20 Favorite Chapter Book Series for Elementary Girls!

NEWS, Niri Camp | | June 12, 2014 at 7:43 am

I don’t know how much of credit I can give myself for the fact that my kids are both pretty amazing readers. I did not do the teach your baby to read stuff but by 2 years old they both were readers. This has also meant that we progressed to chapter books pretty quickly. We are always exploring new chapter book series to read and I thought I could share some of them with you. Some are what we have read, currently reading or plan to read. Also note that the range of skill is slightly broad here, because elementary spans several years. See what works for you.

Obviously these are not girl specific books and girls can read any books but as a mom of girls I’m focusing on what they read.

20 Favorite Chapter Book Series for Elementary Girls


1) Cupcake Diaries

One of my favorite books as it helped my then 2nd grader traverse the tough waters of girl friendships.

2) Rainbow Magic

My little one is a dreamer and this was her entry into chapter books.

3) Judy Moody

We found July Moody via the movie first and then explored the books after that. The sense of adventure in it feels like a welcome old school style to me.

4) Ramona

Similar to Judy Moody we discovered this after the movie Ramona and Beezus. I have 2 daughters and this series allows them to see and identify with other sibling relationships.

5) Just Grace

This was a newer discovery for us and easy enough for the 1st grader and it must be funny because I seem to hear a lot of giggles while they both read it.

6) Nancy Drew

Nancy Drew was my favorite sleuth book growing up. I was obsessed. I would agree to follow long lines anywhere as long as I was equipped with a Nancy Drew book.

7) Magic Tree House

If anything screams classic, it is Magic Tree House. I love that both girls and boys love it equally and the adventures spans across lessons in so many fields.

8) Calvin Coconut

Funny and silliness fill the series here. A few words here and there are not my favorite used but I note them to my kids and allow them to read it

9) Junie B Jones

Junie B Jones was tough for me. My girls LOVE the books but I struggle with some of the unsavory words used. I relented in the end because I saw the joy they got in reading the books and ensured I called out things I did not approve of.

10) Nancy Clancy

A newer growing series, think Nancy Drew meets an older Fancy Nancy and you get the picture.

11) Amelia Bedelia

We were introduced to Amelia Bedelia in early reading as the housekeeper so this is nice to see her at a younger stage of her life.

12) Heidi Hecklebeck

A witch on adventures, now what does not seem interesting about that?

13) American Girl

We all know their dolls but American Girl also has some of the most amazing fiction stories ever.

14) Weird School

Everyone needs books about school, especially since they spend so much time there.

15) Ivy and Bean

2nd grader best friends get into several adventures on and off school grounds.

16) The Babysitters Club

As my girls dabble in entrepreneurship activities (selling and marketing their loom bands) this book helps them navigate business and relationships

17) Whatever After

What happens when the ever after of the story has a twist in it. This is my dream come true to spicing up those fairy tales we had to read a bazillion times.

18) Clementine

Seeing the world from this 2nd grader’s eyes and realizing that she is paying attention contrary to assumptions made based on her behavior which lands her in trouble.

19) Geronimo Stilton

Adventures that travel around the globe by a rodent. He also happens to be funny!

20) The Never Girls

This is Disney Fairies meet chapter book adventures. Perfect for the kids who have loved the Disney fairies but are growing up and want more from their stories.

 What did I miss? I would love to learn, leave me a comment with a favorite in your home!

Disclosure: These are just recommendations and not a sponsored post. Also the links are non-affiliate links (i.e. if you buy it I make $0)

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