First Chapter Books
Published May 16, 2015
Moving into chapter books is an exciting time for new readers. The library has resources for parents to use with their new readers to help them practice newly acquired skills.
There are several chapter books series that are great for growing readers as they move into a new format. These chapter books offer simple text and include illustrations and have storylines appealing to grades 1 through 3. The amount of text varies with each series and title. They are found in the Juvenile Fiction section of the Children’s Department at each library branch. If titles are not available at your home branch, you can make a request with a librarian or online.
- Roscoe Riley Rules by Katherine Applegate
- The Chicken Squad by Doreen Cronin
- The Notebook of Doom by Troy Cummings
- Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo
- Ready, Freddy by Abby Klien
- Kung Pow Chicken by Cyndi Marko
- Galaxy Zack by Ray O'Ryan
- The Kingdom of Wrenly by Jordan Quinn
- Nate the Great by Marjorie Sharmat
As your readers become more comfortable with chapter books, try these series, which have more text and longer stories.
- The Secrets of Droon by Tony Abbot
- Cam Jansen by David Adler
- Judy Moody and Stink by Megan McDonald
- Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne
- Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park
- Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
- A to Z Mysteries and Capital Mysteries by Ron Roy
In addition to these series, there are several recommended resources available online:
Tumblebooks* is a Library database that is accessible with your Library card. Kids can enjoy reading along to picture books and chapter books. Tumblebooks is great for audiobooks and auditory learners.
Scholastic publishes a variety of beginning chapter book series under their imprint, Branches. There are multiple genres, perfect for introducing readers to fantasy, humor, scary stories, mysteries, and science fiction.
We Give Books offers online ebooks for readers to practice their reading skills. We Give Books offers a list of beginning non-fiction.
* Library card required for use outside the Library
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