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Chapter Books for early readers
Science Fair Disaster! by
Publication Date: 2016-04-12
Zack is moving, to a new planet! Follow along in this series as Zack makes new friends, explores new galaxies and jumps into intergalactic adventures.
The Princess in Black by
Publication Date: 2014-10-14
Princess Magnolia has a secret - she's the Princess in Black and fights monsters! These humorous and action-packed chapter books are for readers who not only like their princesses prim and proper, but also dressed in black.
All about Ellie by
Publication Date: 2013-01-01
8-year-olds Amy, Marion, Liz, and Ellie each have their own distinct personalities and interests, but one thing the girls have in common is a serious love of animals. With the help of an eccentric millionaire and the town vet, the four best friends help found and maintain the Critter Club, a rescue shelter set on saving "lost and lonely" animals.
Warren & Dragon Scary Sleepover by
Publication Date: 2019-06-25
Do you believe in dragons? Warren does. He's 7 and his dragon is 122! Most people think it's just a stuffed toy, but you'll have to read this series to discover whether or not he's real.
Merhorses and Bubbles by
Publication Date: 2017-03-14
A perfect series for any child interested in science . Zoey and her cat Sassafrass work to help magical creatures that only they can see.
Dinosaurs Before Dark by
Publication Date: 1992-07-28
Jack and Annie Smith, two children embark on numerous adventures and missions with a magical tree house.
Bookmarks Are People Too! by
Publication Date: 2014-02-06
Here’s Hank, the New York Times bestselling series written by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver, features simple funny stories and a wonderful main character
Bad Kitty School Daze by
Publication Date: 2013-01-08
Bad Kitty is a series of children's books by Nick Bruel, about a housecat named Kitty, who often wreaks havoc about her owner's home
Lulu Walks the Dogs by
Publication Date: 2012-09-04
An illustrated chapter book series by Judith Viorst. Her character Lulu is full of hilarious twists and wonderful adventures.
Fox & Rabbit by
Publication Date: 2020-04-21
Bo's Magical New Friend by
Publication Date: 2019-12-26
Power of the Fire Dragon by
Publication Date: 2015-07-28
Watch That Witch! #5 by
Publication Date: 2019-01-15
Great Picture Books for all readers
Your Mind Is Like the Sky by
Publication Date: 2019-02-05
"This beautiful picture book shows children that difficult thoughts and feelings are part of life, but that we have more power than we think when it comes to dealing with them. Advice for parents and tips on mindfulness are included at the back of the book" - book jacket
I Can Only Draw Worms by
Publication Date: 2019-03-19
Who knew worms could be such fun? These ten worms will keep you laughing out loud. A huge favorite from our Golden Cowbell collection.
The Squirrels Who Squabbled by
We've all squabbled, but not quite like these two greedy squirrels. Fighting for the last acorn in the forest, you'll never guess who wins. Luckily, it's a happy ending.
The Bear and the Piano by
Publication Date: 2016-04-05
A bear finds a piano in the woods, learns to play it, and travels to the big city to become rich and famous, but ultimately discovers that his old friends in the forest back home are still the best audience of all.
Ojiichan's Gift by
Publication Date: 2019-04-02
A lovely story about the deep connection a young girl shares with her grandfather. The gifts they share will warm your heart.
Rescue and Jessica by
Publication Date: 2018-04-03
"This true story shows the major role dogs like Rescue play in the lives of people with disabilities. Heartwarming and compelling, this book makes it clear why dogs truly are man's best friend." - Dr. Jane Goodall
Publication Date: 2013-03-05
As an old man grumbles his way through a rainy morning, spreading gloom, his neighbor, a young child, spreads cheer while hopping through puddles in frog-themed rainwear.
You'll fall in love with Tad, the smallest tadpole in the pond. Even though it takes her a bit longer to grow up, she manages to leap boldly into the world.
Great Authors your child will love
Mo Willems You can never go wrong with Mo Willems. He is an American writer, illustrator and Caldecott Award winner. His popular characters include Elephant and Piggie, Trixie and Knuffle Bunny, and the Pigeon.
A Big Guy Took My Ball! by
Publication Date: 2013-05-21
Piggie is upset because a whale took the ball she found, but Gerald finds a solution that pleases all of them.
My New Friend Is So Fun! by
Publication Date: 2014-06-03
Gerald the elephant and Snake fear that Piggie and Brian Bat will have so much fun together they will no longer need their best friends.
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by
Publication Date: 2003-04-01
A pigeon that longs to drive a bus sees a chance to make its dream come true when the bus driver takes a short break.
Knuffle Bunny by
Publication Date: 2004-09-01
Trixie becomes very unhappy when she accompanies her daddy to the laundromat and realizes she has lost her stuffed bunny.
