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    I have a 4yo who skipped into K this year. Totally ready for chapter books BUT gets overwhelmed when she sees a ton of words on a page. She can read & understand but it's not as fun for her because of less pictures, ect. I am looking specifically for an easy chapter book with higher vocab but still bigger text and plenty of pics. Mercy Watson type of book. She also enjoys Critter Club. Any other suggestions? Please?? She's literally read every first reader known to man.
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    Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are a good gateway to chapter books, since they're liberally sprinkled with illustrations.

    Not chapter books, but not really "first readers," either, my DD still enjoyed Berenstain Bears even after she was already reading chapter books at 6/7yo.

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    Has she read Geronimo Stilton books? They're a big hit at my house.

    DS6.5 is similar - he still gets overwhelmed with many words on a page, even though he _could_ read at a grade 4-5 level.

    Sometimes covering the page with an envelope works for him - when he lets me do it.

    He does better with graphic novels - there are some for younger kids (Baby Mouse?)

    He also sometimes reads non-fiction - i.e. books that have lots of pictures and short snippets of facts.

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    Would you consider graphic stuff? There is an awesome series of Geronimo Stilton graphic novels where Geronimo and family travel in time to stop the "Pirate Cats" from changing history. The bonus is that they go to lots of historical stuff, so DS got to learn, e.g., about how/when the Eiffel Tower was built, and how Parisians weren''t crazy about it, and how it was supposed to be temporary etc. Here is a link to that book: http://www.amazon.com/Geronimo-Stil...8-7&keywords=geronimo+stilton+papercutz. But the whole series is fun.

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    Picture books can have lovely worthwhile content but fewer words to overwhelm young ones. We've liked illustrated fairy tales like Jan Brett's books, the Six Swans, Tom Thumb. George and Martha books, Frog and Toad books, have fewer words to the page as well.

    My daughter really got sucked in to the world of chapter books by abridged children's classics. The abridged Peter Pan rocked her world and we went on from there.

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    Tashi series. Toys Go Out. Comic books.

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    Ditto, some picture books actually have really high level text, because adults typically read them TO children.

    Have you tried the Bad Kitty books? My daughter loved those around that age. The text level varies but they have lots of pictures and the text is not very dense.

    You might also look for non-fiction in areas that might interest her.

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    My Father's Dragon trilogy ? My 11 year old just loved those books smile

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