Making the jump from early readers to chapter books can be daunting. Fortunately, authors and publishers are realizing the need for fun, simpler chapter books to help kids make that transition.
Below are a list of book series to start children off on their new reading challenge with some fun reading. Individual books in each series may be easier or harder. In the listing below you will find written the different reading system levels for the first book in each series to aid you in choosing a series you feel will encourage your child’s reading.
Please don’t’ hesitate to ask at the Children’s Desk for help to find these books and for additional suggestions.
Haggis and Tank Unleashed by Jessica Young J Fic You
Reading Levels: Lexile 480 / Guided Reading M / Accelerated Reader 3.1
A mix of chapters and comic book panels with full page color illustrations.
Judy Moody and Friends by Megan McDonald J Fic McD
Reading Levels: Lexile 480 / Guided Reading J / Accelerated Reader 2.5
Judy Moody stories just right for new readers. Lots of illustrations in color.
Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo J Fic Dic
Reading Levels: Lexile 450 / Guided Reading K / Accelerated Reader 2.7
Kids will adore this lovable pig and her antics. Lots of color illustrations.
Monkey Me by Timothy Roland J Fic Rol
Reading Levels: Lexile 510 / Guided Reading O / Accelerated Reader 2.4
Thanks to a wacky banana, energetic Clide turns into a monkey when he gets excited!
Nancy Clancy by Jane O’Connor J Fic Oco
Reading Levels: Lexile 450 / Guided Reading O / Accelerated Reader 3.3
Fancy Nancy is growing up and now is interested in dectective work- but in a fancy way, of course! Illustration in black and white.
Notebook of Doom by Troy Cummings J Fic Cum
Reading Levels: Lexile 490 / Guided Reading M / Accelerated Reader 3.3
For those young, brave readers who like creepy things such as balloon monsters out to get you. Cartoon type illustrations in black and white.
Owl Diaries by Rebecca Elliott J Fic Ell
Reading Levels: Lexile 400 / Guided Reading M / Accelerated Reader 3.0
Fun books about friends written in diary form with some speech bubbles. Illustrations in color.
The Princess in Black by Shannon and Dean Hale J Fic Hal
Reading Levels: Lexile 500 / Guided Reading N /Accelerated Reader 3.2
Funny and action packed—this is not your average princess. Illustrations in color.
Princess Posey by Stephanie Greene J Fic Gre
Reading Levels: Lexile 380 / Guided Reading K / Accelerated Reader 2.9
Simpler and calmer than Junie B Jones but just as lovable. Black and White Illustrations.
Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot by Dav Pilkey J Fic Pil
Reading Levels: Lexile 520 / Guided Reading L / Accelerated Reader 2.9
Has comic book panels, superhero action, and Pilkey’s Flip-O-Rama. Illustrations in color.
Yo-Kai Watch by Kate Howard J Fic Yok
Reading Levels: Lexile 430 / Guided Reading N / Accelerated Reader 3.4
Fun Yo-Kai characters in chapter book form for young readers. Illustrations in color.
We have been so thrilled that The Figge is hosting an amazing exhibit featuring the art of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are! It is a classic that we love! You know what we love even more? Tours of this exhibit! We have one tour date left. If you would like to join us at the Figge Museum on July 14th at 10:30a.m., we have a few spots left. Spots are limited and registration is required to attend. For more info, contact us at 309-524-2480.
On Friday, July 6th, at 2:00pm, Christine Buik will present: The First Flute – Stories from Around the World! This program is best suited for ages 4 and older.
Here’s what to expect, straight from Christine Buik’s flyer:
“Flutes from around the world are played on our journey. Bone flutes, clay flutes, bamboo flutes wooden flutes, metal flutes, shell flutes, PVC flutes! Stories from many cultures are shared. Audience participation in the “jam band” with authentic rhythm instruments!”
And, as an added bonus, Christine will be bringing a corn snake as well!
Don’t miss this special event!
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