All that phonics instruction has finally paid off! Your child knows the sight words and can breeze through a Fly Guy book in one sitting. They’re ready to head out of the Reader section and into Younger Fiction.
The move from beginning-to-read books to first chapter books is an important time in a reader’s development. Longer books have more complex, interesting plots. Readers have to remember where the story left off. The increased variety of words challenges readers’ comprehension skills.
If all goes well at this stage, readers realize that reading is fun for them. They read by choice, get more practice, and get better at reading. The Younger Fiction section has something for everyone. Get started with one of the books below!
Reading about a familiar character can help kids ease into longer books. Before they even read the first page, they already know and like something about the book.
Harry Potter might be too difficult to read independently at this stage, but there’s plenty of fantasy to stretch readers’ imaginations.
The Notebook of Doom
Alexander has just moved to a new town. It turns out that making friends is the least of his worries–monsters are popping up everywhere!
The Bad Guys
The Big Bad Wolf has decided to turn his life around. Can his team of ex-villans pull it together long enough to save the day?
What are cuter that kittens and more fun than mermaids? These purrmaids!
Kids can relate to realistic fiction. Sometimes characters encounter everyday dilemmas that readers themselves are going through. Other books can create empathy and satisfy curiosity about others.
Bossy Flossie: Biz Whiz
When friends call her bossy, Flossie tells them she has great ideas and knows how to make them happen. However, things don’t always work out as planned, sometimes with comical results.
Weekends with Max and His Dad
Max’s parents have just separated, and Max joins his dad on the weekends in a new apartment. They have small adventures together as Max faces the changes in his life.
Richard can’t wait to show off his skateboard tricks at a friend’s party. When his teacher sends home a note about a missed assignment, he doesn’t want to risk giving it to his parents and getting grounded. Will the consequences of his actions catch up with him?
These series have retained their popularity for years! Series help hook kids on reading because they can finish one book and automatically pick up the next, knowing they’ll like it.
Magic Tree House
Siblings Jack and Annie discover a tree house filled with books. Suddenly they’re thrust back in time.
A to Z Mysteries
Dink and his friends Josh and Ruth Rose solve mysteries all over town.
Kirsty and Rachel have adventures with their magical fairy friends.
Don’t see the perfect book? Ask a librarian for more ideas!