(3 books in the series. You've never heard of Mercy Watson? Henry isn't just horrid - he's heinous. books for your emergent reader. Just be aware that while this may get reluctant readers reading, it will be challenging to check on their comprehension. (4 books in the series), The Masterpiece Adventures, by Elise Broachguided reading level: L, In this charming series, we read about James and his friend Marvin, a beetle. (At least 4 books in the series), Oliver and Amanda Pig series, by Jean Van Leeuwenguided reading level: L, These tender easy-reader chapter books were published from 1979-2008. No thanks. Winkler, who has dyslexia, has created a funny and likable character with the same challenge. Alfie is the younger sister in a loving African-American family living in suburbia. The stories are fast-paced, the characters are kind to each, and full-color illustrations adorn the books. My assessment of choice is the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System(by Heinemann). series, by Thomas Flinthamguided reading level: O, My third grader loves this fully-illustrated series that features video game characters Super Rabbit Boy and his nemesis, Meanie King Viking. (13 books in the series), Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet series, by Jacqueline Kellyguided reading level: N, This historical fiction series is absolutely wonderful. Worth trying. Please... reserve one of the books at your library, stat! For that reason, I wouldn't recommend this series to someone who is new to chapter books and/or doesn't do well at retelling what h/she read. Sternguided reading level: P. I love books that build vocabulary; I'm not crazy about early chapter books with pretend words used as real words, as this can be very confusing for young readers. Princess Pulverizer doesn't want to be a princess; she wants to be a knight. (30 books in the series), Zapato Power books, by Jacqueline Julesguided reading level: N, Freddie Ramos is a Latino boy who receives a mystery package containing shoes that allow him to run super fast - like a superhero. Bonus! The plots are rather repetitive, and the stories not all that thrilling - but it's still a good choice for young, advanced readers. This can feel a little exhausting to read, but I liked this series. While I grew up loving the original Amelia Bedelia books by Peggy Parish, I'm less than impressed with this new chapter book series by her nephew. I’m not sure what the letters stand for. Read my full disclosure policy here. (Too many books in the series to count! (Currently 10 books in the series), Ballet Slippers series, by Patricia Reilly Giffguided reading level: M, This series combines Rosie's love for ballet with her ongoing relationships with family and friends. I see more POC characters now. This is where you can begin to help your kiddos pursue the ultimate goal of reading with comprehension. This is an older series (1980's) that's been republished. These are sincere, gentle books that also address mild bullying and other challenges of elementary school. Written by Kate Klise (and illustrated by her sister, M. Sarah Klise), these entertaining stories feature the members of Sir Sidney's Circus. At least 11 books in the series. Thank you so much for this wonderful list. You won't find anything questionable, gross, or dark in these books. I relied on your reviews to choose books I can give for her birthday, and sort thru which to hold or save for a younger upcoming child. (Currently 6 books in the series), Princess Pink and the Land of Fake-Believe series, by Noah Z. Jones, Princess Pink is a girl whose first name is Princess, and her last name is Pink. 8 books in the series. The main character "hates" practically everything (including school), and the books are full of name-calling, potty talk, negativity, and mean-spirited humor. He works with Candace, his best friend and partner in uncrime. Thank you so much for this awesome list! Nancy and her best friend Bree are likable third graders with engaging, realistic adventures. ), Frankly, Frannie series, by A.J. The books feature simple, screen-free adventures, loving parents, and engaging storylines. As a side note, it blows my mind the way the parents listen to the older sister being absolutely horrible to Freddy and do nothing about it  ("just ignore her") . For that reason, this may not be the best series for kids who struggle with comprehension. Hilarious! I can't love this series more, and I hope we get to see a lot more of Keena Ford! Kids enjoy these books, and I don't have any big issues with them - except that the subject matter (such as teasing about boyfriends/girlfriends and a dog dying when Marvin is housesitting) sometimes feels too much for the targeted age level. It's an easy-reader chapter book series about Cork, a short and serious muskrat, and his friend Fuzz - a tall possum who likes to have fun. It is set int he 1930s around the Great Depression era. (Currently 8 books in the series), Riverside Kids series, by Johanna Hurwitzguided reading level: M. This wonderful series from the 80's is set in an apartment building in New York City. This is an excellent series that would also be great for reading aloud. However, it's a fine choice for kids who enjoy the books. (Currently 12 books in the series), Princess Pulverizer series, by Nancy Krulikguided reading level: M. This is a well-written and engaging series about an atypical princess. Her daughter published the final book in 2007. Also note that the books have a fair amount of name-calling. One notable