Best Book Series for Early Readers

When kids graduate from picture books to chapter books, it's a great moment. Here's a list of some of our favorite books for early readers -- they all have engaging stories and relatable characters to help make the chapter-book transition easier. Some, like Poppleton, work for either read-alone or read-aloud, helping kids get used to plot and chapter structure. For more surefire picks, check out our Best Book Series and Graphic Novels lists, and get tips on how to encourage and support young readers

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A Is for Amber Series Book Poster Image
Amber's adventures have great messages for young readers.
By Paula Danziger
(2018)
(2001)
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Charlie & Mouse, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Charming early reader about two adorable brothers.
By Laurel Snyder
(2018)
(2017)
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Poppleton Series Book Poster Image
Kindly pig has adventures with friends in gentle tales.
By Cynthia Rylant
(2016)
(2016)
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Henry and Mudge Series Book Poster Image
Simple, sweet stories about a boy and his beloved dog.
By Cynthia Rylant
(2015)
(1987)
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Hey Jack! Series Book Poster Image
Kind boy and sweet stories are great for new readers.
By Sally Rippin
(2016)
(2013)
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Katie Woo Series Book Poster Image
Relatable stories in short chapters have good life lessons.
By Fran Manushkin
(2015)
(2011)
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The Kingdom of Wrenly Series Book Poster Image
Fun adventures of prince and friend in magical kingdom.
By Jordan Quinn
(2016)
(2014)
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Mercy Watson to the Rescue: Mercy Watson, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Funny, silly pig story great for early readers.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2006)
(2005)
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The Princess in Black Book Poster Image
Fun tale of monster-fighting princess who leads double life.
By Shannon Hale, Dean Hale
(2014)
(2014)
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Princess Pink and the Land of Fake-Believe Series Book Poster Image
Irreverent twists on fairy tales keep new readers guessing.
By Noah Z. Jones
(2016)
(2014)
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Rainbow Magic Series Book Poster Image
Friends' fairy adventures are fun intro to fantasy.
By Daisy Meadows
(2015)
(2005)
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Zelda and Ivy Series Book Poster Image
Fun adventures of fox sisters with wild imaginations.
By Laura McGee Kvasnosky
(2017)
(2014)
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A to Z Mysteries Series Book Poster Image
Good-hearted kids solve mysteries in fun, short chapters.
By Ron Roy
(2015)
(1997)
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Ada Lace Series Book Poster Image
Third-grader uses science to solve problems and mysteries.
By Emily Calandrelli
(2018)
(2017)
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The Adventures of Sophie Mouse Series Book Poster Image
Cheerful stories about animal friends' kindness and honesty.
By Poppy Green
(2016)
(2015)
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Ballpark Mysteries Series Book Poster Image
Bro and sis solve fun mysteries in major-league ballparks.
By David A. Kelly
(2016)
(2011)
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A Bear Called Paddington Book Poster Image
Delightful classic about a bear adopted by a London family.
By Michael Bond
(2008)
(1958)
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Bookmarks Are People Too!: Here's Hank, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Boy finds smart ways to overcome challenges in fun story.
By Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver
(2014)
(2014)
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Calendar Mysteries Series Book Poster Image
First-graders solve suspenseful mysteries month by month.
By Ron Roy
(2016)
(2009)
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Cam Jansen Series Book Poster Image
Fifth-grader with photographic memory solves fun mysteries.
By David A. Adler
(2016)
(2004)
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Capital Mysteries Series Book Poster Image
White House kids solve mysteries, have fun around D.C.
By Ron Roy
(2016)
(2009)
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Dory Fantasmagory Book Poster Image
Funny, relatable tale of 6-year-old with wild imagination.
By Abby Hanlon
(2014)
(2014)
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Dragon Masters Series Book Poster Image
Action-packed tales of young dragon masters fighting evil.
By Tracey West
(2016)
(2014)
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Eerie Elementary Series Book Poster Image
Spooky tales of kids at a school that's alive and angry.
By Jack Chabert
(2016)
(2014)
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Goldie Blox Rules the School!: GoldieBlox, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Cheery, messy fun in freewheeling female engineer series.
By Stacy McAnulty
(2017)
(2017)
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Ivy + Bean, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Friendship tale a sure hit with kids starting chapter books.
By Annie Barrows
(2007)
(2007)
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Judy Moody Was in a Mood Book Poster Image
Wickedly funny take on life in third grade.
By Megan McDonald
(2004)
(2004)
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The Life of Ty Series Book Poster Image
Kind boy faces change in family, friends in relatable tales.
By Lauren Myracle
(2016)
(2014)
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Magic Tree House Series Book Poster Image
Fun, educational chapter books have something for everyone.
By Mary Pope Osborne
(2012)
(1992)
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Masterpiece Adventures: The Marvin & James Series Book Poster Image
A beetle and a boy share a friendship in sweet stories.
By Elise Broach
(2016)
(2015)
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Nate the Great Series Book Poster Image
Nate solves neighborhood mysteries in fun new-reader series.
By Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
(2016)
(2016)
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Polly Diamond and the Magic Book Book Poster Image
Girl learns words, family matter in fun, imaginative story.
By Alice Kuipers
(2018)
(2018)
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Princess Pulverizer Series Book Poster Image
Atypical princess story is spirited, funny, full of burps.
By Nancy Krulik
(2018)
(2018)
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The Rescue Princesses Series Book Poster Image
Four princesses save animals using brains and bravery.
By Paula Harrison
(2015)
(2012)
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Secret Agent Jack Stalwart Series Book Poster Image
Captivating adventures of globe-trotting, crime-solving boy.
By Elizabeth Singer Hunt
(2016)
(2007)
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Shelter Pet Squad Series Book Poster Image
Upbeat, fun adventures spotlight kind, animal-loving kids.
By Cynthia Lord
(2015)
(2014)
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Stella and the Night Sprites Series Book Poster Image
Magic glasses let girl see sparkly fairy world in fun tales.
By Sam Hay
(2016)
(2016)
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Stink Series Book Poster Image
This 7-year-old's antics will engage emerging readers.
By Megan McDonald
(2016)
(2013)
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Babymouse Series Book Poster Image
Quick, lively graphic novels pack in the positivity.
By Jennifer L. Holm
(2010)
(2005)
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The Bad Guys Series Book Poster Image
Snappy dialogue and irreverent humor in fun graphic novels.
By Aaron Blabey
(2017)
(2016)
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The Bailey School Kids Series Book Poster Image
Four adventurous friends solve mysteries in engaging tales.
By Debbie Dadey, Marcia Thornton Jones
(2016)
(1991)
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Beezus and Ramona Book Poster Image
The first Ramona book is a treat for all ages.
By Beverly Cleary
(2007)
(2006)
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Betsy-Tacy Series Book Poster Image
Trio of young friends grows up in beloved 1940s series.
By Maud Hart Lovelace
(2016)
(1940)
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The Bailey School Kids Series Book Poster Image
Four adventurous friends solve mysteries in engaging tales.
By Debbie Dadey, Marcia Thornton Jones
(2016)
(1991)
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The Boxcar Children Series Book Poster Image
Engaging classic mystery series great for beginning readers.
By Gertrude Chandler Warner
(2013)
(1942)
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The Carver Chronicles Series Book Poster Image
Kids face challenges big and small in kind, engaging books.
By Karen English
(2016)
(2014)
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Encyclopedia Brown Series Book Poster Image
Boy solves crimes that stump adults in fun, funny mysteries.
By Donald J. Sobol
(2015)
(2007)
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Geronimo Stilton Series Book Poster Image
Fun adventures of a nervous mouse and his wacky family.
By Elisabetta Dami
(2016)
(2004)
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Hank the Cowdog Series Book Poster Image
Ranch dog is head of security in fun cowboy-themed series.
By John R. Erickson
(2016)
(2011)
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Horrible Harry Series Book Poster Image
Fun tales of impish jokester's sweet adventures with pals.
By Suzy Kline
(2016)
(1997)
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Lulu Series Book Poster Image
Delightful adventures of young girl caring for animals.
By Hilary McKay
(2016)
(2014)
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The Magic School Bus Series Book Poster Image
Smart science-based series mixes facts and fun.
By Joanna Cole
(2012)
(1986)
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My Weird School Series Book Poster Image
Playful books have jokes, lessons, some stereotypes.
By Dan Gutman
(2016)
(2004)
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Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew Series Book Poster Image
Younger Nancy Drew solves cases in beginning mystery series.
By Carolyn Keene
(2016)
(2016)
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Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth Book Poster Image
Chapter book mystery promises more fun for Fancy Nancy fans.
By Jane O'Connor
(2012)
(2012)
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Precious Ramotswe Series Book Poster Image
Kind, brave 9-year-old solves fun mysteries in Botswana.
By Alexander McCall Smith
(2016)
(2012)
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Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot Series Book Poster Image
A mouse and robot fight evildoers in fun graphic novels.
By Dav Pilkey
(2016)
(2014)
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Ruby Lu Series Book Poster Image
Spirited Ruby faces changing family, friends in fun series.
By Lenore Look
(2016)
(2004)
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Secrets of Droon Series Book Poster Image
Simple but inventive series great for first fantasy reading.
By Tony Abbott
(2012)
(1999)
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Skunked!: Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Laughs, science in new Callie series for younger readers.
By Jacqueline Kelly
(2016)
(2016)
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Squish Book Poster Image
Cute, clever start to series from Babymouse authors.
By Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm
(2011)
(2011)
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The Zack Files Series Book Poster Image
Silly stories of 10-year-old Zack's improbable adventures.
By Dan Greenburg
(2016)
(2016)
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Phoebe and Her Unicorn Series Book Poster Image
Funny, sarcastic graphic novels have layers of complexity.
By Dana Simpson
(2015)
(2014)
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