Summer Reading List: Part Two

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Today’s summer reading list is for new readers — the early chapter book set.  If you’ve been in a bookstore recently, you know that nearly all of the books for this group of readers are part of a series.  This totally makes sense. New readers enjoy and “rely on” the predictability of a series.  Reading about familiar characters and situations lets them focus their energy on the task at hand!  That being said, I try to encourage our expanding readers to vary their diet and to give stand-alone titles a chance.

Here are the books I recommended for summer reading:


Cam Jansen – a series by David Adler

Anna Hibuscus – a series by Atinuke

Flat Stanley – a series by Jeff Brown


Lola Levine – a series by Monica Brown

The Chicken Squad – a series by Doreen Cronin

Tales from Deckawoo Drive series – starting with LeRoy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo

Bink and Gollie – a series by Kate DiCamillo

Mercy Watson – another series by Kate DiCamillo!


Mouse Scouts – a series by Sarah Dillard

Nikki and Deja – a series by Karen English


Bramble and Maggie – a series by Jessie Haas

The Princess in Black – a series by Shannon Hale

Big Bad Detective Agency by Bruce Hale (a stand alone title – for now!)

Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream by Jenny Han (another stand alone)

Phoebe Green – a series by Veera Hiranandani

The Great Pet Escape by Victoria Jamieson (a graphic novel for young readers)


Shelter Pet Squad – a series by Cynthia Lord

Lulu – a series by Hilary McKay

Judy Moody – a series by Megan McDonald

Stink (Judy’s brother!) – a series by Megan McDonald


Space Taxi – a series by Wendy Mass

Magic Tree House – a series by Mary Pope Osborne

Clementine – a series by Sarah Pennypacker

Piper Green – a series by Ellen Potter


Akimbo – a series by Alexander McCall Smith

Frankie Pickle – a series by Eric Wight

My Life in Pictures by Deborah Zemke (a new book that I hope is a series – it’s wonderful!)

We’re getting closer to the new library – we’ve entered the moving stage. This move was not into the new building, but rather an interim location – a pod in the parking lot!  It happened fast, and when the movers were gone and the shelves were empty, it was bittersweet…








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