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Part Two: More Inexpensive and Lightweight Chapter Book Series to Send With Your Child On the Bus

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote Part One of this post, detailing inexpensive series books your child might want to bring with them to school. That post focuses exclusively on box sets, which are great for economizing and easy to purchase. Unfortunately, many great series are not available as a collection. So, I have increased my budget to $6 a book on Amazon and focused in on nine series that are currently only available individually, plus one series of game books that are perfect for bus riders. The chapter book series listed are in order of guided reading level – going from easiest to hardest to read.

A is for Amber – Amber Brown Early Reader Series
By Paula Danziger
Look for:
It’s a Fair Day, Amber Brown , Get Ready for Second Grade, Amber BrownSecond Grade Rules, Amber Brown , What a Trip, Amber Brown , and more!
Premise: The A is for Amber books are the prequels for the Amber Brown series and are intended for a K-2 audience. Like the original series, these books focus on Amber’s emotions as she navigates tricky situations such as starting second grade with a new teacher and dealing with constantly bickering parents. This series is good for early readers and sensitive children.
My Daughter’s Rating:
Likes it
Average Price:
$3.59
Reading Level of
Get Ready for Second Grade, Amber Brown according to Scholastic – Grade level Equivalent: 2.3, Lexile Measure®: 300L, Guided Reading: K

Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot
By Dav Pilkey, illustrated by Martin Ontiveros
Look for: Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot Vs. the Mutant Mosquitoes from Mercury , Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot vs. the Voodoo Vultures from Venus , Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot vs. The Mecha-Monkeys From Mars
Premise: Ricky Ricotta is a mouse with a giant robot. Together they save the world again and again from evil space aliens. Good for comic book lovers and reluctant readers. 
My Daughter’s Rating:
Likes it
Average Price:
$4.08
Reading Level of Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot Vs. the Mutant Mosquitoes from Mercury according to Scholastic – Grade level Equivalent: 2.2, Lexile Measure®: 470L, Guided Reading: L

Cam Jansen
By David A. Adler
Look for: 
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds , Cam Jansen: The Mystery of the Dinosaur Bones, Cam Jansen: The Mystery of the U.F.O. #2 , and many more!
Premise: Cam Jansen uses her photographic memory to solve crimes and other mysteries. Good for kids who like detective stories.
My Daughter’s Rating:
Likes it
Average Price:
$3.41
Reading Level
of Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds according to Scholastic - Grade level Equivalent: 3.8, Lexile Measure®: 420L, Guided Reading: L

Secrets of Droon
By Tony Abbott
Look for:
The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet , Journey to the Volcano Palace , The Mysterious Island and more
Premise: A group of children find a portal to a magical world called Droon. Good for fantasy fans.
My Daughter’s Rating:
Loves it
Average Price: $4.10
Reading Level
of The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet according to Scholastic – Grade level Equivalent: 3.1, Lexile Measure®: 380L, Guided Reading: M

The Magic School Bus Chapter Books
By Scholastic
Look for: The Truth about Bats , The Search for the Missing Bones , The Wild Whale Watch, and many more.
Premise: The Magic School Bus Chapter Books explore many different scientific topics, while keeping to a fictional format. Good for children who enjoy learning facts.
My Daughter’s Rating:
Loves it
Average Price: $4.08
Reading Level
of The Truth about Bats according to Scholastic – Grade level Equivalent: 3.4, Lexile Measure®: 600L, Guided Reading: M

Geronimo Stilton
By Geronimo Stilton
Look For: Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye , The Curse of the Cheese Pyramid , Cat and Mouse in a Haunted House, and many more!
Premise: Geronimo Stilton is a newspaper reporter mouse who goes on many adventures and has many misadventures. Good for reluctant readers, comic book enthusiasts and young comedians.
My Daughter’s Rating:
Awesome
Average Price:
$5.71
Reading Level
of Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye according to Scholastic – Grade level Equivalent: 3.2, Lexile Measure®: 530L, Guided Reading: N

Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew
By Carolyn Keene
Look for
Sleepover Sleuths , Scream for Ice Cream , Pony Problems
Premise: Nancy Drew has been rebranded as a modern tween with assistant detectives. Mystery lovers will enjoy this series.
My Daughter’s Rating:
Likes it
Average Price: $4.49
Reading Level
of Sleepover Sleuths according to Scholastic – Grade level Equivalent: 3.2, Lexile Measure®: 580L, Guided Reading: N

Ruby Lu
By Lenore Look

Look for: Ruby Lu, Brave and True , Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything , Ruby Lu, Star of the Show
Premise: Ruby Lu is a second generation Chinese-American girl with a crazy/adorable little brother and a big personality. Good for Asian-Americans and immigrants / children of immigrants.
My Daughter’s Rating: Likes it, but it has been a while since she read this series
Average Price: $5.39
Reading Level of Ruby Lu, Brave and True according to Scholastic – Grade level Equivalent: 3.4, Lexile Measure®: 640L, Guided Reading: N

National Geographic Kids Chapters
By Kelly Milner Halls
Look for:
Best Friends Forever: And More True Stories of Animal FriendshipsTiger in Trouble!: and More True Stories of Amazing Animal Rescues , Dog Finds Lost Dolphins: And More True Stories of Amazing Animal Heroes
Premise: The books in this series read like a longer magazine articles. Great for children who love animals or enjoy nonfiction.
My Daughter’s Rating: Likes it
Average Price: $5.39
Reading Level according to National Geographic – Age Level 7-10


Mad Libs Junior and Mad Libs
Look for: Super Silly Mad Libs Junior , School Rules! Mad Libs Junior , Straight A Mad Libs
Premise: You provide the nouns, adjectives, and verbs. Mad Libs provides the rest of the story. Together, they produce tons of laughs.
My Daughter’s Rating: Loves this game
Average Price: $4.49 for Junior and $3.59 for normal Mad Libs
Grade Level according to Amazon – K-3 for Junior, Grade 3+ for normal Mad Libs

For more suggestions, go to Part One of this post. Happy Reading!

 

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8 thoughts on “Part Two: More Inexpensive and Lightweight Chapter Book Series to Send With Your Child On the Bus

  1. Pingback: Inexpensive and Lightweight Chapter Book Series to Send With Your Child On the Bus (Part One: Box Sets) | Children's Book Bin

  2. Julie Grasso

    WOW, this was an awesome post. So many great series. Some I recognise from my childhood and some are new and fabulous. Thanks so much for the detail and information and for linking in to the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

  3. Reshama

    This is a fantastic list Elizabeth. DD loves the magic school bus books and i have NOT been able to get her attention to the other series :)) But hoping that she will grow out of these and look for other interesting books out there.
    thanks for sharing on Kid Lit Blog Hop.
    -Reshama @Stackingbooks.com

    1. Elizabeth Low Post author

      If your daughter loves Magic School Bus, she probably loves science. Try the National Geographic Kids Chapters. See might enjoy more nonfiction. Best of luck!

  4. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

    So glad you’ve done another post – loved the first one. I’m really curious about the Secrets of Droon – that series really jumped out at me. I’m trying to find something to captive my 6 year old (eesh, nearly 7) son. He’s very picky and tends to want to read books that are far too advanced for him. He really enjoyed the Geronimo Stilton books, but has sadly abandoned those for now. Oh well, thanks for joining us in the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

    1. Elizabeth Low Post author

      You might want to try the Geronimo Stilton and the Kingdom of Fantasy books. They are more expensive and hardcover, but they are awesome for fantasy fans. Thanks for commenting!

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