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#1 of 18 Old 04-07-2009, 11:34 AM - Thread Starter
 
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My very gifted kindergartener is in very into series books right now. She loves the funny stuff, with "naughty" kids especially . She used to LOVE Junie B. Jones and read those in no time, as well as the Ramona series that she just finished up. I struggle to find books that are age appropriate at her reading level. She read some of the Tinkerbell series, which wasn't really her thing. I've asked her teacher, but her teacher has never taught higher than K, so she didn't have many suggestions. Her school only goes up to 2nd grade, and she tells me the librarian doesn't give her any ideas either, lol. I've tried talking her into some non-series books, but she much prefers when she can get a whole boxed set!
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Black Lagoon Chapter Books
Bailey School Kids Adventures
Bailey School Jr Chapter Books
Pirate School Chapter Books
Dragon Slayer Academy
Time Warp Trio
Flat Stanley
Franny K Stein
My Weird School
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Does she like any of the "boy" stuff - Captain Underpants, Ready Freddy?
My kindergartner is into The Black Lagoon and Scooby-Doo books at the moment.

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Definitely Franny K Stein. She's a mad scientist and my dc loved these books.

Melvin Beederman - a series of books about a superhero who always takes several tries to do something like fly or leap over a building. Again, my dc found them very funny.

My kindergartener also really likes some of the shorter "series" for older kids:
Mad Scientist Club
Henry Reed
The Great Brain

Did she read The Magic Treehouse series? Like a lot of the series mentioned by other posters (and Melvin Beederman), they're pretty easy chapter books - 2nd to 3rd grade level. Those seem to be real favorites of a lot of kindergarteners and pre-K kids who read.
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The Clementine books are cute...probably about 3rd grade reading level from a DRA perspective...there are three books and Clementine is a pretty funny character (sort of like a more advanced Junie B with better grammar)
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Are the Chrestomanci books by Diana Wynne Jones too old for her?

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Are the Chrestomanci books by Diana Wynne Jones too old for her?
Ooh, good ones! I love Diana Wynne Jones. My dd1 would like those.:

OP, has she read The Spiderwick Chronicles yet? They're quick and easy, but my dd1 still re-reads them from time to time.
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Pippi Longstocking, and the other books by this author

Mrs.Pigglewiggle

Abby and Tess Pet-sitters (book 1: Goldfish don't take bubble baths)

not naughty but enjoyed by dd almost 5:

Andrew Lost
Rainbow Fairies
Magic Schoolbus Chapter books
Animal Ark Pets (not the reg. - book1 : Puppy Puzzle)

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My dd1 really enjoyed the Bunnicula books, too. They are very funny.
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Black Lagoon Chapter Books are great. I would recommend those 100% Here is a good resource for them:

http://teacher.scholastic.com/clubs/...ack_lagoon.htm

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I still love Junie B Jones, she cracks me up, lol!

She might like Wayside stories from Wayside School, if you can find them-- hilarious and off the wall weirdness.

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A lot of good series have already been mentioned. You might try the Fairy Realm series by Emily Rodda as well. Fun books and there are 10 or 11 out now.
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I heartily recommend the Ivy and Bean series. There are five books so far and another one due to come out in the Fall. These are about two girls who are friends and get into trouble in rather wild ways.

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We've not had any luck here with MT, Junie B or the like.

However, The Cobblestone Cousins series was beloved. Cynthia Rylant, in general, is popular here.

She enjoyed pretty much anything by Astird Lindgren, especially The Robber's
Daughter, and all the Pippi books.

The Sister's Grimm was very engaging for her, and even now is looking forward to the next book in the series.

She did enjoy Spiderwick Chronicles, although not the new series. She was OK woth the forst 5 or so books of the Series of Unfortunate Events, but after that she was aggravated that the kids were 'so gullible'.

She liked some Kathryn Lasky books. Maybe try The Ga'hoole series?

The Guilda Joyce series is another she enjoyed.

Oh, I see someone mentioned Ivy & Bean. My dd liked those.
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If she likes "naughty" kids, she might like the Sister Magic series. The younger sister is magical and the older one is always trying to protect her secret/getting her out of scrapes, etc.

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The author of the Magic Tree House books, Mary Pope Osborne, also wrote Tales From The Odyssey that my dd really enjoyed at that age. They come in a 6 book set, so could be just what you are looking for. Not a lot of words on each page, but the concept is advance enough to occupy her mind for a while. They ended up sparking a huge fascination, at the time, with Greek mythology for my kid.

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I have to second The Great Brain series!!!!!!!! Those were my FAVORITE when I was a kid.
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