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5 Easy Chapter Book Series for Early Readers

Flat Stanley

Stanley is a little boy who was accidentally smashed flat and decides to see the world by mailing himself everywhere and you can read all about his amazing adventures in this series.

Magic Treehouse

This series revolve around siblings Jack and Annie, who discover that a tree house in the woods near their home can transport them to different places and historical periods. The children are sent all around the globe to achieve specific goals, usually to rescue an important historical document. The books are all highly entertaining and educational.

Amber Brown

Amber Brown's name sounds like it might be a crayon color. She has to deal with things like her parents divorcing and her best friend moving across the country.

A to Z Mysteries

This series follows 9-year-old detectives Dink, Josh, and Ruth as they solve many mysteries. 26 of them, to be precise. One for every letter in the alphabet.

Judy Moody

Judy Moody is a little girl who has lots of moods. She has a mood for anything life throws at her. Sometimes it's a bad mood and sometimes it's a medical mood and sometimes it's a fancy mood, but she always has a mood.

Flat Stanley Judy Moody Detective camp

Inside the Brain of a Struggling Reader

Inside the brain of a struggling reader infographic

Halloween Chapter Books for Early Readers

How to Find Great Early Chapter Books

  • A good clue is the age of the protagonist. Is the main character the same age as your child? If so, then likely the book is a good match.
  • Size of type. Books with larger fonts are geared towards younger children.
  • Density of illustrations. The more illustrations the younger the audience. This does not apply to all books (graphic novels are one exception). Illustration-heavy books are good choices for reluctant readers.
  • Color illustrations usually indicate an easier reading level.
  • If you find an author you like, look for more of their books. Authors often write multiple books for the same reading level.
  • Kids naturally self-censor. If a book is too difficult, they will put it down.

For non-fiction books, the easier readers are marked in purple at the New Lenox Public Library! Also at the library, we have books lists sorted by topic or grade level, which may be helpful in your search. Find them by the Youth Services main desk!

If you’re still having difficulty finding appropriate books ask your friendly neighborhood librarian!

Ivy and Bean : no news is good news The knight at dawn Cam Jansen and the mystery of the dinosaur bone The life of Ty : penguin problems

Science Club

September's Science Club had a blast a few weeks ago! We talked about gravity and air resistance, made an awesome splatter paint poster, and had an egg drop contest! Look below for a few memorable moments from the program and don’t forget to register for October’s Science Club, happening on Monday, October 13th at 4:30!