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Best First Chapter Books for Kids

I LOVE when students are ready to transition from picture books to chapter books! By the way, I am completely okay with kids reading picture books forever if they choose! But sometimes their excitement to read chapter books

There are so many amazing chapter books for beginning readers that I love to recommend. Not sure where to start? Look no further! This list of the best first chapter books for kids has something for every type of reader!

There are many books that are great for kids, but finding the best first chapter books can be tricky. These five books are all perfect for kids who are just starting to read on their own. With engaging storylines and characters, they will be sure to keep your students hooked from the very first page.

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Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder

First, start with a favorite book for primary students! This delightful story follows the adventure of two young brothers, Charlie and Mouse, as they explore their neighborhood and use their imaginations to fill their days.

Charlie & Mouse is the perfect book for beginning readers, with short chapters and easy-to-follow text. It’s also a great choice for kids who are struggling with longer chapter books as the story can be easily broken down into smaller chunks. Plus, it’s a series so once your students get hooked, there are more books to choose from!

Ivy & Bean by Annie Barrows

Another fun series is Ivy & Bean. Ivy and Bean are girls that become unlikely friends. Even though they are very different, they start a friendship to last a lifetime. They also go on all sorts of adventures, from trying to see a ghost to setting up a club for girls who don’t like girly things.

Kids who are looking for funny and engaging stories love Ivy & Bean. With its short chapters, Ivy & Bean is one of the best first chapter books for kids who are just starting to read on their own!

Zoey and Sassafras by Asia Citro

In this series of 9 books, Zoey discovers magical animals and science with her cat Sassafras by her side. Along the way, she also learns about the importance of taking care of the environment. With beautiful illustrations and a heartwarming story, Zoey and Sassafras is perfect for your new readers.

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Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

Next, Nate the Great is a detective who loves to solve mysteries. In each book, Nate uses his detective skills to solve a case, whether it’s finding a lost cat or tracking down a missing pancake. Mystery and detective story readers love Nate! Kids just diving into chapter books should start with Nate the Great. This series {of 20+ books!} stands the test of time – I vividly remember reading this series as a child!

Jack Jones Series by Zander Bingham

Finally, join Jack Jones as he encounters ancient lighthouses, treasures, and pirates. What an adventure for this young pre-teen with fun appropriate for all ages! Also, start this new series with your students as they dive into one of the best first chapter books for kids! I love this series because there are no bad guys, monsters, or violence!

Now that your students are reading these chapter books, make sure to share a fun reading bookmark or two!

If you are looking for the best first chapter books for your students, check out these favorites. With a variety of genres and styles to choose from, you are sure to find something that your young readers will love!

As always, preview the books ahead of time to make sure the reading levels work for your kids! What best first chapter books for kids will you choose for your classroom?

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