I need suggestions of books that Elliot might like to read. Together we’ve read James and the Giant Peach (and others of the same ilk), we’ve read Magic Tree House and he can read some on his own, he’s read some Frog and Toad and some Henry and Mudge. What fills the gap between what he’s read and Harry Potter?
I asked the librarian at his school: can you recommend some beginning chapter books that are at Elliot’s level? And I got this response from the district reading specialist (I don’t think it was supposed to be forwarded to me unedited)
I wish parents could forget about the whole idea of a ‘level’ on a book. Kids should be reading for interest and fun. Parents could spend time talking about the text with their children. Enjoying parts of the story that help them understand plot and setting and characters is very important. Levels are so arbitrary and it’s unfortunate that teachers have to use them. Thinking with the text is a strong reading strategy that will benefit all readers. Reading books that have some kind of interest to the reader is more important than whether or not it’s a ‘just right book’ for them.
Right, I wish that too – but WHAT to read? Apparently I should have used the word appropriate, age-appropriate themes and reader-appropriate vocabulary. I asked a similar question at Barnes and Noble and was pointed to a wall of books. Yeah, that’s helpful – clearly they’re not commission based there.
I did attempt to crowdsource this on Facebook and got a few great suggestions that I’ll be checking out. However, Facebook is temporal and a blog is FOREVER! So, I thought I’d readdress the issue.
Maybe you know of a an online resource that acts like Amazon’s recommendation tool … if you like Henry and Mudge you’ll love (and be able to read) …and if there’s no such thing did I just come up with my million dollar idea?