Chapter Books

Chapter Books

Sofia Martinez!

Sofia Martinez!

The Sofia Martinez series, written by Jacqueline Jules and illustrated by Kim Smith, are junior chapter books for ages 5-8. Each story follows the everyday adventures of a spirited 7-year-old named Sofia. Sofia lives with her parents and two sisters and regularly visits her extended family, including her cousins and […]

January 23, 2017 ×

Chapter Books

My Father’s Dragon

My Father’s Dragon

My Father’s Dragon (©1948) by Ruth Stiles Gannett is a classic chapter book that has stood the test of time. A young boy named Elmer Elevator befriends a talking alley cat who tells him stories of a place called Wild Island. The residents of the island have enslaved a baby […]

September 9, 2015 ×

Chapter Books

Chapter Books about School

Chapter Books about School

It’s back-to-school season! There are a lot of wonderful back-to-school picture books out there, but kindergartners aren’t the only ones who enjoy reading about school. I’ve selected eight of my favorite chapter books set in schools, perfect for ages 7-10. Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar Wayside School […]

August 31, 2015 ×

Chapter Books

Fish Finelli: Seagulls Don’t Eat Pickles

Fish Finelli: Seagulls Don’t Eat Pickles

Summer is fun (and funny!) with Fish Finelli!I am thrilled to be a part of the official blog tour for the new children’s chapter book Fish Finelli: Seagulls Don’t Eat Pickles by E.S. Farber. “When bully Bryce Billings bets Fish Finelli that he can’t find Captain Kidd’s legendary long-lost treasure, […]

June 28, 2013 ×

Chapter Books

Read-Aloud Classics

Read-Aloud Classics

Looking for your next great bedtime story? Many beloved classic novels can actually make perfect read-alouds for children as young as 5. Typically children’s comprehension is years ahead of reading skill. Reading more advanced literature aloud to children teaches vocabulary and helps them to become more confident readers. Why pass […]

April 30, 2013 ×

Chapter Books

More Kylie Jean!

More Kylie Jean!

The Kylie Jean books, written by Marci Peschke and illustrated by Tuesday Mourning, are a series of beginning chapter books for ages 7-10. Kylie Jean Carter is a vivacious southern belle whose lifelong dream is to be a beauty queen. Kylie Jean’s mother is always there to remind her that […]

February 11, 2013 ×

Chapter Books

Kylie Jean: Cupcake Queen

Kylie Jean: Cupcake Queen

Today I get to review a new book that I know I would have loved when I was a little girl. Cupcake Queen (©2013), written by Marci Peschke and illustrated by Tuesday Mourning, is the latest book in the Kylie Jean series. In the summer, Kylie Jean loves going to […]

January 31, 2013 ×

Chapter Books, Picture Books

My Favorite Books

My Favorite Books

Growing up, I found myself with my nose in a book on a daily basis. I devoured every type of story, from fantasy to history, both classic and modern. I read stories about all kinds of people from different times and places. Reading can transport a child to anywhere in […]

January 4, 2013 ×

Chapter Books

Action! Thrills! Laffs!

Action! Thrills! Laffs!

I got my first copy of The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey at a Scholastic book fair in the winter of 1997 when I was about to turn 10. I was completely drawn in after the first few pages and begged my mother to buy it for me. […]

August 20, 2012 ×

Chapter Books

American Girl

American Girl

For more than 25 years, the American Girl series of books has accomplished what many other books have tried – and failed – to do, combining rich historical lessons with tales of courage, kindness, and selflessness in a format that is incredibly fun to read. I read and loved many […]

August 15, 2012 ×