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

Have an advanced reader? This list is for him or her!

By Amy Mascott
Aug 10, 2015



Aug 10, 2015

One of the biggest challenges that parents of advanced readers face is providing their children with the best, most challenging, age-appropriate books.

There's so much time for our children to grow up—we don't need to rush it by giving our kids books that are too content-heavy or beyond their maturity level. 

Even if your late elementary school-aged child can comfortably read books written for a teen or young-adult reader, it doesn't mean that he or she should. The content may be well beyond their age, and sometimes it's too much to give them at too early an age.

So we've been hunting down the best titles for our advanced 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. 

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! 

Everything for a Dog
by Ann M. Martin

The Magician's Nephew
(The Chronicles of Narnia series) by C.S. Lewis

The Silver Door: Moon and Sun Book 2
by Holly Lisle

The Rise of a Legend
(Guardians of Ga'Hoole series) by Kathryn Lasky

(Provost's Dog series) by Tamora Pierce

The Well Between the Worlds
(Lyonesse series) by Sam Llewellyn

Revenge of the Shadow King
(Grey Griffins series) by Derek Benz and J.S. Lewis

Wild Born
(Spirit Animals series) by Brandon Mull

The Dark Hills Divide
(Land of Elyon series) by Patrick Carman

Quadehar the Sorcerer
(Book of the Stars series) by Erik L'Homme

This post was written by popular demand!  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, and readers always ask for more. 

So we hope this list works for your late elementary school-aged advanced reader. 

Remember that 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 late elementary 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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