Horrible Harry by Suzy Kline – Grade Range 2-3
Horrible Harry is based on a 3rd grader named Harry, and his misadventures are told through the words of his best friend, Doug.
I Survived by Lauren Tarshis- Grades 2-4
This is a series of first person historical fiction.
Judy Moody and Friends by Megan McDonald – Grade Range 2-4
Like Amelia Bedelia (above, Judy Moody) was updated for the newest generation. An all-new Judy Moody series just right for newly independent readers.
Junie B Jones by Barbara Park- Grade Range 1-2
Juniper Beatrice Jones-Miller is the main Protaganist of the Junie B. Jones and Junie B., first grader series. She’s 5-6 years old and speaks in a voice that kids really relate to.
Katie Kazoo by Nancy Krulik – Grade Range 3-5
Katie is often visited by the “magic wind”, which turns her into other people and animals. She often makes the situation worse for the person she has switcherooed into.
Kung Pow Chicken by Cyndi Marko – Grade Range K-2
In this exciting full-color series, Gordon Blue transforms into Kung Pow Chicken, an avian superhero who fights crime in the city of Fowladelphia. The first book in the series kicks off when Gordon’s birdy senses lead him to a festival. Suddenly, POOF! Feathers fill the air and shivering naked chickens are everywhere. Why have all these chickens lost their feathers? Forced to wear wooly sweaters, the city itches for a hero. Kung Pow Chicken hops into his Beakmobile to save the day!
Magic Treehouse by Mary Pope Osborne – Grade Range 2-3
Jack and Annie are a brother-sister duo who travel through time when they go to their magic treehouse.
Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo – Grade Range K-2
A pig named named Mercy and she is no ordinary pig. Instead of eating slop like other pigs, Mercy likes to eat toast with lots of butter on top, and she sleeps in a bed like a human, and she also likes to dress up and do things that other pigs cannot do. Mr. and Mrs. Watson decide to get Mercy. They take her home, and she becomes their new pet.
My Weird School by Dan Gutman- Grade Range 2-4
The main character in the series is Arlo Jervis, better known as “A.J.”, a boy who dislikes school. He attends Ella Mentry School, together with his archenemy, Andrea Young.
Nancy Drew has been revived as an elementary student and is still using her sleuthing skills at a young child level.
Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Nate is the main character in this detective series for kids.
Ready Freddy by Abby Klein – Grade Range 1-3
Freddy is a first grade boy who knows it’s a jungle out there!
Rainbow Magic Fairies by Daisy Meadows – Grade Range 2-5
There are several different Magic Fairies including Pet Fairies, Princess Fairies, and more!
Roscoe Riley Rules by Katherine Applegate – Grade Range 2-3
This series chronicles good-hearted, mishap-prone first-grader Roscoe.
Secrets of Droon by Tony Abbott – Grade Range 2-5
Eric and his two friends, Neal and Julie, discover a secret doorway in Eric’s basement that leads to the rainbow stairs. The stairs reach down into the wondrous world of Droon – a land where all kinds of amazing things occur.
Thea Stilton – Grade Range 2-4
Thea Stilton is a correspondent for The Rodent’s Gazette, Mouse Island’s most famouse newspaper. A graduate of Mouseford Academy, Ms. Stilton loves traveling and adventures.
The Never Girls by Kiki Thorpe – Grade Range 2-4
Every once in a while, Never Land opens its doors to a special few. Believing in magic and fairies from the bottom of your heart can make the extraordinary happen. If you suddenly hear tiny bells or feel a sea breeze where there is no sea, pay careful attention. Never Land may be close by. You could find yourself there in a blink of an eye.
Walter the Farting Dog – by William Kotzwinkle, Glenn Murray, and Audrey Colman – Grade Range 1-3
Walter is a fine dog, except for one small problem: he has gas. He can’t help it; it’s just the way he is. Fortunately, the kids Billy and Betty love him regardless, but Father says he’s got to go! Poor Walter, he’s going to the dog pound tomorrow.
Zack Files by Dan Greenburg – Grade Range 3-5
Zack is a normal 10-year-old boy with a knack for getting into weird situations.
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