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. πŸ™‚

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– Β 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 Β 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. πŸ™‚

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