I’m a big boy. I’m a baby!
Don’t come in with me. Hold me, mommy!
I can do it alone. Why aren’t you helping me!?
I’m just a few weeks into life with a six-year-old boy and I’m finding it extremely confusing. Is he a little kid completely dependent on his mother or is he a young, independent man learning to navigate the world? I’m positive that the answer is either “he’s both of those people” or “he’s neither”, I’m just not sure which one.
One thing that this baby-man and I can agree on these days is that chapter books are a great addition to our reading time together. There comes a time when every child is ready to peek out of the picture book world and dip their toe into the chapter book world. For us this began this past year when my son was in kindergarten and just beginning to read.
I hope his first love will always be picture books, but as he develops as a curious and enthusiastic 1st grader, I love discovering fun chapter book series with him.
For all of these series, I highly recommend reading them in the correct order, Book 1, Book 2, etc. The plot isn’t so complicated that you “must” go in order, but the jokes will be funnier for your young reader if you do. Additionally, just because a new reader, “can” read these books, doesn’t mean they “have” to read them to you. Sometimes my son wants to read them to me but most of them time he likes to snuggle in and have me read them to him. Other times we compromise and I’ll read one side of the page and he’ll read the other side. The important thing is that we’re spending time reading together…regardless of what that looks like.
Author: Abby Hanlon
Age Group: 6-8
Boys and girls alike will instantly love the adventures, jokes and life lessons found within the Dory Fantasmagory books. When she’s not annoying her older brother and sister, she’s making new friends, learning to read and making every day as fun as possible with her outstanding imagination.
Author: Tom Angleberger
Illustrator: Cece Bell
Age Group: 6-9
How could a 7 year old not love a series about a venus flytrap plant who takes himself very seriously and spends his time solving big deal mysteries? His clients and their requests are beyond ridiculous but none more than Inspector Flytrap’s assistant/goat, Nina, who can’t help but eat almost everything in sight.
Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot
Author: Dav Pilkey
Illustrator: Dan Santat
Age Group: 4-8
I had high hopes for the Mighty Robot series because they are created by the same team that brought us the literary gem, Captain Underpants… The Mighty Robot series is a great compromise for a child and parent. It’s got all of the comedy and adventure that kids love about Captain Underpants, but it’s delivered in a format that I was able to actually enjoy. Each book also has a solid life lesson for the young reader that is delivered in between page turning tales.
The Bad Guys
Author: Arron Blabey
Age Group: 6-10
This series tells the story of what happens when some stereotypical “bad guys” decide to turn over a new leaf. They attempt to work as a team to prove that they can be heroes and “good guys”. Let’s just say that it’s hard to teach old dogs new tricks…
Author: Tom Watson
Age Group: 7-12
Stick Dog and his friends are almost always on a quest for food. In particular the perfect burger. These stories are fun and light hearted but also filled with wonderful examples of kindness and loyalty.