July 24, 2013

Chapter Books for Grades 1-3

Got a whole new pile o' books last week. Those of you who hang with me here a lot know that I'm BFF's with the library. Library, library, library! How I love the library! But I wanted to have some chapter books at Julia's reading level around the house, and she's got my re-reading tendencies. (are you a re-reader? or are you a read-once-and-done?)

So I realized we needed some books permanently in the house for her to be reading, ones that wouldn't be whisked away back to the library after a month or two. Ones that Julia can reach for time and again, quick and easy paperbacks that we can grab and go, if she wants a book to bring with her to grandma's house.

'Captain Awesome to the Rescue!' by Stan Kirby is one I found at the grocery store. My grocery store, I'm telling you, it's full of little treasures! I find stuff there ALL the time! I flipped through it and it looks funny, about an 8 year old named Eugene (aka Captain Awesome) who has to find Turbo, his class hamster (who's gone missing).

All I needed to know about this book is that there is a character named "Queen Stinkypants". (Eugene's little sister and archenemy, due to her incredibly stinky diapers.)

I've had 'The Fairy Bell Sisters - Sylva and the Fairy Bell' on my go-get-for-Julia list for awhile now. This is one of a series of short chapter books about Tinker Bell's little sisters! So cute! Really pretty illustrations.

Julia chose 'Jack Russell: Dog Detective' all on her own. On the back cover it reads: "Jack Russell: the detective with a nose for crime." GET IT?? Someone is stealing Jack's stuff. He's gonna find out who. BY GUM.

And following along in the same can't-get-enough-of-cute-and-silly-animals vein, Julia also picked out 'The Legend of Diamond Lil ~ A J.J. Tully Mystery' by Doreen Cronin and Kevin Cornell. Apparently this is the sequel to 'The Trouble with Chickens', which sounds like a MUST READ. J.J. is a search and rescue dog, who finds his hands full after a fancypants show dog moves in next door. And a possum starts nosing around the local chicken coop.

This all sounds highly riveting to the 1st grade set, friends. HIGHLY RIVETING.

We own about a half dozen of the 'Junie B.' series, which my kiddo happened to adore. I feel like the Junie B. books are somewhat polarizing. I've heard many folks describe her as a brat, and I've also heard people complain about the manner in which Junie uses language, and the way she makes up words.

Well.....all I know is that I laughed, my husband laughed, and our kiddo REALLY LAUGHED out loud at these books. I consider these books to be the stories that really got my daughter engaged in reading. Also, I make up words all the time, so Junie's speech never fazed me in the slightest.

'Dumb Bunny' is Julia's hands down favorite of the Junie B. books, so I thought we should own it. Have you all read this one with your kids? If yes, did your kids go as nuts as mine did about the "Doesn't it just make you tinkle all over?" line? Oh M Gee, my daughter laughs every time she thinks about it. WE LOVE OUR POTTY HUMOR!

Andrew and I read the first three 'Ramona' books to Julia, but she loved them so much that she couldn't wait for us to read them to her, and she started picking them up and reading them herself. Julia's on 'Ramona and Her Mother', which I believe is the 5th book in the series. People? Friendsies? Casual observers of this blog? PLEASE READ THE RAMONA BOOKS. As awesome as Junie B. is, she ain't got nothin' on Ramona. Ramona was/is the original younger elementary age naughty girl.

So I'm thinking this will keep Julia busy awhile! The idea is that this pile of new books is for her to read on her own, while we tackle more classic-y type stuff at night. Right now Andrew and Julia are reading 'More About Paddington' by Michael Bond. I just finished up 'Little House in the Big Woods' with her, and I'm not sure what we're tackling next. I'm thinking 'The Wizard of Oz'.

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13 comments:

  1. Amen to Ramona! and the one you picked up might be my favorite. Squeezing the old toothpaste tube. Classic. Alvin Ho stole my heart a few months back, you and Julia would love him!

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    1. Alvin Ho!!! I've been meaning to get on that!! Thanks for the reminder!

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  2. Great list! I would love to read Paddington with my child. I heard many good reviews of Junie B. But I have yet to read them!

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    1. Paddington is so great! We are BIG BIG Paddington fans here :)

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  3. Melissa, this is so timely! I've been thinking that Miss C. needs some age-appropriate chapter books but haven't known where to start. Now I've pinned an entire list of good ideas. Thank you!!

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    1. Oh I'm so excited for you guys, moving into a whole new word of book reading! I love this age. Picture books AND chapter books!

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  4. OOooo, read Oz! We're almost though with Ozma of Oz, then we might take a break to read Peter Pan, before reading the fourth Oz book.

    Love, love, love the Ramona books! Classics. I just read the first Junie B. book to the youngest. It's the only one I've actually read, because Big Sis took off reading them on her own. We just found out that the children's theatre is doing Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells for their Christmas little kid show! Much excitement. I like the Junie B. books, but they were a wee bit difficult for Big Sis when she first tried them out. She wasn't used to reading longer books on her own yet, and she kept stumbling, trying to correct Junie's speech patterns. After she whizzed through Ivy & Bean and a couple stand-alone books, she was ready to read Junie B. And read them she did! I think she's read most of the series now.

    The illustrator of the Fairy Bell Sisters is the illustrator of the picture book Just Being Audrey, about Audrey Hepburn. I LOVE her style!

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  5. Are you following me?! We just finished Cleary's Henry Huggins (boy and his dog stories perfect for my boys who are begging for a dog) AND I brought home the Wizard of Oz audio book to "read" next. I am digging the audio books this summer! Especially for long trips in the car!

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  6. when i was 8-9, i ADORED the Henry Huggins/Ribsy books!!!!

    Guess what, I'm doing a post on audio book CD's for kids next week! We are so on the same psychic wavelength...:)

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  7. I need the inside scoop on these chapter books! We are just entering the realm and I am clueless--Ramona--we love, but I'm thinking juliet would go nuts for the fairy books! thanks for this!

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    1. I'm wondering if Juliet would be up for Pippi! ~ I read them to Julia last summer, after her kindergarten year....:)

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