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Hi there!

I'm interested in trying my hand at an early chapter book. I'm thinking of a younger age range of 6-9. Kate DiCamillo does such a nice job with her Mercy Watson series for this group. Are there others you'd recommend reading to get a feel for the genre?

I've got a copy of the first in the Magic Treehouse series. I've also heard about Judy Moody. And I'm reading a Geronimo Stilton book to my kindergartener now. If you have some ideas for this age range of books, I'd love to hear them. Also, am I correct in identifying these as chapter books or would you call them early middle grade?

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Brooke
#1 - September 16, 2014, 08:43 AM
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Hi Brooke

IVY AND BEAN is a great example. Also NANCY DREW AND THE CLUE CREW.
#2 - September 16, 2014, 11:15 AM
'Vehicle Dreams Series' Running Press Kids
Race Car Dreams 2016
Bulldozer Dreams 2017
Fire Truck Dreams 2018
The Sparrow and The Trees- Arbordale 2015

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My kids liked The Secrets of Droon (series) when they were in second grade. They're for the same readership as the Magic Treehouse books.
#3 - September 16, 2014, 07:12 PM

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Horrible Harry and Jigsaw Jones or Cam Jansen. The last two are mystery series.
#4 - September 22, 2014, 07:05 AM

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Thanks for all of these suggestions! Amazon & Brooklyn Public Library will now see some action from this gal!

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#5 - September 22, 2014, 06:30 PM
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You can also take a look at CLEMENTINE and ROSCOE RILEY RULES. And there's always Miss JUNIE B. JONES.

Yes, I would call these chapter books. Happy Reading!
#6 - September 24, 2014, 09:48 AM
ANNIE B. MADE FOR TV, Running Press Kids 2018
MAURICE THE UNBEASTLY, Sterling 2017
SOPHIE'S ANIMAL PARADE, Sky Pony 2015
MARATHON MOUSE, Sky Pony 2012

Spiderwick Chronicles. Yes it's actually a chapter book. Now the later books become MG in length.
#7 - September 24, 2014, 01:22 PM

Judy Moody is a fun chapter book series.  The Beverly Cleary books are fun, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid is also.
#8 - November 29, 2014, 05:53 PM

I like some of the older chapter books, such as the Betsy-Tacy books by Maude Hart Lovelace. They have such lovely round characters with true emotions. And they have PARENTS! Heavens!
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There are some Arthur chapter books by Marc Brown...
#10 - December 10, 2014, 06:40 PM
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