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Gooney Bird Greene Chapter Books

If you’re looking for a delightful choice for read-aloud time—or if your child is eager to explore a series of humorous chapter books—here’s one you won’t want to miss: Lois Lowry’s lighthearted Gooney Bird Greene series.

Who Is Gooney Bird Greene?

Gooney Bird Greene book cover

Gooney Bird Greene is a second grade student who likes to be “right smack in the middle of everything”and  luckily for Gooney Bird, she usually is. She has a memorable sense of style that her classmates love, and so do readers. On her first day of school, Gooney Bird wears pajamas and cowboy boots and carries a dictionary and a lunch box. Later she pairs green stretch pants with a polka-dot T-shirt and a pink ballet tutu.

Gooney Bird is a born storyteller and tells fanciful stories that are somewhat reminiscent of Pippi Longstocking, except that unlike Pippi’s stories, Gooney Bird’s are always “absolutely true.” With her outlandish outfits and penchant for the spotlight, Gooney Bird transforms the atmosphere of Mrs. Pidgeon’s second grade class.

The Gooney Bird series is clever and humorous, and readers will love the recurring cast of characters, including Malcolm, Keiko, Felicia Ann, and many others. But Gooney Bird is undoubtedly the star of the show. As she says of herself, “I like to be absolutely the center of attention.” (Good news! She succeeds.)

Take our free Gooney Bird Greene checklist to your local library!

About the Author and Series

Lois Lowry is the author of more than 30 books for children and young adults, and a two-time winner of the Newbery Medal. In addition to the six-book Gooney Bird Greene series, Lowry’s books include Number the Stars, The Giver, Anastasia Krupnik, and All About Sam.

At first glance the Gooney Bird Greene series might seem like “just another” humorous series of chapter books, but the series actually introduces readers to the basics of storytelling, the allure of poetry, the delight of an expansive vocabulary, and more. Best of all, the books are deceptively educational, with new concepts and terms woven into the stories so smoothly that children may not even realize they are learning something. Throughout the series, educational material is presented within the palatable package of six delightful stories. It’s a perfect concept!

About the Books

The first book in the series, Gooney Bird Greene, introduces us to the spirited Gooney Bird Greene along with the rest of Mrs. Pidgeon’s second grade class. Gooney Bird’s classmates quickly realize that they’ve never met anyone quite like Gooney Bird, and through a series of “absolutely true” stories, Gooney Bird teaches the children all about storytelling and story structure. Readers are introduced to new words and concepts related to writing, including suspense, flashbacks, secondary characters, the parts of a story, and more.

Gooney Bird and the Room Mother book cover

In the second book in the series, Gooney Bird and the Room Mother, Mrs. Pidgeon’s class embarks on a study of the dictionary. With Gooney Bird as their leader, the class explores the importance of an expanded vocabulary and introduces the reader to a variety of interesting words from ennui to incognito.

The fifth book, Gooney Bird on the Map, introduces Mrs. Pidgeon’s class to the wonders of history and geography in the memorable way that only Gooney Bird can. In one episode, for example, Gooney Bird says, “I don’t think it’s fair that George Washington and Abraham Lincoln get all the attention” after pointing out that President William Henry Harrison also had a birthday in February.

The Gooney Bird Greene Series at a Glance

Gooney Bird on the Map book cover

Author: Lois Lowry
Genre: children’s fiction, humor
Interests: humor, friendship, imagination
Suggested age range: 6 to 12
Gender preference: boys and girls
In the series: 6 books, 80 to 126 pages

Other Books in the Series

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Gooney Bird Greene library checklist

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EM Pears

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I didn’t realize that this was a series! We read one Gooney Bird book and loved it! It was laugh out loud delightful. I will look for the other books as I’m sure our children will enjoy them all! Thanks!

Robin E.

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I hope you enjoy them as much as the first book!

Paula

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Desperately seeking help for my almost 9 year old daughter. Have tried many options and while many are great none have been the answer for us. we do AAS and really enjoy that. Would love to give AAR a go too.

Diane

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Looking for some extra help getting my 8 year old to read better.

Amy

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Thank you for this great suggestion – my daughter loves chapter books so we are always on the lookout for new ones!

Merry

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You’re welcome; enjoy!

Hannah C.

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I’m excited to check these out for my kids!

