My Six-Year-Old's Best Books of 2011

My eldest turned six in November of 2011. We read him a number of chapter books last year and these were the books that stood out in no particular order.

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
My son loved this and he loved the film version as well. He had a Roald Dahl day at school and he went as the Fantastic Mr.Fox himself.

The Adventures of Tintin by Herge
My son discovered Tintin last July and ok, so he's not actually reading the comic books yet but he has loved following the stories through the pictures and listening to us read to him. Its been fun for us to reread them too and to make up voices for Captain Haddock and Bianca Castafiore.

Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansson
The Moomins are adorable happy and whimsical characters in a series of books and comic strips written by Swedish-Finnish author, Tove Jansson. They are a family of trolls but far from appearing scary, they are white and roundish with large snouts that make them resemble hippopotamuses. They are carefree and adventurous and live in a house in Moominvalley in the forests in Finland. Fun and delightful things seem to always happen to the Moomins and their friends.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
I bought this for my son's 6th birthday and we enjoyed reading it together. It has beautiful drawings and is actually a homage to Georges Melies one of the forefathers of the movies. We can't wait to see the film directed by Martin Scorsese. The trailer looks incredible!

The Witches by Roald Dahl
This for me was the most fun book to read aloud. "You brrrainless bogvumper! Are you not rrree-alising that if you are going rrround poisoning little children you vill be caught in five minutes flat? Never in my life am I hearing such a boshvolloping suggestion coming from a vitch!" 

I wonder what his favorite books this year will be. If you have any book recommendations for a six-year-old, then I'd love to hear from you. Meanwhile, I highly recommend the above books for the 5 or 6-year-old in your life. Enjoy!


  1. What a great list! It's so nice when our kids read as much as we do. My daughter is always, right by my side with her book. The Boy? Not so much. He's a tween but he's starting to like reading more.

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  3. All good choices here! I'm sure mother and son have a close bonding time sharing a good read together. It's been a long while since my son was 6, but I remember some of the books he liked were Frog and Toad are Friends, Rupert (animated, like Tin Tin. Do they still have that now?), and the Wish Bone series, which turn literature classics into childlike fun, with the dog Wish Bone as the hero in every book. And when my son got to grade 2 or 3, be began to immerse into C. S. Lewis' Narnia series. All these have movies to accompany, which is great for the young reader.

  4. My nephew (6) really liked The Odious Ogre this year - it has the same illustrator as The Phantom Tollbooth.

  5. My son turned six in October, but we haven't tried Dahl yet. I'm really looking forward to it, but I wonder if he's a bit young to really appreciate it. I almost bought a Moomin book last week - will have to go back and get it now. My son loves looking at the drawings of the clock in the Cabret book - it is a beautiful thing. Great list!


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