14 Easy Chapter Books in a Series

We’re half-way through summer vacation here in the States, and kids are experiencing reading slumps. Today, I want to recommend some beginning chapter books for early readers who need some good books. Since you want to keep the reading momentum, all of my suggestions are books in a series. Get hooked on one, and you’ll be set for awhile.

Beginning Chapter Books Series for Ages 6 –  8


Bad Kitty for President by Nick Bruel
Bad Kitty is bad and hilarious. Told in narrative and comic form.


Geronimo Stilton books by Geronimo Stilton
Geronimo Stilton, mouse and author, is the editor and publisher of The Rodent’s Gazette, New Mouse City’s most widely read daily newspaper. Written in comic and narrative form.


The World According to Humphrey by Betty Birney
Class pet, Humphrey, is a hamster who travels to a students’ home on the weekends and has lots of adventures.


Calvin Coconut by Graham Salisbury
A series of books about fourth-grader, Calvin, who lives in Hawaii.


Spaceheadz by Jon Scieszka
Aliens, disguised as middle school students, have invaded Earth with a mission of convincing 3,400,001 kids to BE SPHDZ, starting with fifth grader, Michael K.

Big Nate and Friends by Lincoln Peirce
“Nate is eleven years old, four-and-a-half feet tall, and the all-time record holder for detentions in school history. He’s a self-described genius and sixth grade Renaissance Man.” (Goodreads) Funny, filled with comics.

The Six Crowns: Trundle’s Quest by Allan Frewin Jones
A fantasy adventure of talking animals.


Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom by Eric Wight
Frankie loves imagining, which is when he becomes a superhero and the story is told in comic form. I love these books!
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look
Second grader, Alvin Ho, is afraid of everything, especially school. A school he’s quiet but at home, he’s Firecracker Man, superhero.
Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
One of our favorite graphic novels, Zita the Spacegirl, is a true friend who not only saves her best friend but the galaxy!
Drama Queen (Kylie Jean) by M. Peschke
Kylie Jean Carter wants to be beauty queen but also a rodeo queen, blueberry queen, hoop queen, singing queen . . . Kylie Jean is adorable!
Perfectly Princess by Alyssa Crowne
These colorful princess stories are printed on colorful pages. Fun stories of different girls in relatable adventures.
Daisy Dawson by Steve Voake
Daisy is an endearing, curious heroine with adventures (and troubles) sure to delight young readers.
Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth by Jane O’Connor
Fancy Nancy is now Nancy Clancy and ready for chapter books. She and Bree want to solve crimes, and have their first case in their very own classroom. Love this new, grown-up Nancy.

Which book will you try first?

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  • http://www.MorningStarArts.etsy.com Amy

    I’d like to add one very old series that has, in my experience, NEVER failed to get boys reading: My Father’s Dragons by Ruth Stiles. I know this is a list of newer books, but these three books have been so successful for me that I thought it worth mentioning here.

    • http://imaginationsoup.net Melissa Taylor

      Amy, I didn’t actually realize it was a series – thank you!!

  • http://PragmaticMom.com PragmaticMom

    Definitely Calvin Coconut as we are going to Hawaii! My son loves Frankie Pickle and Alvin Ho. Thanks for the great list!

    • http://imaginationsoup.net Melissa Taylor

      Have fun in Hawaii, Mia!

  • http://www.tiftalksbooks.com Tif

    Love this list!! Can’t wait to share it with my son for some more great reads for him!

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

    Thanks for this list. My grandson loves the Nate the Great series about a boy detective.

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

    My girls adore Bad Kitty – hilarious antics make for a truly lovable character for kids.

    Huge Fancy Nancy fans here, we read Nancy Clancy Super Sleuth this summer – it was a hit!
    I am so happy to see Nancy grow with my girls. Looking forward to more from this series for sure.

    As always Melissa, I leave here with a list of new books to check out! Thanks for the great resource.

  • Cathy R

    We recently read the Fancy Nancy book and was shocked at its length. Seemed a bit long for the early chapter book readers. A good book, just long..

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  • Jan

    Ready, Freddy! series by Abby Klein. Sort of the male counterpart of Junie B Jones.

    • http://imaginationsoup.net Melissa Taylor

      thanks for the tip!

  • dianes

    Some very early chapter books: Bink & Gollie, Fly Guy, Annie & Snowball, Mercy Watson, Cowgirl Kate & Cocoa, Zelda & Ivy, & Mouse & Mole (Yee)

    • http://imaginationsoup.net/ Melissa Taylor

      thanks!

    • The Teacher Treasury

      Thanks for the additional suggestions! Flat Stanley is another hit with students.

  • Nicole

    Is it important to read these books in order? Or are some of the series ok not to? For example, we read Junnie B Jones, I don’t really think they need to be in order to enjoy, but other books we have read don’t always make sense if you read them out of order. Since I’m not familiar with a lot if these series, any insight would be great. I’ve seen the bad kitty books, but didn’t know if I needed to hunt down book one first. Thanks for the great list!

    • http://imaginationsoup.net Melissa Taylor

      you can read all of these in any order except The Six Crowns and Zita the Space Girl.

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