30 Books to Read to a Six Year Old (by Richard Davies)

Feb. 19, 2013

30 Books to Read to a Six Year Old

This article by Richard Davies contains links to 30 books the author feels are appropriate  for reading to a six year old (and older children too). [The article is hosted on the ABE Books site, a purveyor of used/vintage books that I have no personal connection to.]

I’ve tried to keep this list to books that work for a broad spectrum of six-year-olds – suitable for boys and girls – and literature that is a pleasure to hear aloud. I have assumed Dr Seuss already has a place on your shelves. A six-year-old needs stories that move along briskly, the text must be easy on the ear but regularly introduce new words, and the books must also satisfy the adult doing the heavy lifting.

Part of the reason I like this list is that the author acknowledges that it is valuable to read out loud to children, that younger children can enjoy literature aimed at older children, and that it is just as important that the adult enjoy the reading as well as the child. He does include a caveat that some of the stories might be a bit scary and involve themes of death and conflict; however, he says,

With both [my] children, I have found it wise to not underestimate their ability to absorb stories of conflict and death. Old fashioned legends and folk tales are filled with murder and mayhem, but these stories have been around for centuries for a good reason – children like them. Roald Dahl knew this and there are horrible events in all his books. However, I do occasionally stop reading and ask if my younger listener is scared out of her wits.