Dear Parent of Talented Reader,
“Well,” said Dr. Dorian “I think she will always love animals. I doubt she spends her entire life in Homer Zuckerman’s cellar.”
Remember when you told me about how well your child reads? How young they are but how they can read like a (insert here) much older child?
but it becomes somehow much worse when the child is extra-ordinary, and by that I mean sensitive and brilliant.—Roald Dahl, Matilda
You asked for advice on finding books for your little one that loved chapter books.
After seeing children like yours in the library, and it’s the best problem of all to have. Your child loves to read and finishes books as fast as you find them. I believe you. I’ve seen it.
This is my wish for your talented reader, give them permission to be their age.
Stack dense books around the house. The best of the best. Jan Brett, Graeme Base, David Weisner, Jim Arnosky. Deluge them with Eric Carle’s canon of rainbow books. I made a pile for a student in the library and she said “He wrote all of these?”
Eric Carle’s artwork is contagious
Post poems in their lunch boxes. Let them luxuriate in Ed Emberley, H.A. Rey, Sendak, Ludwig Bemelmans, Tomie dePaola.
In old house in Paris that was covered with vines
lived 12 little girls in two straight lines
It is a sacred moment when you open a tried and true tale, the children who have heard it before relax, and the children who are new to it immediately give themselves over to the story.
Do you remember how it feels to lose yourself in a picture book?
Animalia by Graeme Base
Remember your favorite book, that you carried around forever and inhabited?
by the way, lots of kids only read Wimpy Kid for 2 years straight. I don’t know why, but it’s a phase and it passes.
When you had a notebook and you wrote secret plans?
Harriet the Spy is fun to read when you are Harriet sized
Don’t forget how wonderful it was to read Harry Potter, when you were young Harry’s age. The luckiest kids of all read Harry he was 10 and they were 10. They call themselves the Potter Generation and I envy them.
It’s okay to read the same book for 2 years. It’s okay to just read fairy book after fairy book after fairy book.
Confession: I’m jealous of parents with fairy book lovers
The best thing about books is also the worst thing about books. You can never run out of them.
Simply the best authority on reading. Lovely.
In response to what should your child read? Don’t worry, they will read everything in the vicinity, only worry that you cleared the plates before they finished with dessert. Save the best for always.