Good books for young readers?

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    Good books for young readers?

    Hi,

    i would like to find some books for young readers (aged 6), anyone can suggest some good ones. Have heard about magic tree house series, are they good? Pls advise...


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    A few ideas...

    Depending on your child, The Magic Tree House series may be too difficult for a six year old to read independently, but of course, every child is different and your child may be ready.

    Other series on the same reading level as MTH are Junie B Jones, Nate the Great, Captain Underpants (not my favorite, but it does get them reading), A to Z Mysteries, Cam Jansen, Magic School Bus (there is a picture book and a chapter book series). You didn't mention if you had a boy or girl, but the American Girl series is very popular with girls in the US--a boy from Australia may not be so interested!

    Some other popular authors would be Beverly Cleary (Ramona and The Mouse and the Motorcylce), EB White (Stewart Little, Charlotte's Web), and Ron Dahl (James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).

    Another idea to get them reading is to subscribe to magazines of interest--National Geographic Kids, Sports Illustrated for Kids, etc.


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    Thanks momwboys for your suggestions.

    Mine is a 6-yr-old boy. I'm not sure what the normal reading level of his age should be, and I want him to improve his reading skill. He is able to read the Spot's series of ladybird books independently, they are simple 30-page storybooks with colorful pictures, and i think they are at a lower level for a 6-yr-old. i need some ideas how the 'normal' reading ability of a 6-yr-old in order to give him the right books to read. (though i know it's hard to define what the normal reading ability is). Hope someone here can share how your children are doing or give me some suggestions...


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    Reading levels are all over the board at age 6--anywhere from just recognizing that letters represent sounds to reading chapter books.

    Fluency is defined at 95% or better, the instructional level is about 90%. A quick way to determine if the book is too difficult is to open to a random page and ask the child to read. If there are more than five words that they don't know or can't sound out, it's probably too difficult. That is it is too difficult for this week--kids can change reading levels faster than they grow out of shoes!

    The leveled books are a good start-- the "Step Into Reading" by Random House, "I Can Read" by Harper Collins, "Scholastic Reader" by Scholastic and the DK Readers are good and have a nice variety. My 7 year old has been reading the Phonics Comics series by Innovative Kids. Just keep in mind that the reading levels are not standardized in these series. An "I Can Read" Level 2 may be more difficult than a "Scholastic Reader" Level 4.

    We've also started to revisit some of his favorite picture books: The Red, Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear, Duck on a Bike, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, and No David books.

    Starfall has a great reading website if your son likes computer games.


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    Thanks a lot momwboys! Your suggestions are great, this gives me more idea where to start with, i'll check them out. Yes, my boy loves computer games, i'm sure he'll find the website great fun.