Michaella

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I printed this list and my daughter loves these stories! Thank you so much!

Katie Bishop

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This book series looks pretty fun! I loved Pippi Longstocking as a kid! I think I will have to check these out!

Marci

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SO glad you posted this! I found a few Gooney Bird books at the thrift store and quickly snatched them up!
Thanks!

Robin E.

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Marci,
I love it when I find books I have heard good things about at thrift stores. Great find!

Margo

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We loved the first four. Need to get to the last two. Lots of fun as read alouds!

rachel

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We love these books! Full of delightful stories told by the hysterical main character Gooney. Lots of laughing during our reading times.

Dandi D

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I’d never heard of this series before, but it sounds like something my niece would enjoy!

mya burgoon

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I love Lois Lowry! Such good child hood memories 😊 . How fun to revisit with my own kids..

Charlotte

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These look cute!

Laura

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We hope to check these books out soon!

Kimberly Bettis

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Can’t wait for my kids to fall in love with reading. Thank you for the recommendations!

Merry

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Try reading these aloud to your children. I found my kids were older before reading was “fun” and not just “work,” but reading aloud can really help build up that love for reading in the mean time. Hang in there!

Lisa

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What great timing, I have been looking for a new book series for my kids. Gooney Bird Greene sounds great, we’ll definitely look for it the next time we’re at our local library!

Rosanne

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Thanks for this! Been looking for chapter books to get my 7-year-old hooked!

Yarid

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Can’t wait for my daughter to read and finally fall in love with leisure reading!

Crystal

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Hoping these will encourage my 2nd grader to read more.

Carrie

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Our girls LOVE Gooney Bird Greene!

Stephanie

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These are such fun books. We have so enjoyed them.

Judy Christensen

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I like the concept of a young person teaching.

Amy

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Thanks! I’ve been searching for a new series to start reading to my kids.

Nancy Pritchett

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We read Gooney Bird Greene aloud for school. I did not realize it was a series; my kids will be so excited.

Jennie

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I just got the first book from the library! Can’t wait to start reading it to my 3 kiddos!

Lacy

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My 8-year-old daughter loves the Gooney Bird Greene stories, and requested more of them at the library. I prefer them to Junie B Jones. Junie B. uses atrocious grammar and invented words to express her 5-year-old (perhaps younger) self. Good grammar, good words and proper spelling can be picked up, even while reading for fun.

Robin E.

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Thank you for this detailed review, Lacy. We did have a question about how Gooney Bird Green compared to Junie B. Jones, so this is very helpful.

oh, I know my daughter would lo these books!

Amanda

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Thanks for this post, always looking for good books!

Erica

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Over the last couple weeks, these books have become a favorite for my 10, 8, and 5 year old. They have also helped me become a better story teller. Thanks for the recommendation!

Robin E.

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It’s great to know that these books have been such a hit in your home, Erica. Thank you.

sandra mcintyre

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these look great–I didn’t know she wrote for younger kids.

Jill Hull

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These books look like so much fun to read

Jill Hull

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We have never read these books before.

Robin E.

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Sandra,
I didn’t know either. I had heard of these books, even read one, but I didn’t put the author of these together with the author of The Giver. However, knowing they are all from Ms. Lowry explains why they are all so good!

Malinda

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Thanks for the suggestion – I have a hold request at the library :-)

Stephanie Adams

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Hadn’t heard of these! Thanks for sharing. We will be on the lookout for these at the library.

Holly

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Thanks for the recommendation! Hadn’t heard of these!

Elizabeth

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Can’t wait to read this!

Sally

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These sound like fun, I have never looked at them before. We might have to :)

Danika

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Going to reserve these at the library! Having such a hard time finding stories my daughter enjoys. This character sounds just like my daughter! I think she will love it!

Robin E.

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Danika,
I do hope your daughter enjoys this story!

Shalyn

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Just received the first book from the library, cant wait to read it to my boys!

Amanda

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My son has 3-4 weeks left of AAR level 1. Then we will be starting AAR level 2 and AAS level 1. Can’t wait!

Robin E.

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Amanda,
How exciting to be so near the end of the first level! I hope you celebrate that milestone!

Rachel Neufeld

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My daughter will love these books. Thanks for the recommendation.

Josie Iverson

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Love AAR, can’t wait to try AAS!

