“Summer reading” is a phrase that calls to mind relaxing with a book on a porch, at the beach, in a tent or at some lovely vacation spot. We tend to spend more time outdoors and our books go with us. We want the same to be true for our children and grandchildren, hoping that they’ll have fond memories of reading one of their childhood favorites by flashlight under the stars (or under the covers). With some of our children, we can’t imagine them without books in their backpacks or on their bedside tables. With other children, helping them make reading a habit definitely requires more coaxing. Sometimes discovering just the right series for those children can launch them into a reading habit. For both the natural readers in your life and for the ones who need some inspiration, here are some series for younger readers to consider for those special summer reading times.
Early Chapter Book Series for Younger Readers:
Anna Hibiscus: Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa, "Amazing Africa." A warm-hearted multicultural story. Advanced.
Bed & Biscuit: Grandpa Bender, a veterinarian, boards animals at the Bed & Biscuit. Advanced.
Breyer Stablemates: Young girls who love horses will love these stories and learn facts about horses, too.
Buddy Files: Buddy, a dog, devotes himself to taking care of his boy, Connor, and to solving mysteries.
Cam Jansen: Cam uses her photographic memory to solve mysteries.
Dinosaur Cove: Two boys travel back in time to the days of dinosaurs. Advanced.
Down Girl and Sit: Two busy dogs who think they are named "Down Girl" and "Sit" work hard to train their masters.
Flat Stanley: Flat Stanley has returned. See both his original adventures and his new "Worldwide Adventures."
Fluffy the Classroom Guinea Pig: Fluffy relates his own hilarious version of day-to-day classroom life. Easy.
Fly Guy: As a pet fly, Fly Guy has adventures with his boy, just like Lassie used to do (sort of). Easy.
Henry and Mudge: Young Henry and his very large dog Mudge have fun together through all the seasons. Easy.
Magic Tree House: Long-time favorites of children who can read longer chapters; a brother and sister travel in time.
Mercy Watson: Mercy Watson is a pet pig who keeps the neighborhood crime-free and eats a lot of buttered toast.
Miami Jackson: Nine-year old Miami Jackson deals with a strict teacher, baseball camp, and other challenges.
Sugar Plum Ballerinas: Nine-year-old Alexandrea takes ballet classes and makes friends in Harlem.
Time Warp Trio: This long-running series is a favorite of boys. Magic, adventure, and history mix easily. Advanced.
Young Cam Jansen: Stories of Cam's earlier years, matched with easier reading levels.