Everyone knows Max and Ruby, Rosemary Wells' most famous creations. Fewer might know Yoko and the friends at Hilltop School.
I was reading this to Shaemus and Flannery earlier today:
Timothy's Tales from Hilltop School. It's a collection of short stories about things kids automatically relate too: birthday parties, school trouble, friend trouble, food trouble, etc...
Our family loves these characters, Yoko especially. There's a whole series of Yoko books now, many new, and you can get a collection of Yoko books in this volume:
Yoko's World of Kindness: Golden Rules for a Happy Classroom
This is perfect for your child who's reading a little more difficult chapter books, and great for read-alouds of any age. I often see my older kids pick these books up for a perusal, I think because they relate so well to the topics.
And definitely try the first Yoko:
I think it's my favorite of them all.
(How's Battle of the Books coming at your house? Are you losing steam? I thought we were until I heard Mary fighting with Lucy yesterday because she was worried Lucy wasn't going to read her pick from last round—Small as an Elephant—and she wanted it to have a chance to win because it was sooooo good.)