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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05-12-2015 14:11 #11
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05-12-2015 15:54 #12
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.
06-12-2015 09:29 #13
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.
01-01-2016 13:16 #14
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.
01-01-2016 15:46 #15
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
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.
01-01-2016 18:40 #16
dork diaries series
Dear dumb diary series
Ruby redfort series
Alice Miranda series
Hazel green series
Maze runner series
Hunger games series
Fault in our stars
Clarice bean series
12/24/36 Etc story treehouse
Weirdo series (anh do)
Nanny piggins series
Malory towers series
St Clare's series
Paul Jennings/ terry Denton/ Andrew daddo books
Amelia Jane series
Dr who books
01-01-2016 18:52 #17
01-01-2016 19:26 #18
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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