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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Featured Five: Early Chapter Books

Below you'll find five of my recently read Early Chapter book favorites. 

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo
Available now from Candlewick / Goodreads / Buy It 

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up is the first book in the Tales From Deckawoo Drive series, a spinoff from the DiCamillo's Mercy Watson series. I love, love, love this book. It's full of heart and populated with such colorful, unforgettable characters; DiCamillo doesn't disappoint.

The Yeti Files: Meet the Bigfeet by Kevin Sherry
Available now from Scholastic / Goodreads / Buy It

Meet the Bigfeet is a fun (and funny) book for chapter book readers who are still a bit overwhelmed by a lot of text. Blizz Richards is an all-around good guy and Yeti who, with the help of his friends, sets out to find his missing cousin Brian before the upcoming family reunion. I loved the pictures and diagrams in this book, detailed with humorous little asides.

The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure by Doreen Cronin
Available now from Simon & Schuster / Goodreads / Buy It

Mystery, humor, and four sassy chickens. What's not to love? This is the first Chicken Squad book, but the second book, The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken is also available now. You'll likely recognize Cronin's name, as she's the author of the immensely popular Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type.

Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman
Available now from Macmillan / Goodreads / Buy It

This is one that actually grew on me after some distance. Instead of a complete story, it actually features ery short little anecdotes about Isabel, a zen bunjitsu-practicing bunny. At first glance, it's cute, but a little bit of reflection gives it some depth. Could be a start for some interesting conversations between parents and young readers or even in the classroom.

Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve & Sarah McIntyre
Available now from Random House / Goodreads / Buy It

Oliver and the Seawigs is one of my favorite chapter books to recommend because it so seamlessly bridges the gap between picture books and early chapter books. It's great for reading aloud, as well as young readers who can read chapters books but find them intimidating. Plus it's seriously funny and charming.

Keep an eye out for the forthcoming sequel, Cakes in Space.

I'm always open to recommendations and feedback. Which Early Chapter books are your go-to recommendations? Any recent favorites?


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