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hello.. my daughter is in the 4th grade but is reading at the highest reading level at her school. she loves to read. she really loves junie b., my
weird school, diary of a wimpy kid, and the such. i would really like to introduce her to harder reading material that is still going to keep her
interested. any help would be great!!
Come check out my shelf, as I have a daughter that is in middle school, so I have a number of books that are that age. I am also offering at this time a 2-1 special on all my books. I will send you a PM as well.
My daughter read most of these books as part of our local Battle of the Books Competition which was geared for grades 4-6. These were the ones she liked the most:
The Watson’s Go To Birmingham 1963 – Paul Curtis
Esperanza Rising – Pam Munoz Ryan
Number the Stars – Lois Lowry
Out of the Dust and Letters from Rifka – Karen Hesse
The Tale of Desperaux – Kate DiCamillo
The Hundred Dresses – Estes
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson – Bette Bao Lord
The View from Saturday – Konigsburg
The Kite Fighters – Park
Snow Treasure – McSwigan
Immigrant Kids – Freedman
Rodzina - Karen Cushman
Princess Academy - Shannon Hale
Just Ella - Haddix
Listening for Lions and Once on This Island - Gloria Whelan
The Secret School - Avi
A Year Down Yonder - Richard Peck
The Misadventures of Maude March - Couloumbis
Lunch Money - Clements
Blood on the River: Jamestown 1607 - Elisa Carbone
The Sacrifice - Duble
Perhaps she would be interested in the Baby-sitter club books. i was reading them in fourth grade and I really enjoyed them! Writen well and wonderful lessons in them....I've got a few on my bookshelf if you'd like to check it out.
My son is also in the 4th grade and reading 6th grade stuff. He just finished the James Patterson kids book series Maximum Ride. It was sooooo good!! I read them too, in fact I am reading the last one right now and we are waiting for the next one to come out in print!
i also recommend Little House on the Prarie and books written by margaret Peterson Haddix. They are very very good!
How about the American Girl books, Boxcar Children, Mandie series, and if she's really into reading, she might love the amish series books by Mary Christner Borntrager. These books are geared toward 9-12 year olds. I don't know about you but I loved collecting series when I was growing up and my daughters started early because we read a chapter a night (sometimes two) before they could even read yet.
Some great books have been suggested so far!
There is a database of reading levels at the following site. You can choose the reading level and just browse the list for that grade level to get ideas.
Island of the Blue Dolphins, Anne of Green Gables, Little House books, and of course, Nancy Drew are some that I didn't notice being mentioned yet. Scott O'Dell actually has quite a few books that are good, as well as the more well-known Island of the Blue Dolphins.
The "Dear America" and "Royal Diary" books provide an idea of what it was like to be a young person living through different eras and events in history.
Bill Wallace also has several good books. Has she tried the Animal Ark books? My daughter loved them!
We've loved every book that we've read by the author of "Frindle". His last name is Clements. His books are a funny look at school life today.
My daughter loves to read. She's 10 years old and will be starting middle school in the Fall. Some of her recent favorites have been:
All of the Roald Dahl Books
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Guardians of Ga'hoole (series of books)
The Mysterious Benedict Society
Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass
Island of the Blue Dolphins
My daughter used to read the goosebumps books. Your daughter might be interested in them. In some of the goosebumps you can choose your own ending and make a new adventure every time. I also have some kids chapter books such as:
There are other books if you would like to check them out!!
My daughter loved the "Warriors" series by Erin Hunter.
Trixie Belden series (old books!)
Nancy Drew series (I'm partial to the older ones)
Beverly Cleary books
Check out the Tamora Pierce books- she might be a bit young right now, but in a couple of years.
Classics like the Black Stallion
Marquerite Henry Books
Check out the Chinaberry.com web site. They have great book selections broken down by ages with great reviews.