DS (age 6, in 1st grade) finished reading the first book all the kids in his class were reading (the teacher assigns a certain # of pages to be read at home to an adult). He actually finished it ahead of schedule on Friday - he chose to read past what was required.
Today he was willing to read out of the next (harder) book in class with his teacher but wasn't willing to bring it home to read to me. His teacher emailed me & asked if I'd talk to him. I did & he just said he doesn't want to be different from his classmates. He wants to be bringing home the same book as everyone else (there is one student who is at a higher reading level who is bringing home a different book, everyone else is on the same one).
I replied to his teacher & told her what he said - so she may have the answer. I told DS that he's just smart & ready for a harder book (he didn't seem to buy that). DH is also going to try talking to him.
Any other tips? I want him challenged with his reading - the book he's been reading is definitely below his reading level.