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Making the Leap!

YPRL Staff

22 March, 2024

Making the Leap from Picture Books to Chapter Books! 

Do you live with a 5-8 year old?

As children transition from picture story books and school readers to chapter books, 5-8 years of age can be a tricky time for book recommendations. It can be hard to find books this age group will enjoy, and most importantly understand! 

Comprehension of texts is super important for developing readers. Children have hit that sweet spot where they are ready for ‘chapter books’ but maybe not quite ready to master Harry Potter and the likes.  

YPRL has an amazing selection of Junior Fiction that contains larger fonts, illustrations, simple vocabulary, and shorter sentences. These kinds of chapter books are perfect for encouraging children to read novels independently. 

With a 7-year-old living in my house (who also happens to be my lovely daughter). We have become quite the experts on great books and series that are age appropriate and relatable!  

Below are some of our favourites. Simply click on the links and you can reserve these titles today… 

Tilda Teaches 

This is a delightful series that young readers will love. It highlights important lessons in friendship and confidence and centres around the main character Tilda, and her desire to become the world’s best teacher!

Tilda Teaches Drawing  

Tilda Teaches Cartwheels  

Owl Diaries 

This adorable series will appeal to children who love stories about animals and friendship! There are 20 books to enjoy in the Owl Diaries series.  

Eva and the New Owl 

Eva's New Pet  

Eva in the Spotlight  

Tiny Timmy 

This is a fun series from Socceroos legend, Tim Cahill. Tiny Timmy Cahill really wants to make the school soccer team. There's just one problem - he keeps getting tackled, tripped and bumped off the ball. Tim needs to get bigger and taller, fast!  

Tiny Timmy Indoor Super Skills!

Tiny Timmy Training Camp

Tiny Timmy Playing Up

The Princess in Black  

This series tells the story of an adventurous princess who wears a pink frilly dress at home in her castle, then sneaks out to rid the kingdom of troublesome monsters as the brave and daring Princess in Black! 

The Princess in Black and the Mermaid Princess 

The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare 

Billy B Brown  

Written by award-winning author Sally Rippin, Billie B Brown stands up for what she believes in, protects her friends and does it all in her own special way. There are 25 books available in the Billy B Brown series! 

Billie's Back to School Stack   

Billie's Super Stories

The Honey Bees

Dinosaur Club  

Travel back in time on a prehistoric journey to the world of the dinosaurs! This series travels back in time to an exciting Jurassic world with the Dinosaur Club. Each book explores a different dinosaur species through an exciting adventure story. 

Escaping the Liopleurodon

Catching the velociraptor

Itty Bitty Kitty 

Itty Bitty Kitty LOVES empty boxes, string and sleeping on clean washing. She HATES being called cute. She is almost a tiger, after all! She may still be a kitten, but Itty Bitty is ready to take on the world. Join Itty Bitty on three epic adventures. Will she stick to the rules? Or will this kitty make up her own rules for life? 

Itty Bitty Kitty 

Itty Bitty Kitty 2

Diary of a Pug 

Bub is the cutest pug on the planet! He loves fashion, peanut butter, and his human, Bella. Things he does NOT love include Nutz the squirrel, baths, and the rain.  

Pug's New Puppy

Pug's Sleepover

Ella and Olivia 

Ella and Olivia are sisters. Ella is seven years old. Olivia is five-and-a-half years old. They live with their mum and dad and little brother Max. Ella and Olivia know the best thing about being sisters is that you’ll have a best friend forever! These are lovely stories with some great messages. There are 26 books to enjoy from this series! 

Starry Night

The New Baby

Sea Keepers 

In this series, three girls magically become sea keepers, helping their undersea friends clean up the ocean. 

The Sea Unicorn

Coral Reef Rescue 

Please remember our friendly staff are always happy and willing to help with any book recommendations.

If you are struggling to find something for your developing reader to enjoy, don’t hesitate to ask us, as we have so many great titles on offer! 

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