I swore that my blog would be dedicated to books that I love and that my students loved too. Well, here I sit telling you that if you have elementary school kids that love graphic novels, chances are they will LOVE the Tiny Titans series. Adults may not see what the fuss is all about.
I cannot keep these books in stock, and I believe I have every book in the series on my shelves. Wow, these books are popular. Third to fifth graders, both reluctant readers and avid readers, are all reading Tiny Titans. I’m sure 2nd graders would be too if I let them check out graphic novels. 🙂 As an fyi, the books are rated as a 1st-2nd grade reading level.
Tiny Titans are the children of Super Heroes. They go on lots of adventures, get in trouble and have all sorts of fun. The books are colorful and come in paperbacks and hardcover.
If you’re looking for some fun summer reading for your child or a fun addition to your school library, I think you’ll be very happy with the Tiny Titans series.
In the first book of the Ivy and Bean series, we meet seven year old Bean — a girl with a lot of friends. She doesn’t need a new friend, particularly the nice girl, Ivy, from across the street, because “nice, Bean knew, is another word for boring.” Ivy wears a headband. Bean definitely does not. When Bean’s plans to play a prank on her older sister go south, Ivy steps in to help. Ivy surprises Bean. “Ivy looked like a wimp, but she didn’t talk like one.” So begins Ivy and Bean’s friendship. It’s a great book that shows that people can surprise you and friendship can come from any corner. I just loved this book and can see why this series so popular in my library. It’s cute without being “too cute”.
Ivy and Bean is a wonderful early chapter series perfect for 2nd and 3rd grade. There are now 10 books in the series.
This was a sleeper series in my library. I read almost everyone with my son when he was four and five years old, and he just loved them. I couldn’t figure out why my students weren’t reading the books. It turns out that my students just didn’t find the covers interesting. So, I asked one of my second grade teachers to try reading the series out loud to her students. Oh my goodness. She loved the series and so did they. I can’t keep these books on the shelves anymore. Her entire second grade is now excited about these books, and my teacher said she will read them to her new second grade students next year.
What are the Magic Treehouse books? These short chapter books are books that combine history with adventure, magic and suspense, perfect for first and second graders. There are even picture to break up the text. Jack and Annie are brother and sister. While playing near the woods in Frog Creek Pennsylvania, Annie, Jack’s younger sister, spots a tree house high in a tree. She, the more adventurous of the two, climbs up to the tree house. Jack, the more cautious of the two, follows her reluctantly. They find books in the tree house on all different topics. Jack, a big reader, picks up one of the books on dinosaurs. Looking at a page, he says, “I wish I could see a Pteradon.” No sooner has he said it, but there is a Pteradon outside the treehouse. Annie runs out to meet it, much to Jack’s dismay. So begins Jack and Annie’s first adventure with the Magic Tree House. Once hooked, as my students now are, students can visit Pompeii, Ninjas, Pirates, the Titanic, the Amazon and many more places.
Not only does this wonderful and engaging series go on for 48 books, but it is accompanied by non-fiction readers for those students interesting in learning more about the topics in the books.
I highly recommend this series as a read aloud to younger students and as a great early chapter book for first, second and third grade readers.
Katie Kazoo is a cute series for 2nd and 3rd grade that is a real favorite with the girls at my school. I bought eight of the series, and they’ve asked me to buy the rest! (There are 35.) In the first Katie Kazoo book, Katie Kazoo Switcheroo, Katie and the rest of her third grade class a have to deal with a class bully, who doesn’t seem to be able to be anything but mean, especially to Katie. Imagine Katie’s surprise, when after wishing she could be anyone else as a shooting star goes by… she turns into a hamster!? Can she turn back into a girl? Can she help George figure out how to be nice? Read this fun series and see!