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Browse the list below for a selection of great books for readers who are beginning to read chapter books. Click the book cover or title to go to the book in the online catalog. Click the author's name to search for more books by that author.

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Cam Jansen and the mystery of the stolen diamonds Cam Jansen and the mystery of the stolen diamonds
Adler, David A.
A fifth-grader with a photographic memory and her friend Eric help solve the mystery of the stolen diamonds.

Shampoozel Shampoozel
Anholt, Laurence.
In this version of the classic fairy tale "Rapunzel," the daughter of two hairdressers is locked in a tower by the Bad Hair Witch.

Never glue your friends to chairs Never glue your friends to chairs
Applegate, Katherine.
When the first-graders' bee antennae would not stay on their heads and the drummers would not stay in their seats for the open house play, Roscoe decides to help by using the "don't-you-dare" glue.

Lunch walks among us Lunch walks among us
Benton, Jim.
Franny K. Stein is a mad scientist who prefers all things spooky and creepy, but when she has trouble making friends at her new school she experiments with fitting in--which works until a monster erupts from the trashcan.

I want a pony I want a pony
Betancourt, Jeanne.

Flat Stanley Flat Stanley
Brown, Jeff, 1926-2003.
After a bulletin board falls on Stanley while he is sleeping, he finds that being flat has its advantages.

Bad kitty gets a bath Bad kitty gets a bath
Bruel, Nick.
Takes a humorous look at the normal way cats bathe, why it is inappropriate for humans to bathe that way, and the challenges of trying to give a cat a real bath with soap and water. Includes fun facts, glossary, and other information.

The Buddy files : the case of the lost boy The Buddy files : the case of the lost boy
Butler, Dori Hillestad.
While searching for his mysteriously lost human family, Buddy the dog is adopted by another family and helps solve the mystery of their missing boy.

Jake Drake, know-it-all Andrew Clements ; illustrated by Dolores Avendaño. Jake Drake, know-it-all Andrew Clements ; illustrated by Dolores Avendaño.
Clements, Andrew, 1949-
Jake is determined to win the third grade science fair not only for the grand prize, but to beat the annoying class know-it-alls, as well.

The truth about bats The truth about bats
Moore, Eva.
The Magic School Bus takes Ms. Frizzle and her class on a trip around the United States looking for bats. During the trip the class learns many amazing facts about bats, including what they eat, where they live, how echolocation works, and more.

Annabel the actress, starring in "Gorilla my dreams" Annabel the actress, starring in "Gorilla my dreams"
Conford, Ellen.
Though a little disppointed that her first acting part is to be a gorilla at a birthday party, Annabel determines to really get into the role.

Mercy Watson to the rescue Mercy Watson to the rescue
DiCamillo, Kate.
After Mercy the pig snuggles to sleep with the Watsons, all three awaken with the bed teetering on the edge of a big hole in the floor.

Happy Go Lucky Happy Go Lucky
Earhart, Kristin.
When the pony Happy Go Lucky is sent to live at a riding school, he finds he has lots to learn and lots of new friends to make.

Dude, where's my spaceship? Dude, where's my spaceship?
Greenburg, Dan.
When their spaceship crash lands on Earth, Ploo is captured by the Army and taken to the mysterious Area 51. While her brothers, Lek and Klatu, try to rescue her, Ploo uses her ESP to make a new friend.

Princess Posey and the first grade parade Princess Posey and the first grade parade
Greene, Stephanie.
Posey's fear of starting first grade is alleviated when her teacher invites the students to wear their most comfortable clothes to school on the first day.

Miss Daisy is crazy! Miss Daisy is crazy!
Gutman, Dan.
Miss Daisy's unusual teaching methods surprise her second grade students, especially reluctant learner A.J.

Uh-oh, Cleo Uh-oh, Cleo
Harper, Jessica.
What starts out as a perfectly ordinary day in the Small house turns into Stiches Saturday when Cleo gets a cut on the head after her twin brother, Jack, accidentally pulls down their "Toy House."

Basketball Bats Basketball Bats
Hicks, Betty.
Henry and his basketball teammates, the Bats, take on the Tigers, and Henry learns a lesson about working as a team.

