Moving from picture books to chapter books is an important step for beginning readers. It means they are becoming more independent and can explore all sorts of adventures through the imaginary lives of the characters they read about.
Amazon recently released it's list of the top 100 books of 2013 and, of course, some of those books include titles for kids. Here are the top 10 books for readers ages 6 and up. Make sure to check out the other top 10 lists as well.
"My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish" by Mo O'Hara (Feiwel & Friends) Big brothers, evil scientists and a goldfish brought back to life after being dunked in toxic green gunk. A chapter book full of zombie fish and revenge is sure to entertain beginning readers.
"Magic Tree House #50: Hurry Up, Houdini!" by Mary Pope Osborne and Sal Murdocca (Random House Books for Young Readers) This Stepping Stones book helps beginning readers move from picture books to chapter books with ease. This book features magician Harry Houdini.
"Ivy and Bean Take the Case" by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall (Chronicle Books) In this tenth book featuring the pair of friend detectives, Ivy supports Bean even when no one else believes a crime has been committed.
"The Sasquatch Escape" by Suzanne Selfors and Dan Santat (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) Ben is sent to spend the summer with his grandfather, he makes a friend and they soon discover a baby dragon. The only vet in town deals with imaginary animals and Ben and his friend, Pearl, soon are off on all sorts of adventures.
"Nancy Clancy, Secret Admirer" by Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser (HarperCollins) Fancy Nancy is now the subject of chapter books as well as charming picture books for younger readers. Nancy is a little older and has a best friend named Bree she enjoys all sorts of activities with.
"Bowling Alley Bandit (Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut)" by Laurie Keller (Henry Holt and Co.) Arnie and his friends must discover why Mr. Bing is throwing gutter balls during his bowling league games. Someone or something wants Mr. Bing to fail.
"Bink and Gollie: Best Friends Forever" by Kate DiCamillo, Alison McGhee and Tony Fucile (Candlewick) Bink and Gollie are willing to try anything to get their picture in a book of record holders. But will the reality live up to their expectations?
"Ballpark Mysteries #6: The Wrigley Riddle" by David A. Kelly and Mark Meyers (Random House Books for Young Readers) Each of these Stepping Stone mystery books take place at a different great American ball park. This time it's Wrigley Field and the possibility of treasure hidden behind the park's ivy-covered walls.
"Animal Superstars: And More True Stories of Amazing Animal Talents" by Aline Alexander Newman (National Geographic Children's Books) Animals that ride motocross bikes, tell the future and all sorts of funny and unbelievable acts fill the pages of this book.
"Joe and Sparky Go to School" by Jamie Michalak and Frank Remkiewicz (Candlewick) Sparky the turtle and Joe the giraffe accidentally take a ride on a big yellow school bus and end up learning all sorts of important facts and lessons.