I was curious to learn how other parents select books and magazines for their young gifted children. How do you find the balance between the correct reading level and appropriate subject content?
My daughter is five years old and reading on the sixth grade level and I'm quickly running out of ideas for reading materials to share with her. She is interested in periodicals and our local paper, which I'm loathe to allow her free access to for fear she'll learn about situations and topics that prove to be too much for her to handle emotionally at this point in her development. (I recall sneaking out of my bedroom early in the morning to read my father's political & current event magazines when I was around my daughters age and being frightened by much of what I read.) She recently finished all of the Roald Dahl and Magic Tree House books and has been caught struggling through a number of books borrowed from our bookshelves, including Focault's Pendulum which I promptly took away upon discovering her tucked away in her rook attempting to sound out words and looking up definitions in the dictionary. ;) We have several magazine subscriptions that we share as a family including National Geographic and Astronomy Magazine.
Right now we're working our way through the Harry Potter series together, years before I thought I'd introduce these books to her, and am hoping to find guidance in selecting books for after we get through this series. I currently have a stack of YA and sixth grade reading level books that I'm previewing for appropriate content but am open to suggestions that might extend beyond "preview, preview, preview" assuming such advice might exist.