Convincing your child to read between 20 minutes a day, on top of all the other things you are juggling as a parent, can easily seem like a daunting task. As an educator, parent, and former reluctant reader — I have some good news! The easiest way to encourage your reader to pick up a book is to find books that speak to their interests. Even better is to find a book series that speaks to your reader! Here are a few grade-level-based suggestions your reader might enjoy!
The Magic School Bus
by Johanna Cole
Hop on the Magic School Bus with Ms. Frizzle and learn all about the natural world! Explore inside the human body, travel into outer space, or observe the dinosaurs! With 12 Magic School Bus books, your reader is sure to learn something new!
by Melissa Thomson
Keena Ford is funny, sassy, and most of all, kind. She is always trying to do the right thing, but she somehow manages to always make it worse! Follow Keena as she records her adventures in her journal.
The Magic Tree House
by Mary Pope Osbourne
If your reader is just getting into chapter books and enjoys a fantastical twist on historical events, the classic The Magic Treehouse series is a perfect fit! The series follows two kids, Jack and Annie, who discover a Magic Tree House that allows them to enter the world of any book they pick up. Follow them on adventures to volcanoes, trips to see dinosaurs and mummies, and expeditions to the moon! With 54 books they won’t run out of reading material anytime soon, and The Magic Tree House Fact Tracker books are great companions to the novels as well!
Junie B. Jones
by Barbara Park
Junie B. Jones is the definition of sassy and opinionated. This six-year-old tells it like it is in all 28 books, including fan favorites: Junie B. Jones and Her Big Fat Mouth, Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook, Junie B. Jones Is Captain Field Day.
Henry and Mudge
by Cynthia Rylant
What better combination is there than a boy and his dog? Henry, an only child, and Mudge, a 180 lb Mastiff, find themselves both on exciting adventures and battling everyday problems in this 28 book classic series.
According to Humphrey
by Betty G. Birney
Humphrey is the class hamster in Mrs. Brisbane’s third-grade class. Humphrey doesn’t see much of the world, but he does see pretty much everything that goes on in class. His classmates may only hear his squeaks, but Humphrey still manages to help them with classwork, friend troubles, and mysteries! Humphrey’s 12 books will entertain any animal-loving second grader!
The Bad Guys
by Aaron Blabey
Mr. Wolf, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Snake, and Mr. Shark may look like the bad guys, but they are here to prove that they are, in fact, the good guys. This 14 book graphic novel series follows Mr. Wolf, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Snake, and Mr. Shark on their hilarious quest to prove that while they might look scary, they really aren’t the bad guys!
by Fran Manushkin
Katie Woo is a self-proclaimed spunky, sassy, and stylish first grader making her way through life. Join Katie as she tackles life changes, family celebrations, and growing up in this light-hearted 36 book series!
by Fran Manushkin
Pedro is a friendly first grader (and friend of Katie Woo!). Join Pedro for 20 books as he navigates friends, field trips, ninjas, and more!
by Jeff Brown
Stanley Lambchop woke up one morning to find that he had been flattened by a bulletin board! Now only half an inch thick, Stanley finds himself rolled up, mailed, and flown like a kite! Join Flat Stanley for 18 books (Flat Stanley originals and Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures) as he travels around the world!
Wallace and Grace
by Heather Alexander
Wallace and Grace, two mystery-solving owls, are ready to gather clues and investigate in this adorable 3 book whodunit mystery series. Wallace and Grace is a perfect place to start for young readers who love a good mystery!
Your local librarian will also be happy to give recommendations based on books or series your reader enjoys!
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