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reading suggestions for young kids reading above age level
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Posted 12 September 2019 - 09:02 AM
The Ramona series by Beverly Clearly. Ramona has just started school so totally appropiate. Still remember her walking to school and losing a shoe to a dog.
Posted 12 September 2019 - 09:21 AM
My 5yo daughter is a similar reading level. She loves the Billie B Brown Mysteries, the Real Pigeons series, the Treehouse series and the Far Out! (June Factor, old school nonsense rhyme books) series.
Posted 12 September 2019 - 09:22 AM
Robin Klein’s “Thing” and Judy Blume’s “Fudge” series.
Posted 12 September 2019 - 10:00 AM
The naughtiest girl in the school series by Enid Blyton is one I remember
Posted 12 September 2019 - 11:30 AM
We had this ongoing problem with DD - at 7 she tested at a 17 y.o level. The school didn't know what to do - they kept sending her home with books on things like the Boxing Day Tsunami, Sadako and the Paper Cranes, Anne Frank - she was utterly traumatised.
We ended up asking the school to stop assigning books to her. Instead we gave her:
Like PP -all the Roald Dahl books
Enid Blyton Books - especially loved the "Naughtiest Girl" series
Treehouse series - still insists on the latest one now at 11.
Truly Tan series
By about 10 we moved onto a lot of non-fiction books and she loves them - (although still asked for Weirdo 13 the other day):
I am Mala
Hope in a Ballet Shoe (although there is violence which still upsets her)
The Barefoot Surgeon
Helen Keller biography
Wish you Happy Forever
Good luck - I still find it really hard now to find books at her level with minimal sex or violence, but will keep her interested. I have an added problem that she is super lazy. She would sit and read the Hot Dog series all day if I let her!
Edited by Gumbette, 12 September 2019 - 11:33 AM.
Posted 12 September 2019 - 11:44 AM
Thank everyone, I am literally taking notes and will check these suggestions out. It's harder now she is reading independently when she was younger I would read to her and just skip over any awkward/upsetting bits. Now of course that's not an option
Posted 12 September 2019 - 11:49 AM
Blyton’s The Naughtiest Girl books really are great. Also her St Clare’s school stories might suit- they’re set in a high school boarding school but very tame on the drama front, lots of midnight feats and rambles and playing tricks on the French teacher!
Posted 12 September 2019 - 12:47 PM
I haven't read the replies so apologies for double ups but having a daughter who reads at a much higher level than her age, here are some she enjoyed at that age:
Enid Blyton - The Faraway Tree, Famous 5, Secret 7, boarding school books (we've spoken about how they were written in a different era and that things have changed)
Nancy Drew Clue Crew books
Ivy & Bean
Juliet Nearly a Vet
Magic Kitten/Puppy/Pony books by Sue Bentley
Magic Animal Friends books
Zoe's Rescue Zoo
Some Roald Dahl but not the scary ones
Secret Kingdom books
A lot are series so they kept my DD pretty busy reading through them all! Hope that helps
Edited by flowermama, 12 September 2019 - 12:50 PM.
Posted 12 September 2019 - 01:07 PM
Babysitter little sister books would be good.
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