School Support Tip – Bridge Books

school supportOnce a child has confidently mastered the Easy Reader Fiction books, the next step in their literacy development is short chapter books.

The Stratford Library Children’s Department has a special Bridge Books collection designed to provide the perfect transition between beginning readers and longer middle grade fiction.

The goal in choosing Bridge Books is to find materials that capture a child’s interest and get them hooked on reading more challenging plots, while building their vocabulary and comprehension skills. These early chapter books, many of which include some illustrations, are often written in series and feature high-interest topics and characters. Once children find a series they enjoy, they will likely want to read all of the books in that series. That’s how to create enthusiastic readers!

Bridge Books generally attract readers in grades 2-3, but may also interest some 4th and 5th graders. They range from Guided Reading levels J-R and DRA 20-40.

Some of our popular Bridge Book series are:

Cam Jansen by David Adler

After Happily Ever After series by Tony Bradman

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

Agent Amelia by Michael Broad

Eerie Elementary by Michael Chabert

The Magic School Bus by Joanna Cole

Heidi Heckelbeck by Wanda Coven

Mermaid Tails by Debbie Dadey

Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo

Owl Diaries by Rebecca Elliot

Press Start! by Thomas Flintham

Andrew Lost by Dan Greenburg

Dyamonde Daniel by Nikki Grimes

My Weird School by Dan Gutman

Princess in Black by Shannon Hale

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Zapato Power by Jacqueline Jules

Ready, Freddy! by Abby Klein

Jake Maddox sports books

Judy Moody by Megan McDonald

Dragon Slayers’ Academy by Kate McMullan

Rainbow Fairies by Daisy Meadows

The Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne

Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot by Dav Pilkey

Galaxy Zack by Ray O’Ryan

Geronimo Stilton series

DC Super Pets 

Black Lagoon Adventures by Thaler

Disney Never Girls by Kiki Thorpe

Mia Mayhem by Kara West

You Wouldn’t Want to… nonfiction series


These books are located on the bank of shelves to the right of the Fiction books. Look for the books with the bridge sticker.
Happy reading!

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