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Books for Advanced Young Readers: An Area of Need in the World of Publishing

I have been teaching elementary school (kindergarden and 2nd grade) for ten years. I have always found one section of my classroom library, the school library, and even local book stores lacking… age appropriate books for advanced readers. There are always a handful of students who exceed grade level expectations, especially in the area of decoding. There have been a few gems that fill this need. However, there is still a hole here to be filled!  The level of vocabulary, the age appropriate content, the sophisticated plots and characters, all come together in these rare books to provide the right amount of challenge without including topics more suitable for higher level grades such as middle school.

I’m always searching to beef up this section of my classroom library and recently I came across this article that I thought would be great to share with parents/teachers.

How to Choose Age Appropriate Books for Advanced Readers

If you have any book recommendations, please share them as I am generating a WISH LIST for future reference.  Thanks!


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