Step-Up Chapter Books
Step-up chapter books are usually books in a series. They have brief chapters with plenty of pictures and are longer than read 1 and 2 books. These books are for children ages 7 to 10 depending on fluency. Some begin reading them in 2nd grade, but most children start in 3rd grade. There are wide variety of choices to pique the interest of even the most reluctant reader.
The Rainbow Magic Fairies by Daisy Meadows
Young girls at my library cannot get enough of these books. Even little ones who are not ready to read them on their own, gravitate to these books with one glance at the cover. There are several types such as; color, music, sports, weather and jewel fairies. The girls often know about a new book coming out before the staff does. Meadows tells a simple story about a fairy around a certain interest who has a conflict. Holds on these books happen often.
Puppy Place by Ellen Miles
Who can resist a cute puppy? Children love to read about animals. The puppies in these books are all looking for homes. A young family with 2 school age children and a preschooler foster puppies in need. Miles has a story for every type of dog. In the past few years she has expanded her animal following by adding a new series Kitty Corner for cat lovers.
Geronimo Stilton by Geronimo Stilton
This is an Italian series translated to English that has taken readers by storm over the past 9 years. They are the stories of the mouse reporter Geronimo Stilton who travels all over to get his story. He has help from his nephew Benjamin and sister Thea (who now has her own series). The books have vivid illustrations along with varied fonts and pictures of words along with the text. In addition, Geronimo is the star of graphic novels!
Capital Mysteries by Ron Roy
Set in Washington D.C., 2 friends K.C. the stepdaughter of the President and her friend Marshall solve mysteries. They visit famous landmarks and outwit the bad guys. Children get an inside view of living in the capital via maps, illustrations and information about history. It is presented in brief chapters and concludes with a satisfying ending that encourages children to learn more about the subjects.
Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne
Jack and Annie are a brother and sister who find a magic tree house filled with books. The tree house is a vehicle for travel sending them through time and space. On their journeys they meet famous people and mystical beings. This series is so popular that many kids who have outgrown the series still are checking out the newest installments. We have several copies of each book and at this writing there are 48 books in the series. Furthermore, Mary Pope Osborne writes non-fiction companion books for her readers to enjoy on several of the topics talked about in the fiction series.