Originally Posted by KaliShanti
I looked at the serandipity and the mercy Watson... They are a bit below his level and he'd get bored easily I think.
I checked out Henry Huggins, more Roald Dahl books, The mouse and the motorcycle and a few others for the 6 hour trip we are taking this weekend. Some of these title I could t find. I think a few of these, like Henry Huggins, will give me a better idea of his stamina. Thanks again and keep the list going!
Serendipity is written late 2nd to early fourth, with most being solid 3rd. The reason is not the length, but the language he uses and the higher level thinking he puts in the text. I only know that is is higher than it looks because I (and other teachers I have worked with) have leveled them for the classrooms. At first glance they do look like easy readers- they are not. Some of the books are more likely to appeal to different readers, but a few classics are Muffin Muncher, Persnickety, and Dragolin,
Yes, Mercy Watson is solid 2nd grade. But it is delightful read with fun language and is a great stamina builder. It is a great starter early chapter book.
Another series at 3rd grade level that has short chapters and is very engaging is Geronimo Stilton (series), it is a mouse detective that is fun. It, too, has engaging text that really keeps readers wanting to keep going to solve the 'crime'. They are gentle with no 'real' violence.
Flat Stanley is a fun series as well- 3rd grade level, but shorter than some other 3rd level books.
Some else posted Catwing series and that is good too!
Magic School Bus is a great collection (Cole is the author) that has picture books (2-3rd level but less text and color pics), easy readers (1-2nd level), and Chapter books (mid 3rd level)
Some old classics that are 3rd ish reading level , but gentle story lines are also Bobbsey Twins.
How about magazines like Ranger Rick, Cricket, National Geo Kids, Ladybug? Those are great for short reading articles with higher reading levels.
Keep in mine that some picture books also have great reading levels (often 3rd and up) and are enjoyable for advanced readers since they still have pictures, but are shorter with involved storylines.
Pegasus by Mayer
Thunder Cake / When Lighting Comes in a Jar by Patricia Polllacco
How about Poems?
Shel Silverstein and Jake Prelutsky are a lot of fun, they both have collections of childrens poems that would appeal to kids
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs John Sczieska (sp?) ( 3/4th reading level)