Sunday, August 26, 2012

Early Chapter Books For Young Readers!

 Many of these early chapter books are the first in planned new series. They are all excellent reads and most likely will entice kids, ages six to eight, into the pleasure of reading.  Holly E. Newton compiled the list.

N Duck for a DayDuck for a Day, by Meg McKinlay, and illustrated by Leila Rudge, is a story about the calamities of a class pet when it's brought to a student's home for overnight. Abby is very organized and orderly and prepares for the class duck in every way. But her neighbor, Noah, is messy and unorganized. How these two unlikely kids come together to find the lost pet will produce many smiles throughout this book.
Judy Moody's Mini-Mysteries and Other Sneaky Stuff for Super-Sleuths, by Megan McDonald, and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds, not only has six short mysteries and helpful advice to become a detective, but is terrific in helping young authors develop their writing skills and incorporate this genre into their repertoire.
Sadie and Ratz, by Sonya Hartnett, and illustrated by Ann James, is a story about how an older sister, Hannah, copes with her baby brother. The ways Hannah copes and ultimately adjusts with her young sibling will surely bring about much discussion as the story progresses.
N MrsNooMrs. Noodlekugel by Daniel Pinkwater, is a new genre for this celebrated children's author and hopefully this will be the first in a series. Young Maxine, and her brother Nick, have just moved into a high-rise. But when looking out the window at just the right angle they spot a tiny house with a yard that is completely surrounded by buildings. Soon the children seek the house and its owner, sweet elderly Mrs. Noodlekugel – and off goes the story.
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Heidi Heckelbeck and the Cookie Contest, by Wanda Coven, and illustrated by Pricilla Burris, is another new series. This is the third book in this lively series with Heidi baking a magical cookie for the school's cookie contest while no one knows about her powers.

Marty McGuire Digs Worms!, by Kate Messner, and illustrated by Brian Floca, is one in a series of books where Marty experiences many adventures while in 3rd grade. Teachers will love this particular book because of the many teachable moments during the experiments.
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LawnMower Magic, by Lynne Jonell, illustrated byBrandon Dorman,is
a delightful story and the second in this magic series, "Hamster Magic" was the first book. The Willow kids are sick when they discover their nice lawn mower has stopped working. But then everything changes when they find an old push mower in the shed that's loaded with magic!
Fourth Grade Rats, by Jerry Spinelli, is a reissue and a great story about bullying and how to deal with kids that try to overpower others.
N MagicThird Grade Angels is Spinelli's newest edition for young readers and a prequel to "Fourth Grade Rats". The subject is how to be the best behaved for a month in class. Suds is determined to accomplish this very difficult task – at least for him.
N libbyLibby of High Hopes, by Elise Primavera, is hopefully the first in a series as this charming story demonstrates patience and heart.

Libby dreams everything about horses. But her older sister ends up getting the chance to take riding lessons. Now, Libby has to deal with not achieving her dreams, being nice to her sister and still looking toward her goal of being with horses.



  1. Replies
    1. Teresa, they really are. Thanks for your comment!

  2. Great list. I am going to check some of these out. I would LOVE to write for this age group!

    1. Thanks, Margo, for your comment. You ought to try your hand at it. Bet you'd find it fun!

  3. Excellent list for this age group. thanks.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Joanna. I appreciate it and, since I didn't devise the list, can say that I like it, too!

  4. I want the Daniel Pinkwater one. I love him. Can't figure out how many chapters, but I think this is an early chapter book. Hilde's post goes up tomorrow, but I have one coming up on Sept 11 on what the differences are in early chapter books and transitional readers