I have spoken before about my quest to find appropriate books for Emlyn to read. She's a few grade levels ahead of her actual age, so it can be difficult to find books that aren't too mature and that are enjoyable to read. I've compiled a list of some of my favorite authors that I've discovered. I'm not going to include most of the well-known and popular authors because most people can find them fairly easily.
I don't have the time today to put these in reading level order; you may have to go look and figure it out yourself. I would still suggest reading one from each author before you let your kids free with that author, to make sure their stories are not too mature for your kid. Most authors have many books that they've written. If your child likes one they most likely like the rest.
Here we go:
Ralph Moody "Little Britches" and following series
Lois Gladys Leppard "Mandie" books
"Encyclopedia Brown" series
Spyri "Heidi" books
Frances Hodgson Burnett "A Little Princess," "Secret Garden," and "Lost Prince"
Speare "The Bronze Bow"
Eleanor Estes "Ginger Pye"
Elizabeth Enright "Thimble Summer" and "The Saturdays"
George Selman "The Cricket in Times Square" and series
George MacDonald "The Princess and the Goblin," "The Light Princess," "At the Back of the North Wind"
Old Nancy Drew
Old Hardy Boys
Maud Lovelace "Betsy-Tacy"
Julie Andrews Edwards "The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles"
Andrew Lang "Fairy books"
Baum "Oz books"
Grandma's Attic series
The following are recommended by my dear friend Shannon but I have not read them:
"All of a Kind Family"
Marshall history books "This Country of Ours"
"Trumpeter of Krakow"
"Little Pilgrim's Progress"
Dodie Smith "101 Dalmatians"
Susan Bauer "The Story of the World"
Elizabeth Goudge "The Last Unicorn"
Go forth and read! Rest assured, at least one of these authors will pull your child out of Junie B Jones and Magic Treehouse and Judy Moody. I promise.