Last Wednesday I shared about some books that Ethan loves from Scholastic’s Acorn series and this week I wanted to share about the next level of Scholastic books, the Branches series. Ethan loves these too! These are a great next step after the Acorn books and are aimed at readers ages 5-8.
According to Scholastic, the Acorn books are “high concept stories with decodable text for newly independent readers.” Each book is 80-96 pages with a “50:50 text to illustration ratio.”
Below are some affiliate links for Ethan’s favorite Branches books.
The Notebook of Doom
The Notebook of Doom is by far his favorite! Each book is a new adventure for a group of kids who track down monsters (that only kids can see) and in turn, save their town from impending doom. The books are equal parts silly and exciting!
The Binder of Doom
The Binder of Doom is a continuation of the Notebook series. Ethan is eagerly awaiting the release of the next book in the series!
The Time Jumpers is very similar to Magic Treehouse. While the reading level is higher than Magic Treehouse, the storytelling is not as good in our opinion.
The Dragon Masters reminds me of Harry Potter. 8 year olds are chosen from across the globe to train with dragons. The main characters live together in a castle with a wizard. Together they travel the globe to protect various kingdoms from harm.
The Last Firehawk
The Last Firehawk is a story of three animal friends who battle an evil enemy who threatens the forest where they live.
Haggis and Tank
Haggis and Tank are dogs who love puns and adventures! I am honestly surprised by how much Ethan loves these as I think a lot of the humor goes right over his head. But he really likes them.
Kung Pow Chicken
These books are very comic book-esque with a chicken superhero and an egg for a sidekick. They are very silly and another favorite of Ethan’s.