Next time your child is looking for a book to read, try one of these chapter books which are ideal for readers ages 7-10.
Marty McGuire by Kate Messner
Marty McGuire would rather spend recess catching frogs in the pond than playing dress-up with the other girls in third grade. So when her teacher casts Marty as the princess in the class play, Marty's absolutely, positively sure that there's been a huge mistake. But IMPROVE the play: Why use stuffed-animal frog onstage when a live one would be so much better? In the end, Marty's one-of-a-kind performance makes for an unforgettable show. Maybe Marty CAN live happily ever after, after all!
The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney
You can learn a lot about life by observing another species. That’s what Humphrey was told when he was first brought to Room 26. And boy, is it true! In addition to his classroom escapades, each weekend this amazing hamster gets to sleep over with a different student, like Lower-Your-Voice-A.J. and Speak-Up-Sayeh. Soon Humphrey learns to read, write, and even shoot rubber bands (only in self-defense, of course). Humphrey has friends, adventures, and a cage with a lock-that doesn’t- lock. His life would be perfect, if only the teacher, Mrs. Brisbane, wasn’t out to get him!
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look
Alvin Ho is a second grader who is afraid of everything—elevators, tunnels, girls – and, most of all, school. He’s so afraid of school that, while he’s there, he never, ever, says a word. But at home he’s a very loud superhero named Firecracker Man, a brother to Calvin and Anibelly, and a gentleman-in-training, so he can be just like his dad.
Daisy Dawson Is On Her Way by Steve Voake
Even though Daisy Dawson is late for school — again — she can’t help but stop to free a butterfly trapped in a web. And when she does, something amazing happens! Now Daisy can understand everything animals say, from the farm dog, Boom, to the classroom gerbils, to a singing-and dancing ant. And it’s a lucky thing, too: when Boom goes missing, Daisy conspires with a horse and squirrel to come to the rescue.