Best Easy-To-Reads To Give Kids You Don’t Know Very Well


Continuing my series of BEST BOOKS TO GIVE KIDS YOU DON’T KNOW VERY WELL, which began with my picks of books to give younger kids

Is there a four or five-year-old in the house that you are visiting? You cannot go wrong by bringing along some easy-to-read books. Series books are the key for this group. As kids get more fluent, they tear through books with favorite characters like popcorn. You may want to bring an entire series (we’ve given you links to information on each of them).

Let's Go for a DriveLet’s Go for a Drive! (An Elephant and Piggie Book), Mo Willems (Disney/Hyperion)

Deapan humor featuring the best friends Elephant and Piggie in this newest of the series.

Katie Woo
Katie Woo Rules the School
written by Fran Manushkin, illustrated by Tammie Lyon, (Capstone/Picture Window Books)

This series stars a little girl in all of the very real awkward school and home situations confronting elementary students.  First and second graders with new reading skills beg for these books.

Penny and Her SongPenny and Her Song, written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes, (HarperCollins/Greenwillow Books)

Caldecott award winner, Henkes gives us the present of a new character in this first in anearly chapter book series about a big sister mouse who sings a new song.


Bink and Gollie: Two for One, Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile,(Candlewick)

This newest installment of a series about two best friends – one tall, neat and reserved, one petite, rambunctious with a thatch of spiky blonde hair – take us to the exciting, sometimes overwhelming experiences of the State Fair.


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