Challenging Chapter Books for Younger Independent Readers

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Some younger kids are ready for longer chapter books, but still want stories that aren't too grown up or too scary. Try these titles.

Black Eyed Susan by Jennifer Armstrong

Tumtum and Nutmeg: The Rose Cottage Tales by Emily Bearn

TheThe Penderwicksbooks by Jeanne Birdsall

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

Granny Torrelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech

Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo

Queen Sophie Hartley by Stephanie Greene

The Pippi Longstockingbooks by Astrid Lindgren

The Jade Dragon by Carolyn Marsden

Julia Gillian (and the Art of Knowing) by Alison McGhee

The Sideways StoriesBooks by Louis Sachar

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder