Dear Parent of Talented Reader,
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?
You asked for advice on finding books for your little one that loved chapter books.
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?”
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?
Remember your favorite book, that you carried around forever and inhabited?
When you had a notebook and you wrote secret plans?
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.
The best thing about books is also the worst thing about books. You can never run out of them.
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.