When I moved into the library my super aide Yvonne had a great idea. She wanted to pull the series that are reading levels grades 1 - early 3 out of fiction and give them their own spot. Like so many things Yvonne comes up with, I liked it immediately and the books were moved. Things like June B. and Jigsaw Jones, Cam Jansen and Magic Tree House now had their own place in the library, making them easier to find and so they get more circulation.
Over the years I've updated the series by weeding those that didn't get used and adding new titles like the Ball Park Mysteries, Calvin Coconut and Roscoe Riley just to name a few. I'm always on the lookout for something new to appeal to a larger audience and recently I have found three that I think will do nicely.
Teddy Mars: Almost a World Record Breaker by Molly B. Burnham Ill by Trevor Spencer: Main character Teddy is obsessed with getting his name in a Guinness World Record book and will do anything to make it happen. In addition to this quest, he is also trying to find his place and a little space in his very large family. With the popularity of the world record books in our library, I'm pretty sure this series will have a long reserve list of kids waiting for it.
Detective Gordon: The First Case by Ulf Nilsson Ill by Gitte Spee: I'm not sure if this will be a series or not, but I sure hope so. Based on the title, it would seem to fit the category. Detective Gordon is a tired detective who has been asked to solve the mystery of Squirrel's missing nuts. He is joined in the case by a young go getter, Buffy the Mouse who eventually becomes his assistant. The story moves along with wonderful illustrations and I'm sure it will be a hit with animal lovers. I love the gentle humor and interaction between the detective and his new assistant.
Anna, Banana and the Friendship Split by Anica Mrose Rissi Ill by Meg Park: Anna must deal with her best friend turning mean girl, really mean girl, stealing her new birthday necklace and trying to control Anna's every move. Anna is force to find another friend when all of the other girls are turned against her. I like this one for the fact that the problem is very relatable and Anna solves it on her own, very little grown up intervention, which is a lesson all kids need to learn. This book does it in an excellent kid friendly way.