Beginning Chapter Books

Ready to venture beyond the Easy Readers? Try some of these!

J BRI Brisson, PatBertie’s Picture Day
Bertie tries to get spiffy for his class picture, but several disastrous events result in him looking "interesting" instead.
J BYA Byars, Betsy Cromer – Boo’s Dinosaur
When young Boo is followed home by a dinosaur that only she can see, it causes a bit of trouble for her older brother, Sammy.
J BYA Byars, Betsy Cromer - Boo’s Surprise
In this follow-up to Boo’s Dinosaur, Boo finds an egg that hatches into a new dinosaur.
J CAM Cameron, Ann - The Stories Huey Tells
Huey shows big-brother Julian that he's an adventurer, a chef, a tracker, and a scout.
J CON Conford, Ellen – Jenny Archer books
In a funny series of books, Jenny Archer tries her hand at many different ventures, including becoming an author, a TV commercial star, and a detective.
J COW Cowley, Joy – Agapanthus Hum books
In a series of books, free-spirited Agapanthus Hum tackles getting eyeglasses, loosing a tooth and finding the perfect pet.
J DIC DiCamillo, KateBink and Gollie
Two roller-skating best friends--one tiny, one tall--share three comical adventures involving outrageously bright socks, an impromptu trek to the Andes, and a most unlikely marvelous companion.
J DIC DiCamillo, KateMercy Watson books
Mercy Watson is an exuberant pig who enjoys many adventures, including trick-or-treating and fighting crime
J EDW Edwards, Michelle – Stinky Stern Forever
Pa Lia and her classmates share memories of Stinky Stern, the second-grade bully.
J EDW Edwards, Michelle – Zero Grandparents
Calliope does not have a grandmother or grandfather to bring to school on Grandparent's Day, but she finds a special way to participate anyway.
J FLE Fleischman, Paul – The Dunderheads
When their teacher, Miss Breakbone, takes a classmate’s trash-picked treasure, “the Dunderheads” plot to teach her a lesson.
J FRE Freeman, MarthaThe Trouble with Twins
When Holly takes charge of a birthday celebration for her two-year-old twin brothers, she gets more than she bargains for in mayhem, madness, and mess. Be sure to check out more of Holly’s adventures in The Trouble with Babies and The Trouble with Cats.
J GRE Green, Poppy - Sophie Mouse books
Sophie Mouse learns about fun and friendship in these short chapter books with lots of lovely illustrations.
J GRE Green, StephanieOwen Foote series
Through a series of books, Owen Foote and his best friend Joseph join the soccer league, enter the science fair, enjoy their tree fort, and find ingenious ways to make money.
J HAL Hale, Shannon - Princess in Black books
When trouble strikes, Princess Magnolia ditches her pink dress to become an undercover superhero in black.
J HAR Harper, Jessica – Uh-Oh, Cleo
What starts out as a perfectly ordinary day in the Small house turns into “Stitches Saturday” when Cleo gets a cut on the head after her twin brother, Jack, accidentally pulls down their "Toy House."
J KIN King-Smith, DickThe Mouse Family Robinson
After a close call with the cat who stalks the hallways, a family of wild mice, including adventurous, young Beaumont and elderly Uncle Brown, emigrates to a more mouse-friendly house down the block.
J LAN Landry, LeoFat Bat and Swoop
Fat Bat and Swoop the owl play a trick on Emily the cow but end up getting some of their own medicine.
J LEG LeGuin, Ursula – Catwings
Four young cats with wings leave the city slums in search of a safe place to live, finally meeting two children with kind hands.
J LEG LeGuin, Ursula – Catwings Return
Wishing to visit their mother, two winged cats leave their new country home to return to the city, where they discover a winged kitten in a building that is scheduled to be demolished.
J MCD McDonald, Megan - Beezy
Beezy and her best friend Merlin, who live in Florida, wait out a hurricane, find a dog, and make friends with a circus performer.
J MCD McDonald, Megan – The Hinky Pink: An Old Tale
When she is called to the Great Castle to create a special dress for the princess, Anabel, a talented seamstress, is delighted at first but then becomes nervous as an unseen sprite interferes with her work.
McDonald, Megan - Judy Moody and Friends books
The kids in Judy Moody's neighborhood make up the colorful cast of this series of short chapter books illustrated in full color.
J MCK McKAy, Hilary - Lulu books
Lulu loves animals and encounters a dog, a cat, and a duck all in need of her loving care.
J SCH Schertle, Alice – Look Out Jeremy Bean!
A school assignment to share collections prompts Jeremy Bean to become a collector of stories about himself, which he hopes he can share with his grandchildren just as his Gramps has shared stories with him.
J THO Thomas, Jane Resh – Scaredy Dog
With patience and love, a young girl helps the dog she has chosen from the Humane Society grow from a frightened puppy into a happy pet.
J VOI Voigt, CynthiaThe Rosie Stories
Rosie, a dog who loves to eat, waits for breakfast, gets into the garbage can for lunch, and joins the family in following along with an exercise video.
J YEE Yee, Wong Herbert – Mouse and Mole books
In a series of books, best friends Mouse and Mole enjoy many adventures together, including discovering the magic of nature, cleaning house and bird watching.