Motivating, Easy-To-Read Chapter Books: BRANCHES

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Affiliate Links I love the Scholastic BRANCHES “Pick a Series, Grow a Reader” books because they keep kids motivated to read with something for everyone. There’s 14 book series about so many topics: superhero chickens, horses, joining a circus, magical twins, a haunted school, and lots more.

The BRANCHES book series are designed for newly independent readers (ages 5 – 8) who aren’t quite ready for regular chapter books. They’re supportive chapter books with helpful illustrations, easy-to-read text, and simple plot lines. So if your reader is ready to leave leveled reader books behind, BRANCHES is the next step before non-illustrated chapter books.

If you’re wanting to foster a love of reading in your kids, you want to provide just-right books for them to comprehend, and practice reading. Try one of the BRANCHES book series. Visit the BRANCHES Official Site.

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Motivating, Easy-To-Read Chapter Books

We love fantasy and funny stories so one of our favorite BRANCHES series is Princess Pink and the Land of  Fake-Believe by Norah Z. Jones. It’s familiar fairy tale stories that are messed up. Because in the original story was Goldilocks but in this series, it’s Moldylocks. Or instead of pigs, it’s pugs — The Three Little Pugs. Plus, we love the cartoon-like illustrations with dialogue bubbles.

Princess Pink review

But also there’s The Amazing Stardust Friends, too, another favorite. Who can resist a story about joining the circus and making best friends with a special group of girls?

The Amazing Stardust Friends from Scholastic BRANCHES

Although my kids don’t really enjoy spooky, I would add Eerie Elementary to my list of favorites — it’s actually not too scary at all. I love how  Sam and his friends must save the students from THE SCHOOL. Can you imagine?!

Eerie Elementary review

Don’t miss the Monkey Me books about the hilarious antics of a boy who turns into a monkey when he gets hyper.

Monkey and Me New Neighbor book review

Oh, there are so many great books in the BRANCHES collection! Dragon Masters and Olive & Beatrix are two more favorites of ours.

Motivating, Easy-To-Read Chapter Books: BRANCHES

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  1. Melissa, Do you have a printable list of the Branches books? I did not see a link.

  2. Chapter books are wonderful for young teens! I remember loving series of the Box Car Children and Nancy Drew when I was young. Thanks for sharing with SYC.