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Henry Huggins Chapter Books

Thanks to her masterful ability to capture the essence of childhood, Beverly Cleary’s books have sold over 90 million copies and have delighted readers for over 65 years. If you haven’t yet made the acquaintance of Cleary’s charming Henry Huggins, you’re in for a special treat!

Who Is Henry Huggins?

Book cover of Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary

Henry Huggins is an ordinary boy who lives on an ordinary street, but his adventures are anything but ordinary. “Except for having his tonsils out when he was six and breaking his arm falling out of a cherry tree when he was seven, nothing much happened to Henry.” But all of that changes when Henry brings home a mischievous canine named Ribsy who becomes Henry’s devoted companion. Taking care of Ribsy is sometimes more than Henry bargained for, but luckily he’s up to the challenge.

Henry is an endearing hero with big goals and a tenacious spirit. And even when Henry’s dreams—like getting a bike and building a clubhouse—end up taking a bit of a detour on the way to their fulfillment, it’s always fun to go along for the ride.

Take our free Henry Huggins checklist to your local library!

About the Author and Series

Beverly Cleary, the Newbery Award-winning author of more than 30 books, is best known for her wildly popular books about Ramona Quimby. But long before Ramona starred in her own series, Cleary was penning tales about an adventurous boy named Henry Huggins. In fact, Henry Huggins, published in 1950, was Cleary’s very first book. It was followed by five more Henry books over the next fourteen years.

As with the Ramona books, the Henry books are set in the fictional world of Klickitat Street, during a picturesque era that transcends time. Ramona and her sister Beezus make frequent appearances throughout the Henry books. And fans of Ramona will recall that Henry is a regular character in the Ramona series. Over time, the Ramona series eclipsed Henry Huggins in terms of widespread recognition, but the Henry books are charming and humorous, and an absolute delight to read aloud.

About the Books

Book cover of Henry and Beezus by Beverly Cleary

In Henry Huggins, readers are introduced to the indomitable young Henry and his dog, Ribsy. Henry has a penchant for turning ordinary activities into something memorable, and Ribsy’s troublesome antics only add to the adventure. Whether he’s gathering night crawlers to sell to fishermen or trying to cope with an overabundance of guppies in his bedroom(!), Henry manages to handle everything that comes his way, all while keeping an eye on Ribsy . . . usually.

In Henry and Beezus, Henry decides that he needs a bicycle. Thankfully, Beezus Quimby—with the “help” of her little sister Ramona—is around to provide ideas and encouragement as Henry looks for ways to add money to his bike fund. A windfall discovery of abandoned bubble gum puts Henry in a sticky situation, but the bubble gum is definitely more flavorful than the can of dog food that Henry almost eats on a dare!

Having happily achieved his bicycle goal, Henry moves on to a new dream in Henry and Ribsy. He wants to go salmon fishing with his father, but there’s a catch: Henry must keep Ribsy out of trouble for nearly two months. As Henry discovers, this is more easily said than done. A Ribsy-related issue involving garbage causes Henry some grief, but all the stress is worth it when Henry embarks on the fishing trip and lands an unexpected surprise.

The Henry Huggins Series at a Glance

Book cover of Henry and Ribsy by Beverly Cleary

Author: Beverly Cleary
Genre: children’s fiction, humor
Interests: friendship, pets, childhood mischief, growing up
Suggested age range: 8 to 12
Gender preference: boys and girls
In the series: 6 books, 192 to 240 pages

Other Books in the Series

Henry and the Paper Route
Henry and the Clubhouse
Ribsy

Henry Huggins Series Checklist

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Take our Henry Huggins Series checklist to your local library and have your child check off the books as he reads them.

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Ericka

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I will for sure check these books out!

PAULA

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We’ve read through several of these books and my girls absolutely love them!!

Robin E.

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Paula,
Thank you for letting us know these books were well loved by your girls!

Kelly

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Great recommendation! Thanks so much!

Robin E.

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Kelly,
I hope your family enjoys Henry’s adventures!

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We are really enjoying your posts about books and have had great fun reading many of the titles! Thank you so much!

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Nichole,
We’re so pleased to hear that you have enjoyed many of the titles we have reviewed! Thank you.

Claire

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My son loves the Henry Huggins books. They’re so fun!

Lydia R.

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My son likes Ramona, so we’ll check this out, thanks!

Robin E.

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Lydia,
If he likes Ramona, he’ll like Henry too! Enjoy!

Menke

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My son is still a little young for these ones, but I’m pretty sure he’ll like them when he gets older.

Michelle

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I have not see the Henry series but we loved Ramona. We will check this out!

Merry

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Have fun!

Emily

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We love Henry!
Thank you for all of the book suggestions!

Jenny L

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Looks like a great series!

Merry

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My kids loved Henry Huggins!

