Early reader chapter books is not a clearly defined category. My definition of this category is books that are an appropriate “next step”—in terms of content, type size, and length– for young readers (6-9) who are looking for longer chapter books. Many early reader chapter books include more illustrations than other middle grade books, and, as a result, they often make wonderful read aloud books for classrooms and for parents or siblings. Some of these books (for example, An Army of Frogs) are also wonderful choices for older (9-12) reluctant readers.
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Since we started The Reading Bug, I have been asked on a number of occasions to compile a list of picture books that feature strong, independent girls. I’ve given this a lot of thought, and here are my favorites.