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Star Readers

by Dawn Stoops | Sep 17, 2015
As a children's and teen librarian I love helping kids find books for school. We get lots of requests, and the specifics of each one make them like little puzzles to solve.

Say, for instance, that a 3rd grade girl needs a book that has an Accelerated Reader (AR) test and is listed as a 6th grade reading level. When elementary school kids are 'star readers' it's sometimes hard to find a book that is challenging enough but also appropriate in content. In these cases, one of my first suggestions is to take a look at nonfiction. There are so many great nonfiction books out there about all sorts of fun stuff! The specific vocabulary they use and the more complex ideas make them a fantastic choice for kids who are reading at high levels.

Here are some examples.
er vets 

ER Vets: Life in an Animal Emergency Room
by Donna Jackson
88 pages
AR level 8.1


Escape
Escape: The story of the great Houdini
by Sid Fleischman
207 pages
AR level 6.6

project seahorse
 
Project Seahorse
by Pamela Turner
51 pages
AR level 6.6

no pretty pictures
No Pretty Pictures: a child of war
by Anita Lobel
190 pages
AR level 5.0
american plague
An American Plague:The true and terrifying story of the yellow fever epidemic of 1793
by Jim Murphy
165 pages
AR level 9.0

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