HELP! Books for Below Level 4/5 Students

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  1. glitterfish

    glitterfish Comrade

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    I am looking for book recommendations to use with a group of 4th/5th grade boys who are reading far below grade level. Although I'm not yet sure of their DRA/lexile levels, I do know a good fit book is Frog and Toad. Series such as Magic Treehouse & A to Z Mysteries are still very challenging. These guys love nonfiction, but even fiction that isn't babyish would be great. I've searched in the school and public library and online, but it seems like there is nothing out there at this level! There's tons of early/easy reader books, but the content is geared towards 1/2 graders and the guys feel stupid reading them. :( Can anyone help with some titles?
     
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    Usborne has a series of non-fiction books that might work, with titles such as "Antarctica," "Sharks," and "Sun, Moon, and Stars." They are little hardcover books, and actually cover several levels (but you can't tell which are which just from the cover...).
     
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    My boys who are reading at an end of grade 2 level enjoy the "Horrible Harry" series.
     
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    I was going to suggest Horrible Harry as well. One of my 5th graders is reading at about an and of 2nd/beginning of 3rd grade level and he likes the Horrible Harry series.
     
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    I use the Matt Christopher series because its sports related. Also Geronimo Stilton.
     
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    I had thought of those too. I have a ton in my classroom. The only thing is, those are the same level as the Magic Treehouse series, so if the Magic Treehouse books are too difficult, the Matt Christopher ones might be too.
     
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    Nate the Great series
     
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    Seymour Simon

    His books have great photos that really engage students. I have no idea if they have DRA levels but I would say they are around 3rd grade reading level.
     

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