Sarah

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My son loves these books!

L Kufeldt

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My boys (10 & 7) LOVE the Henry Huggins books. They now look for any and all Beverly Cleary books when we go to the library.

Robin E.

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It is such a joy to find an author you love! Beverly Cleary is such a great author.

Andrea

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Thank you for the suggestion. We have been beginning to search for series’ to introduce our budding reader too.

Kris

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We read the Henry Huggins books when my 16 year old son was young and can’t wait to share them with our younger son!

Cris

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We are huge Henry Huggins fans!

Bilqees Bano

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love it

Julia Thomsen

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Thanks for the list and book suggestion👍

Melissa

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I appreciate the recommendations for reading.

Angie

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I’d love to try this out!

Tavia

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We just finished these on audiobook! My boys 7&5 loved them, and my 9 yo girls did too!

Melanie Rightmyer

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My son loves Henry Huggins!

Deb Powers

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My grandson will love these.

Amy

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This looks exciting!

HOLLY LYND

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We just finished this one a month or so ago! We loved it! We are on the waiting list for the others in his series from the library! Can’t wait!

Robin E.

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Holly,
We are happy to hear you enjoyed the first book in this series!

Lisa Blankenship

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My little one is so close to finishing pre-reading. I can’t wait for her to reach this stage of reading. She loves story time and she is into reading classic chapter books with me.

Thank you for all the book suggestions!

Melisa

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This looks like a fun series for my almost 8 year old son who just got a new puppy of his own. We loved the Ramona series, but have never read the Henry books. Thanks for the awesome book suggestions!

Robin E.

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Melisa,
Oh, with a new puppy in the house you are going to get a kick out of Henry’s dog, Ribsy!

Lori Starr

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This is on our read aloud list this year. Looking forward to seeing how the kids enjoy it. Thanks for book suggestions!!

Julia Cosgrove

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I was just putting my library together and Henry was one of my books. Great for my boys.

Kristen

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My daughter loved the Ramona and Beezus movie…and we have all the books but have yet to read them. This sounds like a good plan for some read aloud time!

Tessa

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We love Henry Huggins! Honestly, I only remember Ramona books from my childhood, and have yet to read any of them to my kids. Although, Ramona and her sister did have an appearance in the the Henry Huggins book we read. That was pretty neat to see!

Amy

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I will have to check this out, sounds like a good read for my 9 yr old.

Mary Gomes

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I really enjoyed All about reading!

Lisa

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We will have to check out Henry Huggins…I hadn’t heard of these books, but we enjoy the Ramona books!

Angela

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My sons loved Henry, Ribsey, Ramona, and even Ralph the Mouse

Cassie

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Looks great!

Katrina Maddy

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Sounds great, will have to check it out soon.

Julie K

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We loved Henry Huggins! I had to “assign” my son the pages to read each day, but once he started reading Henry, he didn’t stop.

Robin E.

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Julie,
That is a great way to get kids hooked on a book! I had that happen with one of my kids more than once.

Kari

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I’ve tried to interest my kids into reading them, but they don’t pick them up. I’ve always enjoyed them, so maybe I’ll read them aloud. :-)

Robin E.

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Kari,
Yes! These books make great read alouds.

annie sauer

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These are great!

Diana Matlock

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I am super excited to see if our library owns these or I will be placing an order with Thriftbooks for these for my kids

MWray

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All About Reading is helping my “I hate to read” homeschooler so much!

Robin E.

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We love to hear this!

Joyce

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These look amazing and I can not wait to start these with my 8 year old!

Jewels

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We really like this author!

Heather

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I forgot about this series. I think its time for a trip to the library. I love Beverly Cleary’s books.

Alexandra David

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I love this author!

Heather

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We love Henry Huggins!

Cindy

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We will have to check these out. They sound like fun chapter books for my kids in this age range to try.

S Welford

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We love Henry Huggins!

Kari

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I was on the lookout for our fall read aloud. Thanks for the book ideas. All About Learning is always on top of getting great information our. Thanks!

Camille Owen

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We love Belvery Cleary….

shawn jensen

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Thank you!

Katherine C.

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This is a super book idea for my eight year old boy. Thank you!

Rosanne

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Thanks for this! Always on the lookout for chapter books for my new reader.

Carrie

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We will check them out. My daughter loved the Ramona series.

Susan

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Brings back fond memories of reading Beverly Cleary books as a kid.  

Cari

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I’m excited to read these to my children!

Erin

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Thanks for giving book ideas to check out!

Katie

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We love the Henry books over here and frequently check them out!

Sandi W

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Would llove be my kids to read these funny books.

Amanda

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Great recommendation for my daughter; I had forgotten to introduce her to Ramona and friends! I’ll grab Henry Huggins at the library during our next visit. Thanks for the reminder!

