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Elementary

  • Branches Books

We call them “Branches Books” because they are a part of Scholastic’s Branches line of early chapter books. They are designed for those ready to read independently and helps them transition from early readers to chapter books. Many of these books will have red stars on the spine (meaning they have and AR level below 3.5). With an array of series featuring riveting stories, fun characters, and engaging art, there is a Branches book for every reader!

  • Girls’ Club

For the most part, these books will have female protagonists, but we think they would be enjoyable reads for any eager reader. These books will range between 3rd-4th grade reading level, some will have red stars, some will not. They may serve as good books to transition out of red star books (beginning chapter books).

  • Boys’ Club

For the most part, these books will have male protagonists, but we think they would be enjoyable reads for any eager reader. These books will range between 3rd-4th grade reading level, some will have red stars, some will not. They may serve as good books to transition out of red star books (beginning chapter books).


Middle Grade

  • Beware! Scary Books

Beware! The books on this list are full of ghosts, monsters, haunted dolls, mysteries, and more! Hopefully, they are just the right amount of scary, creepy, and spooky…but maybe don’t read them just before bed.

  • Little House on the Prairie Alternatives

While it is still important to read Little House on the Prairie with a critical lens, the books on this list may offer some alternative narratives with more varied perspectives during Laura’s era. Many of the characters in these books have a similar plucky and adventurous nature to Laura.

  • Ready for Adventure

Looking for a good adventure? Look no further, these books have spies, treasure hunters, explorers, & so much more! Most of these will be magic-free, think more Sherlock Holmes & Indiana Jones than Harry Potter & Lord of the Rings.

  • Feel Good

Hopeful plots, beautiful writing, having characters to root for, and stories without heavy themes. This list has some of the best feel-good middle grade books — stories that will leave you with a smile on your face and a desire to hug the book. Some of them feature kids going through a rough patch, but it’s never anything too traumatic.

  • “Rick Riordan Presents” Books

All these books utilize the mythology of various cultures and countries in its storytelling similar to Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians. They aren’t written by Rick Riordan, but they have his stamp of approval.

  • Harry Potter Read-Alikes

Have you read Harry Potter and are looking for another series to love? All the books on this list are first books in a series. They may not be exactly like Harry Potter, but we think they have a similar vibe!