Great Chapter Books for Developing Readers

Do you have a developing reader who is transitioning into reading chapter books? Here are some of our favorite early chapter book series for kids who are ready to take that leap. These books feature simple text and illustrations that support the developing reading experience, and they are jammed with enough fun, funny, entertaining and exciting content and characters to keep kids coming back for that next title in the series. Each of these books listed is the first in their series, so if it works for your child, there's plenty more goodness in store for them!

Alter, Anna, 1974-

Relates the adventures of the animal residents of an apartment building on Sprout Street.

Chabert, Jack, author.

Sam Graves discovers that his elementary school is alive and plotting against the students, and,as hall monitor, it is his job to protect them--but he will need some help from his friends.

Coverly, Dave, author, illustrator.

Jealous of his brother, Early Bird, who always gets the worm, Speed Bump embarks on an adventure with his best friend Slingshot.

Cronin, Doreen.

Dirt, Sweetie, Poppy, and Sugar might be chicks, but they sure aren't chicken. They're the Chicken Squad, and it's up to them to figure out what Tail, the not-so-brave squirrel, is so afraid of. When he describes it as BIG and Scary, that doesn't give much insight as to what is lurking beyond the coop. Can our fecklees, fluffy heroes defeat something that could very well be -- gulp -- from out of this world?

Davidson, Zanna, author.

Billy is trying to stay awake so the SCARY creatures of the dark won't come. But then he hears a squeaky little voice and notices some tiny purple footprints. Not only that, SOMETHING has ATTACKED his cheese sandwich. What could it be? Does Billy dare find out?

Dillard, Sarah, 1961-

To earn their Sow It and Grow It badge, Violet, Tigerlilly, and the other Mouse Scouts plant a vegetable garden.

Dumas, Marti, author.

Giant Afro. Even Bigger Brain. Jaden Toussaint is a 5 year-old who know it all. I mean, really knows it all. Animal Scientist. Great Debater. Master of the art of ninja dancing. There is nothing Jaden Toussaint can't do. The only problem is that grown-ups keep trying to convince him that, even though he's really smart, he doesn't know EVERYTHING. The thing is ... he kind of does. This time our hero must use all his super-powered brain power to convince the grown-ups that he needs more screen time.--Back cover.

Himmelman, John, author, illustrator.

Although she can throw farther, kick higher, and hit harder than anyone else at school, Isabel, aka Bunjitsu Bunny, never hurts another creature--unless she has to.

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.

LaReau, Kara, author.

Louie and Ralphie Ratso's dad, Big Lou, always says that there are two kinds of people: those who are tough and those who are soft. Louie and Ralphie are tough, tough, tough, just like Big Lou, and they're going to prove it. But every time they try to show just how tough they are, the Ratso brothers end up accidentally doing good deeds instead. What'll Big Lou do when he finds out they ve been acting like softies all over the Big City?

Maker, Martha, author.

Best friends Emily and Maddie spend all their time together making crafts, but when Maddie begins spending more time with gadget whiz Bella, Emily worries that she is losing her best friend.

Mass, Wendy, 1967- author.

At the flea market nine-and-a-half-year-old Chase and his younger sister Ava acquire an old suitcase filled with rows of carefully packed strange objects, and when they handle one of the objects (a dragon-headed doorknob) they find themselves in King Arthur's castle, on a mission to save the King--and pursued by a strange man whom they first saw at the flea market, who is after their suitcase.

Messner, Kate, author.

Fergus, the pet mouse in Miss Maxwell's classroom, stows away in a backpack on a field trip to the museum. He makes a new friend, Zeke, another mouse, who shows Fergus many interesting exhibits, but now he wonders how to get back to school.

Miedoso, Andres, author.

When supernatural things start happening in the house timid Andres and his parents just moved into, next-door-neighbor Desmond Cole, eight, comes to the rescue.

Pearl, Alexa, 1967- author.

"In the Tales of Sasha series debut, Sasha discovers that she really isn't like the other horses in her valley when wings sprout from her back and she soars through the air!"-- Provided by publisher.

Reed, Melody, author.

Keyboardist Jasmine, age eight, tries to convince her bandmates, Maggie, Becca, and Scarlet, to prove themselves in a Battle of the Bands competition, despite their poor equipment.

Rippin, Sally.

Billie has started ballet classes. She wants to be a great dancer, but is she really cut out to be a ballerina?

West, Tracey, 1965- author.

Eight-year-old Drake is snatched up by the King's soldiers and taken to the castle where he is told by the wizard Griffith that he has been chosen to be a Dragon Master like Ana, Rori, and Bo--and his first task will be to discover whether his dragon, Worm, has any special powers.

Summaries provided by DPL's catalog unless otherwise noted. Click on each title to view more information.

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