Before I start, whoever recommended "The Read Aloud Handbook" to me, thank you, thank you, I read it last night (was up all night). DS5 and I read a couple pages out of his facts book every night, then what I call enjoyment reading. We are currently reading a book called "School of Fear". At his school which consists of kindy and first grade, I bought it at a Scholastic book fair, not even thinking about age or grade level, I just read the back and thought it sounded funny. It is a pretty comical story, these 4 kids with different phobias go to this fear school to try to overcome their fears, the headmistress of the school is a real dingbat, but I am fairly certain she is going to cure them in some dingbatty way. The vocabulary is very advanced and after reading the first couple of chapters, I went to Amazon and saw that it was for fifth grade and up.
My older son, 15 and very bright/smart but not gifted like the 5 y.o. was sitting at our table, eating and listening to me read to younger son. After we read our usual 2 chapters and had a short discussion like always, 5 y.o. trotted off happily to bed. Older son then came into the living room and asked me why in the world I would read such an advanced book to younger son. Older ds claims that reading him advanced vocabulary will confuse him. He even said that one of the words in the book, 'repugnant' was one of his vocabulary words 2 weeks ago (he is a sophomore). I told him, that I appreciated his concerns, but that we were enjoying the book and as long as he was being read to and exposed to reading, I didn't see any harm in the level of the book. DS 5 will interrupt me occasionally to ask what something means, or sometimes I will pause and explain something, but I honestly don't agree with older ds that it is harming him. What say all of you?