- Great Children's Authors
Walliams is very Dahl-esque, though he’s really 9+. I guess if you’re reading them.Posted 5 years ago
For kids of your lot’s age the Dr Seuss books are excellent, and there’s looooads of them.
If the oldest is really keen then getting them into some of the long series is a good one. They’re not exactly high literature, but series like Rainbow Magic, Secret Kingdom and Magic Ballerina for girls; and Beast Quest for boys are really good. Kids get hooked on them.
Slightly older books that you could read them (but with slightly ‘older’ topics) are series like Wimpy Kid, Big Nate, Dork Diaries and Norm are really great and funny. They’re also illustrated to encourage the kids to read. One of the current favourites is a new one called Monster and Chips, which is brilliant.
We’re currently winging our way toward the end of a Roald Dahl box set, and I quite like the bed time routine of a couple of chapters of silliness each night. Who else has a prolific back catalogue that we can pick up cheap enough and keep a Six and Three year old entertained at bed time?
Any ideas?Posted 5 years agospacemonkeyMember
The rest of you, thanks! I’ve been on Amazon and spent a small fortune.
I used to do the same until I totted up what I was spending month on month. That’s when I joined the local library and have used them for 90% of books in the 3 yrs since. It’s made even easier when you can reserve what you want online + there’s no fee for kids’ books. Job done.Posted 5 years agoCountZeroMember
Arthur Ransome’s books are a must. Very much of their time, (between the wars), but great storytelling, and just as enjoyable for adults; I’m gradually getting the whole collection in iBooks.Posted 5 years ago
I also recommend Alan Garner, http://www.amazon.co.uk/Alan-Garner/e/B001K8N5ZI
In particular The Owl Service, The Moon Of Gomrath and The Wierdstone of Brisingamen. Elidor is very good, too.
They can be a bit dark, and some more sensitive children might find them a bit too much to handle, Owl Service is particularly dark, it was made into a very good TV series years ago.Rusty SpannerSubscriber
Give it a couple of years, but I Am David by Anne Holm is wonderful.
As are The Silver Sword and There’s No Escape (and pretty much everything else) by Ian Serraillier.
The Sherlock Holmes stories are perfect for slightly older kids too – expands their vocab, teaches them a bit of history and obviously very entertaining too. 🙂
CountZero – Member
Arthur Ransome’s books are a must. Very much of their time, (between the wars), but great storytelling, and just as enjoyable for adults; I’m gradually getting the whole collection in iBooks.
I only read Swallows and Amazons for the first time last year – what an utterly joyous book.Posted 5 years ago
Currently collecting the others myself.
It’s never too late to read a good book. 😀
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