Starting Early!


Book Clubs aren’t just for adults or teenagers. There are lots of book clubs for kids – and the members seem to be getting younger all the time. One of the best trends I’ve seen over the past few years are the growing number of book clubs for kids and their parents. I’ve made suggestions to mothers who belong to a group with their middle school-aged child. But last night I talked to a mom who is in a group with her second grade daughter. If these girls continue to meet for the next ten years, the book group will take them right through their high school graduations!  They should begin keeping a list of what they read. It would be interesting to see how the choices reflect the girls’ changing interests and concerns.

For now, though, the girls want to read about friendships, school, animals and easily resolved dilemmas. The books listed below are good choices for new chapter book readers. They are sweet, well-paced stories, and all of them include illustrations to give visual breaks to new readers.

The Clementine Books by Sara Pennypacker

Cam Jansen Mystery Series by David Adler

The Ivy and Bean Books by Annie Barrows

Judy Moody Books by Megan McDonald

Nikki and Deja Books by Karen English

Bed and Biscuit Books by Joan Carris

Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot by Anna Branford

Lulu and the Duck in the Park by Hilary McKay

The Cobble Street Cousins Books by Cynthia Rylant

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

Lady Lollipop by Dick King-Smith

Eating Enchiladas by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream by Jenny Han

Mokie and Bik by Wendy Orr

Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins

One other seasonal suggestion. This mother mentioned that the girls have requested a Halloween book for October. They should check out The Best Halloween Ever by Barbara Robinson…


2 thoughts on “Starting Early!

    • Hi Lisa,
      I was so happy to see your comment – these are perfect books to read with Sarah!
      I miss seeing you….hope you are enjoying the new house!!

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