Book Series for a 1St Grader

Updated on October 26, 2012
S.H. asks from Ann Arbor, MI
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Hi everyone! My daughter's 7th birthday is right around the corner and I was thinking about getting her a chapter book series (or at least part of one). She is in 1st grade and LOVES to read and be read to. Her reading level is considered to be about 3rd grade level. She loves adventure, sci-fi, animals, thrillers and all things girly (she has a wide range of interest). Any suggestions about some of your favorite book series for a 7 year old? If it is too challenging for her at this point, my husband and I don't mind reading them to her until she can do it herself... Thanks in advance :-)

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Thank you all so much, and feel free to keep them coming! I have been browsing through many of your suggestions and finding many of them on my daughters classroom scholastic on-line page. For as many books as she has, Nancy Drew is the only series book she has (that I am aware of anyway). She LOVED the borrowers movie, so I was excited to see that was a book series (although I may have to read her this one). She will love the Geronimo Stiton books, Magic tree house books, Little house of the prairie, Warrier cats, puppy place... so many wonderful suggestions!! Thank you so much moms, I knew I could count on you for some great ideas and the perfect birthday present (and Christmas) :-) The hard part now is which one to start with! HA! HA!

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answers from Austin on

Magic Tree House
Animal Ark
Pony Pals
Babysitter Club's Little Sister
Boxcar Children
Little House on the Prairie

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answers from Cleveland on

Ivy and Bean series. My oldest isn't a huge fan of reading but loves those. My husband and I also find them very funny.

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answers from Washington DC on

How about the Little House on the Prairie series. I loved all those books and still enjoy them!

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answers from Columbia on

Check out Warrior Cats series by Erin Hunter. My daughter loved them as a second grader and many of them are written in graphic novel style. I think they are for grade 2 through 4.

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answers from El Paso on

What about the Nancy Drew books?

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answers from Pittsburgh on

The Borrowers (original, Aloft, Afield, Abroad and one other)

ETA: Love Judy Blume but she is not old enough for Forever and probably a little young for Are You There God, It's Me Margaret.

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answers from Philadelphia on

My daughter loved the American Girl books. Meet XXX, Happy Birthday XXX, XXX learns a Lesson and etc. although she did not care for the mystery books.

-Judy Moody
-Cupcake Diaries

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answers from New York on

The Magic Tree House
Ramona (and all the other Ramona books) by Beverly Cleary
Baby Sitters Club Little Sister
American Girl books

You also might want to try the Great Illustrated Classics which are shorter versions (but very true to the originals) of the classics including, Black Beauty, Heidi, Treasure Island, and The Secret Garden.

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It's a little bit easy for her, but my daughter absolutely loved the Geronimo Stilton books.
I will be honest... my daughter is an advance reader (and has been since she was 4 years old). I didn't really like her reading these all that much, simply because she read them so easily and quickly. But, the stories were of interest to her and she ENJOYED them. She'd read one in a couple hours and be ready for the next.. it started adding up. At the same time, she could have easily read the Little House books (I loved them when I was a girl)... but she has NEVER had ANY interest in them. Flat out turns them down. And at their age, reading should be fun and something they want to do....

These books are about a mouse detective and his (and his sister's?) adventures. They are listed as grades 2-4, typically, and ages 7 and up. My daughter was very advanced and read them at about 5. If you click on the link, amazon lets you "look inside" to see if you think it might be what your child might like. My kids also liked the "Where in the World is Carmen SanDiego?" (or whatever that show was)... so these books, I think, had that element of intrigue and discovery that they liked about the show.

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answers from Atlanta on

Has she red the magic tree house books yet?

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answers from Dallas on

Magic Tree House, Hank the Cowdog, Junie B Jones (she's a bit of a smart alec, so not everyone is a fan), Boxcar Children, Little House on the Prairie and Encylopedia Brown.

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answers from Cleveland on

my kids like the puppy place books by Ellen Miles She has a kitten korner series too

And Ron Roy ( or maybe Rob roy?) does the A to Z mysteries plus, Calendar mysteries, Those are fun.

happy reading.

I don't like them as much but the Rainbow Fairy books are fun to collect too.

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answers from Philadelphia on

i;m commenting so i can read the answers later=) thanks for asking.



answers from Houston on

A-Z Mysteries
Ricky Ricotta's Robot series by Dav Pilky

We too love Magic Tree House, Cam Jansen (awesome series), Boxcar Children, Arthur, and Harry Potter.



answers from Minneapolis on

My 3rd grader still loves the Geronimo Stilton books and his reading level is about 7th grade. If you like those books, Geronimo has a sister named Thea Stilton and she has her own series. Also try the Judy Moody books. We haven't read them but Judy Moody has a brother and he has a series that we read. Also try the A to Z Mysteries. You can also go to the Scholastic website and find books that are at her reading level. Also talk to her teacher and get some ideas.


answers from San Francisco on

I have a first grader and he's big on the Cam Jansen series right now.



answers from New York on

My son is in first grade too. He's at a similar reading level and has similar interests :). His favorite series are:

Secrets of Droon
Beast Quest
Geronimo Stilton
Wayside School
Magic Tree House

For an individual book (well, a set of 3), I cannot recommend My Father's Dragon enough.





answers from Chicago on

My daughter (1st grader) is also an advanced reader, and she loves the Junie B. Jones books. They are challenging enough for her, but the content is appropriate for a 6 or 7 year old. Good luck!



answers from Detroit on

My 7 year-old daughter loves the Rainbow Magic series!



answers from Chicago on

junie b jones
judy moody
horrible harry
wayside school
anything by judy blume
anything by beverly cleary
magic treehouse
house of droon
hank the cowdog
little sisters (younger series of babysitter club type books)
uncle wiggly stories are not series but a book with a bunch of stories my kids loved them

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