The E.B. White children's novels are great next steps ("Charlotte's Web", "Stuart Little", "The Trumpet of the Swan").
Most of the books by Dick King-Smith and Michael Bond are good picks too.
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The Mouse and the Motorcycle (and others in the series) by Beverly Cleary
Stuart Little by EB White
Charlotte's Web by EB White
My Father's Dragon (and others in the series) by Ruth Stiles Gannett
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Freckle Juice by Judy Blume
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
DS #1 was also into LEGO Bionicle -- big time! DH would read the Bionicle chapter books out loud to DS #1. Now DS #1 can read them to himself.
A great resource for picking read-aloud books is The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease. Most public libraries have a copy, I think.
The Boxcar Children series is wonderful also, though it models some very old fashioned gender roles.
We'll have to check out the Gaskitt Family series next. I was hoping Ahlberg was a prolific writer.
He has really been enjoying Pokemon books by Tracy West. They really keep his attention.
We've listened to Charlotte's Web and My Father's Dragon. He enjoyed them but might not have listened to me reading them.
I suspect he would love the Captain Underpants books.
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (she re-reads this one a lot)
Mr. Popper's Penguins can't remember the author at the moment
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Lookinglassby Lewis Carroll (she loves singing "Jabberwokky" to the tune of "Greensleeves")
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert O'Brien
The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
Socks by Beverly Cleary
I second the suggestions of:
Mr. Popper's Penguins
Trumpet of the Swan
My Father's Dragon
All of these have been well-loved by my just-turned-five daughter.
our 5yr old dd LOVES Tashi books... Australian author and fantasy with gentle themes (except one about a cannibal witch that dd reasonably insists on skipping!!!). You could find it on amazon i think??
all the best
| anne + arun |
she also has read heaps of gnid blighton and loves it... so faraway tree & adventures of the magic wishing chair.
the tone is remarkably moralistic with "bad, greedy children" spoiling the others fun etc.. When dd just turned 4 i could not help but skip over the most annoying bits. Now we can chat about it much more and really enjoy them.
| anne + arun |
Question for you all...I am wondering how "attentive" your kids are to books like you listed. I look at books like ones you have all indicated, and there is NO WAY my almost 7 yr old daughter is advanced enough to sit through a read aloud like Charlotte's web or a book by Beverly Cleary. She is very visual, the books I have mentioned above have some pics, so she is able to tolerate them. I have tried some with pics and longer paragraphs, and she is turning the page before I am done so I am quickly paraphasing. I am very good with dramatic voices and such, but that doesn't help.
My only other foray into "chapter books" has been a short series of the Little House books with some books like "Laura and Her Sisters" which are maybe 25-30 pages long and have a few chapters from the original series in each...she can maybe last through a few pages at a sitting. As far as her reading level, she is starting to read some 4 letter words now by sounding them out, but not sentences and not fluently.
Should I be concerned, or is this a concentration issue or will this improve with time? Is it a measure of "success" to read "great children's classics" at such a young age? Sorry, not trying to pick on anyone, just hearing things like this makes me feel bad sometimes, especially being an unschooler and with family on my back that dd isn't reading "fluently" (I just point out that there is no way her ps peers all read at the same level though, but at times their nagging gets to me!)
Also, does anyone know of some of these books in a simpler form? Or more books in a style/#of paragraphs/pics like Cynthia Rylant's books? She also likes audio things like short stories like Robert Munsch's, but I don't think she would last through a verbatim reading on tape of Charlotte' s web or something.
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My daughter started sitting still on the couch for chapter books when she was 3. She's like me ... she loves to read and books hold her interest very well. Her favorite thing in the whole world is reading.
My son also loves books, but he sits on the floor and drives his trains around, colors, etc. While I read. No way could he sit still for a book, and he is not a fan of chapter books. He likes short, action-packed books with lost of pictures.
It's a personality thing, and your daughter is not imperiled because she doesn't want to sit still for a chapter book.
What about books like the coloured version of the Little House series which has a fair number of pictures or some of the shorter 'chapter' books or books with short chapters.
While I don't think it's a "measure of success" to read these books, I also think that most of the ones listed are at an "appropriate level" for kids around the age of 5.
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Books on tape are nice for car rides and might help a child get used to just hearing a story and visualizing it w/o looking at pictures. My niece likes to look at the book while listening to a story on tape. That way she can look as long as she wants while the story is continuing.
What about the Flicka, Ricka, Dicka books?
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Oooh! I, just thought of a good transition to longer books. Eloise! They average about 80 pages each, but are hugely illustrated. The vocabulary is diverse and Eloise is the ultimate unschooler.
I think what is key here is that reading should just be an enjoyable experience for kids this age (& at any age). We read out loud whatever they are interested in and make it a warm, cozy, relaxed time so they associate that feeling with reading for life. Chapter books are fine to read to a 5yo if they are interested, but why push it? I don't see chapter books as more valuable than picture or transitional books.
There's nothing better than a "3rd grader" reading Junie B. and giggling, and that child is getting more out of the reading experience than another reading Harry Potter because it is "big" and the thing to do.
Sorry for the soap box - can you tell I have an issue with kids reading books and being read books they aren't ready for? I see so many parents use the books their child is reading as a measure of how intelligent they are - and there's no better way to turn yoru child off to reading!
Im not sure how many there are but we have read about four of them so far and they are really good.
and yes, I would never expect a young child to just sit and listen... sometimes it happens, but more often they seem to want to do things while listening. Storytelling CDs were a big hit with Rain when she was little (Jim Weiss was almost a member of the family) and she would almost use them as background music while she played... but she knew what was going on and could quote large passages verbatim.
Single mom to Rain (1/93) , grad student, and world traveler
Magic Tree House
The Oz series
Winnie the Pooh and Christoper Robin (the originals, not disney)
He pays close attention when we read before bed and has also just got into books on tape for car rides.
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I fondly remember laying down to nurse her when she was just a few months old and balancing Harry Potter over her head while reading it to her. My family thought I was crazy She loves to read though, so I did something right.
Other series we have enjoyed are: Tales of Magic by Edgar Eager, The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper and the Chronicles of Prydain by Llloyd Alexander.