These are just a few titles. More will be added later.
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
A young boy, neglected by his aunt and uncle, discovers he is a wizard. His aunt and uncle disapprove, but have no choice but to send young Harry to the wizarding school, Hogwarts. There Harry meets new friends, makes enemies, and uncovers secrets.
This is a series that is well written. Ms. Rowling writes in a captivating way unfolding unexpected twists and turns. Students, even today, have a hard time putting it down.
TEACHER NOTE: I have seen struggling readers pick up these books and read them. In the end, not only had they finished the book, they also felt empowered as a reader, had extended their vocabulary, and their reading ability.
Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
The back cover reads: In an evocative and fast-paced adventure on the high seas and on a faraway island, and orphan boy named Peter and his mysterious new friend, Molly, overcome bands of pirates and thieves in their quest to keep a fantastical secret safe and save the world from evil....
The Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan
First book in a series.
Will is one of many orphans the king is caring for. He is now at the age where he is to be apprenticed, but will his lean small stature keep him from being a knight? What will happen if he isn't chosen for the guard? He surely doesn't want to be a ranger.
Good Boy Fergus by David Shannon
This is a favorite of mine. It reminds my of my Jack Russel Terrier, Cricket. I use it at the beginning of each year to demonstrate that you can enjoy books of many reading levels.
It is about a much loved dog who doesn't listen which many people of different age groups can identify with. This book is explained through the fun pictures supported with a few words.
Goose Bumps: by R.L. Stine
There are a slew of different titles for this series and I have yet to read one that I didn't give me the chills. These chapter books will hold a young reader's interest with their riveting story and large text supported with pictures. This series is also included in the tween section.
Junie B. Jones by Barbra Park
This series will tickle your funny bone as you view the world through the eyes of a young girl.
These chapter books are usually less than 100 pages, contain large print supported with pictures.
Shel Silverstein has many poetry books out that students of all ages enjoy. Most are supported with a fun drawing.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
This series is about the hilarious adventures of Greg Heffley. Students, usually boys (my observation), flock to these titles and enjoy chatting about Greg's antics with friends.