This week, I wanted to share a book series that C has been enjoying, which I think is perfect for young elementary aged boys. It's the Lionel series by Stephen Krensky. These are all Puffin Easy-to-Read Level 3 books ~ level 3 is described as Ages 6-9 and Grades 1-3 on the back of the books.
Each of the books features four chapters. Sometimes two of the chapters will go together, and other times all four are separate stories around the general book theme. For example, in Lionel in the Fall, Lionel spends the first two chapters dealing with the first day of first grade, then the last two chapters are about Fall and Halloween.
I like that the stories are about a regular little boy who C can relate to. This is the first early reader series that he's really enjoyed and I think it's because Lionel is dealing with a lot of the same situations that he is dealing with in his own life. In Lionel and His Friends, there are four different stories about Lionel and his relationship with his friends. Whether running away from his sister or complaining that his dad ruined his sandwich because he put the jelly on first, the stories offer humorous, real-life situations that C can relate to.
C has also read Lionel in the Winter, in which Lionel pretends to be an explorer in unknown territory as he plays in the yard, builds a snowman and makes New Year's Resolutions. All of the stories are fun for my first grader, and I'm just thrilled we've found a series that he's very willing to read and enjoy! If you have a younger child, they may like these stories as read-alouds. Each chapter can stand alone, so you can keep it short if they have a shorter attention span.
What have you been reading with your children this week? Hop on over to Mouse Grows Mouse Learns to share!