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Posted: June 02 2008 at 11:36pm | IP Logged Quote knowloveserve

If you had to pick just 5 books to be the first longer chapter books to read to a 5-6 year old what would they be? I'm just looking for ideas here since I've read some books with my son and he is itching for more, more more! (I've read Honey for a Child's Heart and the Read Aloud Handbook long ago... so I only focused in really on picture books -- of which I'm a comfortable connoisseur by now -- but haven't yet gotten used to the bigger books yet.)

So far we've read:

James and the Giant Peach
Stuart Little
Charlotte's Web
The Lion, Witch and Wardrobe (was leery about starting it quite yet but he insisted and loved it)
The Twits
Pinnochio
My Father's Dragon
The Mouse and the Motorcycle
Matilda
Winnie-the-Pooh

Just looking for a refresher on the great reads a K-er would dig.

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Posted: June 03 2008 at 12:30am | IP Logged Quote mellyrose

My boys also loved The Trumpet of the Swan. It was my favorite E.B. White children's book, in fact.

The other 2 Ralph books (Mouse and the Motorcycle, and I can't remember the title of the other?)

Peter Pan

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Indian in the Cupboard

I'm looking forward to what others recommend!


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Posted: June 03 2008 at 1:13am | IP Logged Quote folklaur

The House at Pooh Corner

The Secret Garden

Dr. Dolittle

Mr Popper's Penguins

My Father's Dragon

The Boxcar Children

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Posted: June 03 2008 at 1:54am | IP Logged Quote MaryM

-Beverly Cleary books (in addition to Mouse ones) - for boys especially Ribsy and Henry Huggins.
-Homer Price series
-Mr. Popper's Penguins
-The Cricket in Times Square
-Little House books

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Posted: June 03 2008 at 5:24am | IP Logged Quote Erin

The Children of Bullerby - Astrid Lindgren
Mrs Pepperpot Books - Alf Proysen
Fantastic Mr Fox - Roald Dahl
Beatrix Potter
Betsy -Tacy - Maud Hart Lovelace

Are ones that just come to my mind as I've been sharing these with recently with my 6 and 8 yr old.

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Posted: June 03 2008 at 10:21am | IP Logged Quote SuzanneG

:: Mr. Popper's Penguins
:: Mrs. Piggle Wiggle
:: All-of-a-kind Family (but I have girls....maybe boys wouldn't like this so much????)
:: The Borrowers
:: Pippi Longstocking
:: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

(Charlotte's Web and James and the Giant Peach were our first and favorites!!!)

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Posted: June 03 2008 at 12:06pm | IP Logged Quote knowloveserve

Oh yes, we read Winnie the Pooh also.

I think I'll put Mr. Popper's Penguins next on our list.

I'm taking notes here! Thanks and keep 'em coming!

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Posted: June 04 2008 at 12:41am | IP Logged Quote Mamamoon

we really loved "the family under the bridge"
i remember also reading it as a child.
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Posted: June 05 2008 at 7:29pm | IP Logged Quote SeaStar

Mr. Popper- definitely a winner.

My ds (5) really like All-of-A-Kind Family

Brighty, A Grand Canyon Donkey
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Little Men

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Posted: June 05 2008 at 9:52pm | IP Logged Quote MaryM

Oh yes, we my older boys liked Brighty, too.

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Posted: June 07 2008 at 5:30am | IP Logged Quote EmilyC

Lets see,

The House at Pooh Corner
The BFG
Matilda (pretty much anything else by Roald Dahl)
Little House in the Big Woods
Trumpet of the Swan
Family Under the Bridge
The Story of Dr. Dolittle
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle (my absolute favorite as a little girl)

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Little House in the Big Woods
Mr. Popper's Penguins
Winnie-the-Pooh
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Eleanor Estes's Moffats series (my older two ADORED The Middle Moffat very early)

My current littles -- almost-6 and 4 -- are loving Hilda van Stockum's Mitchells series.

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Posted: June 09 2008 at 2:06pm | IP Logged Quote sunny

My ds is only 4 and dd is only 3 but their all-time favorite book so far is Pagoo!!
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