View Full Version : What do your kids read?

08-05-2010, 03:28 PM
After some ideas really. Steven is 7 but with a much more advanced reading age and I'm looking for things to give him to read. I want to challenge his reading skills but I need to make sure the content is appropriate for his age and understanding.

He's read the whole Beast Quest series - took about an hour for each book. :eek:

He's read the How to Train Your Dragon series.

He's gone beyond Horrid Henry books.

He is currently reading the first Harry Potter book but I think the rest of the series may be too long right now to hold his interest.

So what do your children read?:unsure:

08-05-2010, 03:31 PM
When I was around that age I read a book called 'scribble boy' I loved it!
Scribbleboy: Amazon.co.uk: Philip Ridley: Books (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Scribbleboy-Philip-Ridley/dp/0140368949)

can't remember my exact age at the time but read it in school, perhaps in year 2/3?

08-05-2010, 03:40 PM
Harry potter will almost certainly hold his attention ok.

The boy still likes astrosaurs books by steve cole.

The horrible history series and the linked geography and science books are excellent as well

I'll fo some more research ...

08-05-2010, 03:52 PM
the trouble i found with Daniel was appropriate content for his reading level- can't remember exactly when he read these but they were after HP. Lemony Snicket, phillip pullman dark materials series, alex ryder series, artemis fowl.

Shame you don't live nearer they're just sitting on the shelf here. He also read things like the famous five, 5 children and it, the secret garden, robinson crusoe etc etc

08-05-2010, 04:38 PM
The content is the problem. He'd read anything I gave him but I need to know it's "safe" for him. There's a 9 year old girl at school who's reading the Twilight books and her parents have been advised but she's still reading them and it shows now in her work. :sigh:

08-05-2010, 05:22 PM
Arteimis Fowl by Eion Colfer and Magik by Angie Sage. Both my boys loved those books and the ones that follow them.

Connor is hooked on Catherine Macphail books at the moment.

Edit to add The Amulet of Samakand (Bartimaeus trilogy) by Jonathan Stroud. I love those books never mind the kids. Bartimaeus is so funny heehee!

08-05-2010, 05:40 PM
There is nothing offensive in HP certainly in the first 4

08-05-2010, 06:06 PM
Maisie - Jacqueline Wilson
Owen - Road signs.

08-05-2010, 06:10 PM
what's she doing in her work? :unsure:

08-05-2010, 06:13 PM
mikey is intriged with the cray twins, he read books about them, and martina cole novels. also anything about the old days in the east end crime world

lauren likes biographies/autobiographies

08-05-2010, 07:09 PM
How about a biography of someone he is interested in?

08-05-2010, 08:08 PM
The fact that he enjoys reading is a huge plus! How about a non-fiction book on something he likes (like mummies or titanic).

My mother read to me as a child and I have always enjoyed reading. When I was younger I started with the RL Stine books, the younger ones are the Goosebumps. Spooky, but child oriented. I also like Fern Gully.

I started reading light suspense romances around the 8th grade.

08-05-2010, 08:21 PM
both my boys [11,8] love the yuck books [www.yuckweb.com] and also horrid henry by frachesca simon. Roald Dahl books are always a good read.

08-05-2010, 08:29 PM
Jack has just read the Ridley Pearson Kingdom Keepers series.

I've read the first one and as it's set in WDW i loved it!

09-05-2010, 12:08 AM
The lemony snicket books are great :yes: The artermis fowl books where great too :yes:

09-05-2010, 07:10 AM
Owen - Road signs.

Been there, done that. :lol:

09-05-2010, 11:22 AM
Trying to get Daniel to read anything is a major miracle :sigh: But one author he will read is Michael Morpurgo, he is fascinated by WW1&2 and that tends to be his subject matter for a lot of his books and they aren't too long either.

09-05-2010, 02:27 PM
Dawn!! I just remembered THIS book;
The Butterfly Lion: Amazon.co.uk: Michael Morpurgo, Christian Birmingham: Books (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Butterfly-Lion-Michael-Morpurgo/dp/0006751032)

I loved it when I was younger. Lisa just reminded me when she said Michael Morpurgo :yes:

09-05-2010, 05:22 PM
Yep the boys love Michael Morpurgo

09-05-2010, 06:29 PM
They have both recently gone bonkers for Roald Dahl - has he read any of those?

09-05-2010, 06:30 PM
We have a boxed set of Roald Dahl. Was thinking that some of them may be a bit "dark" for him. :unsure:

09-05-2010, 06:33 PM
We thought that about our 2 but they absolutely love them. You could try one of the lighter ones like Charlie

12-05-2010, 09:59 AM
Another thumbs up for Roald Dahl, but mine were pretty scared of James and the giant Peach. It messed with the over active imaginations.

12-05-2010, 04:42 PM
If he's reading Harry Potter then he should be able to read the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull.

Here's a link to Amazon and you can even read a few pages of it Amazon.com: Fablehaven (9781416947202): Brandon Mull, Brandon Dorman: Books (http://www.amazon.com/Fablehaven-Brandon-Mull/dp/1416947205/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1273682581&sr=1-3)