Christina D

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Thanks for this suggestion!

Ashley

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On our reading list! (And our library list!) 😉

Erin Lange

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Just received these today! Can’t wait to read them with the kids!

Takia Sanders

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This looks like a series my second grader would love.

Raelyn Hossler

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Thanks for the checklist! I really like having more book ideas for my girls to read.

Andrea

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This sounds like a series my daughter would love!

Ashley Dunn

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This looks like a book my daughter would love! I love the illustrations!

Victoria P.

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I LOVE these books! Such a great series!

Judith Martinez

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These books look so fun! The illustrations are adorable

Sharon

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Read aloud are a great time for us. My children will love these. Thank you.

Robin Miskelly

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‘Love Gooney Bird Greene! Great books that bring joy and laughter to the readers! Most people haven’t met a “Gooney Bird Greene” but feel like they have!

Jessie Peckens

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These books look really fun and I think my kids would enjoy them!

Angela

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I just heard a young lady today talking about how much she loves her language arts program and readers. She was so excited to share and show off her work. Looked great!

Melissa

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Always looking for new read alouds – thanks for the ideas.

Yvette

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Great recommendation!

Britanie Long

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Thank you so much for the awesome ideas and great discounts!! We love these products!!!

Jacque

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These look so cute! I bet my daughter would love them. Thank you for the suggestion.

Emily

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Thank you so much for the recommendation! We are always looking for new books to read with our son.

Amber

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I loved The Giver and Number the Stars in upper elementary myself. Gooney Bird sounds like a fun read aloud! I will be looking for her st the library!

Victoria

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These look so interesting! I love “Number the Stars” and “The Giver”. I’ll have to check these books out!

Robin E.

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Victoria,
I’m a fan of The Giver series as well. Gathering Blue is my favorite!

Stephanie Olmsted

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Looks like a great book. I also like the checklist.

Brooke W.

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I love checklists! Keep those coming! I love All About Learning Press ❤️

Joyce

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I heard about this series from another homeschool mom, but forgot about it. Putting them on my library list now!

Jessica

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I’ve never heard of this series. We love our read alouds. Thanks for the info.

Ashley Pruitt

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Never heard of this series. Thanks for the information.

Bobbie B

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These look like fun books to read. I will have to give them a try.

Paula

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I read Gooney Bird Greene to my older son when he was younger, and he loved it! I’ll be reading it soon to my younger son. I didn’t know there were other books in the series – we’ll have to check them out, too!

Robin E.

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I’m happy we could direct you to the other books in the series, Paula. Enjoy!

AUDREY FRAZIER

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We love Gooney Bird Green books!

Holly

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Thank you for posting this.

Aubrey

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These are now on my list to check out! My littles could use some help in their storytelling!

Kristen

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I loved reading books by Lois Lowry as a kid! My boys would enjoy these books as well. Would love to win a level of AAR! We are so excited to begin in the fall!

Kristin

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Would love to win my daughter the pre reading level and get her started off right 😁

Brooke

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My daughter would love this!

Becki

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These look great! Thanks! Could my first grader manage these? She’s just finished AAR level one.

Robin E.

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Becki,
Gooney Bird Greene would be an excellent read aloud for a first grader. However, a student that has just finished All About Reading 1 would not be up to reading this book by herself. Some students finishing AAR 2 would be up to it, possibly with some help, but most students wouldn’t be ready for Gooney Bird Green until mid-way through AAR 3 or so.

Angela

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These look so cute! I’ll have to check them out!

Tavia

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So excited to learn about this series for my 8yr old. Thank you!

Valerie

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I love hearing about humorous chapter books. I love a good laugh and it’s hard to find books with good clean humor for kids!

Lee

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We will have to check these out!

Bekah

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So excited, been looking for something like this for my almost eight year old. He really took off these last two months and what I’ve got is not cutting it anymore. Sounds like these are right up his alley!

Robin E.

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Bekah,
What a great problem to have, not enough books for your young reader!

Kenzie

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Would these be good read-aloud books for children under 6?

Robin E.

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Kenzie,
It depends. If your younger children enjoy chapter books like Charlotte’s Web, then this would be a good fit. However, most 4 and 5-year-olds would prefer simpler read alouds.

Jennifer

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Excited to read these books!

Hope

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Thanks for mentioning this series
My daughter would love to read them!