Katrina Thomas

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Thanks for the checklist!! We love Beverly Cleary books!!!

Monica Banuelos

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My daughter enjoys Beverly Cleary books. We haven’t read any of the Henry Huggins books yet

Katie

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We love Henry!

Belinda Yount

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Love Beverly Cleary!

Eva Leeper

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My kiddo has just gotten into beverly clearly.

Love this site!!

Narae Shin

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My son enjoys the Ralph S. Mouse series, so I think this will be a good fit for him too.

Robin E.

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Narae,
Yes! Many of my kids have love Ralph S. Mouse and Henry Huggins both.

Jaclyn Cathcart

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We are going to have check these out next time we make a trip to the library!!

Jessica H

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I loved Beverly Cleary growing up!! Can’t wait to share this series with my boys😍

Rebekah G.

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These books look like something my children would enjoy!

Shannon Alexander

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I’ve never read this one but have enjoyed others by the same author like Ramona the Pest. My son will be excited that there is a “boy” book in the set.

Nicole

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We love all of Beverly Cleary’s books.

Laurie

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I grew up ready Cleary books. The series are always fun!

Rachelle

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We haven’t ever read these before. These would be good books to read!

Teri Carlson

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Our 10&11 yr old boys LOVE Beverly Cleary books! We own most of the books with Henry in them already and most of the Ramona series too. I love that my kids can enjoy books that I also did as a child. :)

Robin E.

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Teri,
Yes!

Emanuela

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Love these books. My kids enjoy them as well 😊

CW

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We love Beverly Cleary books!!

Jennifer

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I can’t wait to start using AAR with my 5 year old for kindergarten this year!

Abigail Moletti

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Love these books! 🙂

Emily R

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We love Henry Huggins!

Ariel R

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I can’t wait to try AAR with my children.

Stephanie

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My girls and I love Ramona! I didn’t discover Henry until a few years ago, and I’m looking forward to my son being old enough to enjoy them.

Jenn B

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I love that these books are still popular and relevant. I read them when I was young.

Robin E.

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Jenn,
Yes, I know just what you mean. I love that now three generations of my family have enjoyed Beverly Cleary books!

Carla

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Loved Ramona as a child. Will have to try this with my sons.

Sarah Jackson

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These were some of my favorite books as I began to read chapter books! I can’t wait to share them with my son!

Leigha Pettigrew

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Looking forward to reading Henry Huggins with my kids!

Lisa Schiffman

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I introduced Henry Huggins to my 10-year-old son, and he loved the fun and excitement the books provided. I loved these books as a child and was happy to share them with him.

Robin E.

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Lisa,
Thank you for letting us know that your son has enjoyed these books.

Alison O

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I loved these books as a child! Sharing them with my kids has been so much fun!

Elizabeth

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My kids would love this series!

Ashley

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I love this!

Miche

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Henry was such a big hit with my 7 year old son. It was so wonderful to watch him hang onto each word as I read!

Katie waalkes

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I forgot about these I loved this series as a kid

Jennifer S

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I remember this series from my childhood. I liked Henry better than Ramona :)

Kelly Grundhofer

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Love Beverly Clearly…

Lacey

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I always love your book recs. Especially the ones I haven’t discovered yet

Crystal Clark

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As the mother to 4 boys, it is so nice to see more easy chapter books geared to boys.

Beth

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Love Henry Higgins and love AAL!!

Tanya Beers

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This looks like a fun read. I am wondering at what level my child would be ready for a book series like this. He will be starting level three this fall. Thank you.

Robin E.

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Tanya,
It’s hard to pinpoint what level of All About Reading a child will be ready to tackle Henry Huggins at, as it can vary from child to child. Much of the language in it would be accessible to a child in All About Reading 3, but many children at that level don’t yet have the stamina for the long chapters that Henry Huggins has. You might consider reading the first book as a read aloud, and then have the second book laying around ready for him to pick up and attempt. Or you could try buddy reading it when he has gotten part way through AAR 3.

Sarah

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These are so fun!

Victoria

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Luv when you review books! These are a favorite of ours!

Brittany Alessio

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Yes. Thank you

Callie

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I grew up on Henry Higgins and Ramona! Love this!

Jennifer

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Excited to read these with my son.

Nicelle

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Thank you so much for the suggestion! My daughter loves Ramona Quimby, and now my son can read about Henry.

Jessica Robinson

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We totally need a spelling & reading program that fits for both of my boys. One is an avid reader and one is a reluctant reader. They are both very bright and deserve a program that will fit their individual needs. I have been looking at this program for a couple of months and could use the gift certificate to supplement our budget! We wish the best of luck to all those out there to provide the most opportunities for the most wonderful part in your world!

Brooke Taufaasau

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We love Henry Huggins!

