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Hi All,
Had a "mommy" question....I have twins who just started 4th grade. I teach first grade so I'm a bit out of the loop with series.

I remember enjoying Little House books but can't recall when I read them. A friend gave my DD the whole series and we started the Big Woods tonight. I also want to keep in mind that she is a struggling reader so I don't want to turn her off. She did pretty well but there is a lot to hold on to.

Then again, I teach first grade so....Just want to make sure she's not reading something too hard or that has material that may be beyond her.

DS was given the Boxcar series - not just a book or a box of 3 books - the whole series. Super generous friend. Again, just want to be sure the series is appropriate for his level. He's pretty much on target for reading but may not be "his cup of tea". He LOVES humerous books and historical based stories. He loved Flat Stanely books when he was younger - learning about the different places Stanley went to. Was wondering about Time Warp Trio books for him also. He loved the cartoon a few years back and was interested in reading the books but he was too young back then.

Any other series you would recommend? What series do you do with your average boys and struggling girls?

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Well, to answer your initial question, each LHOTP book has a different level, but most are in the fourth grade range. Little House in the Big Woods is a 4.2 with a Lexile of 930 and Guided Reading level Q. Most of the books are similarly leveled. I read Little House on the Prairie with some of my students last year, and they did need support. It has a lot of historical references that students at this age may not understand, and the vocabulary can be difficult. If she is a struggling reader, you may need to make this a "reading together" series. (But, I can't say for sure because I don't know how much she struggles.)

Have your DS give the Boxcar Children books a chance. He may really enjoy them...for him, they are historical, .

I don't really "do" series books with my kids, but I do notice that many of my girls like the American Girl books (RL from 3.5-4.2ish) and Cam Jansen (2.2-3.2ish). Boys like (of course) the Wimpy Kid books and Weird School (actually, so do the girls).

I use the Scholastic Book Wizard to find book levels when I am unsure. You can have it level using Lexile, GLE, or Guided Reading level.
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In the Big Woods is a 5.3 leveled book, so it's good that you're reading it with her. I use www.arbookfind.com to find the level of a book. Some of the others in the series are in the 4s.

The Boxcar Children is a 3.9 level. I (and the kids) loooove the first one in the series - unfortunately, the kids never got into the rest of the series.

Does your dd like fairies? The Fairy books are really cute and they're a little lower (and not quite as long) - 3.5 for Inky the Indigo Fairy. My Secret Unicorn is a 4.4 and my dd really loved that series at that age, but they're a little longer than the fairy books.

For either of your kids, the Geronimo Stilton series is wonderful - my reluctant readers really enjoy them. They're from the 3rd grade to 4th grade levels, depending on the book. You can find them at Walmart if you want to check them out.

For your son, the Time Warp Trio books should be a big hit. My niece even loved them! They're right at a 4th grade level.
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I read them at age 7 and 8, but I was a higher reader. They got me hooked on reading and helped teach me to read chapter books. I also read Charlotte'sWeb in 2nd, and that's 4th grade level.
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Little House books got me hooked on reading and I was struggling with reading (second language learner). I was also interested in the books, so it gave me the motivation to read them all (and I read each one several times!). At the time when I was in fourth grade, Little House books were considered to be at fourth grade level.

I think sometimes we have to let children try something that might be a little challenging because they are interested in the topic. I have had students who were determined to read something above their level. Many times they have surprised me and comprehended the material better than other "at level readers" because they were so interested in the topic and read carefully. So, I try to keep levels in mind when working with students, but if a child is really interested in a series or topic I let them try it. Then we have a discussion about how it went.

My fourth graders really like the following: Wimpy Kid series, Boxcar Children, Captain Underpants, Judy Moody, Junie B Jones, Geronimo Stilton, American Girls, Beverly Cleary books, Robert Munsch, Patricia Polacco, Mr. Men and Little Miss books


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