We started reading chapter books to Claire earlier this year, and she loves them. She’s only 4 years old, though, and it can be challenging to find books that are appropriate for her age. We picked up a collection of short stories by Enid Blyton at Text Book Centre a few months ago, and Claire has been devouring them.
I had never heard of her before, but apparently Enid Blyton is massively popular, and has been for decades. Her short stories are simple, sometimes realistic, sometimes fantastic, and often sharing some kind of moral story.
My favorite thing about Enid Blyton’s books? THERE ARE MILLIONS OF THEM. She was incredibly prolific, and there are dozens upon dozens of her story books available locally. With a kid who likes bedtime stories as much as Claire does, this is a pretty big deal.
I love the crazy names of the characters, especially the fantasy ones. Smickle Smockle, Mr. Grumpygroo, Fiddle-De-Dee, Scallywag, Mother Winkyn, and Mr. Stamp-About, are a few of my faves. It always makes Claire laugh to hear Mommy and Daddy say names like, “Mr. Grumpygroo.” 🙂
Do you read chapter books to your kids? What are your favorites?