Jessica

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Look forward to reading these.

Shelley Metcalf

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Sounds like my daughter would like these!

Brittany Adams

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This looks like a series my daughter would love to read!

Yarid

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Can’t wait to read these!

Jessica

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Gooney Bird Greene sounds just like my happy-go-lucky daughter. We will definitely have to check it out, I’m sure she will love it!

Sarah Mason

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This looks like a great series to look into. Thanks!

Kristi

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My daughter would love these! One may end up
In her Easter basket!

Robin E.

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What a great idea, Kristi!

Jessica

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Thank you for the book suggestions! I keep tryout my to find some that will interest my daighter

Donna

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I’m always on the lookout for new books for my girls :)

Lexi

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We’ve read all of those books. My kids love them! They are so cute and funny.

Robin E.

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Lexi,
It’s good to hear that your kids have loved these books. Thank you.

Diane Ingenito

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I am always looking for new books to try for my girls!

Michele

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Fun reading!

Sarah

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Love the suggestions for extra fun reading!!

Jeanne

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Love Lois Lowry! I’ll add these to our reading list!

Heather F

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I think we need to check these out!

Grace

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These books look very fun and interesting. I think my grandchildren would enjoy them.

Jenny

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Love this book!

Regina

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So excited to get thi series. Checked and at our local library!

Amber

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Sounds like a good series for my little girl when she gets older.

April Kohl

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This sounds like a wonderful series for girls, unfortunately, I have all boys!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

April,
It’s good for both my boys and girls to be exposed to protagonists of both genders and I find my boys enjoy girl protagonist books as much as those with boy protagonists. Gooney Bird Greene is the kind of girl any person would like to meet!

However, you can also check out our other chapter book reviews here.

Davruth

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So excited to find this resource as I begin to hunt around for curriculum for the 2017- 2018 homeschool year.

Robin E.

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Davruth,
Please let us know if you have any questions about All About Reading or All About Spelling.

Angela

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I love Lois Lowry, but had never heard of this series. Really excited to check them out for my kiddos!

Krystal

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Thanks for the recommendation! I’ve seen these mentioned before, but had never looked into them. I’ll have to check out my library!

Ashley

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Very interested in these, my kids love fancy Nancy/nancy Clancy books and this looks somewhat similar.

Robin E.

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Ashley,
I haven’t heard of the Fancy Nancy books, but they look so cute! Thank you.

Melodie

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Interesting read! Thanks for sharing this!

Rachel Branum

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Going to check our local library for Gooney Bird Greene.

Michelle

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Thanks! These books look great!

Amanda Nguyen

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Sounds a lot like my 3 year old

Krista

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I am really interested in the all about reading program. These books look wonderful and I’ve only seen wonderful reviews of this program!

Rachel

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We may try these!

Brandy

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My children are past this age level book, but I have a sweet neighbor with a 7 year old little girl who has an upcoming birthday. Is this character anything like Junie B. Jones? I know Junie B. is popular with children that age, but I was never a fan so I didn’t buy them for my children. These books sound much better but wanted to double check before purchasing.

Robin E.

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Brandy,
Great question, but I really don’t know! I’ve never read Junie B. Jones. However, Jim Trelease writes in his book The Read-Aloud Handbook, “Gooney Bird Greene is the antithesis of Junie B. Jones in civil behavior but a carbon copy in uniqueness and irrepressibility.”

Does this help?

Brandy

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It absolutely helps! Junie B.’s civil behavior is what I don’t like, but her spunk is what I feel children really enjoy about her. It’s good to know Gooney Bird Greene has the good but not the bad.

Shannon Litter

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Love Lois Lowry!

Angie

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These books look so cute! We will have to try them out. Thanks!

Kristen newman

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I loved Lois Lowry as a child! Excited to see these books.

Rebecca

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I haven’t heard of these! I’ll have to check them out 🙂

Lacey

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Love your book recommendations

Samantha

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This looks like a good series that my kids would love! I will have to check them out!

Tiffany

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Can’t wait to check these out! Love the checklist!

Kim C

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These look like something we could dive into and enjoy. Can’t wait!!

MamaMary

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Am a huge fan of The Giver and Number the Stars…will have to check these out!

Robin E.

