Best First Chapter Books

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These books are great for even the pickiest of readers. They are short and sweet and have catchy, rhyming titles. There are enough vibrant pictures that your child won’t be too intimidated to read them as they transition away from picture books. Kids will love to be whisked away to a crazy school where things are never normal. These books are perfect for readers who are 6-10 years old.

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This three-book set follows Stink, a goofy kid who goes on wild adventures. In the first book, Stink doesn’t seem to be growing like the rest… he’s shrinking! The wacky stories in these books are sure to keep young readers interested as they transition into reading longer chapter books. This series is suggested for young readers 5-8 years old.

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“Amelia Bedelia” and her exploits have been beloved by children for years. This chapter book box set contains books one through four and will delight a child who is reading chapter books for the first time. The chapters are short and full of adventure, fun and friends on every page. The books include black-and-white illustrations that make them even more fun for a beginning reader. This set is recommended for children from ages 6 to 10.

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“The Never Girls” collection gives readers books one through four and whisks first-time chapter book readers off to Neverland for a fantasy adventure. In the story, four friends have their wish granted as they are transported to Neverland, which is full of fairies and much more. Children will love going on adventures together with Tinkerbell and her friends and meeting a cast of varied characters. This is the perfect set to take a beginning reader to the next level and foster their love for reading. This set is recommended for children ages 6 to 9.

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The perfect series for transitioning into chapter books, the “Magic Tree House” series combines excitement and history inside each chapter. This book set includes the first four books in the series and will delight children as they go on adventure after adventure through history with Jack and Annie. This series is recommended for 8- to 9-year-olds.

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The “Junie B. Jones’s First Boxed Set Ever” follows Junie B. Jones through her comical first years in school. This boxed set features books one to four and will have beginning chapter readers laughing out loud as they read. This is a number one New York Times Bestselling chapter book series that delivers in comedy and enjoyment. Children will love following along as Junie B. gets up to more and more shenanigans as the books progress. This is the perfect series for a 6- to 9-year-old’s first foray into chapter books.

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The “My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish” series follows Tom and his brother, an evil scientist, along on their adventures. Tom and his zombie goldfish, which he brought back to life with a battery, work hard throughout the books to thwart the plans of his evil big brother. This box set is a funny pick for first-time chapter readers ages 7 to 10 to dive into.

Expert Commentary

“The transition from children’s storybooks to chapter books is critical for parents of young readers. Finding the right, age-appropriate chapter book that excites your child can place them on a path of a lifetime of reading. When you are not familiar with a book series, I suggest reading ahead of your child to ensure all material is both age- and ability-level-appropriate.”



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