Last year, I gave the girls the first three Sisters Grimm books for the holidays. They devoured them and asked for more. They’ve been reading Sisters Grimm every night for almost a year now, and they’re down to one book left in the series. We’re sad to see this era end; the Sisters Grimm have become beloved characters in our house, and we frequently gossip about their exploits over dinner.
Which makes a new series of bedtime stories the perfect holiday gift, right? Right.
The question is, what should they be?
Harry Potter has been rejected as too scary/dark. Ivy & Bean we have done and loved. Lord of the Rings and Narnia are too heavy; the kids like playful prose. We’re considering Percy Jackson, but I didn’t love those when I read them a few years ago.
And so forth. It should be a fairly hefty series, not just one great book. They have so far most loved stories about pairs of sisters who are a little older than they are and go on adventures. Solving mysteries is a big hit.
So please weigh in: what books should my 5 and 8 year old girls be read aloud at night for the coming year?