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MamaMary,
I enjoyed both of these books as well. However, for those that don’t know, these and most of Ms. Lowry’s other books are written for older students than the Gooney Bird Greene series.

Donna Louis

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Will have to check these out on our next library run.

Mandy Nelson

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All 4 of my kids love Gooney Bird Greene

Angela Bennett

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This series looks like something my daughter might enjoy. Thanks!

Jennifer Lutz

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Excited to start reading!!

Stephanie P

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Going to try these books with my daughter.

Mary

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It would be such a blessing to win!

Jill Hull

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These books look fun to read. We would love to read them.
Thank you Jill

Jill Hull

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We love your books, and would be so excited to win. All about. Reading!

Sherry

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This is a new book that we are not aware of.

Christina D Morales

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These look fun. I think I will look for them.

Jennifer

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Wow! I hadn’t heard of these yet! I love that she slips big words into them!

Robin E.

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Jennifer,
Yes, these books are a great way to expand your vocabulary.

Melissa

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We are always grateful for book suggestions!

Jennifer Willour

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Found these at our library!! We are excited to read them!

LB

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Love the character Gooney Bird Greene! So fun that she’s a redhead like my girl. Love that we learn about different topics while enjoying the stories!

Robin E.

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How cute that your daughter has connected with Gooney Bird Greene through hair color!

Paula C

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Gooey bird Greene was definitely a favorite with my girls. We could hardly put it down. They kept begging for “just one more chapter , please!! “.

Robin E.

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Paula,
“Just one more chapter, please!!” is a great recommendation for a book!

Sara

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Perfect timing for this post–today’s our library day, and I need a funny chapter book in which the main character is not a rude little girl!

Robin E.

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Sara,
I love when our blog posts have perfecting timing for someone! I hope you enjoy Gooney Bird Greene.

Trina McMillen

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This sounds great. Think we will try it.

Mary Schramm

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Looks like a great series! We will have to give it a try :)

Melissa Lohr

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sounds fantastic :-)

Karen M

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Thank you for this suggestion. With 3 young girls, we are always looking for great series books! Can’t wait to try this one!

Tracy Shingleton

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Can’t wait to get these! Ordered the first tonight

Terri

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I’ve never heard of this series, but based on your recommendation, I’ve reserved them from my local library. I can hardly wait to read them with my little guy!

Robin E.

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Terri,
I hope you enjoy them as much as we have!

kelly

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I’m always looking for good book recommendations.

Shannon

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I cannot wait to read these books! Thank you for posting about them.

Anneta Phillips

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sounds like a fun series

Jeana

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Sounds interesting.

Lily

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We love AAR and can’t wait to start AAS!!! Thank you for this program!

Lisa E.

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I will definitely be trying this series out with my daughter! Thanks for the suggestion!

Ruth

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These books look delightful! I hope I can find them in Audiobook form. Thanks so much for the suggestions!

Robin E.

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Ruth,
The whole series looks to be available in audiobook, so you are in luck!

Rachel

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Awesome series! Thanks for the library list!

ARK

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I can’t wait to introduce this to my 2nd grader! It sounds wonderful!

KH

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I can’t wait to get my hands on these books! They look adorable and I love the topics! If AAR recommends them, they have to be good.

Robin E.

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Awww, what a lovely thing to say! However, favorite books are like favorite foods; everyone’s taste is different. We think the Gooney Bird Greene books are really good, but opinions my vary. :D

Tia Mayfield

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I love Lois Lowry. In fact The Giver is one of my m absolutely favorite books. Definately going to have to give these a try.

Robin E.

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Tia,
I enjoyed The Giver as well, although I think I enjoyed the second in the series, Gathering Blue, even more.

Miriah

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I love the library lists! Thanks!

Jennifer Eda

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Looks like such a fun series. Will take a look .

Carmel

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Thanks! These look great!

Erica Bancroft

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Keep the book recommendations coming! 😃

Terry

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What a fun series! You did an amazing job with the video! All the animation and sound effects really bring it to life. Thank you for the introduction to Gooney Bird Greene.

Robin E.

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Thank you, Terry! I know they worked hard on that video.

Brittany Capizzi

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These look awesome! I’ve been looking for new readers for my dyslexic 4th grader! We are going to have to try them! Thank you!!

Robin E.

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You are welcome, Brittany. Enjoy!

Stacee H.

