While we love ourselves some good picture books and visit the library on a regular basis, I began getting really bored with the same old same old for our bedtime stories. Miss Five loves any sort of reading or stories so I thought I'd try her out on chapter books - one chapter each night. We started with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl and it was a great success - she couldn't wait to hear what would happen next and didn't really seem to mind that the pictures (by Quentin Blake) where not colour or on every page like her picture books. Since then we've read a raft of chapter books, some more successful than others.
Just lately Miss Five discovered the big pile of books at her grandparent's house that used to belong to me and begged to bring some home for bedtime stories. I chose a few of the ones I hoped would be more at her level and here is what we are reading at the moment...we only have two chapters left to go!
Really old books are just the best. This one is made even more special by having a number of colour plates in it.
Here are two - arn't they lovely?
I remember adoring this book when I was younger and I'm pleased to say that Miss Five quite likes it too. She even told me that she and her frinds now play "Katy" at school!
I will be sure to show you what we are reading next when we get to it. Did you have any favourite chapter books when you were younger (or even now!?) I had heaps!