This summer has been a great journey in reader’s advisory. I’ve seen kids that I first met when they were in kindergarten start reading Harry Potter for the first time. Seventh graders check out their first titles from the YA section. Storytime regulars from just last year snatching up Magic Tree House and Junie B. Jones. You all know what I’m talking about — the kids are growing up and so are their reading tastes.
But how do we make that transition easier for kids who aren’t ready to leave their picture book friends behind? Why, with this list of character books that stretch from picture books up to chapter books, of course!
Picture Books to Readers
- Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin and James Dean
Picture Books to Chapter Books
- Arthur by Marc Brown
- Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
Picture Books to Readers to Chapter Books
- Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish and Herman Parish
- Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor
And let’s not forget our media tie-ins: Diego, Disney, Dora, Scooby Doo, Spongebob, Star Wars.
I know I must be missing lots of titles to add to the list. Why don’t you add them in the comments?
– Katie Salo
Youth Services Manager
Melrose Park Library