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Books for Early Readers

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New Books We Love

Princess Posey and the First-grade Parade PRINCESS POSEY AND THE FIRST GRADE PARADE
Story by Stephanie Greene
Illustrated by
Stéphanie Roth Sisson
Posey's afraid of starting first grade until her teacher invites the students to wear their most comfortable clothes to school on the first day.
LULU AND THE BRONTOSAURUS
Story by Judith Viorst
Illustrated by Lane Smith
Lulu's parents refuse to give in when she demands a brontosaurus for her birthday and so she sets out to find her own, but while the brontosaurus she finally meets approves of pets, he does not intend to be Lulu's.
What to Do About Alice? WHAT TO DO ABOUT ALICE?
Story by Barbara Kerley
Illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham
The story of Alice Roosevelt, whose wild adventures kept her father (President Theodore Roosevelt) on his toes.
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BCPL Suggestions for Early Readers

Chapter books for early readers and read-alone picture books.
* Indicates titles for slightly more advanced readers.

Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon AMBER BROWN IS NOT A CRAYON
By Paula Danzinger

What will Amber do now that her best friend is moving away?
B Is For Betsy "B" IS FOR BETSY
By Carolyn Haywood

Betsy experiences an interesting first year in school and looks forward to summer vacation at her grandfather's farm.
Cam Jansen CAM JANSEN AND THE MYSTERY OF THE STOLEN DIAMONDS
By David A. Adler

Book one of the Cam Jansen mystery series. You might also like the Young Cam Jansen series for easier chapter books.
Catwings CATWINGS
By Ursula K. Le Guin

Four kittens born with wings leave the dangerous city in search of a safer life in the country.
Charlotte's Web CHARLOTTE'S WEB*
By E.B. White

Beloved story of a young farm girl and the friendship between her pig Wilbur and Charlotte, a wise spider.
Clementine CLEMENTINE
By Sara Pennypacker

Eight-year-old Clementine is having a really tough week—but she's not going to let that get her down!
Courage of Sarah Noble THE COURAGE OF SARAH NOBLE
By Alice Dagliesh

Based on the true story of an eight-year-old girl who went with her father to scout out a new home in the wilderness and then stayed with the Indians when her father leaves to collect the rest of the family.
Encyclopedia Brown ENCYCLOPEDIA BROWN, BOY DETECTIVE
By Donald J. Sobol

Ten-year old Leroy Brown is a whiz at solving mysteries, so he sets up his own detective agency and takes on cases for the other neighborhood kids.
Freckle Juice FRECKLE JUICE
By Judy Blume
Andrew really wants to have freckles—and he is willing to try anything to get them!
Hansel and Gretel HANSEL AND GRETEL
Adapted by Rikka Lesser

The classic Grimm's fairytale of the poor woodcutter's children that chance upon a witch who plans to eat them for her dinner. Features the gorgeously dark and colorful paintings of Paul O. Zelinsky.
How to Eat Fried Worms HOW TO EAT FRIED WORMS
By Thomas Rockwell

Because of a bet, Billy is stuck with the yucky task of eating fifteen worms in fifteen days.
Hundred Dresses THE HUNDRED DRESSES
By Eleanor Estes

Wanda claims to have a hundred dresses, but she wears the same one to school every day. That and her funny name gives Maddie and their other classmates plenty of material for teasing...
Judy Moody JUDY MOODY
By Megan McDonald

A third-grader known for her many mood changes gets ready to start third grade. Book one of a popular—and funny—series.
Jumanji JUMANJI
By Chris Van Allsburg

Two bored children get more than they bargained for when they play a strange board game.
Like Jake and Me LIKE JAKE AND ME
By Mavis Jukes

Shy and quiet Alex has nothing in common with his rugged cowboy stepfather. But then an incident with a wolf spider proves otherwise.
Lon Po Po LON PO PO: A RED-RIDING HOOD STORY FROM CHINA
By Ed Young
Three sisters who are staying home alone are threatened by a wolf pretending to be their grandmother.
Mercy Watson to the Rescue MERCY WATSON TO THE RESCUE
By Kate DiCamillo

