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Subject: My seven year old is reading at a fourth grade level. I need book help!
Date Posted: 12/3/2008 8:49 AM ET
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I am at a loss.

My daughter turns seven on Friday, She is reading on a fourth grade level. I am having a hard time finding books for her that are on her reading level, but have subject matter that is not too advanced. She LOVED Tuck Everlasting; when she finished it, she cried because it was over. She loved How to Eat Fried Worms and Half Magic. She is now reading The Twitches by Dahl.

I need suggestions!!

Date Posted: 12/3/2008 9:42 AM ET
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My daughter is nearly 7 and reads on the same level.  Lately, she's enjoyed the Pippi Longstocking books, the Wayside School books, the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books, the Judy Moody books, some books by Judy Blume (Freckle Juice, Cool Zone), and Bunnicula.  She also loves what she calls "research books"--the non-fiction books she finds in the children's section of the library about dinosaurs, volcanoes, earthquakes, frogs, etc. 

Some books I've thought of for her but I haven't looked at since childhood are Harriet the Spy, Stuart Little, The Incredible Journey, and The Trumpet of the Swan.  My sister is giving her Boxcar Children mystery books for Christmas.

My library's website (www.hcpl.net) has book lists of recommended reading for different reading levels.  Some list old books, some list new books.  I've found a lot for her through these lists.

Hope this helps!

Date Posted: 12/5/2008 12:49 AM ET
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Kim by Rudyard Kipling. Absolutely magic. I loved it. He also wrote Puck of Pook's Hill which is great and a sequel Rewards and Fairies.  Anything 19th century, the vocabulary is advanced but the stories are still charming as children were still assumed to be innocent. George McDonald wrote some good stuff, I loved "On the back of the north wind". Try E. Nesbit, Edgar Eager was inspired by her. Right now we have discovered Eleanor Farjeon. Have you given her the Hobbit yet? Professor Diggle's Dragons? How about the Narnia series? When I was young, I Ioved a British series about a Professor Branestawm. It was wacky enough to still entertain me today. Good luck! She'll be up to Jane Austen in 2 years!

Date Posted: 12/5/2008 1:19 AM ET
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Another database of books sorted by reading level can be found at: http://books.atozteacherstuff.com/leveled-books/index.php?p=getdb&db_id=2

One of my daughters was ready for the Little House on the Prairie books by time she turned 6. They are still favorites of hers today at 26.

Others that come to mind are Secret Garden or any other books by Francis Hodgson Burnett, Little Women, books by E. L. Konigsburg, Bill Wallace.

For lighthearted fun Amelia Bedelia, and a second to all of the Pippi Longstocking books!

The Amber Brown books are nice too.

American Girl books are very popular. My 15 yo still has hers. These books about girls from different time periods have been getting made into movies the past few years: Felicity, Samantha, Molly, and the newest release Kit. There are also non-fiction books with background information for each girl's era. These are the "Welcome to _________ 's Worls" books. Just put whichever girl you are looking for in the blank. There is also an American Girl website with games to play, crafts to make, etc. http://www.americangirl.com/


Date Posted: 12/5/2008 9:59 AM ET
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I have three great websites:




There are search engines at both of these sites that enable you to look for a 4th grade reading level.

I have found that my children enjoy ANYTHING that Carol Hurst recommeds! My girls are 8, 12, and 14. I have discovered that the older girls even like the PICTURE books that are higher level! One day, I read "The Man who walked between the towers" to my 12 year old and when her dad came home that night, she ran into the kitchen to get it off the breakfast bar and READ IT TO HIM!

Renlearn is the Accelerated Reader program. It is better to use it if you know an author or book title and want to see it's reading level.

I think both renlearn and titlewave have section to get listings of books for a specific reading level....

Hope that helps.

My second grader is reading at an early 5th grade level so I "feel your pain".

Date Posted: 12/10/2008 12:07 AM ET
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Edward Eager wrote several books if she liked Half Magic.  Also, Ronald Dahl has written a huge amount of books.  My son really liked Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Matilda.  I remember loving Harriet the Spy when I was younger, plus the Little House on the Prairie books were my favorites.  Also, The Borrowers series and E.L. Koningsberg has some great books.  I also bought The Secret Garden for my daughter last year, but she is not quite there yet.   Jenny Nimmo wrote a series called The Magician's Trilogy which includes The Snow Spider, Emmlyn's Moon, and The Chestnut Soldier that are good.  Her Charlie Bone series is good also, but might be a bit scary for her.  I know my 7 year old gets scared when we read those.

Subject: good advanced reading books
Date Posted: 12/10/2008 3:30 AM ET
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What about A Wrinkle in Time? By Madeline L'Engle

Date Posted: 12/11/2008 7:44 PM ET
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Has she read Charlotte's Web?

Subject: I had the same problem!
Date Posted: 12/13/2008 11:27 AM ET
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We also love the Brits like C S Lewis, E Nesbit, George Macdonald, Andrew Lang, Tolkien and Howard Pyle.  The subject matter in their children's stories and fairy tales is appropriate and their use of English is not only a little unfamiliar, which will challenge them, but it will teach them how to weild English better themselves. 

Date Posted: 4/5/2009 2:50 PM ET
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Look at my shelf. Most of the Books on there are from when I was her age. My sister is 9 now and loved them when she read them. The Mary Kate and Ashley books are really cute for 7 year olds

Date Posted: 4/7/2009 2:05 PM ET
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The C.S Lewis books are wonderful reads for kids and adults alike. Also, have you considered the BabySitter Club books? I loved to read them when I was younger, so my bookshelf is full of them if you'd like to read up on the descriptions.

Date Posted: 4/7/2009 11:07 PM ET
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Deirdre W, I love that your little girl calls them her 'research books' How smart! I love this age! My 8yr old loves informational books as well. I just have to say 'kudos' to all parents who model their love of reading for our children!!!

Date Posted: 4/9/2009 9:04 AM ET
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Date Posted: 4/14/2009 1:03 PM ET
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I agree with the Mrs. Pigglee-Wiggle books, those are great.  Judy Blume is always good.  I have some on my bookshelf that she might enjoy...

Help! I'm Trapped in Obedience School

Call of the Wild (sad but great story)

are a couple of them.

Subject: children books
Date Posted: 4/17/2009 11:08 PM ET
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I am now 15, i use my moms account on here, i havnt really bought alot of books for awhile so most of my books are at a lower reading level.

I know for sure that these books are at a 4th grade reading level, they are the animal Ark series. There are many books, and you dont have to go in order. i have 5 books on this site. Also i have some other great books.

My favorite book that ive read when i was little has to be Walk two Moons, even though i read it in 5th grade, i think your daughter would like it.

Date Posted: 4/30/2009 8:26 PM ET
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How about The Moffats by Eleanor Estes (and other Estes books)?  My daughter also loved BFG by Roald Dahl.

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