Congratulations, young readers! You have become picture book pros and are looking to take that next step to chapter books. Well, the public library has you covered with all sorts of fun and funny tales about friends, mad scientists, and time travellers!
Bink & Gollie by Kate Dicamillo and Alison McGhee, proudly carries on the tradition of friendship stories that I adored reading in Frog and Toad and George and Martha books. Yes, these two friends roller-skate and go on a sock-buying bonanza, but they also learn to get along despite their many differences. Tony Fucile's illustrations are colorful and cartoony. It's no wonder that he was a supervising animator on The Incredibles and Finding Nemo. The books in this series are short on text, but sport a diverse vocabulary. Having three separate stories in one volume will help children understand the concept of books with multiple chapters.
Franny K. Stein by Jim Benton, follows the adventures of a miniature mad scientist who prefers to decorate her room with bats and play with test tubes and beakers. Kids at school think Franny is a little strange, so she uses her scientific expertise to accomplish her most daring experiment of all: fitting in!
In The Time Warp Trio series by Jon Scieszka, three friends receive a magical book that allows them to travel through time. They may be ready to jump into the past, but history sure isn't ready for them. Scieszka's books are wonderfully anarchic as the boys take on knights, gladiators and cavemen, while offering their modern opinions every step of the way.
All three of these series provide excitement and humor, two elements that are often needed for readers who are looking to make that big step to chapter books.