A Step Above Dr. Seuss
February 5, 2014 8:33 PM Subscribe
I am looking for (fiction) books that are a step above Dr. Seuss. I don't really remember any of these from when I was young so I'm not really sure what to look for. The extra hurdle is, I have a very precocious reader who's awesome at reading, but age-level at social stuff/plot understanding.
posted by Eyebrows McGee to Writing & Language (41 answers total) 31 users marked this as a favorite
Okay, so tonight my 4-year-old pulled a Bible off the shelf and started reading the crap out of the Abraham story in Genesis; the only words he needed help with were "appropriate" and "circumcision." Last week he sight-read the word "addled." He loves Dr. Seuss and other children's classics, but they no longer provide a reading-level challenge to him, and he ALSO likes reading materials that are a little harder. We don't want to take away the children's classics; we just want to also provide the next step to him. (Generally our practice it to just put stuff on the shelf and let the kids discover it as they're interested in it; we're not being all like "READ THIS NOW" but he is seeking out more adult books.) The trouble is, I'm not really sure what that next step is.
We have lots and lots of science and nature books that the kids have access to (both "DK Eyewitness" stuff and adult stuff), but he really likes STORIES and our fiction collection jumps from "picture books and read-alouds" to "YA novels." I'm not really sure what kids read in the in-between.
The other difficulty is that while he's a precocious reader of WORDS, he is still a four-year-old when it comes to plot and human relations and whatnot; "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" would be within his ability to read the WORDS, but he wouldn't get the STORY at all because it's focused on bigger-kid issues. He's still all about Lightning McQueen and bugs.
My only ideas so far are "Little House in the Big Woods" and maybe the American Girl books? We are very well situated as far as poetry collections and non-fiction, but he loves stories and we would like more stories (mostly fiction, but biography-type things would also be good) that challenge his reading level but aren't too complicated plot-wise. He is also imitative so I'm more in favor of books with kids behaving well instead of nothing-but-fart-jokes (although a small quantity of fart jokes is fine). Lately he especially loves adventure stories.