today as a boy was choosing an encyclopedia brown book, i thought about how valuable book series are to children. once a child has found a series, it's a predictable enjoyment for him or her. as a teacher, i love the repetitive vocabulary (the more times a child encounters a word, the faster he/she knows it). also, with books they like, children read more, and when they read more lots of good things happen to their reading skills!
here are two series for second to fourth grade children.
newberry-winning author kate dicamillo wrote these colorful, funny books. second grade readers who are ready for chapter books may be able to read them, although some words are challenging.
we have five, and they are some of the most popular classroom books.
everybody loves mercy watson!
here's another very popular series. geronimo stilton is a shy, timid mouse who has lots of adventures. the books have different color and sized print, so the intimidation factor is low. also there are so many pictures, children really want to read these.
these have a mid-third-grade reading level, so parents may need to read them aloud to younger children.
raising children who love to read is a beautiful thing. what are your children's favorites?