I love stories for kids (I’m in the process of trying to write my own even) but up until recently I started to worry that Reuben (who’s turning 6 in August) wasn’t getting enough variety or challenge from the books I read to him.

With his new found confidence in reading, he had stopped wanting me to read to him (and with his school books getting longer, it certainly takes up bedtime!), and when I did read to him, it would be the old favourites over and over again!

Dixie O’Day, Moomin, and his absolute favourite Oi Frog (and friends, we have the whole selection and eagerly await Oi Duck-Billed Platypus, which comes out in September!) are all great… but every night?

I was ready to move us on to something new. Something a bit more challenging.

Stories for Kids

Enter the Mums’ Days Facebook Group. These mums are my go-to for any sort of parenting conundrum and once again, with over 30 comments, I got a whole load of great ideas. You can read all the book suggestions here.

Stories for kids

So, armed with a whole list of ideas, and I’ll put our top 10 reading list below, I now needed to face the next challenge…

Introducing new stories for kids

Reuben does not like change. He is anti-new things, favouring things and activities that he knows and loves. I can totally relate but I know it’s important to keep trying to branch out and try new things. Especially new stories!

It took me 4 months to convince him to try out Flat Stanley, which he ended up really enjoying despite me having to read the first chapter over the top of his protestations.

Claire had suggested The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher, so I Amazon Primed it and it arrived the next day. It is a BIG book!!

I showed it to Reuben when it arrived. Whatever.

Then I showed him a picture of the author (I hadn’t put two and two together…makes me sick how talented that McFly kid is!!) and he laughed at the author’s suggestion to read the book with hot buttered crumpets. Thanks, Fletcher, none in!

My plan was to start bedtime 30 minutes early, read Reuben’s book with him in the living room, then come through to the kitchen for supper while I read the first few chapters of The Christmasaurus.

Thankfully the lack of crumpets wasn’t a dealbreaker and within the first 2 chapters, Reuben was hooked.

stories for kids

Seriously, careful what you wish for. That was last week and we have nearly finished this 350 page tome! We’ve been reading 2-3 chapters most mornings and then another 1-2 at night ever since! I love it and I’m thrilled Reuben is so engaged. Which brings me nicely onto what next…

Stories for Kids – Reuben’s reading list

Using the recommendations from the Mums over on the Mums’ Days Facebook Page, I’ve come up with the following as our next 10 books…

    1. The Creakers, Tom Fletcher – the first chapter is in the back of The Christmasaurus, so I KNOW this will be the next book he wants to read.
    2. Faraway Tree Collection, Enid Blyton
    3. The Midnight Gang, David Walliams – I couldn’t bare the World’s Worse Children but if Ellie says of The Midnight Gang on Facebook, “such a lovely subtle back story that Charlotte didn’t really get but I found just beautiful”, David deserves another chance! Gangster Granny has also been recommended.
    4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling – I’ve read the whole lot myself and loved, of course. I just worried Reuben was a bit young for the stories. I’m assured this isn’t the case!
    5. Story Treehouse, Andy Griffiths – I’ve ordered a set of these as I’ve heard great things before and I think we’ll love them.
    6. How to Train Your Dragon, Cressida Cowell
    7. Astrosaurs, Steve Cole
    8. The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin, Mark Twain
    9. Swallows and Amazons, Arthur Ransome
    10. George’s Marvellous Medicine, Roald Dahl – I nearly didn’t include any Roald Dahl! Gabby and I read the BFG a couple of years ago around a pool on holiday and Reuben had no interest. But that was aaages ago, so I think he’d like it now and I fancy George’s Marvellous Medicine as it’s one of the few I didn’t read as a kid (that and The Witches because it’s f*cking scary!!!)

What else is on your reading list?

If you have any stories for kids you’d highly recommend that haven’t made it to my list, please do comment below or come and join the conversation over on the Mums’ Days Facebook Page!