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Subject: Looking for Book titles for 1st/2nd grader to read--Chapter type books
Date Posted: 3/4/2008 5:03 PM ET
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Hello! I am in search of book titles/series that are great for the emergent reader who wants more content. I think I am looking for beginning chapter books. The reader is at a end of 1st grade level ability and ready to move to something more. . .She is asking for "chapter books" but I am at a lost as to where to start.

Most of our favorites are "too advanced" for her yet. Something with bigger print would be nice too.

These do not have to be available here on PBS, but anything to get me started in the local library would be great. If you can comment on the characters/morals of the book/series that would be very helpful!

Blessings and thanks for your help!

Date Posted: 3/4/2008 5:40 PM ET
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My son started with Henry and Mudge books. He enjoyed reading those to himself. They are about a boy and his dog and how they have fun in the snow and in puddles and with a stray cat and with visiting family. They are all pretty wholesome stories.  You are probably past the Ready Readers I have posted. But Walmart sells easy to read books.

We got a book about a dog named Biscuit and one called Scruffy about a cat. I haven't posted any of those readers because it just didn't seem fair to post only one small reader and get a credit. Of course there are Madeline books for little girls that are about girls in a catholic school, they are just cute. We have read many girls books too. We especially liked reading the American Girl stories about Addie. They were books we read together.

I would be happy to share readers and give you three of them for one credit. Just let me know what kind you would like and I'll post one for you to order.

I have two of the Frog and Toad  books anyone can have free with an order. Also anyone interested in children's books they are three for one credit or four for one credit  except the Heroes in Training book.

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Subject: Thanks!
Date Posted: 3/4/2008 7:30 PM ET
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Thanks for the tips! I will check out your bookshelf too!


:> Donna

Date Posted: 3/4/2008 10:05 PM ET
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How about Jigsaw Jones, Nate the Great, The Littles, Flat Stanley books.

Gloria Whelan has some beginning chapter books that are more girlie.  Cynthia Rylant  has Cobblestreet Cousins and also a mystery series that's a step above the beginning reader. 

Subject: I will check these out! Thanks Rebecca W.
Date Posted: 3/4/2008 10:17 PM ET
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Date Posted: 3/4/2008 11:12 PM ET
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Here's a link to the list of Reader's that Sonlight Curriculum uses.



Also, for free online practice go to www.starfall.com



Date Posted: 3/5/2008 1:59 AM ET
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More Reader Suggestions for about 2nd Grade.

"Christian Liberty Press Reader 2"




The Little Red Hen

The Three Little Pigs

"The Tale of Peter Rabbit" and others by Beatrix Potter

Harry the Dirty Dog

Go,Dog, Go !

The Best Nest.

Are You My Mother ?

Frog and Toad are Friends

Little Bear

Amelia Bedelia

Clifford the Big Red Dog series

Bedtime for Frances and other Frances books

The Golly Sisters - series

by Richard Scarry, "Best Read-It-Yourself Book Ever Level 1 - Twelve stories for new readers

Date Posted: 3/5/2008 10:53 AM ET
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You should try the Junie B. Jones series and Horrible Harry. There's also the Polk Street School series as well.

Subject: Abeka readers
Date Posted: 3/5/2008 12:32 PM ET
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Abeka readers are great moral stories to read, too. Someone has a deal on them on book Bazaar.

Subject: Thanks for all the input!! I will check them all out!!
Date Posted: 3/5/2008 12:44 PM ET
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Subject: Chapter Books for 1st & 2nd graders
Date Posted: 3/5/2008 1:05 PM ET
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Fun question!  I have kept a reading log for my daughter (now in 8th grade) since she was in the first grade.  Here are some books she enjoyed:

  • The Pony Pals series by Jeanne Betancourt
  • Ramona the Pest (etc.) by Bevery Cleary
  • All the American Girls books (Note:  Molly is a good one to start with for a younger reader, because the differences in Molly's world from our own are not too drastic.  Also--my daughter found out her grandmother was born at almost the same time that Molly was!)
  • All the Boxcar Children books by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • My Life As... series by Bill Myers (Christian chapter books, also good for boys--lots of silliness!)
  • Encyclopedia Brown books by Donald J. Sobol
  • Chapter Charmers series (This is a series of classic old-fashioned stories, rewritten as small chapter books for younger readers.  Each book comes with it's own charm--for your own charm bracelet.  For an example, check out this ISBN # for The Five Little Peppers And How They Grew--0694012882.  That one was my daughter's favorite--so much so that she then read the original version.)
  • Amber Brown series by Paula Danziger
  • Pee Wee Scouts series by Judy Delton (She only read a few of these--I don't remember if they were very good or not.)
  • Betsy books by Carolyn Haywood (These books look big, but their print is big and the audience is definitely younger.)

(Hmmm.  I think I may still have some of the Chapter Charmers around the house.  If someone is interested, PM me and I'll post a few of them.)  I think that the Little House on the Prairie series also has new "mini" versions out for younger kids.  (These came out too late for us.)  Thanks for the question--I've enjoyed rediscovering what my daughter used to read. :)  Hope that helps!

Date Posted: 3/5/2008 2:16 PM ET
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I also want to recommend the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne.  My oldest LOVES them and can say most of the words through the book and has begun doing book reports (he's nearing the end of 1st grade as well, but is reading at a mid-2nd grade level).  He read the second book in her series in one day!  :)

Date Posted: 3/5/2008 2:54 PM ET
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I have 2 adorable stories on my bookshelf: PeeWee's Tale and Lexi's Tale.  PeeWee is a guinea pig who was once a pet but is now lost in Central Park.  He meets Lexi, a streetwise squirrel who helps him survive and have fun in the big wide world!  Both of my kids LOVED these stories!  You may have them both for 1 credit, if you're interested.

I also have lots of Clifford books, Bible stories, and a book of fables illustrated by Arthur Lobel, all of which are great for the age of your little reader.  = )


Date Posted: 3/5/2008 3:54 PM ET
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Magic Tree House series

Geronimo Stilton series

Time Warp Trio series

Possibly Great Illustrated Classics

Subject: Chapter Charmers
Date Posted: 3/7/2008 11:06 PM ET
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Hi there!

Just wanted to let you know that I did manage to find some Chapter Charmers books (mentioned in my post above) around the house.  I have two left on my bookshelf if anyone is interested.  (Mine are in new condition, and they still have their charms attached.)

Subject: Books
Date Posted: 3/14/2008 4:21 PM ET
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My 7 year old daughter enjoys the "Big Apple Barn" series by Kristin Earheart.  I think the first one is Happy Go Lucky.

She also like the Cul de Sac kids books by Beverly Lewis.