When children begin reading chapter books independently, they often love to read books in a series. The familiar characters and storylines can help them build confidence and speed as they read. Most of the books listed here are the first book in the series. You’ll find these books in the Children’s Fiction collection by the author’s last name.
Favorite Early Chapter Books in Series
The Stories Julian Tells Julian’s World by Ann Cameron
Julian has a big imagination. And he is great at telling stories. He can make people—especially his younger brother, Huey—believe just about anything. Like the story about the cats that come in the mail. Or the fig leaves that make you grow tall if you eat them off the tree. But some stories can lead to a heap of trouble, and that’s exactly where Julian and Huey end up!
Dragons and Marshmallows Zoey and Sassafras by Asia Citro
Zoey discovers a glowing photo and learns an amazing secret. Injured magical animals come to their backyard barn for help! When a sick baby dragon appears, it’s up to Zoey and Sassafras to figure out what’s wrong. Will they be able to help little Marshmallow before it’s too late? Each story in the Zoey and Sassafras series features a new magical animal with a problem that must be solved using science.
Owl Diaries by Rebecca Elliot
Introduce her to Owl Diaries, a series from Scholastic’s Branches line that stars a little owl named Eva Wingdale. Throughout the series, Eva Windale, learns a number of valuable — or owl-uable — lessons, from overcoming jealousy and apologizing to friends she’s hurt, to learning to ask for help when she needs it. The Owl Diaries series features vibrant illustrations, easy-to-read text, fascinating owl facts.
Rise of the Balloon Goons The Notebook of Doom by Troy Cummings
Alexander Bopp has just moved to a new town where he uncovers all sorts of monsters.
Mercy Watson by Kate Dicamillo
To Mr. and Mrs. Watson, Mercy is not just a pig — she’s a porcine wonder. And to the portly and good-natured Mercy, the Watsons are an excellent source of buttered toast, not to mention that buttery-toasty feeling she gets when she snuggles into bed with them. This is not, however, so good for the Watsons’ bed. Welcome to the wry and endearing world of Mercy Watson.
Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon
Danny Dragonbreath can’t breathe fire, but he has no fear. Ursula Vernon introduces an irresistible set of characters that will have readers laughing until smoke comes out of their noses!