The Next Step: Early Chapter Readers

 

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.

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If You Loved Wings of Fire…

Miss Marta

The Cutest Monsters On the Block

Have you ever seen monsters as adorable as these?                                                                                                                 Meet The Worry Woos!

These monsters each have a story to tell- about loneliness, not quite fitting in, getting too frustrated when things don’t go your way, letting worry get the best of you, envy, indecision and more. Written in beautiful rhyme, these stories are powerful social-emotional skill-builders all kids can relate to and empathize with. Designed by artist and author Andi Green to help children understand and embrace their emotions, these books have received rave reviews and awards for bringing higher concepts right down to a kids level. I love watching understanding dawn on my littles’ faces as they learn the lesson right along with the WorryWoos!

We have the storybooks available for checkout, and we have kits of the monster and it’s accompanying book available in our puppet collection. We also have a parent-teacher guide for teaching social-emotional awareness in our parent-teacher collection.

We’ve gotten enthusiastic feedback from parents and teachers alike who have used these stories with great success, and we hope you and your littles will fall in love with the WorryWoos too!

And don’t forget to check our Parent-Teacher collection for these valuable companion guides by noted Dr. John Irving, a pioneer in the social-emotional learning field.

For more information on the WorryWoos, classroom and parent lesson plans and more, check out their website: www.worrywoos.com

Miss Janna

Great Graphics for Kindergarten to Third grade

 

Graphic novels can be an area where us grown-ups feel like fish out of water!  Is the content appropriate?  How young is too young for a graphic?  How can you tell which ones are right for your kiddo?

 

Don’t let these questions stop you and your kiddo from checking out the awesome comic books (or graphic novels, as we call them)!  Just ask us!  We are happy to give suggestions for every age.  We have graphics offered in board book form for the very young all the way through adult graphic novels!

 

Check out these suggestions for kindergarten to third grade!

Hammy and Gerbee: Mummies at the Museum by Wong Herbert Yee

Hilda and the Stone Forest by Luke Pearson

Little Robot by Ben Hatke

Binky the Space Cat by Ashley Spires

Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

Sleepless Knight by James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost

Owly by Andy Runton

Far Out Fairy Tales by Otis Frampton, Joey Comeau, Louise Simonson, Benjamin Harper, and Sean Tulien

Amelia Rules! by Jimmy Gownley

Geronimo Stilton

Chi’s Sweet Home by Konami Kanata

Mr. Pants by Scott McCormick

Little Mouse Gets Ready by Jeff Smith

Pets on the Loose! by Victories Jamieson

Beep and Bah by James Burks

Miss Marta