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Old 10-27-2013, 03:40 PM   #21
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My daughter is 5 and we have begun chapter books. She has also beginning to read early readers, so we have a few things going on here. We've read the first Magic Treehouse and the first A to Z Mysteries and even though my daughter liked them I'm hoping to find something a bit better. In the realm of series, I'll try Boxcar Children, and I may reach back to Narnia and Charlottes Web.

Even though my daughter has always operated at a pretty high level I've held off on straight up chapter books until now, with the exception of Winnie the Pooh, which is kind of continuous but with lots of illustrations. I did try the first Treehouse book last year at age 4 and it was a bust, and Nick read her The Hobbit, which she enjoyed. But there are so many fantastic picture books out there for 3 year olds. I believe the gorgeous art is worth lingering in picture books for another year. This is why I love the library so much. There are many intelligent, well written picture books, and once you jump to chapter books, the quality and quantity of the art drops off quite a bit.
Oh we will definitely still be reading picture books! I just thought we might try branching out to chapter books for our nap/nighttime routine. I wonder if she would enjoy The Hobbit at this age. I would love to read that to her.

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Old 10-27-2013, 03:41 PM   #22
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Maybe James and the Giant Peach? It involves bugs.
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Old 10-27-2013, 06:00 PM   #24
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Also wanted to add The Trumpet of the Swan, and The Cricket in Times Square :-)
Ahhhhh! You just brought back some childhood memories f or me!
I am shocked at the number of people reading chapter books to 2-3 YOs. Not that it isnt great, but your kids arent demanding the same chapter over and over?
Although I may need to try this, I have limited DD to 4 books per night and I have them memorized gah!
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All my kids have listened to chapter books from the beginning. Over time they're able to comprehend more and more and sit for longer periods. I have a list of must reads, many are over their heads but they still enjoy them.

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Bunnicula by James Howe
Magic Tree House series
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (only first few books until older)
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O'Brien
Matilda by Roald Dahl
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
Fig Pudding by Ralph Fletcher
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They aren't chapter books...but I'd like to add pretty much anything by Shel Silverstein :-) Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic are 2 of my favorites from when I was younger, and my kids enjoy them as well. The poems are so goofy and my kids get a kick out of the illustrations :-)
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They aren't chapter books...but I'd like to add pretty much anything by Shel Silverstein :-) Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic are 2 of my favorites from when I was younger, and my kids enjoy them as well. The poems are so goofy and my kids get a kick out of the illustrations :-)
Ohhh I've already been reading Shel Silverstein to her and she does like it, but really doesn't get it at all. She points at the pictures and asks "what's that," and I have to explain some ridiculous thing that she knows doesn't exist but is to young to understand is just fantasy. But yes, I love Shel Silverstein and hope that someday she will too.
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Maybe James and the Giant Peach? It involves bugs.
OMG is your avi Gillian Anderson aka Dana Scully? Also, yes, she would probably love James and the Giant Peach, and I will probably try that one. To be honest, I have always been a little freaked out by roald dahl books though. The characters just seem soulless. Maybe I'm crazy?
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Don't forget some informational text, too!!!!! (nonfiction)
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Fyi, I'm half way through the first Boxcar Children book and we have found a winner. It is very interesting for reader and audience, and the writing is very good. If the quality of the writing holds up I will be thrilled.
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