As my 1st grader gets more confident in his reading, we’re looking to turn the corner from the Level books with pictures into beginning Chapter books.  But it’s a big corner and what are the best beginner/early chapter books?

Things to look for as your child gets better with their reading and ventures into chapter books:

Larger fonts.  I learned this with my first son – lots of words on a page in a first time chapter book can be daunting.

Shorter chapters.  My boys love the sense of accomplishment of finishing a chapter when they are new readers.  I’d rather find a book with lots of short chapters than few, longer ones.

So here we go.  Here’s a list of some of the ones I’ve found to be great for new readers for  my kids. Let me know if you have some favorites too and I can always add them!

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Junie B Jones – a favorite, especially amongst the girls!  A boxed set of the first 4 books is $11.98 on Amazon

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The Magic Treehouse series, here is a link to a boxed set of books #1-4 which is $11.28 on Amazon.  Love these books about a brother and sister who travel time (and space!) via a magic treehouse in the woods near their house.  Every book is a history lesson of some kind!

Screen Shot 2014-04-30 at 11.53.08 AM Nate the Great – my kids love this kid detective and his stories

Screen Shot 2014-04-30 at 11.54.52 AM Flat Stanley – $5.29 on Amazon

Screen Shot 2014-04-30 at 12.04.49 PM Clementine, $5.39 on Amazon 

Screen Shot 2014-04-30 at 12.07.13 PM Geronimo Stilton – Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye (this is also book 1 in a series)

Screen Shot 2014-04-30 at 12.16.18 PM Ivy & Bean Take the Case

Screen Shot 2014-04-30 at 12.18.37 PM The One and Only Ivan

Screen Shot 2014-04-30 at 12.23.26 PM Amelia Bedelia

Screen Shot 2014-04-30 at 12.25.13 PM Nancy Drew

Screen Shot 2014-04-30 at 12.27.29 PM Ramona Quimby, Age 8


  1. Perfect timing! We are reading a chapter book (Winn-Dixie) with my son and needed some idea for more – thank you!!!

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