6yo is really enjoying her reading now, and often we will find her with her head in a book. Her current favourites are the Orion Early Readers which she doesn’t struggle to read, so anything that boosts her confidence is a plus for us.
Horrid Henry has featured on her book shelf for around nine months now. She loves reading them over and over again.
I always have an excited 6yo when I pass her an envelope that I have peeked into, and see the gift inside is for her. When Horrid Henry appears, I usually get big cheers as well.
We recently received Horrid Henry’s Sleepover and also an Animal Factbook.
The fiction gets read first, there is never any contest there, but she is realising and understanding that non fiction can also be just as interesting, especially when the book coincides with a topic at school, or if she’s watched something on TV and wants to know the answer to it.
There are some great answers to some great questions that wouldn’t ordinarily pop up on a daily basis. 6yo thinks she’s great when she’s asking me questions, testing my general knowledge.
For an early reader gaining confidence, I think these books are perfect to prevent the reader from becoming too overwhelmed with long chapters. 6yo will often stop after one chapter, but she knows where she has got to and can carry on at another time.
As a parent, I like the fact that there are still plenty of pictures in the Early Reader books which encourages the text to be read. Pages upon pages of text would bore 6yo and I know she would give up very quickly, but to have half a page of text, she really gets into the story a lot more.
These books get a great big thumbs up from both me and 6yo.
Disclosure – we received the books free of charge but all opinions are our own