My nine-year old daughter loves The Hobbit, I have read it to her three times already. She has asked me to find other similar books that she would enjoy. But I am finding it more difficult than I expected, and wonder if some people on this forum can help.
We have already read the Chronicles of Narnia, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (which is a sort of fantasy). She enjoyed them.
I started reading one of the "Princess and Curdie" books by George MacDonald, but it bored her, I guess the writing style is too out-of-date. Same problem with The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge. She will probably enjoy both of those when she is older.
I started The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander (predecessor to The Black Cauldron) but she found it too frightening. The thing she loves about The Hobbit is that there is plenty of action, magic, adventure and so forth, but it is all written in a light tone with plenty of joking asides to the reader, which keeps it from becoming too scary. I have not started her on The Lord of the Rings partly because I think it would also be frightening to her in places, plus the fact that her attention span is not long enough yet.
I might read A Wrinkle in Time to her (one of my favorites as a child) but the spirituality is rather syncretistic and I want to wait until she is older, and better able to discern the good from the bad in that area.
I would be grateful if anyone has suggestions.