“In most households, parents read to children only until the children are old enough to read by themselves.
But there are differences in reading abilities and listening abilities. Trelease points out that a child’s reading level doesn’t catch up to his listening level until eighth grade. For that reason, parents should be reading seventh-grade books to fifth-grade kids. They’ll get excited about the plot and this will be a motivation to keep reading. A fifth-grader can enjoy a more complicated plot than he can read himself.”