exception is in Secret Admirer. Even the elaborate illustrations on nearly every page couldn't hold my interest. This is a good choice for second or third graders who struggle with reading but want to read chapter books. But I just can't get over how awful the parents are. (At least 11 books in the series), Dragon Slayers' Academy, by Kate McMullanguided reading level: O, Wiglaf, a young medieval peasant, is one of 13 brothers. Young readers may enjoy following the gentle love story between the girls' Aunt Lucy and kind, shy Michael. Unfortunately, however, the stories aren't particularly interesting. They almost feel like Dick and Jane books, in a longer form. (Currently 4 books in the series), The Boxcar Children, created by Gertrude Chandler Warnerguided reading level: O. (At least 26 books in the series), Henry Huggins books, by Beverly Clearyguided reading level: O, These funny, timeless books (the first was published in 1950) are still popular with kids today. This is great! Children love her, but so do their parents - because she uses magic to solve common kid "ailments" - like refusing to take a bath, backtalk, and dawdling. (At least 3 books in the series), Iris and Walter series, by Elissa Haden Guestguided reading level: J, This is an easy-to-read chapter book series about two best friends, Iris and Walter. Recommended! This is a spin-off of the A-Z Mysteries series by the same author, but in these books it's the younger siblings who are solving the mysteries - one for each month and an extra one for New Year's. Yasmin is a second grader who loves to explore many new situations. 🙂, Also, I totally agree, Poppleton is the best! Kill. As with any one-on-one exam, it takes quite a bit … View all posts by Kaitlin Kamalei Brandon. Use these links to jump to the section you need. The books highlight strong sibling relationships, don't have potty language, and best of all, are fun to read. Magical Mix-Ups Series, by Lynne Jonellguided reading level: M, This is a series about four siblings who discover that magic lies in the ground under the family's house. I may be in the minority here - this is a hugely popular series, and it gets kids to read. (Currently 4 books in the series), Stella Batts, by Courtney Sheinmelguided reading level: N, Stella Batts is an 8-year-old girl whose parents own a candy store. (Currently 3 books in the series), Beany series, by Susan Wojciechowskiguided reading level: M, This is an older series (1994-2006), but it's still very relatable. (At least 19 books in the series), Daisy Dawson series, by Steve Voakeguided reading level: N, This is a gentle series about Daisy Dawson, a wholesome and carefree little girl who talks to animals (and understands what they say to her). Unlike Missy, her friend Oscar is a thinker, not a talker, and it's fun to see how the two interact. The story is about Esperanza coming to terms with the sudden change in socioeconomic status and culture. It's the story of four orphaned children who run away to the woods and make their home in an old boxcar. Jo comes from a long line of crime fighters, and it's her turn to join the family business. If your readers enjoy the classic Frog and Toad  books by Arnold Lobel, they will likely enjoy this series as well. Even though the publication dates range from 1955-1999 (yes, really - Cleary is now 100 years old), the stories are timeless. However, the books are safe and clean, and I'd consider it a win if your learners get into them. These illustrated chapter books talk about life from a dog's point of view. The books are exceptionally well written. Probably a better choice for struggling older readers than for young advanced readers. I have been a fan of Fox ever since I first read the books as a little girl. I wouldn't call the books high quality literature, but they're a fine choice. (6 books in the series), S.W.I.T.C.H. They feel hastily written, and the plots are far-fetched,  unbelievable, and sometimes just plain boring. is Guided Reading Level K. This early chapter book is about a Pakistani-American girl named Yasmin. An independent reading level is the level at which a child can read easily without the help of an adult. Do you really have to read ALL THE BOOKS to find out? spray, which can turn any creature into a creepy-crawly or reptile. In addition, it is important for all readers to see other races and cultures in the books we use for Guided Reading Groups. ), Princess Pistachio books, by Marie-Louise Gayguided reading level: M, I wanted to like these books, if only because Princess Pistachio is so much fun to say. This is a great series for kids who like mysteries but aren't ready for longer chapter books. There's a place for these books, though - reading series books is actually good for kids. Encyclopedia Brown is a very smart fifth grader who helps his father, the Chief of Police, solve cases in the small town of Idaville. I absolutely love this engaging series. In later books, she solves mysteries with the help of her aunts. 