Keeker and the sneaky pony Keeker and the sneaky pony
Higginson, Hadley.
When eight-year-old Keeker gets a pony, she is faced with the challenge of winning the animal's trust and friendship, and they both come to understand the phrase "You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours."

It came from beneath the bed! : tales from the House of Bunnicula It came from beneath the bed! : tales from the House of Bunnicula
Howe, James, 1946-
With help from his Uncle Harold, who wrote books about Bunnicula, Howie the wire-haired dachshund writes a story in which he saves the world from a science experiment gone awry.

Elska Elska
Hapka, Cathy.
Around the year 1000, the Icelandic horse named Elska is born and learns about life and her role in the herd, as well as love and friendship, when she rescues the girl to whom she originally belonged. Includes facts about Icelandic horses and Iceland.

Freddie Ramos takes off Freddie Ramos takes off
Jules, Jacqueline, 1956-
Freddie finds a mysterious package outside his apartment containing sneakers that allow him to run faster than a train, and inspire him to perform heroic deeds.

Tooth trouble Tooth trouble
Klein, Abby.
Unhappy to be the only one in his class who still has not lost a tooth, first-grader Freddy tries to find a way to expedite matters but then is faced with another problem.

Horrible Harry's secret Horrible Harry's secret
Kline, Suzy.
Horrible Harry falls in love with Song Lee, and Harry's best friend, Doug, can't stand all that mush.

Ruby Lu, brave and true Ruby Lu, brave and true
Look, Lenore.
"Almost-eight-year-old" Ruby Lu spends time with her baby brother, goes to Chinese school, performs magic tricks and learns to drive, and has adventures with both old and new friends.

Gooney Bird Greene Gooney Bird Greene
Lowry, Lois.
A most unusual new student who loves to be the center of attention entertains her teacher and fellow second graders by telling absolutely true stories about herself, including how she got her name.

Akimbo and the elephants Akimbo and the elephants
McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-
On the African game preserve where his father works, Akimbo devises a dangerous plan to capture a ring of elephant poachers.

Stink : the incredible shrinking kid Stink : the incredible shrinking kid
McDonald, Megan.
The shortest kid in the second grade, James Moody, also known as Stink, learns all about the shortest president of the United States, James Madison, when they celebrate Presidents' Day at school.

Ruby, the red fairy Ruby, the red fairy
Meadows, Daisy.
Rainbow Fairies Rachel and Kirsty must find the other Rainbow Fairies in order to prevent Fairyland from losing its colors and turning gray forever.

If wishes were horses : a Kona story If wishes were horses : a Kona story
Miller, Sibley.
Four tiny, flying horses suddenly come into being, blown out of a dandelion by a lonely girl, and set out to discover who they are and what they are supposed to do with their magical powers.

The new kid at school The new kid at school
McMullan, Kate.
Wiglaf is off to Dragon Slayers' Academy and in for a first day of school he will never forget.

On the road On the road
Nolan, Lucy A.
A dog who thinks her name is Down Girl goes on a car ride to the beach, goes camping in the woods, and reluctantly pays a visit to the vet with her master, Rruff.

Dinosaurs before dark Dinosaurs before dark
Osborne, Mary Pope.
Eight-year-old Jack and his younger sister Annie find a magic treehouse, which whisks them back to an ancient time zone where they see live dinosaurs.

Junie B. Jones and the stupid smelly bus Junie B. Jones and the stupid smelly bus
Park, Barbara.
In her own words, a young girl describes her feelings about starting kindergarten and what she does when she decides not to ride the bus home.

Clementine Clementine
Pennypacker, Sara, 1951-
While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.

Daisy's summer essay Daisy's summer essay
Peschke, M. (Marci)
"Ten-year-old Daisy Martinez is excited to begin fourth grade! Daisy and her BFF Blanca are both in room 210 with the wonderful new teacher, Ms. Lilly. When Ms. Lilly calls her class super smart superstars, Daisy decides she's going to prove that she's both. Their first project for Ms. Lilly's class is an essay on their summer--can Daisy write an essay that will impress her new teacher?"--P. [4] of cover.

