Great Easy Readers and Chapter Books

If you have a child who is beginning to read, you’re looking for engaging books. You want to find the best early readers and easy chapter books.

Easy Readers and Early Chapter Books

But, I must add that there is no need to rush into chapter books. Picture books are always marvelous – and often get forgotten when kids start chapter books. Don’t forget them. Please? :)

Early Readers

Easy Readers and Early Chapter Books
Ride, Fly Guy, Ride!
by Tedd Arnold
Is there a bad Tedd Arnold book? I think not. This is another super Fly Guy story that engages early readers. We love these books!

Easy Readers and Early Chapter Books
Pinkalicious
I Can Read Level 1 by Victoria Kann
JJ (7-years old) likes these early reader books better than the original picture books. She loves stories that she can read by herself and anything about pink is good in her book. (She’s waaaaay into pink!)

Easy Readers and Early Chapter Books
The New Puppy (Bob Books) Level 1 by Lynn Maslen Kertell, illustrated by Sue Hendra
This new, harder series for Bob Books keeps the same simple stick-figure illustrations but adds color and tells a relatable story about children who want a puppy. A fine book for beginning readers.

Easy Readers
LEGO Ninjago Reader
by Tracy West
My friend, Mia, aka. Pragmatic Mom says her son LOVES these early reader books. Read her review here.
Easy Readers
National Geographic Readers
These non-fiction easy readers rock! Enough said. Try to make sure your kids practice reading non-fiction, too. Let them pick a subject they’re interested in. Choice is essential.

Easy Chapter Books

Easy Chapter Books
Zeke Meeks vs the Gruesome Girls 
by D.L. Green, illustrated by Josh Alves
I’m a big fan of Zeke Meeks easy chapter books. This is another funny adventure where Zeke is being tortured by the girls in his life – his mom, sister, and now his new neighbor. Great cartoon illustrations, too!

Easy Chapter Books
A Topps League Story: Book One: Jinxed! 
by Kurtis Scaletta illustrated by Eric Wight
This is an early chapter book story that will appeal to kids even if they don’t love baseball as much as Chad, the main character. He’s thrilled to be a bat boy for the summer but can’t understand why his classmate Dylan isn’t as thrilled. Nor can Chad figure out how to help his favorite player who can’t seem to stop all his bad luck. Is he jinxed?

Easy Chapter Books
Welcome to Silver Street Farm
by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Katharine McEwen
Several mixed-up events happen to give these three best friends enough animals to start a city farm — not a country farm mind you. The kids have the perfect spot – the abandoned train station. But will the city council abandon their plans for a parking garage? This is an early chapter book series.


Duck for a Day
by Meg McKinlay, illustrated by Leila Rudge
Abby is so excited that her teacher has a class pet, a duck! She and all the other students eagerly hope they will be allowed to bring the pet duck home for an overnight. Mrs. Melvio insists on specific guidelines for the ducks care. When Abby gets to bring the duck home, he escapes. Getting him back means she’ll have accept neighbor, Noah’s, help. Everyone, even Mrs. Melvio, learns a lesson.

Easy Chapter Books
Sadie and Ratz
by Sonya Hartnett illustrated by Ann James
I just love Hannah, who has the naughtiest hands, Sadie and Ratz. Her hands are quite fed up with little brother, Baby Boy, and seem to always get into trouble.

Easy Chapter Books
Hooey Higgins and the Shark
by Steve Voake illustrated by Emma Dodson
Hooey is a thinking kind of kid – he’s got plans to achieve his goals and is the kind of character I adore. To make money to buy a huge chocolate egg, Hooey decides the perfect plan is to (got to love his kid logic here) capture a shark and charge people to see it. Brilliant, right? Hooey will not be deterred in his goal to buy the egg – no matter what. A very funny, charming easy chapter book story.

