I was talking with a friend the other day and she was asking me for chapter books for her first grade twins. One is a new reader, a little girl who is very interested in reading, but her skills are still developing. She has found a series that she loves, but the series is a bit too hard. Despite this difficulty she still sits in bed in the morning reading the Rainbow Fairy books. Motivated and interested, she is a blossoming reader. This little girl has a twin brother who is also a motivated reader, gobbling every book in his sight. He is a fast reader and needs to slow down a bit to really understand what he is reading.
When my friend asked me about chapter books that were at an emergent reader level, I immediately pulled up my chapter book by series link and looked at the options. Knowing these children well, I knew that a lot of these options wouldn’t work for the little girl, but would for the little boy. The little girl loved reading about social interactions, fairies and magic, not Frog and Toad or Morris the Moose’s antics.
So, concerned and wanting to find some new emergent reader chapter books, I set off to the bookstore with Bean.
Most chapter books start getting interesting around a level L. Amber Brown, Judy Moody, Magic Treehouse (level M), My Weird School Series (M) are all great titles that kids love.
But here are some new series to check out, target to your new / young chapter book reader:
Heidi Hecklebeck Series by Wanda Coven – transitional chapter books (pictures and short chapters, larger font) that are not leveled yet (as far as I can find), but in my experience it looks like level L. Heidi Hecklebeck is a
The Critter Club Books by Callie Barkley – transitional chapter books about girls who help find missing pups. Roughly a level L.
Mercy Watson Books by Kate DiCamillo- level K – transitional chapter book about a pig who loves toast, written by one of the best children’s authors out there (Tales of Despereaux, Because of Winn Dixie).
Missy’s Super Duper Royal Deluxe Books by Susan Nees – level L – books about a “razzle dazzle girl who does things the super deluxe way”.
Magic Bone by Nancy Krulik – L / M
I then found this AMAZING – AWESOME SAUCE link:
Scholastic has just put out a line of transitional chapter books that cater to our young readers who want to move from leveled readers to chapter books. The titles and subjects appeal to so many children. Even better, when you click on a particular series they have the reading levels on there. Woohoo! My dream!