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I'm soon (hopefully!) adopting a little boy of 7, almost 8. He is said to have average intelligence, but he has a low reading age, due to missing so much school. I am obviously up to the challenge, but I'm not sure if there are any specific books aimed at instances such as this. I don't want to give him 'baby' books he will be bored with, but don't want to scare him off with something he can't manage.
Any ideas welcome :)
I would suggest trying some non-fiction books, which are not as "cute" or patronizing as other early readers, and are usually very well illustrated with photos and diagrams which might appeal to your son's interests.
I sometimes consult a website listing of "leveled" booklists for children, sorted by reading level. (Thanks to raisingweg for posting it on her blog.) Check it out at http://home.comcast.net/~ngiansante/index.html The books are sorted by school grade and "guided reading" level, with each grade divided into 4 sub-levels.
The lists include "classic" books for kids, titles which are widely available and can probably be found in public libraries and good children's book stores. This might help you to select books which are at just the right level for your son, to stimulate his interest in reading without too many advanced words.
Hope you will be reading together and having fun soon!
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