gratitude wrote:What books are you giving your early elementary student (ages 7 or eight) who is reading around a 5th grade level or higher?
I have been looking at Honey for a Child's Heart. The picture books, for ages 4 - 8, he has lost interest in. He is wanting chapter books by this point, and he is reading approximately 1 hour a day on his own. The section for 9 - 12 year olds has some of my child hood favorites listed, but I am concerned about content.
What books can I use that are age appropriate for content, but engaging and interesting for a boy who wants to read chapter books?
P.S. I think I will add the fact that he is emotionally sensitive to some topics.
I don't have a boy. I have an advanced reader dd, who is the epitome of sensitive.
The first 17 Boxcar Children books. Note: these kids live without a parent.
Henry Huggins series by Beverly Cleary.
Mouse and the Motorcycle series by Beverly Cleary.
The Cricket in Times Square by Garth Williams.
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White.
Stuart Little by E.B. White.
Magic Tree House books came highly recommended, but my dd did not care for them AT ALL.
The Littles series by John Peterson are adventurous.
I told my dd why I was thinking of all these great books for a boy, and she suggested "Mr. Putter and Tabby" books and "Oliver and Amanda" books. They are picture/chapter books that she really, really enjoyed at that age and still loves to read, even if they are below her reading level.
Mr. Popper's Penguins is another awesome one -- which I sincerely hope they do justice to with the upcoming movie. So hard to trust that, though.
Julie in MN wrote:Hi Cyndi! I was hoping you would chime in on this thread, too, since you were in the exact same situation, weren't you? Ready for advanced reading but not for advanced topics.
It was definitely more of a challenge when she was 7yo, but - I'm still there . . .
I think it may be a bit easier with a dd, though. There is quite a bit of historical fiction geared more for girls, IMO, which my dd has grown to love so much.
It's tough to be a kid that doesn't like "fantasy" books these days. I tried to tell my dd that Narnia is an allegory and that Aslan is like Jesus and the Witch -- "Witch?! Forget it, Mom. I know what an allegory is, but I still don't want to read that." *sigh*