Books, Education

Intro to Series and Chapter Books

April 23, 2013


My oldest is definitely his mother’s son. Diego loves to read and I hope he continues to read throughout his life for simple enjoyment. As a former Language Arts and Reading teacher, I can say that reading will help any child with any subject matter throughout their educational careers and of course through life. Creativity stems from reading, vocabulary grows and a young child starts to engage in conversation regarding a series of topics-because of reading.

As Diego starts to make his transition from picture books and easy readers to series and chapter books, here are a few that we have found interesting, engaging and fun. Diego discovered some on his own, I have suggested some of my childhood favorites and other people have made some great recommendations as well. Some of these books are recommended for ages 8 and up but it doesn’t stop us from checking them out or buying these from the list below. I will continue to read to Diego and help him with more difficult books as long as I can. 🙂

Hi! Fly Guy-A hilarious and hip series by Tedd Arnold are Diego’s favorite right now. The little fly loves gross things and then spends a lot of time flying away from “swatters”.

Baseball in April and Other Stories– I can’t wait for Diego to dig into Gary Soto’s short stories. I introduced this book to some of my students a few years ago. Gary Soto is a Mexican-American author and many Latino children would be able to identify with the characters in the book. Spanish words sprinkle the dialouges!

The Little Prince-Diego came home asking for this book because another child brought a copy to school for show and tell. It is by Antoine de Saint-Exuperi and a French classic. Translated to many languages, it has become a must read for all parents and their children. Diego and I are currently reading this story of life, love and death.

Love, Amalia–  Sent to us by the very generous Alma Flor Ada, this book is also about love and loss and a lot of culture as our little protagonist learns family traditions from her abuela.

Three Tales of My Father’s Dragon-Diego just received this collection from the Easter bunny! We started it and the  classic fantasy by Ruth Stiles Gannett reminds me a lot of some current best-selling children’s books. The kids love them!

Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 1-4: Dinosaurs Before Dark, The Knight at Dawn, Mummies in the Morning, and Pirates Past Noon-Another series that will definitely become a classic. Mary Pope Osborne has been teaching children through her books that you can travel very far and have many adventures with books.

The Flat Stanley Collection Box Set-A staple in almost every reading curriculum across our nation. Flat Stanley books by Jeff Brown are a must have for every child’s library, taking them all over the world without leaving their home.

The Ramona Collection, Vol. 1: Beezus and Ramona / Ramona the Pest / Ramona the Brave / Ramona and Her Father [4 Book Box set]-I’m so glad Diego’s teachers introduced Ramona to his class. One of my favorite childhood characters, Ramona and her stories are just like any other 6 year-old. Ramona just gets it.

What are some of the series and chapter books that you love? Let’s add them to the list please!

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  • Reply Jodi Monroy April 23, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Thanks so much for the recommendations! I’ve been scouting for some really authentic chapter books by Latino authors for my 3rd and 2nd grader and I think they will really enjoy a few of these, especially the baseball stories! My daughter also loves Ramona and we happen to live near Klickitat street in Portland. There is a Ramona Quimby park here!

  • Reply Caro April 24, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    I just ordered just about everything you recommended on this post. Franco can’t get enough of Fly Guy!

    As Diego gets a little older, I know he will love the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. 🙂

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