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These look super-fun! I look forward to reading them with my 7-yr-old. Thank you for sharing!

Michele Ann Mobley

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Thank you for this review. I’ll be adding this author to our read-aloud list. Looks fun!

Julie G.

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My 5 year old LOVES me to read Gooney Bird books to her. I look forward to her enjoying reading them herself.

martha

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Fun! We’ll have to go and check this books out! My daughter loves reading, cant wait.

Carly Staub

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Thanks for the recommendation! This looks like a series my kids will love.

Jennifer Stone

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Lois Lowry is a great author. I know my daughter will enjoy hearing about Gooney Bird during our read aloud time. Thank you for the great suggestion!

Robin E.

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Jennifer,
We agree! Ms. Lowry has created so many wonderful books. Enjoy Gooney Bird Greene!

Oona

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I can’t wait to check these out with my boys ! We are loving reading aloud together.

Tavia

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Are these books that my “older” struggling reader that is almost done with level 2 AAR should be able to read to me for more practice?

Robin E.

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Tavia,
Some students would be able to read Gooney Bird Greene after All About Reading 2. However, I wouldn’t say that a student “should” be able to read it until mid-way through AAR 3 or later.

Here are a few suggestions that I think a student finishing AAR 2 should be able to read and are also likely to be of interest to older students. Note: These books may include a few phonograms or patterns not yet taught, so your student may need help with some words.
Hill of Fire by Thomas P. Lewis
Wagon Wheels by Barbara Brenner
The Big Balloon Race by Eleanor Coerr
Mouse Tales by Arnold Lobel
Daniel’s Duck by Clyde Robert Bulla
Greg’s Microscope by Millicent E. Selsam
Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

If your student does well with a couple of these, then go ahead and try Gooney Bird Greene sooner rather than waiting.

Tavia

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Thank you very much! I’ll check some of these from the library. My 14 y/o daughter is just about to finish AAR level 2. I also have her working on Reading Horizons at home on her own. We also have an account with Learning Ally so she can listen to books much higher than her reading level. It may be a little bit before I can afford to get level 3. In the meantime It is good to know what other books I can get for her to practice.

Robin E.

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You are welcome, Tavia. Hopefully she will find at least a few of them to be of interest to her.

Ibukun Olowu Omojola

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These do look interesting. My son isn’t old enough yet, but I have some other young people around me who might be interested.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Sharing good books with others is a wonderful thing, whether it is our own children or other young people we know!

Leslie Rosser-Smith

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My two children are so excited to start the series! We are going to the library tomorrow after school.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Leslie,
It sounds like a lot of libraries are going to have Gooney Bird Greene checked out in this next week! I love it!

kylia

says:

Thank you can’t wait to look for this series at our library.

Amery

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These look fun. I will add to our list of to read books. Thank you!

Julie Hord

says:

Looks like some fun books.

lindsey

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this looks like a series all my kids would enjoy

Saph

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This looks like a great series! Will add this to my booklist for the kids!!

Heather

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Will try at our local library.

heather

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I hope to find these at our local library. These sound fantastic!

Ruth

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These are great books! I’m looking forward to reading the whole series with my kids.

Cheyanne

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I’m looking forward to this chapter book for my late but newly reading reader:)

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Cheyanne,
I think the joy in have a child take off in reading is so much more after he or she has struggled. Congratulations on your newly reading reader!

Suzanne

says:

Looks like great books to keep my kids reading!

Sarah c

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These sound great! I’m so thankful for AAR curriculum… and I’m blown away by all the extra resources you offer for support and equipping the parent(teacher)

Deanna

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I think my kids will love these books. The checklist will help encourage them to read all of the books.

Lauren

says:

Neat! Around d what age group would this tickle best? Thanks :)

Robin E.

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Lauren,
This series would make great read aloud books for kids aged 6 to 8 and even somewhat older. For the child to read it himself, the first in the series is at a 3.8 grade level equivalency.

Larissa Evans

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I love great book recommendations and this one looks delightful! Thank you for creating this wonderful reading/spelling curriculum. We love it!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Awww, you are welcome, Larissa! Thank you.

Brooke Payne

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Lois Lowry is awesome

Alena B

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Cowboy boots and dictionary sounds like a fabulous combination. My kids kind of gal!

Robin E.