The first book in a charming series about a mischief-causing pet pig and her adoring family.
My Father's Dragon MY FATHER'S DRAGON
By Ruth Stiles Gannett

When a young boy hears about a flying baby dragon being mistreated on Wild Island, he stows away on a ship and goes on a rescue mission.
Mr. Popper's Penguins MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS
By Richard and Florence Atwater

Mr. Popper, a house painter who dreams of the Arctic, finds that his life is changed forever when an explorer sends him real penguins from Antarctica.
Pippi Longstocking PIPPI LONGSTOCKING*
By Astrid Lindgrin, trans. by Tiina Nunnally

A modern, illustrated translation of the classic adventures of a young Swedish girl with crazy red hair, her own pet horse and monkey, and no parents to tell her what to do.
Polar Express THE POLAR EXPRESS
By Chris Van Allsburg
A boy takes a magical train ride to the North Pole on Christmas Eve.
Ramona the Pest RAMONA THE PEST*
By Beverly Cleary

Ramona is so excitedshe is finally starting kindergarten. She can't wait to learn all the things her old sister Beezus knows!
Rats on the Roof RATS ON THE ROOF
By James Marshall

A great story collection for animal lovers! Includes the tales of a vain frog, a hungry brontosaurus, and a mouse who gets married.
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm REBECCA OF SUNNYBROOK FARM
(Classic Starts Series)
Adapted by Deanna McFadden

Adapted version of Kate Douglas Wiggin's classic about a chatty ten-year-old sent to live on a farm with her spinster aunts.
Sarah, Plain and Tall SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL*
By Patricia MacLachlan

Caleb and Anna quickly grow to love the mail-order bride that their father brings to their prairie home. But will Sarah like them?
The SOS File The SOS File*
By Betsy Byars, Laurie Myers & Betsy Duffy

Twelve students write about their biggest emergencies, and then the class tries to guess whose story is whose.
Stone Fox STONE FOX
By John Reynolds Gardiner

Ten-year-old Willie and his dog Searchlight are determined to save the family farm. But first he has to defeat the legendary Stone Fox to earn the prize money in a dogsled race.
The Stories Julian Tells THE STORIES JULIAN TELLS
By Ann Cameron

Seven-year old Julian tells great stories. The only problem? Sometimes (okay, a lot of the time) his stories aren't quite true and get him into trouble.
Stuart Little STUART LITTLE
By E.B. White

Stuart Little, mouse and adventurer, sets off in to the big world to his missing friend, a little bird named Margalo.
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Series for Early Readers

Amber Brown Series by Paula Danzinger

Arthur's Mystery Envelope

American Girls Collection by Valerie Tripp

Arthur Chapter Books Series by Marc Brown

Bailey School Kids by Debbie Dadey & Marcia Thornton Jones

The Berenstain Bears by Stan & Jan Berenstain

Geronimo Stilton

The Betsy Series by Carolyn Haywood

The Boxcar Children* by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Cam Jansen Mysteries by David A. Adler

Encyclopedia Brown Mysteries by Donald J. Sobol

Ghostville Elementary

Geronimo Stilton by Geronimo Stilton

Ghostville Elementary by Marcia Thornton Jones & Debbie Dadey

Horrible Harry by Suzy Kline

Joe Sherlock: Kid Detective by Dave Keane

Junie B. Jones

Judy Moody by Megan McDonald

Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

Kids of Polk Street School by Patricia Reilly Giff

Lilly Hill Books by Sally Warner

Marvin Redpost

Little House Chapter Books by Roger Lea MacBride

Magic School Bus (various authors)

Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne

Marvin Redpost by Louis Sachar

Pirate School

Pirate School by Brian James

Ramona Books* by Beverly Cleary

Second-Grade Friends by Miriam Cohen

The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black & Tony DiTerlizzi

Time Warp Trio

Third Grade Detectives by George E. Stanley

The Time Warp Trio by Jon Scieszka

Young Cam Jansen by David A Adler

   
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last updated 3/15/11