Elflover wrote:Ivriniel, are these all books you would consider appropriate for first graders, or are you speaking in general?
My daughter is entering first grade, though her kindergarten teacher says she is reading on a 2nd-3rd grade level (as of the end of last school year). She can pick up and read just about any picture book, but she no longer lilkes being read to. I had always looked forward to a time where I could read chapter books to her (basically sharing some of my favorite childhood stories ) but I can't get her interested.
I read most of Stuart Little to her, but it is an older book and the language can get archaic. Her teacher suggested The Magic Treehouse series, but she hasn't been interested in the storylines. Should I let it drop until she is able to read chapter books on her own?
There are very few picture books that I wouldn't read at least some Grade 1 kids. It depends on the individual child. I would say have a look at the books on my list, and use your knowledge of your child to decide what might be appropriate.
This past year is the first year that I have ever read novels to a Grade 1 class, but my kids were really interested in Narnia because of the movies.
I would probably not read any of the other novels I mentioned to Grade 1's. (This being said, I did have one Grade 1 student who was reading Harry Potter books with his parents.)
I would say, give it 6 months and try reading a chapter book to her again. (The research indicates that listening to someone read is an important part of learning to read.) But before you do, try and see what kind of picture books she gravitates to, and use this as a guide as to what kind of chapter book she might like. It could be that developmentally, she's just not ready to listen to a chapter book.
I find the Magic Treehouse books rather hit and miss. I've had kids absolutely love them, and other kids that just were not interested.
Try some of these series :
Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Olivia Sharp by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Cam Jansen by David A. Adler
Junie B: First Grader by Barbara Park
Ready Freddy by Abby Klein and John Mckinley
Don't be in a hurry to rush her on to chapter books though. There are plenty of picture books that are more challenging reads, and appropriate for older children. It's one of my pet peeves when people assume that somehow having illustrations in a book means the book is less challlenging, or less worth of being read.
Also don't neglect non-fiction. If she has a particular interest in birds, insects, horses, space, or whatever, find books on that topic. She may consent to having you help her read something, if she is interested in the subject matter, but not able to read it herself.
It's good to include poetry as well. Poetry, is especially important in the early years as it promotes phonemic awareness. For example, I would recommend anything by Dennis Lee, like Alligator Pie.