Note that many children begin reading chapter books in 3rd grade. If this describes you or your child, the "Moving Into Chapters: Good Reads for Children Just Starting to Read Chapter Book" book list suggests titles that are useful for becoming a confident chapter book reader.
Miss Nelson series by Harry Allard (E ALL)
Poor Miss Nelson! She's stuck teaching the worst behaved class in the entire school. What will happen when Miss Nelson is absent and substitute teacher Viola Swamp takes over the class? Although younger children enjoy these picture books, it is around third grade that children have enough experience with inference to really understand the plot.
When Apples Grew Noses and White Horses Flew by Jan Andrews (J AND)
Do nice guys always finish last? Not in these stories! Sometimes foolish, but always lovable, Ti-Jean somehow manages to bring about a happy ending to every one of his fairy tale adventures.
The Day-Glo Brothers by Chris Barton (J-B swi BAR)
You have heard of Thomas Edison, but how much do you kow about Joe and Bob Switzer? This brief, but fascinating, book will introduce you to these little known inventors--and along the way you'll learn how flourescent paint contributed to the war effort during WWII.
Five True Dog Stories by Margaret Davidson (J 636.7 DAV)
True stories about extraordinary dogs, including the famous sled dog Balto whose heroic efforts saved the town of Nome, Alaska from an epidemic.
How to Talk to Your Dog by Jean Craighead George (J 636.7 GEO)
The title sounds like a joke, but this book really does teach humans how to use body language and tone to communicate with dogs.
The Girl on the HIgh Diving Horse by Linda Oatman High (J HIG)
Historical fiction centered on a real Jersey Shore attraction. Text and illustrations work together to give a real sense of what it used to be like to vacation "down the shore."
Gooney Bird series by Lois Lowrey (J LOW)
Her very first day at Watertown Elementary School, Gooney Bird Greene asks for a seat "right smack in the middle of the room," explaining that she likes "to be right smack in the middle of everything." A bright, imaginative student, Gooney Bird adds quite a bit of pizzazz to Miss Pidgeon's class.
George and Martha: The Complete Stories of Two Best Friends by James Marshall (E MAR)
These two best friends just happen to be hippos--and to posess a sly sense of humor appreciated by 8 and 9 year olds.
Marty McGuire series by Kate Messner (J MES)
Marty is a clever girl who loves science, bugs, frogs, and the outdoors. Her interests and personality are not always appreciated by adults nor accepted by her peers, but Marty is a strong girl who is learning to stay true to herself.
The Munschworks Grand Treasury by Robert Munsch (E MUN)
Beloved author Robert Munsch uses humor mixed with a touch of magic to tell stories about outrageous situations.
Face to Face With series published by National Geographic (Various locations; ask at the Children's Desk for help with searching)
Each title in this series focuses on a different type of animal and is illustrated with stunning photographs by National Geographic's photographers.
Balls! and Balls!: Round 2 by Michael Rosen (J 796.3 ROS)
Lots and lots of sports trivia for young athletes.
Mr. Putter and Tabby series and Poppleton series by Cynthia Rylant (JE RYL)
Can you imagine buying a cat a pet fish or bringing a cat to a knitting club meeting? Mr. Putter gets himself and his cat into some silly situations in the "Mr. Putter and Tabby" series. Poppleton is a pig who finds that everything from hanging wallpaper to being ill becomes more enjoyable when his friends are involved. Cynthia Rylant is the author of the popular "Henry and Mudge" series.
Team Spirit series by Mark Stewart (Basketball--J 796.323 STE; Football--J 796.332 STE; Baseball--J 796.357 STE)
Each book in this series focuses on a different major league team and is packed with stats, player profiles, and descriptions of some of the best--and most unusual--games the team has played.
Dinosaur Cove series by Rex Stone (J STO)
Two boys discover the entrance to a secret world where dinosaurs still live.
8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel divided by 1 Dog = Chaos by Vivian Vande Velde (J VAN)
The principal's dog, a school yard squirrel, and pets from eight different classes take turns telling this story of a chase through an elementary school.
Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team by Audrey Vernick (J 796.357 VER)
The Acerra family, from Long Branch, NJ, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame (in Cooperstown, NY) in 1997. This book explains why and how.