Recently I spent a few hours at a friend’s house. Several of our friends were there to celebrate a birthday. The hostess, KnittyJen has two beautiful daughters, S7 and O5. Both girls are able to read, but it is S7 who continues to blow me away with her advanced reading ability. Even when she 3 years old, she was able to read aloud with the appropriate inflection!
Shortly before I left, KnittyJen and I talked about how hard it is to find books that are interesting and at a challenging level for S7, yet also appropriate for her age. She loves reading the Magic Tree House and Junie B. Jones series, but also enjoys books like The Secret Garden and One Hundred Dresses.
Fast forward to the next day at work, before I even had a chance to bring it up with my supervisor, a parent came in looking for some books that her daughter could enjoy, who is also an advanced reader. My coworkers and I later discussed several books to suggest to other advanced young readers.
After polling several people (in person and via email, twitter and facebook), and checking various resources, here is a list of recommended reads for advanced readers.
Note – I have not read all of these books, but have read many of them. Those I have not read were only put on this list after being recommended by several people. As always, if you are worried about the appropriateness of the book, I recommend reading the book before giving it to your child.
Anne of Green Gables (series) by L. M. Montgomery
Betsy Tacy (series) by Maud Hart Lovelace
Little House on the Prairie (series) by Laura Ingalls Wilder
All-of-a-Kind Family (series) by Sydney Taylor
Mary Poppins (series) by P.L. Travers
Millicent Min, Girl Genius by Lisa Yee
So Totally Emily Ebers by Lisa Yee
Homer Price by Robert McCloskey
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
BFG by Roald Dahl
26 Fairmount Avenue by Tomie DePoala
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
The invention of Hugo Cabret : a novel in words and pictures by Brian Selznic
Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm
Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
The Penderwicks (series) by Jeanne Birdsall
Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey