first "chapter books".

Have a look at them here

My daughter loved these books. The Tashi series are also great for six-year-olds.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Feb 2012 20:42:15 GMT
Claire Booth says:
Hi - if she has a DS then I would recommend the DS Flips Book for the Enid Blyton Faraway Tree/Enchanted Wood stories as the pages interact - eg water when Dame Washalot throws water down the tree - links to character pictures etc - my daughter started off with this then happily picked up the actual book. The Mr Majeika books are also fun and if she likes animals then the animal ark books are good too. My youngest is now 8 and has just discovered Noel Streatfeild and is lost in Ballet Shoes for Anna. Wouldn't go mad on the Daisy Meadow Fairy Books as they are very formulaic and they soon get bored with them! If she's not a girly girl you could try the Geronimo Stilton series.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Feb 2012 21:41:50 GMT
H. Sherman says:
Some of the Jaqueline Wilson books are great for a six year old girl. Try Lola Rose, Lily Alone, Lizzie Zipmouth, The Cat Mummy and Cliffhanger. My daughter loved these.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Feb 2012 13:35:43 GMT
Non says:
My daughter wrote her own book silly Sarah by Victoria Agom when aged 7, your daughter might enjoy, reading a book from a child.

Posted on 22 Feb 2012 16:46:57 GMT
Jo Jo says:
My daughter who is 7 was not reading anything independently until Christmas when we got her the Ugenia Lavender books by Geri Halliwell. She read all six in the series over the 2 week holiday. I was amazed! This has now got her in to reading. Each book has got 3 stories in so they are not too long for a first time reader. Can thoroughly recommend and we are now lending them to her friends.

Posted on 22 Feb 2012 18:26:02 GMT
Iris Investigates: Beastly Goings On In Pelican Wharf

Iris Investigates, this is perfect!

Posted on 22 Feb 2012 18:27:28 GMT
My Bus Driver Is A Polar Bear (The Polar Bear Adventures Book 1)

This is an environment adventure, also for that age range.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Feb 2012 10:33:49 GMT
MLC says:
The Storytelling Emporium on blogger has just started up. It lists two books The Little Zero and The Ball That Bounced with a third out soon. All title available on Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2012 10:56:30 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Feb 2012 10:56:52 GMT
Mrs J Vesey says:
My kids loved 'Bertle B.Bug and the Case of the missing Space Slugs', it has quite a few funny moments in it and lots of characters they can remember. My little girl loved it and she's six.
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