Monday, May 2, 2011

Great Early Chapter books For Girls -- That Boys Will Also Enjoy

Three great chapter book series with spunky, spirited heroines.

Judy Moody by Megan McDonald

The first book in the Judy Moody series introduces us to Judy, her younger brother Stink, and her best friend Rocky.  Judy starts out third grade by making an 'All About Me' collage a theme that loosely holds the book together. The real charm is getting to know Judy, a funny, relatable heroine dealing with everyday issues. These short entertaining books are perfect for the those just starting with chapter books.

Clementine by Sarah Pennypacker

Clementine is a spunky spirited heroine with lots of zest for life.  Her choices usually lead to disastrous--and humorous-- results, but everything turns out okay in the end.  These are great read alouds with wonderful emotion filled illustrations that liven up the story. Clementine could easily be compared to a toned down Junie B Jones or to the ever lovable Ramona Quimby.

Just Grace by Charise Mericle Harper

Grace starts out third grade learning, to her dismay, she is one of four Graces in her class. Her determination to stand out leads her to be stuck with the disastrous nickname "Just Grace."  Grace loves to draw comics and spices up the book with her "Not So Super" comics.  She is quick to point out life's injustices as well as to help those in need with her secret 'superpower.' A quick fun read with an amusing and determined heroine.

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