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Moving Into Chapters: Good Reads for Children Just Starting to Read Chapter Books


The Woman Who Won Things and The Cat that Got Carried Away, both by Allan Ahlberg (J AHL—each book has “who” in the title)

These chapter books about the very silly Gaskitt family will appeal to readers who enjoy the picture book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff.

After Happily Ever After series by Tony Bradman (J BRA)

This is a good series to try if you have ever been disappointed when you reach the end of a story. Each book goes beyond "happily ever after" to explain what might have happened next in a favorite fairy tale. (Note: These books are technically not divided into chapters, but are at a "chapter book reading level.")

Bad Kitty series by Nick Bruel (J BRU)

Other kitties might hiss or scratch when unhappy--bad kitty's bad behavior is so outrageous, the reader has to laugh.

Boo's Dinosaur & Boo’s Surprise by Betsy Byars (J BYA)

Sammy's little sister, Boo, has an unusual invisible friend--a dinosaur.

Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo (J DIC)

Mr. & Mrs. Watson treat their pet pig, Mercy, like a human member of the family. No matter what happens, they are convinced that Mercy is a "porcine wonder."

Gym Shorts series by Betty Hicks (J HIC)

Young athletes will enjoy this series about four friends--two boys and two girls--who win, lose, and have fun playing different sports together.

Anansi and the Box of Stories (J 398.2 KRE)

He is sometimes the trickster and sometimes the tricked, but no matter what the outcome, Anansi the spider never learns his lesson. A collection of traditional stories from Africa.

National Geographic Science Chapters (Various locations including J 918 THO; J 919.9 EIN; J 567.9 RUS; J 551.46 MOR; J 591.47 OSU; J 580 HAL; J 599 THO; J 551.21 HAL; J 595.7 WHI; J 634.9 COS; J 551.5 COL; J 551.44 COS; J 612 OSU; J 612.8 COL; J 636.7 OSU)


This series has books about outer space, the Serengeti, volcanoes, and other topics of interest to young scientists.


Twelve Kinds of Ice by Ellen Bryan Obed (J OBE)


Read this book during a heat wave or a snow storm--at any time of the year, it will bring smile to your face as you remember how much fun it is to live where it gets cold enough to snow during the winter.


Ice Wreck by Lucille Penner (J 919.8 PEN)

Can you imagine spending the entire winter living on the sea ice in Antarctica, never seeing the sun rise or stepping foot on solid ground? That's exactly what happened to Ernest Shackleton and his men--and they all lived to tell the tale.             

Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot series (J-SF PIL)

Ricky Ricotta is a small mouse with a giant pet robot. 

Cobble Street Cousins series by Cynthia Rylant (J RYL)

Three very different cousins are quite happily living with their aunt on Cobble Street. The girls combine their talents to do everything from starting a company to planning a wedding!

Lighthouse Family series   by Cynthia Rylant (J RYL)

 The Lighthouse Family is a happy, unconventional family--a lonely cat and solitary dog are delighted to find themselves the adoptive parents of three young mice.

Black Lagoon Adventures chapter book series by Mike Thaler (J THA)

The students in this series tend to get so carried worrying that their imaginations invent some very silly ideas of what might happen. Of course, everything turns out fine in the end.

8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel divided by 1 Dog = Chaos by Vivian Vande Velde

The principal's dog, a school yard squirrel, and pets from eight different classes take turns telling this story about a chase through the school.

First Day on a Brand New Planet by Dan Yaccarino (J YAC)

Blast Off Boy and Blorp have been selected for a mission of peace--they will be exchange students, attending schools on a different planet in the galaxy. This book alternates between showing Blorp's first day on Earth & Blast Off Boy's first day on an alien planet.

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