Favorite Chapter Books for Kindergarten Through Second Grade
Favorite chapter books for elementary kids that you can read aloud during story time
There is that small window between the child learning to read and learning to read independently, and while most people don’t enjoy that phase because, let’s admit it, it’s super frustrating, I find it fun and sad. Fun because we get to spend time reading aloud books and sad because, well, soon, the kids will be reading alone or to each other.
Favorite Chapter Books for Kindergarten Through Second Grade
Moving on to chapter books can be daunting for kids.
SO MANY WORDS.
That’s why it’s really important to select a book or series that they’re going to want to be interested in enough that they’ll listen and easy enough (I hesitate to use that word) that it builds their confidence.
That’s why I’ve organized a complete list of series and chapter books for early elementary (think kindergarten till 3rd). You can find majority of the books on my Instagram, where I share other grades, including upper elementary, and pre-K story books.
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The Magic Tree House Series
Summary: Brother and sister duo, Jack and Annie, go on several adventures through time and space with the help of a time traveling, magic tree house!
Lexile: 240L – 880L
Billie B. Brown Series
Summary: These books are great because they are stand alone (you don’t have to read Book #1 in order to understand Book #3). She teaches kids on problem solving while having a great sense of humor.
Zoey and Sassafras
Summary: Little Zoey goes on adventures with her cat, Sassafras. They explore magical animals, uncover mysteries, and “solve problems” about science.
Jack and the Snackstalk
Summary: The whole Princess Pink series is great, but this one is a real winner. Princess heads to Moldylock’s house for movie night. Long story short, princess throws out the jelly beans and climbs up a yummy snackstalk. Read this one to see if she can escape the Giant!
Young Cam Jensen
Summary: Cam is in 5th grade and loves a good mystery! Read how she solves each case with the help of her BFF, Eric.
Something from Nothing, Phoebe Gilman
Summary: Jewish folktale about a little boy and his tailor grandfather. This is a very powerful story on the value of things that we put on.
Whatever After Series
Summary: This book series is great for kids that love magic, fantasy, and laughter. Abby and her brother, Jonah, explore the favorite fairy tales so read along to follow their adventures.
Princess in Black Series
Summary: Another great fantasy series where the princess wear frilly dresses at home in her castle during the day, but sneaks out to rid the kingdom of troublesome monsters at night.
Frog and Toad Stories
Summary: Frog and toad are best friends and go on adventures with each other.
The Sword in the Tree, Clyde Robert Bulla
Summary: Follow along as Shan takes on the duties of a knight and battles Lionel stirs trouble in the kingdom
The Adventures of Sophie Mouse Collection
Summary: Sophie Mouse lives in Silverlake Forest, where she explores and learns new things everyday!
The Kingdom of Wrenly
Summary: This is a magical land of mythical stories and creatures. Prince Lucas and his BFF Clara Gills explore the kingdom, make new friends, and discover new experiences.
Upside Down Magic
Summary: What do you call a dragon that turns into a kitty? A Dritten! For Nory, Dunwiddle Magic School’s Upside-Down Magic class makes things so much more fun!
Artemis Fowl Series
Summary: Artemis is a 12 year old criminal mastermind in history. He is bold and daring. Listen to what happens when he holds a leprechaun to ransom and what happens when he kidnaps a Captain!
Mercy Watson: Adventures of a Porcine Wonder
Summary: Mercy Watson, the pig that drives cars, wears tutus, and stops robbers has a grand old time on all her adventures.
Rabbit and Bear Series
Summary: Follow along as uncommon
Boxcar Children Series
Summary: Friends Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny explore and solve mysteries on their own!
Sarah, Plain and Tall
Summary: Sarah comes from Maine to the prairie to become Caleb and Anna’s new mom. This is a classic I remember from my childhood!
Summary: Geronimo publishes The Rodent’s Gazette, a very famous newspaper on Mouse Island. He loves to write books and often gets involved in adventures around the world.
Dragon Masters Series
Summary: There are over 15 books (17 to be exact!). The plotlines are simple to understand but capture your attention with drama and adventure.
I Survived Series
Summary: Adventures include volcanic eruptions, raging fires, and other events in human history.
The Dragon Rider
Summary: Ben sets out on an adventure with Firedrake, a young dragon, and they journey together into a mythical place!
Anna Hibiscus Series
Summary: Anna lives in Africa with her mom, dad, and baby twin brothers (obviously we relate to this a lot). She brings joy and magic into every day life.
Summary: Twins, Jared and Simon, with their older sister Mallory (again, another one that we totally relate to) discover the world of Spiderwick together!
The Hardy Boys Series
Summary: Brothers, Frank and Joe, solve cases that even adults couldn’t!
Weir Do Series
Summary: This book is about a young boy named Weir Do. Yep, that’s his full name! He keeps our kids laughing with the stories he tells as he goes through elementary school!
Summary: This series is filled with laughters at every turn as Amelia Bedelia takes following directions literally. She gets a dog, learns to dance, and goes to camp! There is another series where she grows up and is a maid to Mr and Mrs. Rogers and that is just as hilarious. Super relatable to our nuero-divergent kiddos!
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