This weekend, I sat down and read several early chapter books and wanted to share them with you.
Humphrey's Treasure Hunt Troubles by Betty Birney (August 1st 2017 by Puffin Books) - This book is part of the Humphrey's Tiny Tales spin off, which is written at a slightly easier level than the original Humphrey's series. Just as much fun but easier to access for beginning readers. Larger print, less words, and chapters make it perfect for high first grade readers or beginning of the year 2nd graders.
Eugenia Lincoln and the Unexpected Package: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume Four by Kate DiCamillo; Illustrated by Chris Van Dusen (October 10th 2017 by Candlewick Press) - The last time we visited Deckawoo Drive readers met Baby Lincoln. In the latest book by DiCamillo, readers get to know Baby's older sister Eugenia. This story was very touching. I really enjoyed it. This would be a good book to use as a mentor text to talk about how characters change from the beginning to the end of the book.
Sample from the interior of the book:
The print is somewhat smaller and the number of pages is longer than the Humphrey Book. The storyline is also a bit more complex.
Betty's Burgled Bakery: An Alliteration Adventure by Travis Nichols (November 7th 2017 by Chronicle Books) - In FOWL PLAY, Nichols used idioms as part of his mystery in graphic novel format. Nichols is back with another mystery, a new team, and alliterations. There are a limited number of graphic novel style books for this age group.
Samples of the interior of the book:
And mark you calendar for 2018...
Bug Blonsky and His Very Long List of Don'ts by E.S. Redmond (January 2nd 2018 by Candlewick Press) - This book is a bit like a chapter book version of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Each of Bug's "don'ts" has its own chapter. Lots of white space, larger font and though the sample below shows lots of illustrations the book does has text that includes paragraphs.
Sample page from the book:
Look for these books at your local indie bookstore or public library.
Each week, Michele Knott and I post about new early readers and transitional chapter books. Don't forget to pop over to Michele's blog to check out her post as well.