Hi, I'm looking for books appropriate for a six year old at 4th grade reading level. Any ideas?

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Chet - posted on 01/08/2014

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Our girls are very advanced readers, so we have been dealing with this issue for a long time. These are my strategies:

1. A lot of picture books, since they are intended to be read by an adult to a child, are actually a grade 3, 4 or even 5 reading level. Any story book with a paragraph of text on each probably is probably a late grade 3 or an early grade 4. So don't give up on picture books just because she's a strong reader.

2. Look up the grade level and the interest level of books. Often a book will have an interest level that's ages 4 to 8, but a reading level of grade 3.8 or 4.2.

3. Look up lists of novels and chapter books recommended as read alouds for kindergarten or grade 1 - the only difference being that your daughter will be able to read it to herself.

A few recommendations that our girls really enjoyed when they were five or six:

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Charlotte's Web By E. B. White
Catwings by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
The Babysitter's Club Little Sister by Ann M Martin

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