Jen Robinson has a really interesting post up at the Booklights blog all about reading levels. One of my favourite bits is as follows: "The short-term problem is that children can miss books that they would enjoy reading. Books about kids their own age, having relatable experiences. Fun books. Books with pictures! Instead, they can end up reading books before they are ready for them, which often leads to not appreciating the books, and never going back"." As a school librarian it is a constant struggle to try and find the good fits for the strong readers who are convinced that they are above reading kids books.
There are 2 books that have quickly made it to the top of my "to read" pile. You can find a great review of Jemma Hartman Camper Extrodinaire over at Planet Esme, and a review of The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (which I have wanted to get my hands on since ALA in Devner) over at Scholastic's Kid Lit.