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    #146387 - 01/16/13 05:45 PM Re: Content appropriate chapter books for 4 year old [Re: MAmom]
    MAmom Offline
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    Registered: 11/19/12
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    Thanks all for your suggestions. I'm looking for books for DD4 to read by himself.

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    #146398 - 01/16/13 08:28 PM Re: Content appropriate chapter books for 4 year old [Re: MAmom]
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    Wonderful suggestions everyone!

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    #146757 - 01/22/13 06:20 AM Re: Content appropriate chapter books for 4 year old [Re: MAmom]
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    What is his approximate reading level?

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    #147257 - 01/27/13 11:53 PM Re: Content appropriate chapter books for 4 year old [Re: ultramarina]
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    I got the first boxcar children on kindle for my ds5.5 to read. He can read it but it is ds3.5 who likes it. Ds5.5 would rather struggle through zac powers or have me read famous five or the sassafras zoology book.

    you could try Horrid Henry or the Secret Seven. Lots of kids seem to like Geronimo Stilton too. I liked Jennings and Darbyshire too if you can get them (they are 50's books).

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    #148415 - 02/11/13 08:11 AM Re: Content appropriate chapter books for 4 year old [Re: MAmom]
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    I am sure someone has said this but Magic Treehouse has been a huge hit in our house. I have been reading them to her since she was 2 and she likes to act it out after I read.

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    #148420 - 02/11/13 08:53 AM Re: Content appropriate chapter books for 4 year old [Re: GHS]
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    I'm currently reading my 4.75 yr old Carbonel, King of the Cats, by Barbara Sleigh. I'm going to skip the last couple of chapters with the battle scene, but everything else about the book is lovely.

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    #148926 - 02/17/13 09:55 PM Re: Content appropriate chapter books for 4 year old [Re: ultramarina]
    MAmom Offline
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    Originally Posted By: ultramarina
    What is his approximate reading level?


    I believe he is reading at a 2nd/3rd grade level.

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    #149177 - 02/21/13 11:21 AM Re: Content appropriate chapter books for 4 year old [Re: MAmom]
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    Here are some Chapter Books in the 2/3 grade level. I understand the allure of a series for gaining confidence, but there are also so many picture books in this reading level as well.

    end of first grade beginning of second chapter books:

    The littles (first series)
    Mercy Watson series
    Commander Toad series

    mid second grade level chapter books:

    Oliver and Amanda Pig series
    Billy and Blaze series
    Wishbone: The Early Years series
    Cam Jansen series

    end of second grade level chapter books:

    Rainbow Magic series
    Magic Treehouse series
    Matt Christopher books

    end of second grade-mid third grade chapter books:

    Catwings series
    Flat Stanley series
    A-Z Mysteries
    Beverly Clearly books
    The Boxcar Children series

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    #149189 - 02/21/13 12:34 PM Re: Content appropriate chapter books for 4 year old [Re: MAmom]
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    Most Beverly Cleary books are actually somewhat harder, like 4th/5th grade level. They're fabulous for advanced readers, though, because the content is pretty young and innocent.

    My DS5 really loves the Magic Schoolbus chapter books. They aren't great literature, but they're better than Magic Treehouse, IMO (those make me want to end it all if I have to read one aloud). I think they're 2nd/3rd grade level.

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    #149200 - 02/21/13 01:21 PM Re: Content appropriate chapter books for 4 year old [Re: MAmom]
    ellemenope Offline
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    Registered: 03/16/11
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    You are right. the Ribsy, Henry Huggins, and Ramona books are Level O (which is a mid third grade level) but also around an 800L (which is near a fifth grade level.) Yikes, what a difference. I have only been looking at Fountas and Pinnel since we figured out that that was the system used by all the schools we are looking at.

    I freakin' loved those books when I was young.

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