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Books for kids

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Fnaar, 14 May 2008.

  1. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Location:
    Thumberland
    Any recommendations of good reading for children (girls, age range 8-15)
    Fed up with them reading bl00dy Jacqueline Wilson tripe; was innovative at first, but now every blimmn' book has a single mum with a drug problem, a no-good dad, a kid being bullied, etc etc...just want them to read some classic kids' literature, without it being dated/hackneyed/dull...
    suggestions folks?
     
  2. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Shorts Adjustment Expert

    Location:
    Essex
    I dunno about that age range but my eight year old (boy) loves Famous Five (cripes, more ginger beer please!) definitely not PC!! Otherwise he likes anything not PC with a bit of humour in it like Captain Underpants. Together (aged eight and five) they like Horrid Henry and Dirty Bertie and my made up stories when I was in the war and stationed in 'Nam. :biggrin: That and stories about my childhood.

    What about the Harry Potter series?
     
  3. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    Classic bookks like The Famous Five, Secret Seven, Just William are bound to be dated but I loved them and so did my kids.

    Judy Blume was a favourite author of my daughter. "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing"
     
  4. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    She could always curl up with a Clancy?
     
  5. OP
    OP
    Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Location:
    Thumberland
    [non sequitur] No they have their own curtains from the chip shop?

    sorry.... I take it you don't mean a recording of Irish traditional music by the Clancy brothers (with Tommy Makem), so who is Clancy?
     
  6. Maz

    Maz Guru

    I'm guessing Dom is being facetious(!)...Tom Clancy me'thinks. He writes spy/espionage stuff. Not for kids tho.
     
  7. How To Be Topp - by Ronald Searle. And others of course.

    Any fule kno that!
     
  8. PrettyboyTim

    PrettyboyTim New Member

    Location:
    Brighton
    My older two loved the Swallows and Amazons books (they're 15 now, but I think they read them when they were 8-10) by Arthur Ransom.
     
  9. Trillian

    Trillian New Member

    got the lot sat on my book case!

    collected them between the age of 13 and 20, still read them too.

    the best part is, they are based on real locations in the lake district (bowness on windermere, coniston water, coniston old man etc) so it can make for an outdoors holiday going looking for places.

    just hang on tightly to the camera if you sail to the island :biggrin:
     
  10. tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    The Philip Pullman 'His Dark Materials' trilogy, The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber spyglass. A strong female lead character as well!
     
  11. yorkshiregoth

    yorkshiregoth Master of all he surveys

    Location:
    Heathrow
    My youngest has just started to get into J Wilson, so any old books going cheap, send me a PM.

    Cheers
     
  12. beancounter

    beancounter Well-Known Member

    Location:
    South Beds
    I used to work for the company that publishes those books.

    A clever clever man is Mr. Pullman.

    bc
     
  13. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Staff Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    I can't get my girls to read anything of any substance. Both the girls are good readers (the middle one has just come out of her reading sats test today and said it was easy) but as she won't read any texts that might stretch her a little (that is something that isn't Ms. J. Wilson), school have commented that her writing is reasonable but has leveled off in terms of ability.

    Youngest - the boy, completely different ........ can't get him to read full stop.
     
  14. striker

    striker New Member

    the CHERUB series by Robert Muchamore is excellent
    also the Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black (i think)

    My boys also like the Alex Rider series but thats a bit more for boys I think.
     
  15. striker

    striker New Member

    oh I forgot, the MAXIMUM RIDE trilogy by James Patterson is good as well. though maybe for teens rather than younger.