'Cause nobody can even tell the difference.") Please note that Fox isn't a great role model (he talks back to his mom), but he faces logical consequences for his actions. I think it is smart for the author to pay homage to that and stay true to the local culture (i.e. The large font, fantastic illustrations, and interesting storylines add to their adventures. I'd recommend this for older, reluctant readers, but probably not for young advanced readers. Great choice for young advanced readers! The easy-reader format makes them a great choice for young advanced readers. Save them for third graders and up. Education resources for parents and teachers. There's a lot of bullying in the book, a fair amount of girlfriend/boyfriend talk, and a live-in babysitter who is just plain mean. (Currently 5 books in the series, Danny's Doodles books, by David Adlerguided reading level: N, You know a book is good when you, as an adult, will pick it up and enjoy reading it all on your own. We’re huge fans, so we sent off for Book 4 (Dixie O’Day and the Haunted House) and Book 5 (Dixie O’Day on His Bike) from the UK. The books really are laugh-out-loud funny, but Junie is often extremely naughty and not the least bit sorry. The book is a mixture of text and speech bubbles, which can be a bit distracting. This list is probably why I’ve been feeling burned out the last few weeks! 😀. These are entertaining, but hard to follow. Get strategies and tools for teaching sight words to young learners! This is a lovely, gentle series - too bad there aren't more! They liked to catch up with one another and eat sweet treats.". Warner's books read like good stand-alone novels, not like so many early chapter book series which feel mass-produced. When I look back at my childhood, Ramona Quimby plays a prominent role. The content is perfect for younger readers as well. (20 books in the series), Magic Tree House series, by Mary Pope Osborneguided reading level: M, I'm a big fan of the best-selling Magic Tree House books because they tell kid-friendly adventure stories while also teaching about science and social studies. I'll just say right out that I am a realistic fiction fan, not someone who enjoys fantasy books. 1 Ladies Detective Agency (my favorite fiction series for adults - you've got to check it out!). I definitely don't recommend them for young advanced readers. Harriet Hamsterbone is a fearsome warrior who slays dragons, jumps off cliffs, and cracks sarcastic jokes at the same time. Nothing wrong with these if they get kids to read, but don't rush out to buy them. The books are extremely well written and handle issues such as divorce and separation in an appropriate, child-friendly way. While the illustrations are cute, I find them a bit distracting. The oldest grandchild is turning 8- and a good reader, and I am entering a new chapter (ha) in my life….I have not read or heard of most of these books myself and am at a real disadvantage. Guided Readers has been developed by a veteran classroom teacher with more than 23-years of experience in reading instruction, to provide you with the most effective and rigorous resources to help you teach your students to become fluent, confident readers AND I love how the author integrates science concepts in a relatable way, but I'm not crazy about the very negative relationship between the main character and his brother. In order to build a student’s love for reading, we want students of color to see themselves in their books. This is an especially great choice for young advanced readers, but may feel boring to older readers. ), Princess Posey series, by Stephanie Greeneguided reading level: L, I did not expect to like this book because I'm not crazy about princesses, fairies, or any of the other stereotypical girl book themes. Recommended! My six-year-old son is an advanced reader and a gentle soul–it has been hard to find books that are engaging but not too mature or scary. (At least 14 books in the series), Bea Garcia books, by Deborah Zemkeguided reading level: O, Bea Garcia is a relatable, likable second grader who draws pictures of everything in her life. (14 books in the series), Tales from Deckawoo Drive, by Kate DiCamilloguided reading level: N, This series is a continuation of the popular Mercy Watson series (which is written at a lower reading level). (Currently 4 books in the series), Moongobble and Me series, by Bruce Covilleguided reading level: N, This is a series about Moongobble, an "inept but endearing wizard" and Edward, his boy apprentice. But I can imagine that fans of the TV show would enjoy these companion books as well as the science facts which are included throughout. Silly and fun. How can you know which chapter books are best for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade? ), Humphrey's Tiny Tales, by Betty G. Birneyguided reading level: L. This is a simple series based on the longer Humphrey chapter books. You won’t find anything questionable, gross, or dark in these books. Worth investing in the 12+ books for a home or school library. This series is the perfect choice for especially young advanced readers! It may be good for strong readers looking for variety, but I'm not sure it's the best bet for struggling readers. (About 24 books in the series), Dory Fantasmagory,  by Abby Hanlonguided reading level: O, I'll start by saying that the first book in this series made me laugh so hard I cried. dog, Mudge. Some readers are turned off by the odd student/adult dynamic (Gooney Bird tends to take control wherever she is), but I enjoyed the book that I read. 