Summer Book Hook: Beginning Chapter Books

It’s Week 4 of the Summer Book Hook: 10 Weeks of Recommended Reads for Kids! This week’s focus is beginning chapter books. This category of books has been annihilated by the kids at the library so far this summer. The shelves are almost completely bare.

Beginning chapter books, young fiction readers, early chapter books… all are similar terms to define books for readers ready to graduate from early reader books, but not quite ready to tackle middle grade fiction. The average age is 6-9 years old, or 1st – 3rd Grade. The selection below are books with kid and parent stamps of approval, and give kids both the confidence as independent readers and the fun factor to keep them wanting to read more.

Summer Book Hook Beginning Chapter Books:

Zelda and Ivy series by Laura McGee Kvasnosky

Frankie Pickle series by Eric Wight

Stink series by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

Judy Moody series by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne

Katie Woo series by Fran Manushkin, illustrated by Tammie Lyon

Horrid Henry series by Francesca Simon, illustrated by Tony Ross

Just Grace series by Charlise Mericle Harper

Geronimo Stilton series by Geronimo Silton

Ivy and Bean series by Annie Barrows, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen

Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillio and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile

Stuart’s Cape by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by martin Matje

Bad Kitty series by Nick Bruel

Cam Janson by David A. Adler

Franny K. Stein series by Jim Benton

My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett, illustrated by Ruth Chrisman Gannett

The Magician’s Boy by Susan Cooper, illustrated by Serena Riglietti

Dragonbreath series by Ursula Vernon

Rainbow Magic series by Daisy Meadows

Alvin Ho series by Lenore Look, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

The Knight’s Tales series by Gerald Morris, illustrated by Aaron Renier

A to Z Mysteries series by Ron Roy

Ricky Ricotta series by Dav Pilkey, illustrated by Martin Ontiveros

“Adventures in Non-Fiction” is what’s coming up next on the Summer Book Hook. Previous Summer Book Hook features (so-far) are listed below!

Week 1: Early Readers

Week 2: Graphic Novels

Week 3: Audiobooks


Happy Reading!






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