Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Three Great Early Chapter Book Series

Three wonderful early chapter book series that feature male characters, but both boys and girls will enjoy! Easy, fun chapter books that are great read alouds for kindergarten/first grade or independent reads for third/fourth graders.  Like the Junie B Jones series, even kids with higher reading levels will enjoy these quick, funny reads.

The Ready Freddy Series by Abby Kline, Illustrated by John McKinley

Freddy is a likable character whose experience can easily be related to by his readers.  In the first book in this series Freddy is the only one in Kindergarten who has yet to lose a tooth.  The other books in the series deal with normal issues such as homework troubles, the class bully, finding something cool for show and tell, and performing the the class talent show. Kids will love the funny way Freddy deals with his problems.  John Mckinley's playful illustrations are just enough for kids veering away from picture books.

Roscoe Riley Rules by Katherine Applegate, Illustrated by Brian Biggs

Each new title in the series will immediately grab your attention: Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs, Never Walk in Shoes that Talk, and Never Swim in Applesauce.  Roscoe is an accident prone first grader who means well, but always seems to get in trouble. Kids will enjoy reading about Roscoe as he faces normal kid problems with the help of his family and friends.  Cartoon like illustrations add a great touch to these quirky books.

Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Boy by Megan McDonald, Illustrated by Peter H Reynolds

Stink, the younger brother from the well know Judy Moody series, finally gets his own book!  Stink, real name James, is afraid he is shrinking and does everything he can to look taller.  After many hilarious attempts to look taller Stink comes to terms with being short--just like his favorite President-- James Madison.  This entertaining book is peppered with puns and fun scientific facts throughout.  I love the way Stink's relationship with his older sister Judy is written in a fun realistic way.  A great book for those just starting chapter books. There are six more books in this series.

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