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Will my younger children understand the language in them?

Posted by mom62527, 2nd November 2016

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  • All my kids started at about 9 years – although I was worried the last book would scare them, they were fine with it all.

  • I think 6 +

  • Thankyou so much everyone for your feedback my daughter is 8 so I guess I will have a little read of a few pages to see how it is :-)

  • A friend made a good point recently – her kids read fast, and although she thinks they’re re├ády for the first books, she thinks the later ones are too dark for them. So she’s not letting them start the series till they’re ready for them all.

  • While your children might not be able to understand the language in the books reading with them any book will encourage future reading and it is a great activity to do together. At Target (and most likely elsewhere) they have picture book versions of Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets which might be good early versions of them. My father and mother started reading The Hobbit to me when I was 5 and after a while they stopped but I loved the story so much I worked hard to read the book on my own. Just takes a spark :)

  • I think it depends upon the child and if they are reading it themselves or having it read to them. I would say a lot older for reading independently and enjoying it, maybe 11 or 12. Beware that some of the movies that accompany books have quite high ratings (like MA or M15+) so watching the movie might be off limits for a while if you follow such guidelines and they start in year 1!

  • My daughter started in Year 1, reading it with my husband.

  • I would say around 7 or 8.

  • I’ve often wondered this too. My son is 6 and I’m thinking of starting the first one with him.

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