Peter Brown is well loved by our youngest readers. "My Teacher is a Monster" is a universal favorite. Other titles include "The Curious Garden", "Children Make Terrible Pets" and "Mr. Tiger Goes Wild". Brown earned a Caldecott Honor for his illustrations in "Creepy Carrots!"
The Curious Garden by
Publication Date: 2009-04-01
Liam discovers a hidden garden and with careful tending spreads color throughout the gray city.
My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.) by
Publication Date: 2014-07-01
Bobby thinks his teacher, Ms. Kirby, is horrible, but when he sees her outside of school and they spend a day in the park together, he discovers she might not be so bad after all.
Children Make Terrible Pets by
Publication Date: 2010-09-07
When Lucy, a young bear, discovers a boy lost in the woods, she asks her mother if she can have him as a pet, only to find him impossible to train.
Beginning Reader Series we recommend
Beginning Readers in the library are useful for reinforcing skills children learn in class. Books with rhyming text, colorful illustrations, and appropriate humor are fun for children to share with their parents at home. Many of our series include activities to support skills and comprehension. Some of our favorites are:
Usborne Very First Reading - available in both fiction and nonfiction.
Green Light Readers - with activities in the back to support comprehension
Fly Guy - Tedd Arnold's humor appeals perfectly to our youngest readers.
Cartwheel Katie by
Publication Date: 2015-01-01
You will fall in love with Katie Woo. These early chapter books are wonderful for helping children understand a bit about growing up. The stories are fun and relatable.
Can I Play Too? (an Elephant and Piggie Book) by
Publication Date: 2010-06-08
Who doesn't love Elephant and Piggy? Mo Willems series is laugh out loud funny and full of great insight. If you don't love these characters yet, you will!
I Couldn't Land a Bunny Hop by
Publication Date: 2012-01-01
The Victory School Superstars are six young athletes with super skills in any sport you can imagine. Soccer, Basketball, Cheerleading, Gymnastics, the list goes on. The stories offer lessons in confidence and teamwork needed to win in sports and in life
Bink and Gollie by
Publication Date: 2010-09-14
From Kate Dicamillio, Bink & Gollie are unlikely but perfectly suited friends. These books are funny, sweet and silly all rolled up into one.
Pete's Big Lunch by
Publication Date: 2013-02-26
From Picture Book to Early Readers, Pete the Cat is a favorite.
Five Fouls and You're Out! by
Publication Date: 2011-01-01
Sam and the Bag by
Publication Date: 2004-08-01
Hooray for Fly Guy! by
Publication Date: 2008-09-01
Fly Guy. It's just hysterical and kids love it. What more do you need to know?
Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride by
Publication Date: 2006-05-09
Mercy Watson is a series of chapter books written by Kate DiCamillo. Mercy Watson is the fictional pig who stars in the series.
Houndsley and Catina at the Library by
Publication Date: 2020-03-10
The Magic of Wordless Books
Wordless picture books can be magical to share with your child. The stories are told entirely through their illustrations. The best part of sharing a wordless book is that each "reader" can create their own story based on what they see in the illustrations. This activity reinforces that pictures and words work together to tell a story. This is a fun way to build important literacy skills, including listening skills, vocabulary, and comprehension. You can also talk about how stories are structured with a beginning, middle, and end.
How to share a wordless picture books with your child:
- Keep in mind that each child uses his imagination to create their own story. There isn't just one way to read a wordless book.
- It's fun to predict what might happen in the book by looking at the cover and talking about the title.
- Enjoy the illustrations. Pay attention to the character's facial expressions, asking "what do you think she feels?"
- Talk about where the story takes place, and how the setting makes you feel.
- Take turns telling the story. Use silly voices and sound effects.
- Encourage your child to add more detail by asking probing questions: Who? What? Where? Why?
- End your story time together by asking if your child has any connections with the story? What was her favorite part and why? What picture was your favorite?
Publication Date: 2010-03-01
A wordless picture book about three children who go to a park on a rainy day, find some chalk, and draw pictures that come to life.
Flora and the Flamingo by
Publication Date: 2013-04-02
In this wordless book, a friendship develops between a girl named Flora and a graceful flamingo, as they learn to dance together.
The Lion and the Mouse by
Publication Date: 2009-09-01
In this wordless retelling of an Aesop fable, an adventuresome mouse proves that even small creatures are capable of great deeds when he rescues the King of the Jungle.
The Whisper by
Publication Date: 2015-10-06
er magical book of stories is wordless until a whisper in the wind tells a little girl to imagine a story for each page
Publication Date: 2015-05-05
Two shy children meet at a noisy pool and dive beneath the crowd into a magical undersea land, where they explore a fantastical landscape and meet various creatures.
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