Early Chapter Books
Yes, beginning readers can be truly hilarious. Evidence: the part where Rabbit spends a whole chapter with a remote control stuck in his ear without realizing it.
Dumpster dog may be a bit smelly, ratty, and unintelligent, but these are attributes that plague the best of us. Join this sweet dog and his bff Flat Cat in their quest for an owner who will love them with all their flaws.
Powered by hot buttered toast, Mercy Watson is no mere pet pig: she is a porcine wonder. (Bonus: next-door neighbors the Lincoln sisters, who I will admit to reading with over-the-top southern accents.)
These two dogs miss their friend so much they decide to put on a trench coat and go to school! Full of hijinks and ridiculousity, this book is perfect for reluctant and ravenous readers alike.
All the absurdity and radical wackiness of the Captain Underpants novels with surprisingly little insipidity. If you've ever hated Captain Underpants, this is a welcome and wonderful alternative.
Princess Magnolia only looks like your standard-issue – until her monster alarm goes off. Perfect for beginning readers and perfect read-alouds for even younger kids – my son has been demanding Princess Magnolia at bedtime since he was two.
Meet Lumphy (a buffalo), StingRay (a stingray) and Plastic (a rubber ball). Their adventures are a read-aloud delight perfect for a kid or parent looking for something like (and yet entirely unlike) Winnie-the-Pooh.
This book is about a girl who is not a fairy yet, but her mom is. Her mom is very bad with her wand; she forgets the codes and does what are maybe not the right spells. Perfect for readers who want a small adventure.
— Najela, Age 9
96 pages on Eddie, tasked with watching his uncle's pet dragon for a week; the greatest epistolary novel of our generation.
I have already given you all of the information you need to know in order to understand that this book is awesome, namely: there exists in the world a five dollar novel for seven year olds written by Ursula Le Guin about CATS that HAVE WINGS.
This book is the drawing of the hat in The Little Prince. Exquisitely and plainly, near devastatingly told. No moral. No teaching moment. No pandering. Only magic.
Gooney Bird Greene might be the strangest second-grader there ever was. Her stories are full of wordplay and silliness and will have you giggling on every page.
Nate the Great is your child's intro to classic noir. He works alone; speaks in short, decisive sentences; wears a trench; walks moodily in the rain; and loves pancakes above all else.
I've given this some thought, and I think Laurel Snyder may be my favorite author. Give Charlie and Mouse to someone who loves Frog and Toad, and they will probably love you forever.
Despite competition from shady neighborhood thug Wikipedia Brown, our boy EB is still exactly as awesome as he was when you were in elementary school. Anyone who makes it a decade on this earth without knowing this series should be held back from turning 11 until the situation is remedied.
I read this when I was 7 and I will remember The Case of the Champion Egg Spinner for the rest of my life. Next stop, Agatha Christie.
If a brontosaurus in the forest wants to pet little girl, and a bossy little girl in the forest wants a pet brontosaurus, whose will will win?