I remember when I handed my daughter The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo when she was in third grade. We had just enjoyed Because of Winn Dixie together by the same author and The Tiger Rising seemed perfect from the quick cover once over. The chapter book was short, with biggish text inside.
A few days later, my daughter asks if she can please stop reading.
“Why?” I asked her.
“It’s too sad,” she replied.
I took the book from her and read the first few chapters. I was horrified to find out that this was a Grapes of Wrath level of sad kind of story. Not that this book isn’t wonderful or beautifully written but it was just too sad for an 8-year-old to bear.
After that I started reading ahead to screen all her books for her. And then I started this blog. I guess if I had this list, I wouldn’t be blogging!
I have added one asterisk to the books that I’ve read and liked it and two asterisks for books I read and loved. I also think that you can go up a grade or even two for these books but I would not necessarily go down.
Newbery Books by Age Appropriateness
2013: The One and Only Ivan (Grade 3) **
2012: Dead End in Norvelt (Grade 5) *
2011: Moon Over Manifest (Grade 4) **
2010: When You Reach Me (Grade 5) **