Books for Advanced Readers: Early Elementary School-Aged Kids
Your child is reading above grade level, and you’re not sure what to do.
After mastering the alphabet early and reading names, signs, and menus, your little one was ready to jump into the wild world of reading. But what to do if your kindergartener is way beyond the early leveled Guided Reading texts? Or, your first grader seems ready to tackle the books in the fourth grade curriculum but not necessarily the concepts?
It’s important that, as parents, we keep an eye on our advanced readers. We want to provide them with reading material that is rich, engaging, and challenging but doesn’t include concepts that are too mature for them to process.
What can you give to your child if you know he or she can decode the words and understand the text?
Try a few of these series out and let us know what you think. They are loosely in order of easier reads to more difficult reads.
- Henry and Mudge series by Cynthia Rylant
- Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel
- Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park
- The Rainbow Magic series by Daisy Meadows
- The Calendar Mysteries series by Ron Roy
- Nate the Great series by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
- Cam Jansen series by David Alder
- Amelia Bedelia series by Peggy Parish
- Pinky and Rex series by James Howe and Melissa Sweet
- The Puppy Place series by Ellen Miles
- Triplet Trouble series by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Jones
- Arthur series by Marc Brown
- The Littles series by John Peterson
- Flat Stanley series by Jeff Brown
- The Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne
- The A to Z Mysteries series by Ron Roy
This is just a start, and our advice is to always read the book before you hand it to your child. That way, you will know for sure if your own child will be able to handle the subject matter.
What are some other great book recommendations for our younger advanced readers? Share your thoughts on the Scholastic Parents Facebook page, or find Amy on Twitter, @teachmama, and let’s continue the conversation!