We’ve noticed some new early chapter books by authors (or featuring characters) that are better known for a different age group.
The newest series is The Zach & Zoe Mysteries by Mike Lupica, better known for his middle grade and teen sports stories. The first two books combine mysteries with baseball and basketball. The mysteries are positive ones (instead of being stolen or even lost, a baseball is featured in a scavenger hunt). If you have a sports lover who needs to read a mystery and doesn’t want anything scary, this is a good choice.
Another series that’s been around a little longer is Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet. Calpurnia was previously featured in two historical fiction novels. Although she is a little older in the new series, the books are shorter and easier to read. Still interested in nature, Calpurnia helps animals that range from fuzzy newborns and wounded butterflies to an owl and the family dog (who is entirely too interested in porcupines).
The last series is the Amelia Bedelia chapter books. This started with Amelia Bedelia Means Business, in which the familiar adult character from the classic easy readers is now a contemporary girl. She is still causing minor mayhem by misunderstanding figures of speech. In the latest book, Amelia Bedelia Digs In, she searches for buried treasure.