Looking for easy-to-read books that target older students? My students seem to really like several series from Stone Arch Books. The covers are not babyish and the plots have conflicts that appeal to grades 3-5. Take the book, Rapunzel Lets her Hair Down, by Tony Bradman from the After Happily Ever After series. Rapunzel is sharing breakfast with her husband who talks about how much he loves Saturdays. He can play sports all day long and do whatever he wants. Rapunzel, on the other hand, hates Saturdays because she has to wash her hair. It takes the help of 12 servants and lasts well past midnight. Rapunzel wants to cut her hair but her husband says, absolutely not! She also tells her husband she'd like to play sports and he tells her that girls are not good at sports. Ooooooh, now Rapunzel is mad at him. She concocts a plan to not only fix her hair problem but show her husband that girls can play sports. Funny and entertaining.
Other hot books are Claudia Christina Cortez, Library of Doom, and Dragonblood series from Stone Arch.