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Great books to read with kids – 9-11 years

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Looking for great books to read with your kids?

Between the ages of 9 and 11, you really want to encourage your child to read independently. They could now be reading to you at bedtime. It is so important to still listen to your child reading. They should now be fluent with the mechanics of reading words. This is the next step – listen to your child read and ask them questions about why characters act in different ways and what they think will happen.

Fizzlebert Stump books by A F Harrold.

These are very different books.  We loved the first one – Fizzlebert Stump – the boy who ran away from the circus and joined the library. The books are based on the adventures of Fizzlebert, who lives in the circus with his parents. He gets into some real scrapes. We have also read Fizzlebert Stump: the boy who did PE in his pants. These books are funny and exciting and I know that your children will love them. If you read this book and enjoy it, there are more books in the series.

Ruby Redfort by Lauren Child.

Eleanor loved the Ruby Redfort books when she was 9 or 10. She moved onto these after the Clarice Bean books by Lauren Child. As a family, we have always loved anything Lauren Child – Charlie and Lola, That Pesky Rat, Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton Trent.

Ruby is a child detective and super intelligent girl, and really empowers the reader to think that they can be anything they want to be. She outwits adults with her friends and solves dastardly plots and plans.

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

This is another series which Eleanor really enjoyed. She liked reading about the teenage criminal mastermind, Artemis. In the first book he holds a leprechaun to ransom for fairy gold. These books are full of twists and amazing action – lots of fight scenes. It is great when your child gets into a series of books, they are excited when they finish one and eager to start the next one.

The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier

This is one of my favourite books and one that I use when teaching about World War 2. This is a book about a group of children trying to escape from Poland, travelling through Europe in dangerous times. The children in the book grow as a group and are strong enough to make this amazing journey. I consider this book a classic.

Billionaire Boy by David Walliams

I couldn’t make a list of books for children without adding one by David Walliams. My own children and the children in my class enjoy the comedy of David Walliams. Billionaire Boy is about a boy called Joe who is rich beyond his wildest dreams. What he wants more than anything though, is a friend. If your child enjoys Roald Dahl books they will love David Walliams.

Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson.

I have read Eva Ibbotson books to my own children and to my class over my years of teaching. Journey to the River Sea is an exciting story about a young girl called Maia, who is sent to live with family in Manaus on the Amazon. She meets a mysterious boy in the rainforest and the adventures begin. Eva Ibbotson writes in a magical way. You can visualise the jungle from her vivid descriptions. Other great titles by Eva Ibbotson include The Dragonfly Pool and The Star of Kazan.

Tin by  Padraig Kenny

This is an unusual book telling the story of a world where there are ‘real’ people and mechanicals used as servants. In this story Christopher a real boy discovers a secret after an accident and goes on an adventure with his friends to find out the truth about his life. This could be read by a confident reader of 9 or 10, but some of the ideas within the book are complex and may prompt questions about life! I always read books before my children at the age of 9-11 so that I knew what they were going to experience.

Street Child by Berlie Doherty

When I teach about Victorians, I use this book in class. This beautifully written book tells the story of Jim Jarvis. In Victorian Britain, Jim is left all alone when his mother dies and has to try and survive difficult times. This story is based on the boy who inspired Dr Barnardo to found his children’s homes. The book is full of adventure and will keep your children gripped as you read it.

Stormbreaker  (Alex Rider) by Anthony Horowitz.

This is a series of books that John really enjoyed reading in Year 5 and 6 (aged 10 and 11). I would suggest that you read these books with your child. Alex Rider, a 14 year old boy,  is forced to join MI6. He sets off to solve a crime and is soon in terrible danger. These are real page-turners, full of excitement and adventure. Some of the scenes are quite violent – John really enjoyed this. We read the books before he did so that we knew what he was reading and could discuss them.

I could go on and on. My children loved the Harry Potter books, Holes by Louis Sachar and anything by Michael Morpurgo – especially the Butterfly Lion and Kensuke’s Kingdom.

