Our daughter loves reading, but it took quite a while for her to enjoy reading herself. To encourage her to read more, we looked for books that she would be excited about. I thought we’d compile a short list of books she currently loves reading plus some that her friends have recommended.
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The Princess in Black books are really cute and funny – and a great introduction to chapter books! The illustrations are colourful and it talks about a girl that is a Princess, but also a heroine that saves the day.
My daughter loves Mo Willems’ books. She was first introduced to Mo Willems, “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” when she was a toddler as has always found them hilarious and fun to read. The Elephant and Piggie books are an easy read and great beginner books for kids. These books were a huge motivator for her to learn how to read, and we’d definitely recommend these books for beginner readers. Even though she can now read Chapter books, she loves going back to her Elephant and Piggie books. They’re just great books to read for all ages.
My kids love reading Dogman. I first got them for my oldest son and now my daughter reads them. It’s a popular series among the kids because of its funny character that tries to do good. It has a positive message that is done in an entertaining way. It’s a fun read.
We love Scholastic’s Branches line! They have many different types of chapter books for emerging readers. We were first introduced to them by my daughter’s teacher and she loves them. Her favourite Branch line is Owl Diaries by Rebecca Elliott. Owl Diaries is about the life of a little Owl named Eva. The book talks about school, friendship, and learning from your mistakes. The drawings are also adorable and captivating.
Other books we like from the line:
My friend recommended this book series to us as her daughter reads these and loves it. It’s about a little mouse named Mona who stumbles into a hotel called Heartwood Hotel. The story follows her along as she works in the hotels as a maid. It’s a story about friendship and community. We haven’t read these books yet, but it sounds like something my daughter would like. I’ll likely buy, “A True Home” for her to read. From the reviews, it sounds like this is a bit harder than her other books, which will be a good transition for her to more advanced chapter books.