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The Ling and Ting books written and illustrated by Grace Lin are one of my new favorite series for early readers. These Level 3 chapter books are a great bridge to build your child’s confidence in reading longer stories.

Ling and Ting are Chinese-American identical twins. They may look alike, but they are not exactly the same. These girls are fun, sweet, and silly. The stories are humorous, and they include elements of Chinese-American culture.

One of my favorite things about each book is the way the girls make up a story in the last chapter that mixes elements from all the previous chapters. Pay attention and you’ll see a lot of hidden details in the illustrations.

There are three Ling and Ting books so far: Ling and Ting: Not Exactly the Same; Ling and Ting Share a Birthday; and Ling and Ting: Twice as Silly. The fourth book, Ling and Ting: Together in all Weather, comes out in November 2015.

I think any beginner reader would enjoy these early chapter books, but if your child is a twin or Chinese-American, the Ling and Ting books are a must read!

What are your favorite books for early readers?