beginning readers

A Book List of Mysteries for All Ages

Mysteries are the perfect type of book to read on a cold and blustery fall or winter night. If your child loves the thrill of following clues along with the danger and suspense that literary detectives always encounter. I’ve got a list for you.

So get a fire going in the fireplace, grab a cozy blanket and a mug of hot chocolate, and dive into one of the following books.

Chapter Books for New Readers - a book list

When our kids learn to read, it is a big deal. Easy readers are a great and obvious place to start. Once our kids master the easy reader, it’s time to dip their toes into the wonderful world of chapter books.

There are a lot of series that help kids make this transition. Magic Tree House and June B. Jones come to mind. Short, entertaining and abundant these are the books that move our kids into the world of chapter books and independent reading.

Today’s list includes some of my recent discoveries in the beginner chapter book genre. These books are geared towards early readers, but they are all so good readers of any age can enjoy them. A few are stand alone books, a few are series. If you have a new reader, check them out and be sure to read along with your child. I know you will enjoy them too.

Superb Series for Early Chapter Book Readers (geared towards girls, but gratifying for all)

The Rainbow Fairies and The Rescue Princesses were some of the first series my girls grabbed and read with gusto. I can’t say I was sad when she finally moved on from the Rainbow Fairy books (how many slight variations can you make from the same exact plot!), but I am thankful for the part they played in her love of reading. 

The more books in a series the better when your child has just begun to work up their reading mojo. It makes the question of what to read next a lot easier to answer. So, if you are on the lookout for a series of books for your new and improving reader, fear not, there are numerous options outside the obvious and forevers like Boxcar ChildrenMagic Tree House, and Junie B. Jones. And while these series are great, having stood the test of time, if they don’t capture your kid, or they’ve already been read, here are six more options to pursue. 

Kids, E-Readers and Kindle Deals

I’m a mixed bag when it comes to e-readers. I am the owner of a Kindle and while I like it and use it, it is not my method of choice when it comes to books and reading. 

I am also a mixed bag when it comes to e-readers and kids. My son will use his Kindle Fire periodically for reading. I'm not crazy about reading from a lit-up screen (my Kindle is of the paper white variety), but if he's actually reading, I can support it. 

For those of you who do use a Kindle, reader, or tablet of some kind, another plus (albeit a dangerous plus for your wallet) are the great deals you can find on e-books, which brings me to today's list! There are some great children's e-book deals available this month on Amazon. (If you don't have an actual Kindle, you can still read Kindle books. Just download the free Kindle app on your phone or tablet to do so.) 

Here are some of my favorites:

Guest Post: 10 Books Every Child Should Read Before Leaving Elementary School

My sister recently asked me if I had to pick 10 books every child should read before they leave elementary school, what would they be. While I have a few ideas, I immediately thought the ideal person to answer this question would be a school librarian. So I asked ours. The list he gave me is fantastic and I am excited to share it with you.

First Grade Girl Seeking Funny Books

Natalie is a friendly, fun-loving seven year old. Currently in first grade, she enjoys reading (especially with her mommy). However, she does not like being stuck in a reading group at school when it’s not her turn to read. Boring! 

Some of Natalie’s favorite things to do outside of reading is drawing, playing with friends and her siblings, and playing with dolls, especially Barbies. Speaking of which, Barbie books are some of her favorites but if you hand her a Clifford book, she will most likely respond with a "no thank you." 

Natalie’s mom asked me for a few personalized picks. To help me help her, I asked Natalie to share three of her favorite books and one she was not so crazy about. Here are her favorites:

Boxed Sets (aka Series) of Books your Kids Should Read (and own)

I love it when a book captures my kids’ imagination and they don’t want to put it down. I love it even more, when that book is part of a series. It makes the answer to the inevitable question “What should I read next?” so much easier to answer. A great series of books is a wonderful thing. And, since it's the holiday season and I have gift-giving on the brain, if there is a set of books your child already loves, or one you want to introduce them to, a boxed set might be the perfect gift. 

Books are my love language and I will freely admit I purchase them too freely. In my defense, favorite books are like old friends; I want to keep them around. If, however, you need a better reason for investing in a boxed set of good stories, here are a few: 

Mercy Watson to the Rescue

Watching your child learn to read is an exciting experience. Listening to your child learn to read, can be a painful one. The right book, a book that can be enjoyed by the new reader and the older listener, can make all the difference. Mercy Watson to the Rescue is indeed a book to do just that. 

A Book List for the Newest of New Readers

One of the most exciting milestones is listening to your child read a book out loud to you for the first time. Finding the right books at this age (books that make them feel like they can do this reading thing) can be an important way to encourage a love of reading in your child. 

To put together such a list, I contacted a few experts...

Reading Inspires Imagination and Play

I don’t know if my parents bought our copy of A Baby Sister for Frances because I too was about to become a big sister, or if it’s path to our house was more random. I do remember reading it over and over. I also remember how it inspired me to make the momentous decision to run away, just like Frances.