As school comes to a close, my child’s teacher has assigned her 3rd graders some required reading. The students must choose a book from a list and write a report on it over the summer. An avid reader, my kid was totally psyched about this until we had a look at the list of books from which she must choose: Four Flat Stanley books and a couple of Beverly Cleary’s Henry stories.
Some kids might seriously enjoy reading those books but my kid’s literary tastes are a little more mature. She will read and write a report on one of those books, but she won’t enjoy it one bit.
In the meantime, I have been casting around for books that, while appropriate for her maturity level, might also challenge her and expose her to new ideas. You know, grown up books that aren’t too grown up.
Today, I found what I’ve been looking for! Felisa Rogers has put together a list of 10 Great Grownup Books for Kids. These books were written for adults but can be enjoyed by children who are ready for something a little heavier.
Rogers, a writing teacher, has pre-read these books to ensure they have a “kid-friendly style and content.” That means your kid can expand her horizons without being shocked by a steamy romantic encounter halfway through an otherwise great book.
Here are Felisa Rogers’ picks for great grownup books for kids. Check out her blog for full descriptions of each.
- “Animal Farm” by George Orwell (middle grades to young adult)
- “Lost Horizon” by James Hilton (advanced middle grades to young adult)
- “The Red Pony” by John Steinbeck (middle grades to young adult)
- “The Flame Trees of Thika” by Elspeth Huxley (middle grades to young adult)
- “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee (advanced middle grades to young adult)
- “Gentlemen of the Road” by Michael Chabon (young adult)
- “Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold” by C.S. Lewis (advanced middle grades to young adult)
- “The Mysterious Stranger” by Mark Twain (advanced middle grades to young adult)
- “Talking to Strange Men” by Ruth Rendell (young adult)
- “Bless Me, Ultima” by Rudolfo Anaya (advanced middle grades to young adult)
What are your kids reading this summer?
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