All posts in Reading Lists: Easy Chapter Books

My 7yOld Son’s Favorite Books for Beginning Readers

Best Books for Beginning Readers

I was reading a post from Delightful Children’s Book, an excellent kids’ book blog,  when she confesses to hiding the fantasy chapter books her son prefers underneath the realistic fiction that she’d rather he read. I am the same about wanting my kids to read the carefully chosen books that I have selected for each of my kids. It’s just like the cobbler’s kids not having shoes, right? The children’s book bloggers’ kids all want to pick books on their own that are not sanctioned. Read more…

Where the wild things are, maurice sendak

Best Books for Kids: Classic Children’s Books Still Beloved Now

Best Classic Books for Kids

Maurice Sendak has left the house but it’s comforting to know that his work will live on forever, and thus, he will be beloved forever. There is a great piece in the New York Times: Read more…

Dear Flyary, alien books for boys

Best Books for Kids Who Like Aliens that Build Vocabulary!

Best Alien Books for Boys

My 7-year-old son loves alien books. While some boys are put off by the weird Alien language, he thinks it’s funny. I read Henry P. Baloney to his Kindergarten class the week he was the Star of the Week, and I noticed most of the kids did not find the book as funny as we do. Author Jon Scieszka in a sly use of foreign language onomatopoeia, uses words from almost two dozen languages that kind of sound like English words in this engaging picture book. Read more…

walk two moons, best classic books for kids

Top 10: Best Old Fashioned Children’s Books and Their Modern Day Equivalents

Best Old Fashioned Books for Kids

I had some old posts on old fashioned conflict free children’s books and Top 10 Classic Children’s Books Not Popular Now. During some past blog meltdowns, I just discovered that a popular post on Beloved Old Fashioned Children’s Books just disappeared from my blog. That kind of stuff happens to me all the time! Read more…

All of a Kind Family

Reader Challenge: Happy Chapter Books for Little Girls

Happy Chapter Books for Young Girls

This reader challenge makes me so happy. It’s a father trying to find happy chapter books for his young daughters. He likes the idea of chapter books from a cost per page perspective and he intends to read them aloud to his girls. What’s not to love about that? Read more…

Cole Nina of Earth, DEAR, Drop Everything and Read Day

What Are Your Kid’s Drop Everything and Read Books?

Drop Everything and Read Books

Today, Thursday, April 12, is Drop Everything and Read Day. National D.E.A.R. Day is a special reading celebration to remind and encourage families to make reading together on a daily basis a family priority. Read more…

Ellie McDoodle, Spawn of Diary of Wimpy Kid, graphic novel chapter book hybrid, chapter book, 4th grade chapter book,

Top 10: Spawn of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” Books

Books Like Diary of a Wimpy Kid

I think that when a chapter book series is different and successful such thatnit creates its own mini genre that this is only a good thing. Just like Harry Potter which broke publishing notions that kids won’t read very, very thick books, Diary of a Wimpy Kid series also got kids wildly excited to read. And though the lead character is a boy, girls were also reading this series in droves. Read more…

Alvin Ho, chapter book series, books for boys, Lenore Look, Asian chapter books, chapter book, PragmaticMom

Top 10: Best Books by My Son in 1st Grade

Best Books for 1st Grade

I have read my share of mind numbing Rainbow Fairy easy chapter book series. Those chapter books were beloved by my two older daughters but the plot was so predictable and the vocabulary was repetitive that it put me a little over the edge after I was forced to read more than two dozen of them out loud. Still, I was happy to buy them for my girls to encourage them to read. Read more…

Dumpling Days, Grace Lin, multicultural chapter books,

Grace Lin’s Dumpling Days: Delicious as Always!

Multicultural Chapter Books for Kids: Grace Lin’s Pacy Series

These days when we tell our kids that we are having Dim Sum for breakfast, a great cheer goes out. “Dim Sum, Yum Yum!” is chanted roundly throughout the house. A few years ago, this was not the case. My kids hated Dim Sum but we’d ignore their incessant complaining because my husband and I love it. Though my kids stick to a handful of items — steamed pork buns, rice noodles, shu mai dumplings, and mango jello — they will occasionally try something new. Last week, my middle daughter and I tried an herbal version of chicken feet (fyi, medicinal and tasting of ginseng). Read more…