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Classic children's library: 8- 1. 6 Russian Girls. Books. This is the age at which reading starts to get interesting, both for you and them. Around now most children will be reading fluently on their own and will start to develop their own distinct taste in books, although, like aliens, yo- yos and skipping, particular writers go in and out of fashion in the playground.
It would, however, be a pity if you and your children stopped reading together at this point. You will both miss the closeness, and you will also miss some really good stories. This is the moment when your childhood reading and that of your own children's meet and meld as you introduce them to E. Nesbit and Phillipa Pearce and they take you on flights of the imagination with Philip Ridley and JK Rowling. As every parent with children in this age range knows, a thorough grounding in the rules of quidditch is essential if you are to have any meaningful conversation with your children.
A word of warning. Take care when trying to introduce the books you loved or think you loved as a child to your own. Often your memory will be hazy as to exactly what age you were when you read it - you were almost certainly older than you think. There is sometimes a density to the writing of many of the older classics, which can be very satisfying, but which can also be a turn- off to a generation raised on the Oxford Reading Tree and Ginn. They will probably be appreciated in time, but read them The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in the cradle and they'll firmly slam the door shut on you.
Every child is different in their reading ability and their interests, and parents need to take their cue from the child. Remember, a book which sports the label "classic" isn't intrinsically better for your children than one which does not. Books are not medicine to be forced down; they should be fun, exciting doorways into other worlds and different feelings and points of view. The best books for this age group do not inform children about the world, but present it to them as a transformation.
Best books. What does that mean? Between 8- 1. 1 there is no such thing as a bad book, it is the habit of reading that counts. Don't get prissy and ban Enid Blyton. The child who thrills to the adventure of The Secret of Killimoon is only a step away from the excitement of Philip Ridley's Kasper in the Glitter. For some children this is also the age when books become friends, the same one consumed over and over in the same way that a teenager will play the same track on a new CD over and over.
Assume, if this is the case, that the child is getting something crucial from it in the same way that the child who demands cheese three times a day for a week is probably unconsciously seeking some essential nutrient. At this age, books can be the most satisfying food in the world. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury (Walker, £1.
A very modern "Alice" for the modern child that dusts off the Victorian fustiness of the book. Some adults will regret this approach and the passing of the dark Tenniel drawings but this is a perfect introduction to the story for younger readers and while Oxenbury's fresh as a daisy illustrations make the story completely accessible they certainly don't Disneyfy it in any way. Rumpelstiltskin and Other Grimm Tales by Carol Ann Duffy, illustrated by Marketa Prachaticka (Faber, £8. These are familiar stories such as Snow White, Ashputtel and Little Redcap told with a poet's voice. They are bare, spare, and stripped down to the bone so that the story itself stands out like a skeleton. It was Duffy's versions of the tales that were used by the Young Vic for its outstanding Grimm Tales. Reading the stories makes you aware how much the theatrical style sprung from Duffy's gleaming, hard words.
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks (Collins Modern Classics, £5. On his ninth birthday, Omri receives many gifts including a much- wanted skateboard.
Less desired are the old cupboard given to him by his brother and the three- inch tall plastic Indian given to him by his friend Patrick. But it is the latter two gifts that prove best of all for when the Indian is put in the cupboard and the key is turned he comes to life. Little Bull turns out to be everything you could wish from an Indian - proud, fearless and defiant. But as Omri soon discovers being responsible for another person isn't easy, particularly when they don't always behave as you might expect or wish. This is a wonderful, very readable book in which our responsibilities to each other are explored through an entertaining story.
The Children of Green Knowe by Lucy Boston (Faber, £4. Tolly's great grandmother's house is full of a very special kind of magic. There are other children living there, children who were happy there many centuries before.
Boston's novel really does conjure up all the magic of childhood for a new generation in this smart reissue of the 1.