🙂, This is great to know, Sarah! The vocabulary is accessible, while still teaching new words from the Urdu language. This is a nice diversion from the princess and girly-girl type books, but I couldn't get into the stories. You administer the F&P assessment by listening to a student read leveled books, taking running records, and discussing the texts with the student. Each chapter features a short mystery. (6 books in the series), Cork & Fuzz books, by Dori Chaconasguided reading level: J. (At least 4 books in the series), Ready, Freddy! (At least 14 books in the series), Max Malone series, by Charlotte Hermanguided reading level: N, This is a well-written, older series (published in the 90's) about 1o-year-old Max and his friends. I have a printable list of multi-cultural chapter books in the paid product. “In 1994 WGBH and PBS approached Marc Brown about the possibility of adapting the Arthur to a television . (The writing isn't particularly engaging.) I'm glad I gave it a chance! (32 books in the series), Herbie Jones, Suzy Klineguided reading level: N, Herbie Jones is a likable second/third grader who lives with his parents and big sister. Save these for kids in third grade and up. (20 books total), Olivia Sharp books, by Marjorie Weinman Sharmatguided reading level: L, From the creator of the classic Nate the Great series came this series about his cousin - Olivia Sharp. There's a lot of name-calling. I’m starting to get a list ready for summer reading for my advanced kindergartener (currently reading on a level O). The King School Kids show up throughout the whole series in fun and engaging stories. Thank you! Subscribing to our email newsletter is completely free. The books are beautifully written and absolutely enchanting. The books have very little name-calling or other objectionable content. What a pleasant surprise! Her father the king promises to send her to Knight School ... if she completes eight good deeds on a Quest of Kindness. You may just find yourself pulling them off the shelf to read even when no children are around (I know I do). Be aware that the books do have mild name-calling and potty humor. Sign up below to get access to a wonderful variety of math and literacy resources. Another new favourite in my class are the Wallace and Grace books about owl detectives 🙂 Do know that the books are quality, clean reads without name-calling, bullies, or potty talk. I love that the guided reading levels are included. (Currently 3 books in the series), The Whodunit Detective Agency series, by Martin Widmarkguided reading level: O, This is an illustrated series about Jerry and Maya, two classmates who run a detective agency and solve crimes in their small town. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Meet Yasmin!. The vocabulary and story structure feels too complex for young advanced readers. This is a must-read series for every young reader. You can purchase kits in English or in Spanish. The two might not have a lot in common, but they do they love waffles, parties and adventures. The objective of this new would be to use the powerful mediums of animation and television to excite kids about reading.”. Lola is smart, feisty and energetic, but she isn't naughty or sassy. A challenge, though, is that there are so many animal characters that it can be hard to keep track of them. It's not amazing literature, but it's clean and entertaining. ), Black Lagoon Adventures, by Mike Thalerguided reading level: N, This fun chapter book series mixes school, monsters, and common kid problems. This series feels a little forced and boring. Another was about pigeons laying eggs on Sarah's apartment balcony. Instead, they spend their time outdoors observing nature and helping lost or injured animals. I love how pages from the Mouse Scout Handbook appear between pages of the story. Ivy and Bean are two friends who get into a lot of mischief. These books are so bad that if my kids received them for gifts I'd throw them in the garbage. Mallory is a good role model but is also relatable and likable; the books teach good lessons without being preachy. Ricky Ricotta is a mouse who regularly saves the world from invading villains with the help of Mighty Robot. (Over 30 books in the series), Rainbow Magic  books, by Daisy Meadowsguided reading level: L. The good news is that there is nothing objectionable in the Rainbow Magic books. This is a series about children who must become Dragon Masters - to connect with and train their dragons while also discovering their creatures' secret powers. Learn my top strategies for teaching kids to "sound it out". Great resource! The kids are kind to each other, and I saw nothing objectionable. The plots are a bit ridiculous, but funny. It would make it easier to find books at the appropriate level as opposed to scanning through the entire list. I was uncomfortable with the religious undertones in the book I read (Anna Hibiscus has many conversations with her dead grandfather), but other than that I highly recommend them. Great for both young advanced readers and older, struggling readers. At the beginning of the lesson, the teacher provides clear instructions to each of the working/ability groups that she has created based on previously undertaken formative assessments. However, my preschooler enjoyed the read aloud. (6 books in the series), Finley Flowers books, by Jessica Youngguided reading level: M, Finley is a third grader who loves to craft and create; she can make something out of anything. Beany's problems (not wanting to go to summer camp, being paired with a difficult kid for a science project, etc.) (17 books in the original series), Lola Levine series, by Monica Brownguided reading level: M, This is a wonderful, engaging series about Lola Levine, a half-Jewish, half-Peruvian girl who embraces her multicultural heritage. Teachers will like them because they include strong vocabulary and plenty of opportunities for making inferences. I would love to know your thoughts on Ellie Engineer and Baby Sitters Club too!

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