A Child’s Reader


It’s pretty fascinating watching my eight-year-old daughter really discover books. She’s always enjoyed stories and reading but recently something has just clicked in her brain.

She’s reading a book a day. After almost every one she comes to me with her eyes shining, saying “This one was so exciting it was all about ADVENTURES!” or “Was this your favourite book when you were a child?” or “Do you have more books like this?” or “That one was SO SCARY!” all with this manic grin.

I’m also running out of books to give her. (yay a shopping trip is in order!} but so far, she’s read all my Famous Fives, White Fang, The Graveyard Book, A bunch of DWJ for younger readers (I tried her on the Chrestomanci books and she found them too scary? What? I dunno…), Dogsbody, A bunch of children’s books about King Arthur and a bunch of Adventure books.

The pile has dwindled. I’ve dug out my Wizard of Earthsea and The Sword in the Stone and some PG Wodehouse, but most of my books that are not adult books are very much for older teens.

So, on payday I’m going shopping.


It’s going to be such a nostalgia trip for me. What are some of your favourite kid’s books that you’d recommend I keep an eye open for? We’d love to hear from you.

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4 Replies to “A Child’s Reader”

  1. Oooh, this is so exciting. Is it wrong that one of the top reasons I want kids is to share books with them someday? 🙂

    Some of my faves when I was a kid: anything by Roald Dahl, THE WESTING GAME, THE TWENTY-ONE BALLOONS, THE SECRET GARDEN, ENCYCLOPEDIA BROWN, anything by Beverly Cleary.

    Have fun book-shopping!

    1. Hee, I think it’s a better reason than merely wanting to spread your surname across the globe.

      I also loved The Scret Garden, and Roald Dahl. Good ones!

  2. I loved the Anne of Green Gables series when I was a youngling, and my daughter also devoured Pratchett’s Johnny books as well as the Tiffany Aching ones. The Narnias also go down well.

  3. This is quite funny to me because I am having the exact opposite problem. How’s a girl from the good old U-S-of-A supposed to understand the difference between a cockney accent and an Essex? Much less write with one. Maybe I should have picked a different country to write about for my first novel!

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