Suggested Titles for Young Readers
[From: Graves, Bonnie, & Glasser, Robin Priess. (2002). Taking care of trouble. New York: Dutton.]
Transitional books are ideal for children whose reading levels have advanced beyond easy readers but who are not yet ready for full-length juvenile fiction and nonfiction. With fewer than 100 pages of text and large, easy-to-read typefaces, these books can challenge young readers without intimidating them. Many of the titles listed below are entries in large series.
Brisson, Pat, & Bluthenthal, Diana Cain. (1997). Hot fudge hero. New York: Henry Holt. Three charming short stories that all involve Bertie and his love of hot fudge sundaes.
Krull, Kathleen, & Santoro, Christopher. (2003). The night the Martians landed. New York: HarperCollins.
Straightforward prose tells the true story of the October 30, 1938, radio broadcast of a play based on H. G. Wells' science fiction novel The War of the Worlds. The broadcast terrified thousands of people who believed it was a real news report.Levy, Elizabeth, & Elliot, Mark. (2001). Big trouble in Little Twinsville. New York: HarperCollins. Ten-year-old Eve finds life with her five-year-old twin sisters to be a constant (and amusing) battle. Levy, Elizabeth, & Basso, Bill. (2001). Night of the living gerbil. New York: HarperCollins. Sam and his brother Robert suspect that their new neighbor is a zombie with designs on their dead pet gerbil. Lowry, Lois. (2002). Gooney Bird Greene. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. Spunky second-grader Gooney Bird Greene enthralls her classmates with her wild stories and outrageous outfits. Lowry, Lois. (2005). Gooney Bird Greene and the room mother. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. Gooney Bird Greene is back. In this installment of the amusing series, she sets her mind to finding a room mother for her second grade class. Manes, Stephen. (1982). Be a perfect person in just three days! New York: Clarion. The hilarious tale of Milo’s attempts to become a perfect person. Marsden, Carolyn. (2002). The gold-threaded dress. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick. Thai-American Oy brings her ceremonial Thai dress to school hoping it will help her to make friends. Osborne, Mary Pope. (1992). Dinosaurs before dark (Magic Tree House). New York: Random House. Jack and Annie find a magic tree house that transports them back into the time of the dinosaurs. Porte, Barbara Ann, & Carpenter, Nancy. (2000). If you ever get lost: The adventures of Julia and Evan. New York: Greenwillow. Amusing short stories about Julia and her younger brother Eric, who go grocery shopping together, help to catch two thieves, and try to learn to speak Spanish. Roy, Ron, & Gurney, Steven. The absent author (The A to Z Mystery series). (1997). New York: Random House. In this first entry in the series, Dink and his two best friends must solve the mystery the missing author. Scieszka, Jon, & Smith, Lane. (1994). Knights of the kitchen table (The Time Warp Trio series). New York: Puffin. In the first entry in this zany fantasy series, Joe, Fred, and Sam travel through time to a world of knights, dragons, and giants. Spinelli, Jerry, & Nelson, Donna. (1995). Tooter Pepperday. New York: Random House. Tooter resists moving from the suburbs to Aunt Sally's farm.
Stevenson, James. (1997). The Mud Flat mystery. New York: Greenwillow.
When a large box arrives in the mail, the animals of Mud Flat are desperately curious about its contents.
Van Leeuwan, Jan, & Schweninger, A. (2004). Oliver the Mighty Pig. New York: Dial.
The Oliver and Amanda Pig is a large easy reader series. In this entry, after Oliver gets a superhero cape for his birthday, he becomes Oliver, the Mighty Pig!
Warner, Sally. (2005). Only Emma. New York: Viking.
Third grader Emma McGraw presents her view of siblings, school, and daily life in this first entry in the series.