Books for Kids Who Like Junie B. Jones

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A mom asked me for books and book series recommendations that were like Junie B. Jones in reading level and interest. (About a first-grade reading level.)

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

I adore this series of books, and this latest one is just as fabulous as the rest! In this adventure, Dory is having some trouble with reading, especially the wanting to read part. Good thing her imagination can help! But, she better watch out for Mrs. Gobble Cracker who has turned into a kid and is still up to mischief. (This title is on my BEST BOOKS OF 2016 LIST!)
Books for Kids Who Like Junie B. Jones
Piper Morgan Joins the Circus
by Stephanie Faris, illustrated by Lucy Fleming
This is a cute and interesting new book series about a spunky girl whose mom moves a lot for different jobs. In this story, they’re living with the circus. I loved the plot and how Piper eventually makes friends and learns a routine but felt sad when the ending came and the mom’s job was done so they had to move. But, that leaves quite the opportunity for more jobs and more books for kids who like Junie B. Jones.

Olive & Beatrix The Super Smelly Moldy Blob
by Amy Marie Stadelmann
It’s science fair time and these twins, one who is a witch and one who is a super smart science nerd, are in it to win it. Except disaster happens when the girls fight and their projects combine to form a huge green blog that absorbs everything. It will take both their skills to fix this slimy problem. An enjoyable book series for 5- and 6- year old readers a bit easier than Junie B. Jones.

Missy’s Super Duper Royal Deluxe by Susan Nees
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.

Easy Chapter Books for First Grade
Bink & Gollie Best Friends Forever
by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile
The second book of funny Bink and Gollie (mis)adventures in friendship and life filled wonderful color illustrations. Get the first book here. This popular series is a favorite with many girls.

Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
In a word: Hilarious. We all think Bad Kitty is very naughty. But, oh so funny. This book series is kind of like Junie B. Jones in the humorous elements.

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Meet Yasmin!
by Saadia Faruqui, illustrated by Hatem Aly
Yasmin is an exuberant girl who is interested in everything from exploring to building to fashion. This book tells four short stories from Yasmin’s life, all in chapters with lively, full-color illustrations. Each story shows Yasmin as a creative problem solver even when things get hard. Her Pakistani American culture is embedded throughout the story such as the foods Yasmin’s family eats like naan or how she calls her father Baba. I LOVE the diversity, the gutsy main character, and the beautiful design of the entire book.

Daisy Dawson by Steve Voake
Daisy can talk to animals. You’ll love her free spirit personality and her kindness in all sorts of adventures.

Sofia Martinez My Vida Loca Best Books for 6 and 7 Year Olds (Second Grade)
Sofia Martinez My Vida Loca by Jacquline Jules (series)
Get your Junie B. Jones reading about Sofia Martinez! My Vida Loca is a warm-hearted beginning chapter book about the adventures of a spunky girl named Sofia — 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.
Jessica Finch good books for 7 year olds
Jessica Finch in Pig Trouble by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Erwin Madrid
Jessica Finch is a delightful early chapter book like Junie B. Jones (but better) with exceptionally pleasing and colorful illustrations. Jessica wants nothing more than a pig for a pet. For her birthday. When a misunderstanding happens with her best friend, Judy Moody, she learns a valuable lesson about not making assumptions and calling people names. This is one of my top picks for an early chapter book, I loved it! BOXED SET

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Kylie Jean by Marci Peschke
Kylie Jean is all Texas, determined and spunky! These are very cute books with a lovable heroine.

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Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows
This daring duo seems an unlikely pair which makes their adventures all the more entertaining. Fu stories for kids who like Junie B. Jones.

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Whatever After by Sarah Mylnowski
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 books for kids who like Junie B. Jones
Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible  by Ursula Vernon
Talk about a 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.

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Rainbow Street Shelter by Wendy Orr
Fantastic stories of mystery and compassion toward animals — great for any animal lover or Junie B. Jones fan.

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Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst
Lulu is kind of sassy like Junie B. Jones. But without the bad grammar. In this story, she learns her valuable lesson in this hysterical story. You’ll laugh through this one!

Beginning Chapter Books for kid who love Junie B Jones
Sofia Martinez My Vida Loca by Jacquline Jules (series)
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.
books for kids who like Junie B. Jones
Claudette is a dragon-slaying, mischievous girl who tricks her little brother and her best friend (a princess) into questing to kill the dragon. It’s a delightful graphic novel, I loved every second of it. Junie B. Jones fans will love this story.
Perilous Princess Plot books for kids who like Junie B. Jones
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 silly sister from a kidnapping plot. Also, the great illustrations will help beginning readers enjoy this beginning chapter book.
books for kids who like Junie B. Jones
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 ringmaster (who is helped along by the smart book-writing mice.)
books for kids who like junie b. jones
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.
Beginning Chapter Books for kids who like Junie B
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?

24 books for kids who love junie b jones

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

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10 Responses

  1. Laura Tessieri says:

    Thank you so much for this post! My daughter found great new series to order from the library – just in time for vacation!

  2. I am so glad I found this post! My daughter received a set of Junie B. Jones books and we started reading one together, and I was HORRIFIED. I don’t even want to give books away. They should not even exist in this world. My daughter isn’t crazy about them either, thank goodness, but she likes the longform format so I will check out your recommendations. Thank you!

    1. Right? It’s so opposite of what we’re trying to teach kids about being polite and kind. Hope you find something better here. 🙂

  3. Thank you for this – I HATE Junie b Jones with her little sassy mouth – no reading her in this house! will definitely try these books out

  4. THANK YOU! for this list. I too can’t stand Junie b jones books, but my youngest daughter who received them as a Christmas gift wants me to read one in particular over and over. I need to get her off these books and this list just helped me! Much gratitude.

      1. I don’t think we need to label anyone here as right or wrong. We can just kindly say that we have different opinions.

  5. You should include on this list, Heidi Heckelbeck. What a delightful series, and perfect for little girls. It’s one of our favorites around our house.

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