When a child is reading way above her grade level, finding good reading material becomes a challenge. These days, too much stuff written at the fourth-grade level is worldly and cynical. I don't want my six-year-old reading books about cliques and boys, and yet she needs to read books that increase her vocabulary and stimulate her imagination.
So the first InkhornBlue Ribbon for great children's books goes to:
FLOWER FAIRY FRIENDS, chapter books based on the Flower Fairies of Cecily Mary Barker.
My daughter is mesmerized by these books. The vocabulary is rich, and yet not so dense as to be frustrating for a good reader. Here are some sample words from the pages of these chapter books: fragrant, frothy, teetering, procession, bobbing, conversations, boundaries, chariot, melancholy, nimbly, intruders, gossamer, submerged.
Awesome! These are words that light up pages and make a child love reading, even if she doesn't always understand perfectly the meaning of melancholy. :-)
And here's another completely-unrelated but fetching thing about the books: some of the fairies look a little bit like someone I know.
If you can't see this little fairy well enough, just click on this cover and it will enlarge for you.