Lisa

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I have never heard of the Henry Huggins books. Thanks for the recommendation.
Lisa

Valerie Velasquez

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Thank you for the information. I love the blog and all the ideas you give to continue to make learning fun

Judith Martinez

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They were way below his reading level but this series is what convinced my now 14 year old that reading fiction was a worthwhile activity.

Robin E.

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Judith,
That is a great testimony of how good these books are! Thank you for sharing this.

Emily Gibson

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We love the Henry Huggins books!!! They are favorites in our house!

Lisa

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This would be a great series for my son.

Jenny Baker

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I totally forot about these books! I myst get them from the library if they still have them!
Thank you fo the reminder!

Robin E.

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You are welcome for the reminder, Jenny.

Carly Staub

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Henry Huggins is one of our favorites, and so is Ramona Quimby. My kids love listening to the audiobooks. Just be aware that some scenes are so funny you might have to pull over if you’re driving and listening. ;)

Robin E.

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Thank you for the warning, Carly! That could be a problem!

Cindy

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I am really looking forward to getting this series for my son.

Katie

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Excited to give these a read!

Jill Adams

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Thank s so much for the review and checklist. One of my daughters is a reluctant reader, but I believe this may be exactly what she needs to get excited about the world of reading!

Robin E.

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Jill,
You are welcome. I hope your daughter finds these are as wonderful as my children have.

Kristi

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We love Henry Huggins! My son laughed and laughed!!

Donna

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Henry Huggins sounds like a wonderful story. I know a few students who will definitely enjoy this. T!

Margaret

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I’m so excited to try these books out with my kids!

Simah E.

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Sounds cute! We’ll have to check them out!

Tiffany Cooper

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I think my oldest read one Henry book. My youngest, who is on AAR level, enjoyed the Mercy Watson series.

Robin E.

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Thanks for the recommendation, Tiffany. I have not heard of the Mercy Watson series, but am off to check it out.

Tia

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My boys love listening to Henry Huggins during our read out loud times. And now with the help of All About Reading my eight year old is starting to read Henry Huggins to his younger brother.

Robin E.

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Tia,
That is wonderful! How sweet that he wants to read to his younger brother as well.

Any Mac

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Some of my childhood favorites.

Zorah

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This series would definitely make by library book list when my boys reah age 8. Thanks for the suggestion.

Ann

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Thankful for great chapter book suggestions!!!

Mary M.

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I like the idea of this as a read aloud, thanks!

Lisa

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I am not a Ramona fan, so I have never given Henry a chance…we’ll give it a go, based on your recommendation! :)

Robin E.

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Lisa,
Yes, do give Henry Huggins a try! My children have enjoyed him, even though they haven’t enjoyed Romona.

Gloria

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I enjoy your recommendations. I have kids that are great readers and I am always In need of new series that are best for kids.

Adebukola

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Sounds quite adventurous with a lot of fun. I willove to have it!

Tiffany

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These look like such cute books!

Debbie Nissen

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I’ve read several Beverly Cleary books, but somehow I’ve missed on on reading Henry Huggins! I will have to check the library. :)

Pauline

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Looks perfect for my 5 year old daughter!

Tiffany L

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I have fond childhood memory of reading Beverly-Cleary. I look forward to reading them to my children!

Robin E.

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Tiffany,
Beverly Cleary is such an endearing part of three generations (so far) of children! It is just a special treat to share her with the next generation.

Cara Smith

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My son loves Henry Huggins!

Vanda

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These look good, thanks for recommendation!

Kim

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Looking forward to trying these with my kids. Thanks for suggesting them!

Corinne

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Sadly, I didn’t read Henry Huggins books as a child or to my children, and my mom was a librarian! My grankids are going to enjoy them for sure. I will have to look into the Ramona books, too.

Nurnehan

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Good to know that these books are there and will be helpful .

Danielle Kirk (recycled_sparks)

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We love Henry & Ribsy…and of course, little Ramona, who makes us giggle so hard! :-) Thanks for putting this together. Love it!

Kathy

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Thank you for this reminder! I read Henry Huggins to my older two children, and now it’s time to bring the books out again for the youngest. It will be a lot of fun for all of us to enjoy these delightful stories together this school year!

Robin E.

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I’m glad we were able to remind you of these classic books, Kathy. I hope your younger child enjoys them.

Bethany Johnson (me)

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Thank you for the Henry Higgins idea. Growing up I love Ramona but my son hasn’t been interested but I think he will get hooked to these!

Robin E.

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Bethany,
My boys have really enjoyed Henry Higgins, especially the book Henry and Ribsy.

Robin Angier

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Henry Huggins was one of my favorites when I was a kid. I have loved passing this book onto my kids. Thank you for giving such great ideas for reading.

Robin E.

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Robin,
You are welcome! I think one of the joys of parenthood is passing the joy of books we have loved on to our children.

Tammy

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Love Henry!

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