Classics for Young Independent Readers


You may have worked out by now that I love lists, so here is another one for you:

Some stories that have stood the test of time and that have been enjoyed in this house.

I would recommend them for independent young readers somewhere in the 6-9 year old bracket.  Obviously all children are unique so you’ll need to work out whether they are appropriate for your child – some might be for younger children, some might be for older.

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Richard & Florence Atwater, Mr Popper’s Penguins

Enid Blyton, The Amelia Jane Collection,  The Secret Seven, The Famous Five, The Land of Far Beyond, The Adventures of the Wishing Chair and lots more!

Michael Bond, A Bear Called Paddington &  The Tales of Olga Da Polga

Palmer Brown, Cheerful

Clyde Robert Bulla, The Viking Adventure

Richard Crompton, Just William

Colin Dann, The Animals of Farthing Wood

Dorothy Edwards, My Naughty Little Sister

Eleanor Farjeon, Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep

Ruth Gannett, My Father’s Dragon

Rumer Golden, The Doll’s HouseThe Fairy Doll

Shirley Hughes, The Charlie Moon Collection

Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House in the Big Woods, Farmer Boy

Eric Kästner, Emil and the Detectives

Joyce Lancaster Brisley, Milly-Molly-Mandy & Bunchy

Astrid Lindgren, The Children of Noisy Village, Emil and the Great Escape, Karlson on the Roof & Pippi Longstocking

Hugh Lofting, The Story of Doctor Dolittle

Robert McCloskey, Homer Price

Ursula Moray Williams, Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse

Michael Morpurgo, Beowulf & Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Philippa Pearce,  Mrs Cockle’s Cat

Alf Proysen, Mrs Pepperpot Stories

Arthur Ransome, Swallows and Amazons

Joan G. Robinson, The Teddy Robinson Storybook & Mary-Mary

P. L. Travers, Mary Poppins

Alison Uttley, Little Red FoxLittle Grey RabbitThe Sam Pig Storybook & Adventures of Tim Rabbit

E. B. White, Stuart Little, Charlotte’s Web

Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit


Happy reading!

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