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    At that age range my DD loved Geronimo Stilton, Andy Griffiths Treehouse collection and anything by David Walliams: Demon Dentist, Awful Auntie etc.

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    Definitely Enid Blyton - the faraway tree was what made ne fall in love with reading. I loved Andy Griffiths as a kid too. Classics like The secret garden and Charlottes Web.

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    I tried the faraway tree late last year and found a lot couldn't get into it- I think it's the 1940s language? Being of course LSE, these children aren't used to language like that- you know the whole "oh I do hope **** shall be able to find someone to reverse the spell. I shall never forgive myself if he has to stay that way forever!" Type stuff...
    I LOVE the treehouse, weirdo, captain underpants etc type books- my boys have a lot. My only worry is the small illustrations and cartoons will lose a lot of their humour in a read aloud type situation.
    I'm thinking The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe might be a good suggestion- but tell me- is the language similar to that of Blyton?

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    I could never get kids into Narnia unfortunately.

    There are parents that wouldn't let me read Harry Potter or Narnia anyway most of the time. Or Goosebumps.

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    I found that my DD had difficulty at that age accessing most of the 'classics' due to the old fashioned language.

    It is hard because some of the most engaging books for that age are still picture-dependent. You could try using a document camera and projecting the page onto the whiteboard (there are devices made to do just this, my old school had one). I tried this with the treehouse books but is was a bit odd as it's hard to know the order to read all the speech bubbles/captions so if you miss one (or someone wasn't following and thinks you missed one) poppets will start to call out the missed ones or read different bits out loud and so on. I found it was quite disjointed as a text to read to the whole class. Something similar with more body text and less captions would be good. Eric Vale is one that comes to mind - easier and less 'big kid' themes than wimpy kid but a similar format. Not too 'boy book' as well.

    One of the biggest issues I have with early chapter books is they are so gendered. It makes it really hard to use them for whole-class reading.

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    My ds loves the tree house books, weirdo books, bad guys books, Enid blyton he enjoys also.

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    I love reading my Year 1 students books from the Selby Speaks series by Duncan Ball. Lots of funny little stories to keep kids amused and they love going on to the next Selby adventure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stretched View Post
    I found that my DD had difficulty at that age accessing most of the 'classics' due to the old fashioned language.

    It is hard because some of the most engaging books for that age are still picture-dependent. You could try using a document camera and projecting the page onto the whiteboard (there are devices made to do just this, my old school had one). I tried this with the treehouse books but is was a bit odd as it's hard to know the order to read all the speech bubbles/captions so if you miss one (or someone wasn't following and thinks you missed one) poppets will start to call out the missed ones or read different bits out loud and so on. I found it was quite disjointed as a text to read to the whole class. Something similar with more body text and less captions would be good. Eric Vale is one that comes to mind - easier and less 'big kid' themes than wimpy kid but a similar format. Not too 'boy book' as well.

    One of the biggest issues I have with early chapter books is they are so gendered. It makes it really hard to use them for whole-class reading.
    Which is why Dahl was such a perfect fit last year. But we are composite classes, so everything has to be every second year to stop the repeats...

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    I bought DS (6) the Anh Do Weirdo and Hotdog books for Xmas and he loved them


 

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