If you are having a hard time picking out books for a child who is reading on the second to third grade level, you are in the right place! As children get better at reading, they often like books that have chapters. You don’t have to go right from simple picture books to long novels. Featured today on Theresa’s Reviews, you can check out Scholastic Branches books, which are early chapter books that have many pictures, to make reading appealing for this reading level.

Scholastic Branches Book Series

Some of the main Scholastic Branches book series include Owl Diaries, Princess Pink, Silver Pony Ranch, Missy’s, The Amazing Stardust Friends, and Olive & Beatrix. If your child enjoys animal and princess themed stories, these books are a great fit.

With Owl Diaries: Eva’s Treetop Festival, you get an eye catching graphic novel. Inside, each page has big illustrations. Even though the book has chapters and is thicker than simple children’s books, the vocabulary is simple.

Owl Diaries: Eva's Treetop Festival - Theresa's Reviews

Another is Princess Pink and the Land of Fake Believe. Even though this book seems pretty girly with princess in the title, the characters get into silly situations in the story. One chapter was called Three Angry Beards, and it has illustrations of living beards talking to each other! With this hilarious story, you can read this book to get a good laugh.

Princess Pink and the Land of Fake Believe - Theresa's Reviews

For animal lovers, Silver Pony Ranch: Sparkling Jewel is a great fit. The main character, Tori, is a tomboy who loves riding horses on her grandmother’s ranch. With black and white illustrations, the illustrations on every page bring detail to the story that children can enjoy.

 Silver Pony Ranch: Sparkling Jewel - Theresa's Reviews

In Missy’s Super, Duper, Royal, Deluxe Picture Day, this comic book-style story has word bubbles for the dialogue. The main character Missy’s struggles are relatable. From having mom pick out your outfit to getting in trouble for talking in school, what child hasn’t had the same experiences?

Missy's Super, Duper, Royal, Deluxe Picture Day - Theresa's Reviews

With friendship being a main focus in many young reader’s lives, The Amazing Stardust Friends Step into the Spotlight brings a unique story of pals who attend circus school. When the main character Marlo joins the circus, she meets a fantastic new trio of friends. This book has black and white illustrations in different sizes on each page. The pictures show the fun, magical world of the circus, from tight rope walking to hula hooping and the trapeze.

The Amazing Stardust Friends Step into the Spotlight - Theresa's Reviews

Finally, check out Olive & Beatrix: The Not-So-Itty-Bitty Spiders. With pretty colors and unique illustrations, the book also has a compelling storyline about girls who have magical powers and an interest in science!

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Olive & Beatrix: The Not-So-Itty-Bitty Spiders - Theresa's Reviews

Your Turn!

What are your favorite book series for kids still learning how to read well? Share your favorites in the comments section below!


I received a free item, but it in no way influenced my opinion!

24 Responses

  1. Cianna

    I was always a big reader when I was a kid! If I have kids, I’ll be sure to encourage them to read! Such good recommendations here!

  2. Sheena

    My daughter has the Owl Diaries books and loves them! I didn’t know there were so many others! I’ll definitely be looking for these when the next order form comes home. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Bree Hogan

    This post caught my eye because of the owl in the feature picture. I love owls! Makes me want to be a kid again and read the Owl Diaries.


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