Reading above the reading level of the child

by | Reading Aloud | 6 comments

Thank you so much for encouraging us to read above the level you think your child will understand. Recently we began to read Charlotte’s Web with our 5yo son because the play is coming to our area and we needed to know the story since we didn’t read it as children. To our surprise and amazement he is really enjoying it!! No matter what he’s doing, if I say “Let’s read some Charlotte’s Web” he jumps up enthusiastically and runs to the couch to read. This is such a fun adventure with him. My question is, what other chapter books would be appropriate for his age? Since he’s still young, are there unabridged versions with a few more pictures than the junior book we borrowed from the library? Thanks for your wonderful work and ministry.

Vanessa, Gilbert, Iowa

How about these:

The Matchlock Gun by Walter D. Edmonds
books by Marguerite Henry
books by Will James
books by Lois Lenski
Homer Price by Robert McCloskey
Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
The Blind Colt by Glenn Rounds


  1. Veronica

    Our children have enjoyed Owls in the Family by Mowat, Trumpet of the Swan and Five Little Peppers an How They Grew. We have also really enjoy our bookroom yahoo group. Someone asks a question with age and subject and you’ll get wonderful responses from many knowledgable bibliophiles.

  2. Linda Bailey

    Add to the above list:
    Pinocchio (unabridged)
    The Little Preacher
    Star of Light, Treasure of the Snow and other books by Patricia St. John

    • LaurieBluedorn

      I haven’t read any of those! Sounds interesting though.

  3. Leslie

    We are reading through the Little House series for the second time in a year! The kids (6,4,2,11months) love it. We also really like the Narnia series.


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