Easy Chapter Books
Mrs. Noodlekugel
by Daniel Pinkwater illustrated by Adam Stower
Nick and Maxine’s parents tell their kids not to visit or bother the old lady in the cute little house behind their apartment building. Of course, the kids do and are delighted to find a kind woman named Mrs. Noodlekugel who has tea with half-blind mice and talking cats. When the children confess to their parents, the parents said that they wanted the kids to disobey them. I’m still a bit puzzled by it. You’ll have to tell me what you think after you read it. Seems weird to me.

Easy Chapter Books
Lulu and the Brontosaurus
by Judith Viorst and Lane Smith
Want to teach young writers about voice in writing? Use this book! I loved that Viorst interjected throughout the story of a spoiled brat named Lulu. Lulu is so mad that her parents won’t give her a Brontosaurus for her pet that she runs away to find one for herself. Which she does. Only he wants her to be HIS pet. What will happen? Will Lulu learn her valuable lesson? (Of course she will.)

Easy Chapter Books
Olympia the Games Fairy
by Daisy Meadows
(also new are the Magic Animal Fairies)
I’ve said this before, and here it is again. Gack. These are totally predictable and mind-numbing but for some reason, my kids love them. So, we own hundreds. (I even ordered some from the UK just to keep my reluctant reader reading.)

Easy Chapter Books
Mega Mash Up

Remember these from my puzzle book post? These are fun, interactive books for early readers!!

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Recommended Early Readers for Young Learners – October 2011

I’ve added each of these books to my new master book lists by age.

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  • Cathy R

    Love your description of the fairy books! We feel exactly the same here!

    • http://imaginationsoup.net Melissa Taylor

      :) I wonder if the goblins will ever win?

  • http://www.schoolsparks.com/kindergarten-worksheets School Sparks Renee

    Thanks for the recommendations and the descriptions. My grandson has been asking for some new books and I’ll look for some of these. Renee

  • Erin

    I’m with you on the fairy books — I haven’t ordered from the UK yet, but we did just have a Rainbow Magic birthday party! My favorite early reader books are the Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems.

  • http://PragmaticMom.com PragmaticMom

    Thanks so much for the mention. I didn’t realize there was a new Ninjago chapter book. I better order it right now! He does love these books!

    • http://imaginationsoup.net Melissa Taylor

      thank YOU for all your amazing book reviews – you’re always giving me new ideas!!

  • http://www.LifeHappensThenWrite.com Lisa Nolan

    Great list of books! My son is in the early stages of reading! This will be a great reference for us!

    I pinned you here: http://pinterest.com/zina/growing-creative-kids/

    And thanks for being a contributor to my Moms Who Write and Blog Pinterest board! I hope to get lots of moms pinning and repinning their blog posts, and eachother’s!

    • http://imaginationsoup.net Melissa Taylor

      Lisa,
      Thanks! I hope your son finds great books to help him love reading!! Any favorites yet?

  • http://www.momto2poshlildivas.com Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

    You turned us on to Fly Guy & it’s been such a hit here since then! My girls love Pinkalicious and my Kindergartener like your 7 year old prefers these as well because she can read them on her own now. I have to check out the new Bob books. :) Thanks for sharing, I always look forward to your lists!

  • Cindy

    Seems about the only time I really read is on vacation. When I’m home I use what time others read to knit or crochet or update blogs, or read blogs, or comment on blogs, etc.
    Sounds like good books. Got one here a friend sent me about homelessness. I do plan to find some time to read it

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  • http://prosolutionpilexposed.com/ Cindy Reid

    Your books are very useful for my 6-year old son. Hope to have it at home.

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  • Laura Resau

    Big Fly Guy fans here (me and my six year old)! Thanks for the other recommendations– we’ll check them out! (And I agree– picture books are still wonderful for this age or any age– often works of poetry and art, often just plain fun.)

    • http://imaginationsoup.net Melissa Taylor

      indeed! And we just found the best rereleased book you might also like for summer play called Mud Pies & Other Recipes by Marjorie Winslow which has been excellent in sparking that reading / play connection.

  • PoCo Mom

    We’ve read all the Fly Guy, anything Lego is a hit, we’re working on Magic School Bus (his reading has hugely improved), some Nate the Great (a true chapter book!), and some Cam Jensen as well.