It's a treasure - the chapter book. It is a rite of passage for any reader.
When kids get to a point of reading longer books, they get really excited. So let's build on it with fun first chapter books that are content appropriate!
I remember reading these as a kid. I even remember sitting at a table and reading them with a friend at the same time in the school library. It was awesome.
These are adorable books detailing Henry and his dog Mudge's adventures.
These are great for boys and girls and the author is a children's literature mainstay - Cynthia Rylant.
Reading Levels: Level J - 2nd Grade
David Adler is a prolific children's author who writes both fiction and non-fiction. He writes picture books, math books and chapter books. All-in-one author.
Cam Jansen is often in a schools' guided reading library set and teachers will often suggest these books first when kids start chapter books. You may see these coming home!
There are Young Cam Jansen books for 2nd graders (Level J/K) and then Cam Jansen books that span through 3rd grade reading levels.
There are over 20 Nate the Great books to get your reader started. Another mystery series that is great for using context clues, following plot lines and is not tricky.
As an adult reading along, you will be able to anticipate the ending of the book and your reader will feel satisfied they helped to solve the mystery.
Reading Levels: Level K/L - 2nd Grade
This series can grow-up with kids. It ranges from level L (2nd grade) through to level O (end of 3rd grade).
Harry starts the series in 2nd grade, so it's completely and concretely relatable to the young reader. Harry is billed as a jokester and class clown who may be to blame for many a classroom fiasco.
These are fun reading books that will put a smile on your kid's face.
Building on this...
Written by Barbara Park, these books are award-winning classics. This series focuses on Junie, a feisty little girl who has a lot to say. And, doesn't mind saying it. Some don't like these series because it's not correct grammar, but let's give kids a break - not everything has to be perfect all of the time.
Junie, narrates a lot of good reading practices for newly minted chapter book readers. She prefaces many points in the book with questions so the young reader can practice good reading skills while reading these fun stories.
Hey, you're only a kid once. This series has high appeal to a certain sense of humor...
Two boys create a school superhero - you guessed it, Captain Underpants! These books are funny and fun. And with 12 chapter books, your little reader will be busy for awhile.
This series is also great for reluctant readers who need high interest to get them motivated.
Beverly Cleary is likely the most well known and successful children's chapter book author. She has won the American Library Association's award for "substantial and lasting contributions to children's literature."
Her stories are inventive and fun. The Ramona series is fun to read and great to read together. Trouble follows Ramona wherever she goes, despite her best efforts.
For the young readers who loved Horrible Harry, they will like the Ramona set of books.
Other Beverly Cleary books are not to be missed either!