Recommended Chapter Book Series for Early Readers (by our two kids)

Freddie Fernortner: Fearless First Grader by Johnathan Rand (Audio Craft Pr Inc)

I like this series because it’s mostly fiction, but kind of realistic. In the first book, The Fantastic Flying Bicycle, has wooden wings attached to it with fabric. A fan in the back pushes the away from the rider. If you paddled really hard, it might happen.

– Our 8 year old son

Greetings from Somewhere by Harper Paris (Simon & Schuster)

This is about two kids who are going on a trip around the world to see different places. At almost everywhere they go, there is a mystery to solve.

– Our 6 year old daughter

Magic Animals Friends by Daisy Meadows (Scholastic)

It’s about two girls named Jess and Lily. There’s this cat named Goldie who always visits them, in case they are in trouble. The evil witch name Grizelda who tries to stop their fun.

– Daughter

My Weird School by Dan Gutman (HarperCollins)

These books are some of my favorites from 2nd grade. When you first read one book, you can’t stop reading the whole series. Each one is about a specific teacher and how they are weird. There are sequels to this series. Mr. Jack is a Maniac is one of my favorites. The school gets a wrestling teacher who is chased away by a bear. The two main characters, A.J. and Andrea, have to use what they learning from Mr. Jack to be beat the bear off.

– Son

Looniverse by David Lubar (Scholastic)

This series is about a kid who is walking home from school, but accidently lands on the curb. He finds a coin with the letter “S” on both sides with “Strange, Stranger, Strangest” on both sides. Strange things start to happen to his friends, such as drinking two sodas and becoming a human floatie.

– Son

Piper Green and the Fairy Tree by Ellen Potter (Knopf)

It’s about a girl how has a fairy tree in her front yard. That means that she puts stuff in it, and the next day, she gets something in return from the fairies. Piper put a strawberry in it, and she got an earring.

– Daughter

The Critter Club by Callie Barkley (Little Simon)

The Critter Club is about four girls who run an animal shelter. They help hurt animals, and sometimes the animals stay there a long time. I want to read this next book, #11.

– Daughter

Horrible Harry by Suzy Kline (Puffin)

This kid likes all sorts of horrible things, such as slime and bugs. He has a crush on this girl in class named Song Lee. My favorite is Horrible Harry On the Ropes. In gym class, he makes a bunch of excuses not to climb the rope because he is afraid of heights.

– Son

What are some of your favorite chapter book series? Please share in the comments.

Author: Matt Renwick

Matt Renwick is an 18-year public educator who began as a 5th and 6th-grade teacher in Rudolph, WI. He now serves as an elementary principal for the Mineral Point Unified School District ( Matt also teaches online graduate courses in curriculum design and instructional leadership for the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He tweets @ReadByExample and writes for ASCD ( and Lead Literacy (

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