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    Quote Originally Posted by BornToBe View Post
    Great idea. Would love suggestions for classic kid's chapter books for 4 year old. We loved May Gibbs (Snugglepot & Cuddlepie). Need more!
    We've got Blinky Bill, Peter Pan and Wendy, Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web and Pinocchio on our shelves. On our (my!) to buy list is Wind in the Willows, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, The Jungle Book, The Secret Garden, Beatrix Potter books (any and all) and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. DS only just turned 1, but I love books, and so does DH, so collecting them is fun for us too!


    In terms of picture books for DS, my current favourite is Diary of a Wombat. He's loving Rudie Nudie, the Gruffalo, any thing with animal noises as part of the story, Spot, and Hairy Maclary. I've got a wonderful poetry book for DS, too (can't remember what it is called off the top of my head). It's got a huge variety of poems, and he seems to like to listen to me read them as he plays.

    For older kids (maybe up to early teens), I've got the Rangers Apprentice Series, Harry Potter (of course), have heard the Percy Jackson series is wonderful, and as a kid loved all books by Tamora Pierce.

    I love books!

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    I started reading Stephen King at about 12. I read Cujo and Pet Semetary at 14. If he's mature and can handle the scariness then I'd go with them. Steer clear of Gerald's Game, it has a lot of se.xual content.

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    CMF, if you eldest liked the Hobbit, you could try him on David Eddings. He writes series, so there's lots of books, but The Belgariad series (5 books, with a second series of 5 I think) is good. It's been a while since I read it, but I think it should be OK for a teenager. It's a fantasy series like LOTR. Young boy goes on a quest to fulfil a prophecy. Has wizards and magic and I loved it when I first read it, though I would have been older than early teens. At that age I was reading anything from Jaws to Gone With the Wind!

    As for King, it's been a while since I've read them, but The Gunslinger series was good. I can't remember how violent it was though, but it's kind of on par with The Talisman from memory. The Green Mile is also good, but might be too adult with the death row theme?? Def don't let him read Salem's Lot. I read that in my 20's and loved it, but it did give me nightmares LOL.

    I can't wait until my kids are older (only 6 and 3) and can read some of the books I've saved for them. I just hope they're not too lame! I've got things like Trixie Beldon, The Velvet Room, Baby Island that I loved at 10 on, plus all time favs like Eddings, King, Tolkien. I'm going to be so crushed if the kids don't like them! They love reading, so hopefully they will and it can be a life long love affair like mine.

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    For those of you with older kids (it was in the YA section, but I haven't found any content to preclude it from young teens - there may be parts that get confusing though). Miss Peregine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, is fantastic. I read the first 2 in 2 days... since then I have not had much sleep, and packing through the day, but I'm hanging out to finish the series.

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    DD 9 is an advanced reader but quite anxious so anything scary is out. For Christmas I bought her:
    The Complete Borrowers
    The Girl Who Rode the Wind
    Girl with Wings
    A Waltz for Matilda
    Paper Planes
    Sister Heart

    She also loves Horrible Histories, Babysitters Club and Geronimo Stilton (too easy but she loves the adventure theme).

    I'd love book ideas for her reading level but no supernatural, death, etc themes.

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    DD11:
    dork diaries series
    Dear dumb diary series
    Ruby redfort series
    Alice Miranda series
    Hazel green series
    Maze runner series
    Harry Potter
    Hunger games series
    Fault in our stars
    Twilight series
    Clarice bean series
    Goosebumps
    12/24/36 Etc story treehouse
    Weirdo series (anh do)
    Nanny piggins series
    Malory towers series
    St Clare's series
    Babysitters club
    Paul Jennings/ terry Denton/ Andrew daddo books
    Amelia Jane series
    Dr who books

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    @mmaf you should see if your DD would be interested in Tamora Pearce's books. Lots of strong female characters with interesting plot lines.

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    Dd1 I have no idea now but she reads a lot.

    Ds1 only IT or game related stuff

    Dd2 reads and writes(won't publish ) fan fiction on a huge amount stuff. This and her drawing is all she ever does. If she is somewhere with nothing to do she will read text books. As in the car on to and from school she would read the older kids science books. At her friends house when she couldn't sleep she read her mum's physiology text books. If text it must be read.

    Dd3 fan fiction to a small degree.

    Ds2 some all books but the favourites are anything with police in it. Lego series are pretty popular and we'll Zachary powers etc...

    Ds3 anything he can con someone to read to him.


 

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