Easy chapter books help students move on from early readers. A good set of books can get children hooked on reading. Here is a fun list of easy chapter book series for young readers. Includes free printable reading lists to send home to parents.
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Picture books are a wonderful introduction to the world of reading. Still there comes a point when they no longer hold a student’s attention and it is time to move up to the next level. But how can you find books that challenge children’s reading skills, but aren’t too hard for them to read?
We have a secret weapon
Your secret weapon is an easy chapter book. They are great choices for kids who have just moved beyond picture books, but are not able to read middle grade novels.
There is a wide range of these books available and many of them are published as book series. The great thing about an easy chapter book series is that once you get a kid hooked on the first book they want to keep going and read the rest. Sneaky huh?
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I’ve pulled together 8 easy chapter books that are a huge favorite with the early readers at our library. We found that some of our young readers were ready for them by the end of kindergarten, but most kids were in grade 1 when they discovered them. It just depends on skill level.
8 Easy Chapter Book Series to Get Kids Hooked On Reading
1. Rise of the Balloon Goons by Troy Cummings (The Notebook of Doom)
Alexander moves to a new town. He uncovers a notebook filled with monster stories and the word DOOM on the front cover. It turns out that the notebook contains classified information about monsters and Alexander soon finds himself facing the dreaded balloon goon monsters. This series is perfect for kids who like creepy stories with a lot of action.
2. Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher By Bruce Coleville (Magic Shop Series)
Jeremy Thatcher stumbles into a magic shop and ends up buying a dragon’s egg. When the dragon hatches Jeremy must learn how to take care of it. Then his dragon starts growing at an astonishing rate. It is one thing to look after a tiny dragon, but what do you do when it outgrows your room?
3. The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy (The Worst Witch series)
Mildred Hubble is surprised to discover she is witch. She is sent off to school at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches. Poor Mildred lurches from one disaster to another. She mixes up her spells, crashes her brooms stick and even manages to turn Ethel, the teacher’s pet into a pig. But when Mildred discovers a plot against the school, can she save the day?
4. Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows (Ivy and Bean Series)
Ivy and Bean are completely different. Then one day Bean pulls a trick on her older sister that goes wrong and Ivy comes to her rescue. In that moment an unlikely friendship is born. It turns out that Ivy is studying to be a witch and she has a plan. Together the two girls decide to cast a spell on Bean’s sister, with unexpected and funny results.
5. Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye by Geronimo Stilton (Geronimo Stilton Series)
Geronimo Stilton (a mouse) is a newspaper editor who finds adventure and mystery in his day-to-day life in New Mouse City. Children love these books. Filled with humour, adventure, mystery, excitement, fun colorful fonts and bright illustrations, Geronimo Stilton books are entertaining and fun to read. They are also ideal for early/reluctant readers.
6. Dealing With Dragons by Patricia Wrede (Enchanted Forest Chronicles)
Princess Cimorene is fed up with embroidery lessons and arranged marriages, so she runs away in search of adventure. Before long, she finds herself employed as a dragon’s princess and finds the all excitement she’s been longing for. Now if only those annoying princes would stop trying to rescue her. My middle son loved this series.
7. Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown (Flat Stanley Series)
A bulletin board fell on Stanley and now he is only half an inch thick! Suddenly Stanley can t under doors, slide down drain- age grates, get mailed, and even act as a human kite. Still life gets complicated when you are different from every one else. Soon Stanley is tired of being flat. Will he be able to go back to normal?
8. The Lost Stone by Jordon Quinn (The Kingdom of Wrenly Series)
Clara the daughter of the queen’s seamstress and Lucas is a prince. The two become friends team and up to search for Queen Tasha’s missing emerald. This series is a great introduction to fantasy books and the first book serves as a great introduction to Wrenly and its magical inhabitants. The language is easy to read and there are illustrations on almost every page, so these books are perfect for beginning readers.
FREE printable lists
As teachers we want to make reading a family affair, so we’ve included a downloadable early reading list that you can print for parents. It includes all of these easy chapter book series and more, as well as a few tips to help them pick books at the right reading level for their child.
Send the list home during the year when you think students are ready or just before the summer holidays to encourage kids to keep reading.
What easy chapter book series do you recommend? What do your students like to read?