The adventures of Captain Underpants : an epic novel The adventures of Captain Underpants : an epic novel
Pilkey, Dav, 1966-
When George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking that he is the superhero Captain Underpants, he leads them to the lair of the nefarious Dr. Diaper, where they must defeat his evil robot henchmen.

Ricky Ricotta's giant robot Ricky Ricotta's giant robot
Pilkey, Dav, 1966-
Ricky Ricotta, a small mouse, saves a giant robot from his evil creator, Dr. Stinky, and in turn, the robot protects Ricky from the bullies at school and it saves the city from Dr. Stinky's plan to destroy it.

The absent author The absent author
Roy, Ron, 1940-
Dink Duncan and his two friends investigate the apparent kidnapping of famous mystery author Wallis Wallace.

Marvin Redpost : Kidnapped at birth? Marvin Redpost : Kidnapped at birth?
Sachar, Louis, 1954-
Red-haired Marvin is convinced that the reason he looks different from the rest of his family is that he is really the lost prince of Shampoon.

Sideways stories from Wayside School Sideways stories from Wayside School
Sachar, Louis, 1954-
Humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story.

Trouble magnet Trouble magnet
Salisbury, Graham.
Nine-year-old. Calvin catches the attention of the school bully on the day before he starts fourth grade, while at home, the unfriendly, fifteen-year-old daughter of his mother's best friend has taken over his room.

The ink drinker The ink drinker
Sanvoisin, Eric.
A boy who hates books discovers an ink-drinking vampire in his father's bookshop and follows him to his underground vault.

Knights of the kitchen table Knights of the kitchen table
Scieszka, Jon.
Joe receives a magic book for his birthday present from his uncle. Joe, Fred and Sam are transported to a time when evil knights, fire-breathing dragons and vile-smelling giants roamed the land.

Dracula vs. Grampa at the Monster Truck Spectacular Dracula vs. Grampa at the Monster Truck Spectacular
Scroggs, Kirk.
When Grampa and Wiley sneak out of the house on a stormy Halloween night to attend Colonel Dracula's Monster Truck Spectacular, they run into trouble from which only Gramma and an F5 tornado can save them.

Nate the Great Nate the Great
Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman.
Nate the Great solves the mystery of the missing picture.

Trash crisis on earth Trash crisis on earth
Stadler, Alexander.
Eight-year-old Julian Rodriguez escapes from the crisis of the moment (being sent to his room for not taking out the trash) by imagining he's a space warrior.

Attack of the tyrannosaurus Attack of the tyrannosaurus
Stone, Rex.
"Tom and Jamie can't believe their luck when they find a secret entrance to a prehistoric world filled with dinosaurs! The first dinosaur they meet is a friendly wannanosaurus. It eats the fruit from super-stinky ginkgo trees. But soon, Tom and Jamie meet a much less friendly dino: a Tyrannosaurus Rex that would like to eat them!"--P. [4] of cover.

Lost treasure of the Emerald Eye Lost treasure of the Emerald Eye
Stilton, Geronimo.
When Geronimo's sister, Thea, discovers an old, mysterious map showing a secret treasure hidden on a faraway island, the gang of the "Rodent's gazette" is dragged into a treasure hunt.

The curse of the bologna sandwich The curse of the bologna sandwich
Trine, Greg.
After graduating from the superhero academy, Melvin Beederman heads for Los Angeles, where he unexpectedly teams up with Candace Brinkwater, school play actress, to nab the evil McNasty Brothers.

Stand Alone Books

Freckle juice Freckle juice
Blume, Judy.
Andrew wants freckles so badly that he buys Sharon's freckle recipe for fifty cents.

Boo's dinosaur Boo's dinosaur
Byars, Betsy Cromer.
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.

Little Horse Little Horse
Byars, Betsy Cromer.
Little Horse falls into the stream and is swept away into a dangerous adventure and a new life.

The legend of Spud Murphy The legend of Spud Murphy
Colfer, Eoin.
When their mother starts dropping them off at the library several afternoons a week, nine-year-old William and his brother dread boredom and the overbearing librarian, but they are surprised at how things turn out.

