I actually don’t like the Junie B. books. The grammar? I just can’t do it! Her sass? Hate it.
BUT, lots of kids like her. And if kids are reading, I’m (mostly) good with it. Plus, I can’t turn down a parent request to recommend books . . . 🙂
So if your child loves Junie B. Jones, here are the best book series ideas to keep her reading.
(Even better, these books don’t have bad grammar or sass like Junie!)
Books Like Junie B. Jones
Dory Fantasmagory Dory Dory Black Sheep by Abby Hanlon
Piper Morgan Joins the Circus by Stephanie Faris, illustrated by Lucy Fleming
Rainbow Magic Fairies
These are very predictable but my own daughters adored them. They’re about two human girls helping the magical fairies search for something Jack Frost’s goblins stole.
Accidentally, the friends travel from England to the Never Land world of Tinker Bell. What adventures they will have!
Missy’s Super Duper Royal Deluxe
This is a great easy chapter book for kids just beginning to read chapter books with bright and friendly illustrations to match. If you’re a fan of Junie B. Jones’ antics, Missy’s will also entertain.
In a word: Hilarious. We all think Bad Kitty is very naughty. But, oh so funny. Kind of like Junie B. Jones!
Daisy can talk to animals. You’ll love her free spirit personality and her kindness in all sorts of adventures.
A series of colorful princesses (printed on the same color paper) stories at the same reading level as Junie B. Jones.
The Critter Club
The girls in the Critter Club love animals and want to help them any way they can. Sweet stories!
Kylie Jean is all Texas, determined and spunky! These are very cute books with a lovable heroine.
Ivy and Bean
This daring duo seems an unlikely pair which makes their adventures all the more entertaining. Addicting reads.
Each of the candy fairies has a specialty. Yummy stories for sweet girls.
These princesses love animals and solve mysteries.
Fun books about friendship with mystery and adventure.
Once upon a time, a regular girl and her brother accidentally went into a fairy tale. And messed it all up. Whoops. We loved these mixed-up stories!
Hamster Princess Harriet the Invincible
HILARIOUS remix of Sleeping Beauty. In this (much better) retelling, the princess realizes she can’t die until she’s 18 so she concludes that she must be INVINCIBLE and acts accordingly. IF you like the humor of Junie B. Jones, I think you’ll enjoy these even more.
Fairy Bell Sisters
A sweet new series about Tinker Bell’s little sisters.
This is the only book of all 17 that I haven’t personally read but I know many girls like it.
Rainbow Street Shelter
Fantastic stories of mystery and compassion toward animals – great for any animal lover.
Lulu and the Brontosaurus
Ok, so Lulu is kind of sassy. And she learns her valuable lesson in this hysterical story. You’ll laugh a lot in this one.
Dory and the Real True Friend
Dory is one of my favorite book characters because her imagination is THE BEST! I love this story because she meets a real-life friend who understands all about imaginary friends and together, they’re the perfect match.
Perfecto! My Vida Loca is a warm-hearted beginning chapter book about the adventures of a spunky girl named Sophia — from her singing (that annoys everyone except abuela) to a cooking mishap of arroz con leche that her familia helps her fix. I love the bright pink text that indicates the Spanish words (maybe 1 or 2 a page). Illustrations are fun, capturing the emotions and action perfectamente.
The Perilous Princess Plot (Buckle and Squash)
Very sarcastic and funny humor will keep you entertained throughout this book about a silly sister obsessed with princes and her more steady sister who rescues her from a kidnapping plot. Also, the great illustrations will help beginning readers enjoy this beginning chapter book.
The Greatest Star on Earth (Three-Ring Rascals)
When a newspaper reporter decides to write about the greatest star of the circus, all the performers worry so much that they end up sabotaging their own acts. Soon the circus is left with no performers and a stand-in ring master (who is helped along by the smart book-writing mice.)
The Misadventures of Salem Hyde: Big Birthday Bash
In this Salem adventure, Salem predictably makes disasters happen everywhere she goes. She has some trouble with making things (herself) gigantic and other things (the birthday party kids) small. Hilarious, wacky, and totally enjoyable.
Princess Pink and the Land of Fake-Believe by Norah Z. Jones
This is a funny series that messes up familiar fairy tale stories. The cartoon-like illustrations and speech bubbles make it especially fun to read.
Which of these book series do you already know and recommend to other kids?
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