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Is it OK for kids to read books outside their reading levels?

Topics: Reading

Whether your kid is a naturally precocious reader or just happened to pick out an interesting-looking (but challenging) book, she'll need some guidance to avoid age-inappropriate content and frustration and improve her understanding of the material.

Here are some ideas:

Get an assessment. Many schools offer reading assessments to determine a child's reading level. A teacher or librarian can help pick out books that will challenge her but that don't contain material that's not appropriate or too difficult to understand.

If your school uses the Lexile Measure, you can find books that match her reading ability on Amazon. Here's an example of where the Lexile Measure may appear on Amazon product pages:



Use supporting materials. If she's chosen a complex book, supplement it with some lower-level reading to help her build her comprehension of the subject matter.

Write down unknown words. Ask your kid to keep a list of all the new words she encounters so she can look them up later.

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