Magic Early Reader Series

Oh! to be a child of 4-8 years again, when life is simple and reading is fun. New readers want to read. Many labels are attached to this enthusiastic group of children, like beginner readers, emerging, easy and younger readers. There are countless titles in the book stores and Big W, where I happened to be shopping last week for mundane household items, like a toilet brush and new pillow cases.

Series books are everywhere, Kids want them like lollies. Except books and stories do not contain sugar. They are healthier and better for them in every sense. Dull stories won’t fulfil the very vital fundamentals of an emergent reader. They want action, simple words, repetition and funny characters.

The Billie B Brown series by Sally Rippin has been very successful. Box sets sell at $13.95 approx. up to $50. The Birthday Mix up and other titles capture the interests of young girls and boys. Billie’s party is going to be the best ever. She has lots of fun things planned. Now she just has to wait for her friends to show up. With titles like The Midnight Feast, Stolen Stash and The Soccer Star, author Sally Rippin knows what kids like.

Must have series include Clementine, the cheeky sparky heroine of author Jacqueline Harvey. Horse Crazy by Alison Lester, The Cleo Stories by Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood, Old Tom by Leigh Hobbs, I Spy Fly Guy where words are repeated, there’s hide and seek and lots of laughs. Kensy and Max too shine through.

The Ella and Olivia series have won many hearts too. A whole rainbow collection with quirky characters, fast plots and witty dialogue to engage readers. I am presently reading Hula Hoopla where Ella and Olivia’s school is having a hula-hooping challenge! But Olivia can’t do the hole hoop. How will she join in? Scholastic have branded these books in bright greens and purples covers with large text, simple illustrations and enlarged key words to attract and teach the children vocabulary.


Hey Jack series by Sally Rippin look sensational in their gift box sets. Look at the above titles. Once a child starts to read these, they are hooked. Roald Dahl sets are popular too, perhaps for the mid primary age group. Always a winner for their amazing story lines and contrast in characters, the plots thicken and each book can also stand alone.


While I encourage parents to buy a boxed set for Christmas or  birthday, children also need to read above their age level and find deeper meaning in stand alone books. I encourage reading practice, discussion and after reflection. Most children simply want entertainment at this age but parents who know their children’s interest can enhance their understanding by keeping abreast of what’s out there.


Early readers are books that sharpen skills, develop fluency and progress the child’s journey into a rewarding and stimulating experience of reading.

Picture book author and illustrator Zanni Louise has written Tiggy and the Magic Paintbrush has about 6 titles. Adorable Felix, Poh and Tiggy have their first sleepover. But when Tiggy realises that she has forgotten her special toy, she starts to feel nervous. Can Siggy’s magic paintbrush help her to get to sleep? The cover of this book is vivid with metallic letters for the title. Every page is filled with sketches, large lettering and bite sized story line.


Finally, Lemonade Jones has 2 stories in this delightful book, by Davina Bell and Karen Blair. As a hard cover, it shows a fiesta girl with a lot of fizz. Allen and Unwin have published this clever book with gorgeous illustrations in bright colours. I think it’s an imaginative book with contemporary, every day ideas.

Whether it’s read aloud Dr Seuss books or Nate the Great, about a boy detective George Brown, Class Clown, even some Lego Star Wars series, be sure to connect your children to engaging, fun filled stories that sparkle.

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Judy Morgan
July 11, 2019 at 2:04 am

Hi Marg. Great books for little ones and we swamped our little ones with similar choices. Our two grandsons are excellent readers, real bookworms and full of energy away from books as they participate in their sporting pursuits. At ages 12 (nearly 13) and 9 (nearly 10) it gets trickier to find books that they really love, haven’t read etc. Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, Scifi etc. The style and language is important for them (a) to identify with and (b) to keep them interested. Thrilled that they love books….but challenged to ‘keep pace’ with changing genre, theme and context popularity….fiction and non-fiction for their ages. Just as well we see lots of them.

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    July 11, 2019 at 7:50 am

    Hi Judy, you challenge me to think about boys your grandson’s ages. As you say most are really into sport which is fantastic. Try Oliver Phommavanh for comedy and laughs ( for the 10 year old) Also author Felice Arena who wrote The Boy and the Spy, and Fearless Frederic, both heart racing adventures. No doubt they have read The Rangers apprentice series? The Dog Runner by Bren MacDibble has a unique style and voice. Oh! and Tristan Banks ( 12 /13 years) – The Fall or anything he writes. Good luck!

      Judy Morgan
      July 12, 2019 at 11:41 am

      Thanks for the recommendations Marg. I will double check those titles with the boys. Little Oli was selected to take part in a 5 week (every Tuesday morning) Creative Writing workshop, starting next week. Students were nominated by their school. His group all hail from the Brisbane inner city State schools (West End, Eagle Junction, Ascot, Milton, Wilston, Windsor etc). He and three girls represent Kelvin Grove. The workshops will be held at Newmarket SS and students will return to their schools by 12 after each session. A celebration will be held at Windsor SS on the evening of 7 Aug to showcase their efforts. Sounds great. I am yet to find out who the facilitating authors are? Hope he loves it.

July 11, 2019 at 6:09 am

I haven’t read any of the above books but I know they are popular. I had many favourite books as a child. Even boys stories like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Enid Blyton was my favourite author and I would still read those books. Grimms Fairytales were wonderful too. When I was older I loved the Trixie Belden books. I’m glad there is still a market for paper books, they are a great way to spark wonderful dreams if you read before bed at night time.

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    July 11, 2019 at 7:51 am

    Yes Enid Blyton won many hearts! And oh the delicious adventures of George and Julian! and The Famous Five, and Secret Seven.

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