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Dd started reading chapter books on her own. Yesterday. In 24 hours, she has ripped through the 5 Junie B Jones book our library had on hand. We are going back to the library to pick up some new material. I poked around the chapter book area yesterday and am at a loss as to what to try next. We recently finished the original Little House books that I read aloud to her. The problem is that her vocabulary is quite limited. Even the JBJ books have a word or two on each page she has not read before. She can sound out words but I do not want her to get very frustrated during these first few weeks of independent reading. Any suggestions for authors that have a similar reading level but are LONGER to keep her in books for a few days. I first thought of the Ramona books, but they are currently all checked out. I am OK with "fluff" material at this point.

ETA - She is 5, almost 6.

ETA (again) - Our library is pretty small with a limited selection. Anything brand new is not likely to be available.
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Ruth Chew wrote dozens of 80-100 page books about magic that are pretty easy to read and exciting without being too scary.

Judy Blume wrote a couple of books for very young kids. The one that comes to mind is The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo. It's been a long time since I read it, though, so I'm not sure how long it is.

Little Plum by Rumer Godden might be easy enough.

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There have been several discussions like this in the books and media forum lately. Here are some links:

chapter book sugg. for 6 yr old
books with strong female main characters... for 6,7,8,9 yo olds
Can you please recommend some chapter books for my young girls?
5yo Chapter Books

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My dd really enjoyed the Ivy and Bean books when she was outgrowing the JBJ level. They are a little bit longer.

The Magic Tree House series is great for that level. They aren't terribly long, but there sure are a bunch of them!
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Thanks everyone! How it did not occur to me to post on the book forum....
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Ruth Chew has a fabulous line of books that my young, gifted reader ate up at that age.

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/53238.Ruth_Chew

Not currently in print, but my used bookstore always coughs up a few titles.
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DD likes the A to Z mysteries series.

Usborne books has some fabulous ones, classic stories like Heidi and books of mermaid stories, etc.

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My son really loved Geronimo Stilton books. They are chaptered but have great color drawings too. It's a mouse detective series.

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HI, I don't have a book idea, but an idea for your library. See if they can "borrow" from another, larger library to expand your choices. Most libraries are part of network of lending libraries. Good luck, Karen

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The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
Mr. Popper's Penguins
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HI, I don't have a book idea, but an idea for your library. See if they can "borrow" from another, larger library to expand your choices. Most libraries are part of network of lending libraries. Good luck, Karen
I was just getting ready to suggest this! My local library not only does interlibrary loans in the county, they have a new feature of borrowing books from other libraries throughout the state! So its much easier to get *hot* books because the bigger libraries get more copies and get them sooner than our little library does.

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The Mercy Watson books haven't been mentioned yet. They are cute, a bit longer than Junie B but def. at the same level (or close).

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Also, I wouldn't worry about making sure they are longer. There is a sense of accomplishment when they finish x number of chapter books. Just keep the stack big so that there is always another read!

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This may not be what you're going for, but here are online audio books through Tumblebooks.com

http://www.tumblebooks.com/library/a...hers&isflash=1

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Cynthia Rylant has written a lot of different series of books for beginner readers.
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My daughter has been reading the Mary Kate and Ashley Detective books and loves them!

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The Little House on the Prairie series.

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I second the A to Z mysteries series by Mary Pope Osbourne. DS also LOVES Magic Tree House books. I like those, too, because they take a little dip into history as Jack and Annie travel in time to Vikings, knights, castles, etc.
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The Boxcar Children (might be a bit above Junie B. Jones in terms of reading level). They're mysteries, which ds likes and the major advantage is that there's at least 100 of them!

Cam Jansen mysteries.

My kids liked the A to Z mysteries too (FYI, they're written by Ron Roy, not Mary Pope Osborne. SHE wrote the Magic Tree House franchise, um... series.)

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My DD is liking The Littles and the Boxcar Children. Also Moxie Maxwell Does Not Like Stuart Little (I think there are a few of these).

Not sure if these will be too much of a step up from Junie B...
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