Several teachers have asked me recently for recommendations of books for emerging readers in grades K-2. After a few visits to book stores, I have discovered a few new series I believe fit the bill! These books are all written in short chapters, easy to read text, and colorful, explanatory pictures. Hope there are a few books here that you can add to your classroom and library collections.
- Charlie and Mouse – Laurel Snyder
Two lively, inventive brothers, four hilarious stories! Lots of fun and imagination!
2. Barkus – Patricia MacLachlan
Beloved children’s author’s new series (out in June) about a spunky girl named Nicky and an adorable dog, Barkus, who she receives from her uncle. Humourous and energetic.
3. Bradford Street Buddies – Jardine Nolan
Wonderful realistic series set in a multi-cultural neighbourhood with a focus on family and friends. I love the diversity of the characters. Each book includes four chapters.
4. Stinky Spike the Pirate Dog – Peter Meisel
For those looking for a little adventure, here is a delightful series that includes dogs, pirates, stinky smells, and treasure! What more could you want?
5. Bramble and Maggie: Horse Meets Girl – Jessie Haas
Especially for horse lovers – this is the story of a devoted girl Maggie and her wonderful horse friend, Bramble. I especially love the colored illustrations.
6. Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea – Ben Clanton
Simple text in a graphic novel format make this a wonderful early reader choice. Three entertaining episodes about the friendship between Narwhal and Jelly. I like how we learn some interesting facts about narwhals and jelly fish along the way. Simple line drawings that will inspire young artists!
7. Owl Diaries – Rebecca Elliott
I loved the colorful bright illustrations and the simple text. Each book in the series gently teaches lessons such as time management, conflict resolution, delegating others to help get the job done.
9. Ling and Ting: Not Exactly the Same! – Grace Lin
I love Grace Lin’s books but had not seen this early reader series until now. Adorable series about twin sisters who may look alike but are different in many ways. I love how the book has six very short chapters, the colorful illustrations and the dumpling story!
10. The Bad Guys – Episode 1 – Aaron Blabey
Simple text, clear, explanatory pictures makes this a perfect choice for emergent readers. It is hysterical, a little “off” and includes lots of sharp teeth, a few farts, and a car powered by undiluted panther pee! Captain Underpants fans will love this series!
Thanks for stopping by! Which book or books have caught your eye?