I hope you can help? I’m looking for suggestions of great books to read a 5-year-old girl. As many of you know, I’ve read to our about-to-turn-5-year-old every night before bed for the past 5 years. It was my wife’s suggestion, and gives us great daddy-daughter bonding time. I recommend it to any parent.
Since she turned 4-years-old we’ve graduated from picture books with simple stories, to proper story books with chapters and plots. The first we read was “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe”, with some of the more scary bits skipped over by me. We also read the “Wizard of Oz”, which she loved.
When she asked to read the C.S. Lewis book a 3rd time, I bought her “The Hobbit” as an alternative. We’re half way through it now. I’m concerned, while they are good books, even Oz has a bit too much violence. I do my best to edit it out somewhat while reading. Don’t want to give her nightmares.
I’d love your advice on books a 5-year-old girl will love. She likes adventures, and it’d be super if they have a young heroine—a positive role model—someone she can identify with. A few like “Little House…” and the Avonlea books spring to mind, but are they right for a 5-year-old and will they keep her attention?
Besides tapping some of the older classics, as I’ve been doing, are there some newer book series that include an element of adventure and education (without it being too obvious), and have enough of a suspenseful arc to keep her interest, but not too scary or violent? I’d really love your advice!
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