It’s Elementary: 5 Primer Series For Young Readers

Encourage independent reading with these super fun series for children kindergarten to 2nd grade.

The classic Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne is not the only great fiction series to captivate the hearts of young readers.  Take a trip to your favorite library and explore these outstanding options for early elementary grades that will encourage independent reading and prepare your child to transition to longer chapter books!


1. Hey Jack! by Sally Rippin

True to life stories, humor, and adventure all add up to a fun beginner chapter book starring Jack, the easily relatable main character.  Cartoon-like illustrations complement simple text filled with new vocabulary to learn. Pictures help convey the mood of each book and chronicle Jack's changing moods giving the reader a glimpse into Jack's world as he heads for a happy ending!


2. Kingdom of Wrenly by Jordan Quinn

Full of adventure and fantasy, this series comes alive as Lucas, the eight year-old Prince of Wrenly and only child of the king and queen, meets Clara the daughter of the queen’s seamstress. Lucas longs for friends and Clara is the perfect fit as they team-up to explore the lands of Wrenly.  Come along with these two endearing characters and discover an intriguing kingdom of dragons, fairies, knights, and royalty!


3. Judy Moody and Friends by Megan McDonald

Judy Moody offers help to her friends in this new series designed for young readers.   From “Jessica Finch in Pig Trouble”, to “Rocky Zang” in the amazing Mr. Magic”, the theme of each book explores sticky situations friends sometimes find themselves in and how to resolve them. Colorful illustrations and clever plots make these books a favorite!


4. Captain Awesome by Stan Kirby

Queen Stinkypants, Dr. Spinach and Mr. Drools are just a few of the not so villainous villains bringing treachery to the town of Sunnyview.  Who will save the day?  Enter CAPTAIN AWESOME, MI-TEE alter ego of imaginative second grader, Eugene McGillicudy!  Devoting himself to saving the town and possibly the universe from the comical team of “bad guys”,  it’s Captain Awesome to the rescue complete with towel cape, superhero uniform, and hopefully a plan!  Comic illustrations, humor, and appealing text abound in these fun to read chapter books.


5. Boris by Andrew Joyner

Boris is a fun-loving and enthusiastic warthog who lives with his mom and dad in an old van that once traveled the world. Now the van is permanently parked in a yard in the town of Hogg Bay making Boris restless for adventure.  Amazing cartoon-like color illustrations and easy to read text invite young readers to join Boris on his endeavors! Bonus pages include directions for fun activities that relate to the theme of each story.