The Kids Are All Right

Charming Chapter Books and Early Readers for Gift Giving

Every December, I love looking back at the year in books. Each year brings so many wonderful additions to children’s literature, and it is my honor to look at the books coming out every year and select my favorites. Last week I selected 18 of my favorite picture books from 2020, and this week is chapter books and early readers! These are books for burgeoning and newly independent readers (so fun!). Stay tuned, because next week is middle grade books…

  • Arlo and Pips: King of the Birds by Elise Gravel: A delightful new early graphic novel series featuring an arrogant crow and a little bird.
  • Narwhal’s Otter Friend by Ben Clanton: The fourth book in this adorable graphic novel series features a new friend, adventurous Otty the Otter!
  • Barkus: Dog Dreams by Patricia MacLachlan, illustrated by Marc Boutavant: Barkus has a stomachache in the second book of this exuberant early chapter book series.
  • Geeger the Robot Goes to School by Jarrett Lerner, illustrated by Serge Seidlitz: Geegor the Robot goes to school among humans and learns many things about people.
  • Stella Diaz Dreams Big by Angela Dominguez: Stella is having a great year in fourth grade, but has she gotten in over her head with all the activities she has committed to?

What are you reading these days? Let me know! Find me on Twitter at @KarinaYanGlaser, on Instagram at @KarinaIsReadingAndWriting, or email me at

Until next time!

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