Sandmare Sandmare
Cooper, Helen (Helen F.)
A powerful wish allows the horse that Polly and her father draw in the beach sand to come to life and pursue her dream of reaching the stars.

The trouble with chickens : a J.J. Tully mystery The trouble with chickens : a J.J. Tully mystery
Cronin, Doreen.
A hard-bitten former search-and-rescue dog helps solve a complicated missing chicken case.

Bink & Gollie
DiCamillo, Kate.
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.

The diary of a killer cat The diary of a killer cat
Fine, Anne.
Tuffy the pet cat tries to defend himself against accusations of terrifying other animals and murdering the neighbor's rabbit.

Notso hotso Notso hotso
Fine, Anne.
Anthony, a neglected pet dog, develops an irritating skin condition and has most of his hair shaved off, which embarrasses him greatly until he realizes he now looks like a lion and can frighten other animals and people.

The big fat cow that goes kapow The big fat cow that goes kapow
Griffiths, Andy, 1961-
In these ten easy-to-read stories there is a mixed-up cow that says "miaow," a mole called Noel who plays rock 'n' roll in a hole, and a boy named Mike who rides a bike with a very big spike!

Say what? Say what?
Haddix, Margaret Peterson.
When their parents begin saying the wrong thing every time six-year-old Sukey and her older brothers misbehave, the children discover that it is a plot and fight back with their own wrong phrases.

Mostly Monty Mostly Monty
Hurwitz, Johanna.
Because he suffers from asthma, six-year-old Monty is nervous about starting first grade but he soon learns to cope with his illness and use his special talents to make friends.

PeeWee's tale PeeWee's tale
Hurwitz, Johanna.
When his owner's parents let him go in Central Park, a young guinea pig learns to survive in the natural world with the help of a "park-wise" squirrel while trying to find his way back home.

A Coyote solstice tale A Coyote solstice tale
King, Thomas, 1943-
Trickster coyote is having his friends over for a festive solstice get-together in the woods when a little girl comes by unexpectedly. She leads the party-goers through the snowy woods to the mall--a place they have never been before. Coyote gleefully shops with abandon, only to discover that filling your shopping cart with goodies is not quite the same thing as actually paying for them.

The mouse family Robinson The mouse family Robinson
King-Smith, Dick.
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.

Super Chicken Nugget Boy and the furious fry Super Chicken Nugget Boy and the furious fry
Lewis, Josh.
When Fern Goldberg arrives at Bert Lahr Elementary School, he's just an average kid. Then he falls into the green liquid inside the pool-type container behind Bogie's Burger Barn. Now whenever his skin comes into contact with condiments, he transforms into a bona fide deep-fried superhero who's not afraid to take on villains great and small. And that includs the giant, mutant french fry that threatens to crush the whole school beneath its massive, starchy feet.

Serious graffiti Serious graffiti
Mitchelhill, Barbara.
Vandals have struck at Damian's school--someone has been spray-painting graffiti in the boys' bathroom! To make matters worse, the vandals can't even spell. If the crooks aren't stopped, the whole school will be on cleaning duty. Damian knows he's the school's only hope of solving this bad spell of crime!

Ruby Lu, brave and true Ruby Lu, brave and true
Look, Lenore.
"Almost-eight-year-old" Ruby Lu spends time with her baby brother, goes to Chinese school, performs magic tricks and learns to drive, and has adventures with both old and new friends.

Dear hound Dear hound
Murphy, Jill.
When Alfie, a timid deerhound puppy, gets lost in the woods, he will do almost anything--including befriending a pair of foxes--to find his way home to his beloved boy, Charlie, who refuses to believe Alfie is gone for good.

The four ugly cats in apartment 3D The four ugly cats in apartment 3D
Sachs, Marilyn.
After a neighbor in her apartment building dies, ten-year-old Lily tries to find homes for his four ugly, noisy cats.

Look out, Jeremy Bean! Look out, Jeremy Bean!
Schertle, Alice.
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 as his Gramps has shared stories with him.

Keena Ford and the second-grade mix-up Keena Ford and the second-grade mix-up
Thomson, Melissa, 1979-
Keena Ford chronicles her many mishaps as she begins second grade.

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