First through Third grade

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Early Elementary Chapter Books - First through Third Grade
Some of the older books, like Mr. Popper's Penguins, are quite hard to read, but they are on a primary child's emotional level.Teach your child how to judge the reading level of books. Your child may use the five finger system in school to find a Just Right book. The child picks a page in the middle of the book to read and holds up five fingers. The child puts one finger down for every mistaken or unknown word: 0 and 1 errors, too easy; 2, 3, and 4 errors Just Right; 5 errors, too hard. The number ranges vary. Anyway, if you child really wants to read a book, these rules can be set aside.

Animal fantasies
Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
Jenny the Cat Stories, School for Cats etc. by Esther Averill *
The Kristie books by Emma Brock.
Mother West Wind's Neighbors and Adventures of.... by Thornton Burgess *
Poppy Seed Cakes by Margery Clark, illus by Maud and Miska Petersham *
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
Brim's Boat and others, not as well known, just great! by Michael Gaunt
Martin's Mice and other animal stories by Dick King-Smith
Just So Stories by Kipling
The Jungle Books by Kipling *
The City Under the Back Steps by Evelyn Lampman
Catwings by Ursula LeGuin
Dancing Cats of Applesap by Janet Lisle
Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne *
Pinky Finds a Home by Margaret Worthing Nelson, illus by Anne Heyneman *
The Blue Moose and Lizard Music by Pinkwater
Tales of Mr. Pengachoosa by Caroline Rush
Charlotte's Web by E. B. White *
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Bianco Williams, illus. by William Nicholson

People and Places:
Racketty-Packetty House by Frances Hodgsen Burnett
Beans on the Roof by Betsy Byars
Julian's Glorious Summer and others by Ann Cameron
The Family Under the Bridge, The Orphalines by Natalie Savage Carlson
Ramona Books by Beverly Cleary
Away Goes Sally and the Sally books by Elizabeth Coatsworth
The Courage of Sarah Noble by Dalgleish
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes, illus by Slobodkin, best read aloud *
Blue Willow by Doris Gates
Hill of Fire by Thomas P. Lewis (I Can Read)
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord
All About Sam, earlier Anastasia Books by Lois Lowry
Homer Price, Centerburg Tales by Robert McCloskey, if read aloud *
Red Tag Comes Back by Phlegler. (I Can Read)
Henry and Mudge Series and Mr. Putter Series by Cynthia Rylant
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Warner, the first a classic, the early ones quite good. *
Little House in the Big Woods by Wilder, later books are harder to read. *

Fantasy and Fairy Tales
The Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum, later ones harder to read *
Baby Island by Carol Ryrie Brink
Mushroom Planet Books by Eleanor Cameron
The Little Lame Prince by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik, best read aloud *
The Mary Frances Cook Book: Adventures Among the Kitchen People by Fryer.
My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
Twig, Big Susan by Elizabeth Orton Jones
Stig of the Dump by Clive King, best read aloud
Blue Fairy Book, etc. by Andrew Lang, perfect for a young capable reader
The People in Pineapple Place by Anne Lindbergh
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren *
Dancing Cats of Applesap, Afternoon of the Elves by Janet Lisle
Finders Keepers by Emily Rodda
The Toymaker Trilogy by Ursula Moray Williams.

Brothers Grimm, one with the best Arthur Rackham illustrations possible.
For illustrators of particular Grimm stories: Lizbeth Zwerger, Felix Hoffman, Hans Fischer, Paul Zelinsky among others.
La Fontaine illustrators - Grandville reproductions, Brian Wildsmith, Felix Lorioux, Boutet de Monvel.
Aesop illustrators: Harry Rountree reproductions, Charles Bennett, Robert Lawson, the Provensens., Milo Winter, Jerry Pinkney, for younger children, Emma Chichester Clark The McElderry Book of Aesop's Fables