Kids usually like to read about kids who are older than they are, at least in my experience. I'm not sure whether it's because it makes them feel more grown-up or because it allays (or creates) any worries they have about the next grade or stage... or something else entirely. But maybe this rule doesn't hold true for the younger set, because right now my first grader is really enjoying books about a fellow first grader: the Princess Posey series by Stephanie Greene.
With its short chapters, large text, realistic plots and illustrations every few pages, these books fill that all-too-large gap between early readers (boring!) and middle grade fiction. The stories are sweet but not saccharine, the text and plots simple but not boring. Posey faces the fears and anxieties of many a first-grader and navigates social relationships in way my daughter could relate to. And although Posey secretly becomes Princess Posey when she wears her special pink tutu, being a princess here is empowering. Long live Princess Posey!