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    Here's my list of sophisticated/harder picture books:

    Sophisticated Picture Books for Older Kids

    The RaftJim LaMarche
    Bartholomew and the OobleckDr. Seuss
    The 500 Hats of Bartholomew CubbinsDr. Seuss
    Yertle the TurtleDr. Seuss
    The LoraxDr. Seuss
    The Country Bunny and the Little Gold ShoesDuBose Heyward
    RoxaboxenBarbara Cooney
    Miss RumphiusBarbara Cooney
    One Morning in MaineRobert McCloskey
    Time of WonderRobert McCloskey
    The Wump WorldBill Peet
    The Ant and the ElephantBill Peet
    No Such ThingsBill Peet
    (many other great Bill Peet books)
    The Velveteen RabbitMargery Williams Bianco
    Miss Nelson is MissingHarry Allard
    The Girl Who Loved Wild HorsesPaul Goble
    The Egg TreeKatherine Milhous
    Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad DayJudith Viorst
    Holly and IvyRumer Godden
    EloiseKay Thompson
    Cloudy With a Chance of MeatballsJudi Barrett
    Two Bad AntsChris Van Allsburg
    The Polar Express--Chris Van Allsburg
    Insects are My Life and Reptiles are My LifeMegan McDonald
    Amos & BorisWilliam Steig
    The 13 ClocksJames Thurber
    Many MoonsJames Thurber
    Dr. Xargle's Book of Earthlets (and other Dr. Xargle books)--Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross
    The Stinky Cheese Man--Jon Scieszka
    Bently and EggWilliam Joyce
    Diary of a Worm (and others in series)Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss
    Scaredy Squirrel (and others in series)Melanie Watt
    The Ticky-Tacky DollCynthia Rylant
    The Magic Schoolbus seriesJoanna Cole
    Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe


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    Originally Posted by MAmom
    I was wondering if anyone can recommend any content appropriate chapter books for my DS4? I can't seem to find many that don't involve elementary school social dynamics or scary topics. Thanks.

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    For high-end picture books, try this list: http://feryoutoview.blogspot.com/

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    The Fly Guy Series
    Henry and Mudge

    My 4 year old loves loves loves these!


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    I like that list, MegMeg! It does contain a number of books that are quite "young," though.

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    Originally Posted by ultramarina
    I like that list, MegMeg! It does contain a number of books that are quite "young," though.

    Agreed. It's a mixed list.

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    We loved all of the longer Suess books.

    Here are some of our favorite picture books.

    Tiki Tiki Tembo (Arlene Mosel)
    Skippyjon Jones (Judith Byron Shochner)
    The complete tales of Winnie the Pooh (A.A. Milne)
    The original Wizard of Oz (L Frank Baum)
    Zen shorts (John J. Muth)
    Doctor De soto (William Stieg)
    Shrek (William Stieg)
    Anatole (Eve Titus)
    Amos and Boris (William Stieg)
    Many moons (James Thurber)
    Sylvester and the magic pebble (William Stieg)
    Catwings (Ursula K. Le Guin) Not really a picture book, but read in one sitting.
    James Herriot's Treasury of Inspirational Stories for Children
    The Enormous Crocodile (Roald Dahl)

    Here are the chapter books we have read together. I tried to remember the order we read them in. I am sure I am leaving some out.

    My father's Dragon (Ruth Stiles Gannett) Kind of boring.
    The Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame) Loved.
    Stuart Little (E.B. White) DD liked. It got kind of weird at the end.
    Charlotte's Web (E.B. White) DD liked.
    The 13 Clocks (James Thurbur) We started this one but quit because of talk of slitting throats.
    The Trumpet of the Swan (E.B. White) DD liked.
    Toys go Out series (Emily Jenkins) Mixed reviews. DD thought funny.
    Abel's Island (William Stieg) Loved.
    Dominic (William Stieg) Loved.
    The Real Thief (William Stieg) Adsolutely Loved.
    Harry Kitten and Tucker Mouse (George Seldon) Loved.
    A Cricket in Times Square (George Seldon) Kind of boring.
    Mr. Popper's Penguins (Richard and Florence Atwater) Really boring.
    Fantastic Mr. Fox (Roald Dahl) Loved.
    James and the Giant Peach (Roald Dahl) Favorite.
    The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (Kate Dicamillo) Loved.
    The Rats of NIMH (Robert C. O'brien) Kind of boring. DD thought it dragged.
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl) Liked.
    The Indian in the cupboard (Lynne Ried Banks) Liked.
    The Mouse and the Motorcycle (Beverly Clearly) Kind of boring.
    Bunnicula (Deborah Howe) Liked.
    The Witches (Roald Dahl) Loved.
    The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett) Liked.
    Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Carrol) Liked.
    The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien) Loved. Kind of dragged in parts IMO.

    The only book we stopped because of violence was 13 clocks. I just did not like talking about executions with my then three-year-old. I might pull that one back out now, though. After reading and enjoying The Hobbit I think she could handle almost anything. But, DD4 is not really sensitive in that regard. She loves exciting and scary stories. Her very favorite stories are by Roald Dahl. I think they are kindred spirits. We did try to avoid books that were all about school and older children for a long time. DD loved stories about animals and fantasy so that was not too hard.

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    DS4 is very sensitive and picks up language (both good and bad) very quickly, so we have to be careful.

    Lately he's fallen in love with the Mercy books by Kate DiCamillo. And we've moved on to the Bink and Gollie books by the same author. (These have fewer words on a page, but some sophisticated vocabulary.)

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