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I can't believe I'm out of ideas already!<br><br>
DD enjoys listening to chapter books but I'm having trouble finding age appropriate ones. We've already read the Little House books, Charlotte's Web, Peter Pan, & Ramona the Pest. We won't be reading more Ramona for a while b/c DD likes to emulate her. And since we'll be homeschooling I'm not comfortable with the romanticism of school. We started Stuart Little, but that didn't hold DD's interest.<br><br>
I need more ideas!
 

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There's a book we read to our older preschoolers at the school I teach, called <span style="text-decoration:underline;">My Father's Dragon</span>. There is also a book I like called <span style="text-decoration:underline;">The read aloud hand book</span>. It has lots of suggestions for all kinds of books that are great to read aloud, with ages recommendations and short descriptions. Oh, what about the original Winnie the Pooh series. We are reading that to our dd to get her more used to stories with little to no pictures, and it is set up as a chapter book.<br><br>
I will looking forward to see what other people have tosay.<br><br>
Aimee
 

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The indian in the cupboard (although it does mention some school)<br><br>
Anne of green gables (I LOVE this series)<br><br>
The wind in the willows<br><br>
The wizard of oz (the original books, I really liked reading these when I was in 5th grade)<br><br>
I know I know more, but I'm tired right now. I'm impressed that your 3.5 yr old likes to listen to chapter books. My 3 yr old loves storytime, but is still really into having a lot of pictures along with the stories, so I haven't tried any chapter books with him.
 

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The Littles series, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the Mouse and the Motorcycle series by Bevery Cleary, The Cricket in Times Square.
 

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I was going to suggest Frog and Toad and Minarik's Little Bear books, but then I saw what you've been reading her. That's one sophisticated 3.5 yo!
 

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I started the Boxcar Children series with my 3 yo and she enjoyed it. We only got through the first two so far. I think she would really enjoy the Little House books, too. We will have to try those next. Oh, and we just got the Milly Molly Mandy Storybook and she loves the stories in it. It has been around since 1928! I keep meaning to ask my Grandmother if she ever read it. Basic, but sweet and wholesome. It really emphasizes family.
 

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You really think so?! I read a few of these to my 3rd and 4th grade students last year and felt they were too much for those kids! I'd hold off on those at least another 5 years.<br><br>
I was going to suggest Charlotte's Web, but I see you've covered that one. How about The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane? The vocabulary is pretty sophisticated and will need some explanation here and there, but it's a beautiful story that you'd enjoy too. I'm reading it to my students right now.
 

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We read Harry Potter when dd was between 3.5 and 4; she had already seen the movies and was excited to read the books.
 

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I think it depends on the child. My older dd read some of the Narnia books and Harry Potter books at 6 and they didn't frighten her, but fantasy isn't something that she finds as frightening as something that could really happen.<br><br>
Both of my girls really liked the book, <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Mandy</span>, by Julie Edwards when they were a bit older than your dd. It was one of my favorites when I was a child too. It's about a 10 y/o girl who lives in an orphanage and who climbs over the back wall and finds a cottage that she decides to make her own. It is very sweet and she makes up this whole fantasy surrounding the cottage (and she does get adopted at the end).
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">There's a book we read to our older preschoolers at the school I teach, called <span style="text-decoration:underline;">My Father's Dragon</span>. There is also a book I like called <span style="text-decoration:underline;">The read aloud hand book</span>. It has lots of suggestions for all kinds of books that are great to read aloud, with ages recommendations and short descriptions. Oh, what about the original Winnie the Pooh series. We are reading that to our dd to get her more used to stories with little to no pictures, and it is set up as a chapter book.<br><br>
I will looking forward to see what other people have tosay.<br><br>
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I will try <span style="text-decoration:underline;">My Father's Dragon</span>...we have a falling apart copy somewhere on DD's bookshelf!<br><br>
I've requested <span style="text-decoration:underline;">The read aloud hand book</span> from the library. Thanks for the recommendation!
 

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Wow, thanks for all the ideas! Keep 'em coming!<br><br>
I requested <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Mandy</span> and <span style="text-decoration:underline;">The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane</span> from the library.<br><br>
I've thought about <span style="text-decoration:underline;">The Chronicles of Narnia</span> but I think we should wait a bit longer.<br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">The Mouse & The Motorcycle</span>...I bet she'd like that one!<br><br>
mags, I love the Anne of Green Gables books too! I have a whole shelf of L. M. Montgomery.
 

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Fantastic Mr.Fox<br><br>
The Great Piratical Rumbustification and the Librarian and the Robbers (on the shorter side but fun)<br><br>
Alice in Wonderland
 

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I wanted to second the 'My Father's Dragon' series. My daughter loved them at that age. Also, even though they are much shorter and not as involved as the other books you mentioned we like the Frog and Toad stories. She has them memorized and likes to act them out.
 

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I had that same question back in January and got some great responses. One mother, in particular, has a daughter who loved reading and gave a really extensive list. Here's the link to my previous post:<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=598490" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=598490</a>
 

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B is for Betsy series (though it definitely is about school, though I love that this series written in the 1950's has an integrated school and no one thinks twice about it) Moreover can read "Snowbound with Betsy though and one of the books takes place during the summer, so you avoid the subject). But unlike even Mandy, which frankly has some VERY scary moments...ditto Narnia. The Besty series is super gentle so about the wonders of the every day. And I personally find its emotions much more true to life than Ramona (but maybe that's just my kids).
 
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