Challenging and age appropriate books can be difficult to find. It seems that these days everything is riddled with explicit language or sexual connotation. I personally struggled finding books that were both captivating, appropriate and also at my children’s reading level.
I’m not crazy about testing but years ago I had my children tested to find out what their Lexile Reading Measure was. This was just a way for me to accurately select books that would challenge as well as entertain them on a suitable level.
My daughter was reading at a college level by the time she was in 6th grade and my son was reading at a 7th grade level when he was in 4th grade so you can understand my dilemma.
Maybe you’re in the same position and are struggling to find reading material for your kids. Below you’ll find a list of some of our favorites.This is a great way to start choosing interesting books for your kids to read. If they’ve already read these I suggest you look up similar books by entering your book titles on http://www.whatshouldireadnext.com/. I found this site quite helpful when I ran out of options.
If you had your child tested and have a Lexile score then you can go to https://lexile.com/ and look up books within your child’s Lexile Level.
List of books by Lexile Levels:
- The Enchanted Castle by: Edith Nesbit Lexile Level: 210L
- The Castle in the Attic by: Elizabeth Winthrop Lexile Level: 750L
- Battle For the Castle by: Elizabeth Winthrop Lexile Level: 700L
- Dragon Rider by: Cornelia Funke Lexile Level: 710L
- Left Behind “Kids” Series by: Jerry B Jenkins; Tim LaHaye Lexile Level range: 440L-770L
- Hunger games series by: Suzanne Collins Lexile Level range: 600L-1030L
- Eragon Series by: Christopher Paolini Lexile Level range: 710L-1200L
- Series of Unfortunate Events by: Lemony Snicket Lexile Level range: 850L-1370L