MORE Books for Advanced Readers: Early Elementary School-Aged Kids

Let&s put the right books in our young readers& hands!

By Amy Mascott
Aug 03, 2015



Aug 03, 2015

The post we shared a while back, Books for Advanced Readers—Early Elementary School and Books for Advanced Readers—Upper Elementary School, are two incredibly popular posts on our Raise a Reader blog.

They're so popular that parents and caregivers have requested time and time again that we write more posts with books for their young advanced readers. So here you have it: more books for advanced readers in early elementary school. 


As parents, we want to make sure we're continually providing our kids with reading material that is engaging, intriguing, and age-appropriate.  Each component is key, especially age-appropriate


It's something truly worth repeating; even if a child in first grade can decode a book written for children in middle grades, the content may not be appropriate. 


Here's our new list of books, many of which are parts of a series so if your child loves the book, all you need to do is head back and grab another! 

Second Grade Ape by Daniel Manus Pinkwater and illustrated by Jill Pinkwater

Miss Nelson Is Missing by Harry Allard and illustrated by James Marshall

The Humphrey series by Betty G. Birney

Hey L'il D series by Bob Lanier and Heather Goodyear and illustrated by Desire Grover

The Jackson Friends series by Michelle Edwards

The Ready, Freddy series by Abby Kline and illustrated by John McKinley


The Roscoe Riley Rules
by Katherine Applegate and illustrated by Brian Biggs


The Horrible Harry
by Suzy Kline and illustrated by Amy Wummer


The Andy Shane
by Jennifer Richard Jacobson


The Ivy & Bean
by Annie Barrows and illustrated by Sophie Blackall


As always, this list is just a start. Our continued advice is to always read the book before you hand it to your child. That way, you will know for sure if your own child will be able to handle the subject matter.


What other titles are good picks for our younger advanced readers?  Share your thoughts with us on the Scholastic Parents Facebook page, or find Amy on Twitter, @teachmama, and let's continue the conversation!



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