Is your child looking to move on from readers and picture books to something a little more challenging? As parents we want to foster our child's reading as much as possible. Luckily, there are a variety of titles and series aimed at children ages 6-9, that are absolutely perfect for beginning readers to dip their toe into the water. Many intersperse pictures with the text and have short chapters to keep young readers engaged.
There are your adventure series, such as Robert Irwin Dinosaur Hunter, Geronimo or Thea Stilton, Zac Power, EJ Spy School, or Extreme Adventures by Justin D'ath.
There are also fantasy series involving flying ponies and fairies and other magical creatures. Some of the most popular of these titles are Rainbow Magic, The Rescue Princesses, Beast Quest, Boy vs Beast, Sea Quest , and Pearlie.
Some other popular series are: Pony Mad Princess, Eric Vale, Zoe's Rescue Zoo, the Railway Rabbits, Hey Jack and Rascal.
Still stuck for ideas? For this age group Aussie bites and nibbles are always a classic choice as is a good Roald Dahl or Enid Blyton story. Some of the shorter Enid Blyton stories have recently been released in the new Star Reads series, aimed specifically at this age group.
Currently the Children's Book Council of Australia are in the process of naming the book of the year for this age group (amongst others). To see shortlisted titles you can visit their website here.