My daughter is 3 1/4 and has a reading age of about 7. She reads the oxford learning books but can read stage 6 comfortably so we will run out of these soon.
Any authors people can recommend for her that aren't based on school so much as she doesn't really get into them as they are a bit beyond what she understands.
She also gets a bit put off by too many words on a page. She will look at it and say that it's too hard even though she knows all the words so ones that still have some pictures would be good.
Not sure from what you've said whether this would be ideal or not, just know that my 5 yr old LOVES Nancy Drew. Caitlin isn't reading as yet - a little but really isn't interested in it, however for the last year she has loved me reading Nancy Drew to her. The books do have a lot of words and don't have many pics and I really wouldn't know what reading age they'd be aimed at, but they are very 'kid friendly' - have nice morals, but a bit of mystery and adventure as well. Some ppl might be put off because they are a little old fashioned, but that is what I like about them - they are okay to read to littlier children - they aren't full of nastiness, sex or swearing!
Good old Nancy Drew, Trixie Beldon and anything by Enid Blyton - actually, that would be perfect for your daughter. Enid Blyton! She has written some lovely books - I got some from the Warehouse not so long ago - they were only about $3.99 each and are good quality hard cover books with lovely pictures! Enid Blyton's stories were always fasinating for me as a child - especially 'The Magic Faraway Tree' stories!
Yep, seconded, i've found the "old-fashioned" books work well for dd whose reading age is so far ahead of chronological. My guys loved SEcret Seven and famous Five - they are out in new editions, with coloured pics. There are a lot of words, but we started off reading "half and half" and then they were too exciting to stop...
I'd recommend good children's poetry. Poetry is fun and motivating, not too many words on a page, but also uses rich interesting language and rhyming words help rapidly learning readers along. Many kids' poetry books also have beautiful or funny illustrations which are good to discuss. Try a selection that look attractive and readable from the library (I think they're the 820s). You'll soon get a feel for what appeals.
My daughter loved "Little House in the Big Woods" and read up to Plum Creek but lost interest at Silver Lake. I think at the time Laura had gotten too old at Silver Lake and dd didn't relate to her any more. Ages later she came back and read the whole series and enjoyed the later books too. There is also a Little House cookbook which is fun to try a few recipes from while you read the books.
The other thing that my kids loved was books with matching story tapes, which they learnt new words from by following along in the book. Then they had a story which was more interesting than they could manage alone, but could still read. Kits should be available at the library.
My just turned 4yo daughter loves the Shirley Barber fairy stories. She isn't reading as well as your girl but we got a collection of 8 of Shirley Barber stories with matching CD ($25.99 from the Warehouse) This has a collection of poems as well as stories and the pictures are so beautiful that my girl will study them for hours. The CD's have really helped her confidence when reading as she can follow the stories and sort out the words she doesn't know.
My kids also love the magic school bus stories. They are science based and if your daughter has an interest in the world around her they might be good too. They are in a very simple format and not at all daunting to read. They are designed for the 6-10 year age bracket so might be good.
If you haven't got a very good/big library check out trade me for cheap second hand books.