Readers and Early Chapter Books


Level 1
I Like Bugs                                      Margaret Wise Brown

The Lion and the Mouse                 Gail Herman

Pete the Cat's Big Lunch               James Dean
(there are many Pete the Cat readers)

Big Shark, Little Shark                  Anna Membrino

A Pig, a Fox, and a Box                Jonathan Fenske      

There's a Carrot in My Ear           
Alvin Schwartz

Level 2
(some of these may be labeled Level 1, but they read like a higher level, so I've placed them here)
Penny and Her Marble                   Kevin Henkes

Little Bear                                       Else Holmeland Minkark

Henry and Mudge                            Cynthia Rylant

Frog and Toad                                  Arnold Lobel

Owl at Home                                   Arnold Lobel

Level 3
Bravest Dog Ever: Story of Balto      Natalie Standiford

Wagon Wheels                                    Barbara Brenner

Clara and the Bookwagon                   Nancy Smiler Levinson

Greg's Microscope                             Millicent   Selsam

Dolphin                                          Robert Morris

Daniels' Duck                                      Clyde Robert Bulla

Level 4
The Titanic: Lost and Found               Judy Donelly

Prairie School                                      Avi

Pompeii: Buried Alive!                        Edith Kunhardt

Tut's Mummy                                       Judy Donelly



MercyWatson                         Kate DiCamillo

Bink and Golly                         Kate DiCamillo

Princess in Black                      Shannon Hale

Ivy and Bean                          
Annie Barrows

Nate the Great                        Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

Boxcar Children                       Gertrude Stein Warner

TimeWarp Trio                       Jon Sciezka

Hank the Cowdog                    John R. Erickson

Mac B. Kid Spy                       Mac Barnett

Billy and Blaze                         C.W Anderson

GooneyBird Greene                Lois Lowry

BetsyTacy                               Maud Hart Lovelace

Chicken Squad                          Doreen Cronin

Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet          Jaqueline Kelly

Mango and Bambang             Polly Faber

Time Jumpers                           Wendy Mass

Lottie Lipton Adventures          Dan Metcalf      

Animal Adventures

Dolphin Adventure                  Wayne Grover

Charlotte's Web                          E.B. White

Pet Vet Series                         Darrel Odgers and Sally Odgers

Owls in the Family                  Farley Mowat

Cappyboppy                            Bill Peet

Balto and the Great Race        Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

Books with Boy Characters (yes, I know! These aren't just for boys. But I often get requests for "books for boys" or "books for girls", and this is the least offensive way I can title this category.)

The Chalk Box Kid                    Robert Bulla

The Bears on Hemlock Mountain   Alice Dalgliesh

The Amazing World of Stuart         Sarah Pennypacker

Never Glue YourFriends to Chairs    Katherine Applegate

Mac Undercover                                Mac Barnett

Books with Girl Characters (see the disclaimer above)

Princess in Black                       Shannon Hale

Calpurnia Tate,Girl Vet            Jaqueline Kelly

Mango and Bambang              Polly Faber

Cowgirl Kate andCocoa          Erica Silverman

Clementine                                  Sara Pennypacker

Gooney BirdGreene                  Ellen Potter

Lottie Lipton Adventures           Dan Metcalf

Fairy Tales

East O' the Sun and West O’ the moon
        Naomi Lewis and P.J. Lynch

Cinderella                                             K.Y. Kraft

Beauty and the Beast                               Mahlon Craft

The Twelve Dancing Princesses             Marianna Mayer

Rapunzel                                                    Paul O. Zelinsky

Rumpelstiltskin                                          Paul O Zelinsky

The Egyptian Cinderella                           Shirley Climo

A First Book of Fairy Tales                         DK Books       

The Rainbow Fairy Book                       Andrew Lang

Jack and the Beanstalk                        E. Nesbit

Hansel and Gretel                               Brothers Grimm and Sybille Schenker

Little Red Riding Hood                        Brothers Grimm and Sybille Schenker

Find more great fairy tales and folk tales on the Picture Book list, and even more on the CHESS library fairy tale shelf, or in the 398.2 section of your local library.


My Father's Dragon       Ruth Stiles Gannett

MagicTreehouse (series)  Mary Osborne

TimeJumpers (series)    Wendy Mass

Historical Fiction

 If you need help finding books on a specific time period, interests, or age level, ask Mrs. Meester or your local librarian!)

MagicTree House series        Mary Pope Osborne

TimeWarp trio                       Jon Sciezka

The Minstrel in the Tower       Gloria Skurzinsky

The King's Equal                    Katherine Paterson

Leonardo’s Horse                     Jean Fritz

The Courage of Sarah Noble    Alice Dalgliesh

The Cabin Faced West            Jean Fritz

A Lion to Guard Us                 Clyde Robert Bulla
The Long Way to a New Land    Joan Sandin

Gold Rush Winter                   Claire Rudolph Murphy

Mary on Horseback                 Rosemary Wells

Non-Fiction and Biography

“YouWouldn’t Want to…” series    Jacqueline Morley

Christian Heroes for Young Readers      YWAM publishing

Books by Gail Gibbons

(or any from the Wells of Knowledge series)

Rookie Read About Science series

WhoWould Win?      (series)             Jerry Pallotta

Biography series by Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire


AChild’s Garden of Verses            Robert Louis Stevenson

FavoritePoems of Childhood        Philip Smith

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