After Mr. Putter and Tabby
Last year we used Brave Writer’s Wand to teach beginning reading and phonics and fell in love with an old man and his mature tabby cat. Mr. Putter and Tabby is an unhurried, sweet series about best friends who enjoy English muffins and marmalade, bird watching, and seem to always find themselves in a bind. It is easily the sweetest young reader book series I have ever read and with 24 books in the collection, we always leave the library with a few titles tucked into our bag. The gentle stories lend themselves to learning lessons, as all early readers ought, and are sweetly humorous enough to get a giggle. I wanted to introduce my littles to some more friendly characters like Putter and Tabby but what to read now? You will find friendship magic, lol antics, and gentle stories in the following young reader series. Enjoy!
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Sweet, Gentle Easy Readers with Real Characters We Love
Houndsley and Catina | Written by James Howe | Illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay
Best friends, a dog, Houndsley, and Catina, a cat, who have thoughtful conversation and gentle adventures. Always nice, always compellingly real in reactions, we especially likeHoundsley and Catina and the Birthday Surprise. Bonus? Howe also wrote the Bunnicula series which I loved as a girl.
Cork is a short muskrat while Fuzz is a tall possum. We LOL when we read these books! The animal friends are opposites but real besties. The Collectors is our fave from the lot. Bonus: Illustrations are nature study worthy.
“Shall I doozy up your tail like a movie star now?” she asked. And just like that, Zelda and Ivy, sisters who go on adventures together, hooked us…never mind that the sisters that live here together often “doozy” themselves up. The Fox sisters remind me of Lilly of Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Their sibling relationship is believable with a focus on compassion. Besides, these girls are silly and fun; I love the friendship between sisters. The original title is a great way to begin to get to know Zelda and Ivy.
Dodsworth is a, hmmm, not sure what Dodsworth is but his traveling companion is a kooky duck. This travel themed series includes adventures in New York City, Paris, Rome, London and Tokyo. An easy reader with a field-schooling flair? You betcha! And the duck is always getting into jams and trouble and situations that are pretty funny.
Mouse and Mole are neighbors. Mouse and Mole are friends. And a girl and boy friendship to boot. Sweetly innocent and decidedly different personalities, showing different is a-ok. The creativity of these friends shines through. Our favorite: Mouse and Mole, Fine Feathered Friends.
What To Read Now
It is hard to find just the perfect next book (or series) after you have fallen head over heels with one. I hope I’ve answered the question: what to read now?!? Each of these recommendations is another gentle and humorous series focused on making good decisions, getting along with friends (and family) and sometimes doing silly or surprising things. We love curling up with a good book and getting to know a new set of friends in the pages. Hope you find some new friends here, too! I share good books weekly on Periscope and FBLive. Follow or Like to join me!