My daughter is three and a half years old and has loved being read to since she was in the womb! We'e always done a lot of reading together and now we're on to chapter books. We're in the middle of quite a few different series right now, she picks whatever she wants from the juvenile fiction section and we try it out and I pick some I think would be good too. So far our favorites are:
1. Rainbow Magic by Daisy Meadows. These books have a bunch of series to them, such as the Earth Fairies, Fashion Fairies, Ocean Fairies, etc. etc. There's tons of different types of fairies and the girls in the books have to help the fairies get their missing objects back from the human world usually. They're quick and exciting reads, only about 60-70 pages.
2. Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne. My daughter is always eager to hear the next Magic Tree House book, we're currently on book #14. I think all kids would love these books, they are very appealing to both boys and girls and definitely hold interest. There's also lots of factual information in the books so other learning is taking place while you're reading them as well.
3. The Baby Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin. People are used to 10 year old kids reading these books, but there's no inappropriate content in them as they are in the juvenile fiction section. The fact that this series is another one of my daughters top favorites makes me very proud. Books like these help expand her vocabulary and reading comprehension.
4. The Bailey School Kids by Debbie Dadey. These are such cute books, and they are pretty quick reads. My daughter likes spooky stories and these are perfect for that, with titles like "Ghosts Don't Eat Potato Chips" and "Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots"
5. Mermaid Tales by Debbie Dadey. Debbie Dadey is a fabulous author! She wrote The Bailey School Kids books above too. These Mermaid Tales books are so cute and what little girl doesn't love to hear about mermaids and imagine life under the sea. I even love these books, it might be my favorite series that we're reading.
6. Never Girls by Kiki Thorpe. Disney always seems to captivate kids. My daughter really liked the children's books about Tinkerbell and all her fairy friends in Pixie Hollow and finding the Never Girls books was awesome because it gives her a chance to hear about them more in depth and with regular girls in the mix too. Fairies are one of her favorite things and I think that's probably true for a lot of kids her age.
7. Nancy Clancy by Jane O'Connor. We've already read all of these and are eagerly awaiting the next one! Fancy Nancy is probably my daughter's favorite children's book series, there's tons of the books, including first readers that she's learning to read with herself. The chapter books are fun and like always Nancy shares her fancy words and my daughters vocabulary expands. Some of the books are about solving mysteries which is a fun concept for my daughters age and I think we'll also start reading the Nancy Drew books soon.
8. Magic School Bus by Jennifer Johnston. These are great because they are very educational and fun with all the different personalities of the school children, and their teacher. It's also fun to imagine a school bus shrinking and being able to experience all these things first hand.
9. Minnie & Daisy Best Friends Forever. Another Disney favorite! I love chapter books featuring kids favorite characters that they already know and love. Makes the introduction to chapter books easier if that's needed. These books also have good messages about friendship and character.
10. Agatha Girl of Mystery by Sir Steve Stevenson. Like I said earlier, mystery solving books can be fun for kids this age and inspire some pretend play.
11. Disney Fairies by Lisa Papademetriou. Even more detailed fairy stories, love that the magic of Never Land continues on in so many different book series.
12. Capital Mysteries by Ron Roy. These books are so fun, they have the mystery aspect and include political things which is a pretty different theme for children's books. There aren't a lot of books like this and I think they are wonderfully written and very enthralling. You're kids will definitely want to continue the book and solve the mystery.
13. Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew by Carolyn Keene. These are great as a precursor to the Nancy Drew books. Might hold the attention of young kids a little better.
14. Magic Ponies by Sub Bentley. We just finished the first book in this series last evening and it was a truly magical book! So much great imagery in these books to make kids see the magic. Who
wouldn't want to get lost in the fantasy of becoming friends with a magic pony? There are also Magic Puppy, and Magic Bunny series by the same author, which I look forward to reading as well.
15. Lego Friends chapter books are quick reads with glossy pages that kids will be enjoy whether they watch the show or not.
16. Gecko & Sticky by Wendelin Van Draanen is a great series, full of adventures and they are quite funny. I think most kids would get a kick out of a little boy finding out he has a talking gecko for a pet.
17. The New Adventures of Mary Kate and Ashley. These girls and books used to be very popular! Although these books are a little older they are still intriguing reads with fun adventures.
18. The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. Of course these books are super famous, award winning, and there's a bunch of movies as well! They are just awesome. They might not be good for some kids who might scare easier than others. We are almost through the first book and my daughter has been enjoying it quite a bit. These books are also the kind parents will probably be more engaged in themselves. As Harry gets older I think the books will get darker and we may put the series on hold for a while if I feel my daughter isn't ready for them, but for now we're loving the Harry Potter series!