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Alena,
That combination does paint a vivid and memorable mental image, doesn’t it? :D

Cindy O

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Thank you for spotlighting this series! I know my second grader will just love these books! Now let’s hope our local library has them on the shelf!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Cindy,
Hopefully your local library has them, but if not don’t forget about the option of interlibrary loans. Most libraries allow you to get books from another library system free of charge.

Laurie

says:

These look great!

Cheryl W.

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Always looking for good books. Thanks for recommendation!

Theresa

says:

Never heard of Gooney Bird but it sounds like a fun series. I’ll have to check it out.

Janet

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I’d forgotten about this series. Thanks for the reminder.

Heather

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I can’t wait! We always love your suggestions thanks! Any ideas for little boys? My first boy is a first grader and he is a typical boy. I’m having a hard time thinking about what would encourage him to read. He is on all about level 2.

Robin E.

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Heather,
The best advice I have is to keep reading aloud to him and to keep moving forward in All About Reading. Enjoying books that you read aloud will build his desire to read himself and will develop the foundations of a life of enjoying books. As he moves forward in AAR, reading will become easier and easier until he will just start picking up books and reading everything. Then you will have to be mean and say things like, “No books until chores are done!” (said this week in my house to my 12 year old boy who was very against reading when he was 1st and 2nd grades).

Dani

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This was a favorite series for my teen when she was a young reader! Thanks for the reminder! I’ll have to pull them out for my younger daughter.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Dani,
I have enjoyed sharing my older children’s most loved books with my younger children. Even though they are a decade apart in age, they can have the shared memory of a great book.

Wendy Park

says:

Looks great. Thanks for the heads up!

Tiffany Meehan

says:

As always thank for your great recommendations! I just put one on hold at the library.

Courtney

says:

This looks so cute! Just popped over to my library’s website to put a hold on Gooney Bird!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Courtney,
I love the library’s online hold option! So convenient.

Alesa Simons

says:

Thanks for the recommendation. After three boys, I always need ideas for books for my girl. We’ll definitely try this series.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Alesa,
If you need more recommendations, check out our outer chapter book reviews.

Terri

says:

Thank you for posting this resource! And for the library checklist! I think my kids would love this!

Jo

says:

I am eager to find this series for as much as the kids!

Melanie Williams

says:

Always looking for great books to read aloud that everyone can enjoy…thanks for the lists!!

Nancy

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This looks like a gentle transition to chapter books. My son is ready for chapter books, but gets intimidated when “there are too many words on the page”.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Nancy,
“Too many words on the page,” can be scary. One of my kids was this way. One thing you could try would be finding a book you think would be on his level and start reading it aloud to him. After three or four chapters, tell him he can read the rest. Maybe by then he will be hooked and be willing to take the chance.

However, don’t push the point too much. He will transition to to chapter books when he is ready.

Jennifer

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This looks like such a great series! I’m always looking for good recommendations.

Melissa

says:

I am always on the search for previewed books to hand to the kids. Thanks so much!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Melissa,
Have you see the other chapter book reviews we have done as well?

Jenn A

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Thanks for highlighting this series! I think my child will adore these books.

Courtney

says:

If it wasn’t for the all about reading program, we wouldn’t even be able to read these fun books! :)

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Awww, thank you, Courtney. We are happy to have had a part in your students becoming successful readers!

Kerry

says:

Looks like a great series!

Renee

says:

Can’t wait to check out this series!

Stephanie Ulrich

says:

I can’t wait to check these books out with my budding readers!!! They look super-fun!

Nicole Colletti

says:

Looks like a great book series for the kids! I never heard of these books before

Ashlee Fletcher

says:

This series sounds like Junit B. Jones books…not sure if my son would get into them because it stars a girl as the main character and it is a low read for my daughter. But I loved the blog!!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Ashlee,
Many children enjoy books regardless if the main character is the same gender as themselves or not. However, we do have other chapter book reviews, many with boy main characters.

Lynn

says:

I’m always looking for great chapter books, thanks for the post!

Debbie

says:

Excited to read them! Thanks for sharing this!

Jessica

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My son and I have read all the books in the Gooney Bird series! We both enjoyed them so much. In fact, as I was reading this article, my son came over and said “I wish there were more, more, more Gooney Bird stories!”

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

That’s high praise for a series, Jessica! Thank you for sharing your son’s opinion on these.

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