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Books for a six year old?

edited November 2013 in - Reading
My nephew will be six in a couple of weeks and would like books for his birthday - so he shall have them. Can I have suggestions, please (preferably with Amazon links)


  • When they were little my girls used to like The Little Red Train stories - lots of pictures and fun text with repeated phrases.

    I've just found this gift collection: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Little-Train-Gift-Collection/dp/0091798930/ref=pd_sim_sbs_b_8

    If you're looking for something with fewer pictures, Horrid Henry (by Francesca Simon) books are quite a simple, but popular read, though he is very naughty in them! There are dozens of titles.
    Here's one!

    Roald Dahl, too. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Slipcase-Fantastic-Chocolate-Marvellous-Medicine/dp/0140926526/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1385744478&sr=1-1&keywords=roald+dahl

    Is he going to read them himself or have them read to him?
  • He's quite young... the Francesca Simon's Horrid Henry's would probably suit.

    If he has a taste for something a bit older, one of the best books Jem enjoyed was 'Aquila' by Andrew Norris.

    The Grunts, by Philip Ardagh, has just had a very good Telegraph? review. Great for boys.
  • [quote=Tiny Nell]Is he going to read them himself or have them read to him?[/quote] Although I'm sure family members might be persuaded to read to him, I'd like something that he'd be interested in looking at himself too, so I need them to either be simple or have good pictures.
  • Captain Underpants then. It's done like a cartoon, is seriously funny, and the writing is sparse in speech bubbles, but the stories aren't too simple.
  • Ah, I remember us looking at Horrid Henry before and thinking they were good but too old for him - he's probably the right age now.

    I know some TBers write for children, but I think he might be too young for most of them.
  • Funny is good. His mum has no interest in books, but if they're funny she might help him read them from more than a sense of maternal duty.
  • For stories he can have read to him now and then read himself in a while try the Dick King Smith books. The Sheep Pig (made into the film Babe) is good to read aloud but he wrote quite a lot of shorter books and you may be able to find a boxed set. I know we got one for our Grandson last year.
  • Jem loved Captain Underpants. Press on the book in the picture...

  • HAve you thought of going to the library and asking what books are taken out most often?
  • I hadn't thought of that, Lizy. Good idea.
  • My grandsons used to like "The Tiger Who Came to Tea" by Judith Kerr
  • And The Gruffalo - Julia Donaldson is very popular.
  • We've given him Gruffalo stuff before - he did like it apparently.
  • edited November 2013
    Another vote for horrid henry here. Also popular around the 6-7 age are the Beast Quest series
    Moshi Monster pick your own path - choose you own adventure.

  • When I was in year 3 of primary I loved a book called 'the owl who was afraid of the dark'
    I don't know what age group it's for but I really want to pass the recomendation on, my niece doesn't read much and I loved it
    I also used to read a book called septimouse supermouse
  • http://www.amazon.co.uk/Afraid-Tomlinsons-Favourite-Animal-Tales/dp/1405210931/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1385890693&sr=1-1&keywords=the+owl+who+was+afraid+of+the+dark
  • The pirate dinosaur books are popular.

  • Read It Again - the one we have just brought out would work well too. http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1909894087/?tag=bookshowme-21
  • Dr Seuss chez Webbo pour les Webbettes - I got this set in TK Maxx for £20 last year http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wonderful-World-Seuss-Giftbox-£99-99/dp/000787264X/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1385990752&sr=8-3&keywords=dr+seuss
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