What are your favourite books to read with children aged 9-11?

Let me know what you like to read? Have you found a series of great books? If you read any of the books that I have suggested, please let me know. Message me on my social media channels, leave a comment or email me.

Happy reading

The Made It Mum xx

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Great books to read with your kids – 5-9 years.

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Great books to read at bedtime.

We read to our children every night from them being tiny babies. I still read with John, and all of our children enjoy reading. This selection of books is for children aged 5-9. They can either be read to your child at bed time, or if your child is a confident reader, then then can read them to you. It is always a joy to share a good book. 🙂

These books are some of our children’s favourites that we have shared over the years.

The Worst Witch series by Jill Murphy.

We have read these books with all of our children. John and I enjoyed each of these stories about Mildred Hubble’s exploits at Miss Cackle’s Academy for witches. It doesn’t matter how hard Mildred tries to do the right thing, she always ends up in a pickle. These books are great for young children to read themselves. We liked reading books that came in series when our children were younger, as you will see from some of our other choices. If you have not read any of the Worst Witch books with your child before, I am sure that you will find them delightful.

Danger is Everywhere – David O’Doherty and Chris Judge

If you are looking for some fun reading at bedtime, then this is the book for you. Not only have I read this to my own children, but I read this and the sequels to my class. All the children that I have read this to have loved it. My class really enjoy the silliness. The book is ‘written’ by Docter (yes, DoctER Noel Zone – the world’s first Dangerologist) who tells you how to avoid danger in situations that you never knew were risky. Watch out for the page 9 scorpion!

How to train your Dragon – Cressida Cowell

We love the antics of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the third and his friends. This is another of our favourite series of stories, featuring the young Vikings and their dragons. Eleanor and John really enjoyed these books, we read them  several times. They were quite amused when we watched the film and realised that is was nothing like the books. We always say that the books are better. These have been family favourites for some years in our house. We also listened to an audio version of the book in the car,  narrated by David Tennant which was excellent.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon – Grace Lin

This is a book full of magic and wonder. Read the tale of Minli and her friend Dragon as they try to change Minli’s fortune. They journey to visit the Old Man of the Moon in this story which reminds me of The Wizard of Oz. The book is set in China and is interwoven with beautiful art work and Chinese stories and myths. I am working on this book with my class at the moment and they are loving it. I read this and the follow up books, When the Sea turned to Silver and Starry River of the Sky to my children. They were magical bed time stories.

Podkin One Ear – Kieran Larwood

These are more recent reads. In fact the third book in this series only came out in September. We like fantasy stories and these books are about a world where rabbits live and walk on two legs. They live happily in tribes until the arrival of the Gorm – a dangerous tribes of rabbits who have merged with metal. You and your children will be drawn into the world of magic and friendship of Podkin and his family and friends as told by a wandering Bard. I know that you’ll love these as much as we did.

The Polar Bear Explorer’s Club

We read this book when I was teaching John about the Arctic and  Antarctic in class. It is a great fantasy book. What would you find if you went on a Polar exploration? You will learn never to trust a frost fairy and of course – keep an eye out for carnivorous cabbages. This book chronicles the adventure of Stella Starflake Pearl and her friends. The art work in this book is stunning. We loved it so much that I have the next book on pre-order. We can’t wait for it to come out in November.

I could have kept going and going. Other favourites of ours have been the Daisy Books by Kes Gray, The Horrid Henry Books by Francesca Simon, Pippi Longstockings by Astrid Lindgren, The Diary of a Killer Cat by Anne Fine and of course, anything by Roald Dahl.

It can be easy to get stuck in a rut of reading the same books. I hope that this post has given you some inspiration for new books to read with your children. These would make great birthday and Christmas gifts for children and grandchildren. Let me know if you read any of these books. Did you and your child enjoy them? What books would you recommend?

Happy reading,

The Made It Mum xx