Thursday, January 22, 2015

9 Easy Reader Series Starring Girls

Series are really popular with beginning readers. Here are some great easy reader series starring girls!

Katie Woo

by Fran Manushkin, illustrated by Tammie Lyon
Book 1: Best Season Ever
Katie Woo guides readers through typical school problems and experiences including moving, celebrating birthdays, losing a tooth and getting new glasses. Watch a book trailer for the series here.


by Jean Little, illustrated by Jennifer Plecas
Book 1: Emma's Magic Winter
Emma deals with making a new friend, gaining an adoptive brother, and finding a pet that doesn't bother her allergies in this trilogy.

Amelia Bedelia (Level 1 I Can Read Books)

by Herman Parish, illustrated by Lynne Avril
Book 1: Amelia Bedelia Makes a Friend
Herman Parish has written several books about Amelia Bedelia as a sweet but literal-minded child, in which she engages in typical childhood activities, such as going on a hike, having a sleepover, and making a new friend. Click here to see the publisher's webpage for this branch of the Amelia Bedelia series.

Fancy Nancy

by Jane O'Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glassman
Book 1: The 100th Day of School
This series is spun off from the popular picture books. Nancy takes on various problems with school and friends using her exceptional vocabulary. Each volume concludes with a short glossary.


by Victoria Kann
Book 1: Pink Around the Rink 
Also spun off from a popular picture book series, these books tell stories of everyday occurences at home and at school with a splash of pink. 


by Robin Farley, illustrated by Olga Ivanov
Book 1: Mia and the Too Big Tutu
Mia the cat is a ballerina whose adventures all revolve around dancing.


by Kevin Henkes
Book 1: Penny and Her Song
Penny is a mouse who lives with her parents and infant siblings. In this trilogy, Penny learns a new song, names her new doll, and makes amends when she makes a terrible mistake. Penny and her Marble, the third book of the series, was a 2014 Geisel Honor book. Kevin Henkes introduces the series in this short video.

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa

by Erica Silverman, illustrated by Betsy Lewin  
Book 1: Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa
Kate and her horse, Cocoa, are best friends who argue, play, and have fun together. The first book of this series was a 2006 Geisel honor book.  There are six books in all. 

Amanda Pig

by Jean Van Leeuwen and Ann Schweninger
Amanda Pig is the younger sister of Oliver pig. She stars in some books of her own, as well as those about her brother. Amanda Pig and the Really Hot Day was also a 2006 Geisel Honor book.
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