I have nothing against fantasy books at all but I'm having trouble finding fiction for my dd that isn't about princesses or fairies or wizards, etc. They seem to be the overwhelming majority of the series out there and she just doesn't enjoy them. I'm looking for something about people doing pretty regular things. Just going about life and the things that happen along the way.
I hope that makes sense. She likes the Animal Ark series and anything by Cynthia Rylant if that helps. I'm thinking about this
Any ideas are really appreciated. She is five and reading pretty well on her own already but I also read aloud to her so any reading level for ages maybe 4-9 would be fine.
mama to three little ladies
There are tons of good books out there about ordinary kids.
Some she could likely read herself:
The Jamie and Angus Stories - Anne Fine
The Children on Troublemaker Street - Astrid Lindgren
The Children of Noisy Village - Astrid Lindgren
Did You Carry the Flag Today, Charley? - Rebecca Caudill
Happy Little Family - Rebecca Caudill
Betsy-Tacy - Maud Hart Lovelace
Ramona the Pest - Beverly Cleary
Little House in the Big Woods - Laura Ingalls Wilder
Sadie and Ratz - Sony Hartnett
Freckle Juice - Judy Blume
the Horrible Harry series - Suzy Kline
the Stink series - Megan McDonald
the Judy Moody series - Megan McDonald
the Clementine series - Sara Pennypacker
Stuart Goes to School - Sara Pennypacker
Gooney Bird Greene - Lois Lowry
the American Girl books
the Sophie books - Dick King-Smith
The Boxcar Children - Gertrude Chandler Warner
the Nate the Great series - Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
And some you might need to read to her:
Day of the Blizzard - Marietta Moskin
All-of-A-Kind Family - Sydney Taylor
Understood Betsy - Dorothy Canfield
Star in the Storm - Joan Hiatt Harlow
Ginger Pye - Eleanor Estes
The Trolley Car Family - Eleanor Clymer
Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
Mr. Popper's Penguins - Richard and Florence Atwater
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett
Nim's Island - Wendy Orr
Many of the above have sequels, too. Most of the ones I listed are about pretty ordinary events, but a few of them, like Nim's Island or Mr. Popper's Penguins, are about ordinary people but aren't realistic or typical of ordinary life.
We almost liked "Betsy-Tacy" until the baby died. They're period stories and were written in the 40s and 50s and are set in the late 1800s/early 1900s, so I think the baby getting sick and dying (really a minor part of the story) was realistic, but my girls were very done with that book after that.
In the same vein, but w/o that trauma, is the "Milly Molly Mandy" book.
Contemporary books my girls have loved are the "Ivy & Bean" series (dd2 has loved this for a couple of years about two seven year old girls), the Clementine series about a 3rd grader with a penchant for getting in trouble she didn't intend, and for a long read aloud you might consider the Penderwicks, but it may be a little bit too old for your dd. My dd2 likes Judy Moody and Just Grace, too
My dd2 loves Junie B Jones, but I hate her so she can only read those to herself. On the plus side there are a million of them and they're the right age for your dd.
I think for a girl your dd's age check out Ivy & Bean. They're really funny.
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