My kid will only read picture books. How do I move her to chapter books?

First, make sure your kid is really ready to move on from picture books. Many kids don't make the transition until they're around 7 or even older. Pressuring your kid to read something she's not developmentally ready for can backfire.

For most kids, the bridge between picture books and chapter books is "easy reader" books, also sometimes labeled "for beginning readers." Easy readers are formatted like chapter books, but they're slim and heavily illustrated. They're typically labeled with a reading level 1, 2, or 3 (easiest to hardest). Here's an example.

Try these easy readers:

Frog and Toad Are Friends

Zelda and Ivy: The Runaways

A few other ideas to transition your kids into more challenging books:

Try graphic novels. There are several good series for early readers: Babymouse, Squish, Lunch Lady, Captain Underpants, and Bink & Gollie. Find them all on our Graphic Novels list.

Read chapter books for beginning readers aloud to (or with) your kid. They'll see that the books aren't too tough to try on their own. Suggestions: the Ivy + Bean series and The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True.

Find chapter books that are illustrated. Even if it has only a big illustration at the beginning of a chapter, that illustration can draw a reader in, making the book seem more inviting. Librarians and booksellers can advise you. Some suggestions: Galaxy's Most Wanted, The Wainscott Weasel, The Search for WondLa, The Expeditioners.

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Kid, 12 years old

There are some chapter books that have lots of pictures in them. some examples are Rainbow Magic Series,Bonnie & Sam,Flat Stanley,& Ivy & Bean.Choose what's best for your child and try to find some kid-friendly graphic novels or manga that don't really have potty jokes.
Adult written by gabrielah1

Use comic books like Diary of a Whimpy Kids and there are others for girls, watch the movie and then read the book, like Charlie and the Chocolate factory, Charlotte's web, etc.Also get books in what she/he is interested, keep books in the car instead of bringing electronics to keep them occupied. Hope it helps