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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Children's Book Recommendations for the Better Reader in the later elementary years.

Okay. You've done a great job. Your child is a great reader! Congratulations! They've moved beyond, The Magic Tree House Series, 39 Clues, and even Harry Potter. Today, my child's fourth grade teacher asked me for some book recommendations for her classroom library that she could add for higher level readers! Wow. I was flattered to be asked. This is a list of what I sent on to her, after our discussion. Many of these books are classics. Some are newer, but besides offering a bit of a challenge to a 3rd or 4th grader that may be ready for harder words, there is also so much offered in the way of context, history, or entertainment if the reader looks beyond the surface of the story. Some titles are even Newberry Award winners.

Here are a list of books, all of which we have read, that I feel really worth reading and are at a higher level.

Island of the Blue Dolphins RL 5.5 ***

Cricket in Times Square by George Selden RL 6.2 ***

There's a Boy in the Girls Bathroom by Louis Sachar RL 5.0

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan RL 4.0 ****

Charley Skeddadle (about a boy in the civil war) RL 5.0 *****

The BFG by Roald Dahl, Funny nonsense language.

Matilda by Roald Dahl RL 6.0

Mary Jemison- Indian Captive by Lois Lenski, RL 5.7, Lexile 740, Guided Reading Level T *****

Wrinkle in Time- Reading Level 5.8, Lexile 740, *****

The Magician's Nephew (first book of the Narnia series, before The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)
By C.S. Lewis RL 5.6, Lexile 790, Guided Reading Level T ***

Gary Paulsen Books;
Hatchet, Lexile- 1020, RL - 6.3, Guided Reading Level R *****
Brian's Winter, Lexile- 1140, RL 7.3, Guided Reading Level R *****

Battle for the Castle by Elizabeth Winthrop, Lexile 700, RL 5.6, Guided Reading Level P *****
Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop, Lexile 750, RL 5.9, Guided Reading Level R *****

Indian in the Cupboard by Lynn Reid Banks (and sequels, which I have not read) RL, 5.9, Lexile -780, Guided Reading Level R *****

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett RL 5.6, Lexile 770, Guided Reading Level S ****
The Wright Three by Blue Balliett ****
The Danger Box by Blue Balliett (have not read but would like to)

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes, RL 5.5, Lexile 840, Guided Reading Level Z *****

Back to the Day Lincoln was Shot. Time Traveller's Series. by Beatrice Gormely Lexile 740, RL 5.6, Guided reading level S **

Below is a resource I have used over and over, in some form, to assist me in picking books for my boys at certain levels. You plug in the book or
author and it gives you all the leveling information you need (click on the book title for this information).
http://www.scholastic.com/bookwizard/

I've starred the ones that I feel are really great books and even though the child's reading ability may be beyond the lexile or reading level listed, there is so much more to most of these books that I would consider them a don't miss reading opportunity. I have read and loved them all! The more *'s listed, the more highly I recommend them! A few are among my all time favorite books and have read them with each of my children as they were ready!!!!


I thought that since I had the list compiled and had typed it up, that maybe it would be a nice blog post! After all, it is the holiday season and what better gift to give, than a nice book! Books are affordable, too! The list is certainly not complete as to all the books that I could or would recommend. Remember it was offered as a quick suggestion to start a former middle school French teacher on building an elementary classroom library for fourth grade, for students of higher ability. I know there are many more titles I could have listed. These are just a few of the great books available to children today and some that have been available for a long time, but forgotten about!

Happy Reading!
Carol

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