Top 10 (or so) Chapter Books for Transitioning Readers by Arika Dickens

This post was just what I was looking for! My 8 yr old is getting tired of baby books… these would fit him perfectly.

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As an elementary teacher-librarian and a mother of two young readers ages 6 and 8, finding entry-level chapter books that have both a kid-friendly design (white space, font size, spacing, illustrations) and engaging characters/plot has been daunting.  But it can be done.  Below are 10 sure-fire hits in my school and home for the transitioning readers in grades 1-3…plus a couple of bonus picks. The best part: these are books that kids like, not just books that adults think kids should like. The proof is in their quotes.

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  1. Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon

Original and free spirited, Dory drives her family crazy with eccentric, imaginary characters that she brings to life like monster BFF Mary, gnome/fairy godmother Mr. Nuggy, and the villainous Mrs. Gobble-Gracker.  First in a trilogy.

 

“I liked when Dory and Mary fought Mrs. Gobble-Gracker. It had lots of pictures so I could tell what was really…

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