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Subject: 4 year old bedtime reading
Date Posted: 5/14/2008 2:34 AM ET
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I'm so pleased with myself! We are three chapters into 'The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe' and my 4 year old (who crashed and burned on Mary Poppins and the Just So Stories a few months ago) is staying with it, listening, and remembering what happened the day before. I'm so excited!!

But what do I read next? I do have a lot of my own books from when I was a kid, but honestly they are all much too old for him at 4. I took a gamble on LWW which seems to be paying off, but I'd like to keep this going. So if I have to order some books now to be ready for when we need them in a couple of weeks, what should I get?

Suggestions, please!

 

 

 

Date Posted: 5/14/2008 12:25 PM ET
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If he likes LWW, maybe get the rest of that series. They are all good.

My boys both loved Peter Pan (chapter book, not "Disney" version) and Gulliver's Travels at that age - we'd read them over and over.

Date Posted: 5/14/2008 2:00 PM ET
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When my son was four, we read lots of chapter books. His favorite was by Danae Dobson, it was called "Woof". He also enjoyed Arthur, Magic Tree House, and Nate the Great. We also read Charlottoe's Web, and Stuart Little.

Date Posted: 5/15/2008 9:01 AM ET
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DD loved Stuart LIttle and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory when she was four. Of course don't forge the Winnie the Pooh books!

Date Posted: 5/15/2008 12:15 PM ET
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Thanks! I have Charlotte's Web, Charlie etc. I will try and order a couple of the others mentioned.

 

Date Posted: 5/17/2008 7:58 AM ET
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He'd probably like The Indian in the Cupboard series by Lynne Reid Banks too.

Date Posted: 5/17/2008 10:53 AM ET
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My son enjoyed having the Ramona series read-aloud to him.  I think he could relate with Ramona.  When we were through we checked out the old Ramona tv series from the library.  There is also a book called Games With Books by Peggy Kaye that has activities for the Ramona and Bezus book.  We made applesauce like Ma had to do after Ramona took a bite out of every apple in the box in the basement.  LOL!

It may seem like a bit much, but he was finally showing interest in books so I went all out!

Now he is reading Ramona on his own again!  :o)

Date Posted: 5/23/2008 11:05 AM ET
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Also, don't forget picture books.  There are plenty out there that have a lot of text.  Kids LOVE looking at pictures while you read.  I remember being disappointed when I got older that the books I was reading had no pictures in them.

Date Posted: 5/30/2008 1:44 PM ET
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I definitely recommend Winnie the Pooh!  That silly old bear.  He's my favorite, and my kids loved his stories, too.

I just asked the kids, and they remember Grandma reading to them from the Bible.  We also read to them from their own story Bibles when they were little.  (They read for themselves now!)

~Jori