Hi all -
I'm looking for books to read to my almost 5 yo son.
These days he's really enjoying books with lots of text and only one picture per page, like Mole's Christmas from Wind in the Willows. We just edit as we go for parts that are too intense for him, like Mole whinging on and on and being too morose - that tends to make my son sad. For context, we also have to edit all the Elsa Beskow books because, for example, Vara the Viper is too scary.
I feel constrained because he's ready attention-span-wise for the length and depth of story that usually has more content then we are comfortable giving him. Also, the reading sessions are usually at bedtime, so we have no need for intense stories at that hour.
Subject matter could be anything mostly gentle, even if small edits are needed, but he especially favors anything to do with water, ocean life, boating, fishing, etc.
Thanks for any thoughts on keeping my little one interested and protected at the same time!