Hello! I have a second grade female student who is quite bright, loves to learn new things, and is reading at a 5th grade level. I am trying to get her out of the Magic Treehouse and Amber Brown box she's in, but need suggestions for series books that are at her higher reading level, but content appropriate for her age (nothing scary, gory, romantic, etc.). Any ideas? Thanks for helping!
Books by Roald Dahl (James and the Giant Peach, The BFG) and James Howe (Bunnicula) are 2 authors that my high readers enjoy. The Boxcar Children is a good series, too, although it's not a 5th grade level.
I don't think any of those are on the fifth grade level, but they are appropriate for strong second grade readers. I don't know if they are still available, but I read the Wizard of Oz series when I was about that age and loved them.
I have one like that this year also. I just did a search on Scholastic's Book Wizard (try it-I love it). I go by Lexiles and typed in 2nd grade interest level and 700 Lexiles (about 4th-5th grade level). Books they suggested were previously mentioned as well as a series called, The Dragons of Wayward Crescent. Also, Judy Moody and Stink series are higher levels. The biggest problem is attention, my student wants to finish the book and take a quiz on it within 2 days. This rules out Beverly Clearly and a lot of Roald Dahl as they are two thick. I need to work on getting her to slow down and realize that she can take a week to read a book!
In addition to all of the suggestions above, try the Little House on the Prairie series and Anne of Green Gables. Big fat books that will keep her busy for a while, a bit more of an intellectual challenge, and totally appropriate content!