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Early Chapter Books, 2 (Mostly Words)

Series chapter books are a great way to transition from early readers to longer fiction. Books on this list are about 50-100 pages long, with some illustrations. Lexiles range from around 500-770. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Author Title Call Number
AdlerCam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds
A fifth-grader with a photographic memory helps solve the mystery of the stolen diamonds. Cam Jansen Mystery (58 pp.)
J Adler
ApplegateNever Glue Your Friends to Chairs
When there's trouble with the open house play, Roscoe tries to help by using Don't-You-Dare glue. Roscoe Riley Rules (79 pp.)
J Applegate
BarrowsIvy + Bean
Seven-year-old Bean finds that her new neighbor Ivy is less boring than she first suspected. Ivy + Bean (113 pp.)
J Barrows
BirneyThe World According to Humphrey
The pet hamster from Longfellow School helps out and has adventures. Humphrey Adventures (124 pp.)
J Birney
BrownFlat Stanley
A bulletin board falls on Stanley while he is sleeping, but being flat has its advantages. Flat Stanley (65 pp.)
J Brown
DoodlerSuper Fly: The World's Smallest Superhero!
Mild-mannered Eugene, a small, nerdy housefly, takes on Crazy Cockroach and his army of insect baddies. Super Fly (115 pp.)
J Doodler
GrimesMake Way for Dyamonde Daniel
A spunky third-grader misses her old neighborhood until she befriends another new student. Dyamonde Daniel (74 pp.)
J Grimes
GutmanMiss Daisy Is Crazy!
Miss Daisy's unusual teaching methods surprise her second grade students. My Weird School (83 pp.)
J Gutman
HamiltonLouie Lets Loose
Louie the Unicorn prepares to find fame in New York City. It's time for this unicorn to shine! Unicorn in New York (121 pp.)
J Hamilton
HolubAthena and the Magic Land
A storm brings young Athena to Mount Olympus, where she hopes Zeus will help her get home. (88 pp.)
J Holub
KleinTooth Trouble
Freddy is sad to be the only one in his first grade class who still has not lost a tooth. Ready, Freddy! (95 pp.)
J Klein
KrulikAnyone But Me
Katie Carew wishes she could be anyone but herself, and she turns into a hamster. Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo (76 pp.)
J Krulik
LeeThe Unlucky Lottery Winners of Classroom 13
A teacher wins the lottery and shares her winnings with her class, but they don't feel all that lucky. Classroom 13 (119 pp.)
J Lee
LysiakFire! Fire!
Hilde and Izzy are determined to investigate a fire--and their main clue is a nest of baby blue jays. Hilde Cracks the Case (85 pp.)
J Lysiak
MaddoxFree Throw
Derek is now the center on his basketball team, but how can he get his teammates to pass him the ball? Jake Maddox Sports Story (65 pp.)
J Maddox
MayKiki: My Stylish Life
Kiki and her best friends have their own club, and when a new girl moves in next door, Kiki is seriously annoyed. Lotus Lane (88 pp.)
J May
McAnultyA Mysterious Egg
Frank and his cousin Sam care for a newly hatched dinosaur while trying to keep its existence secret. The Dino Files (104 pp.)
J McAnulty
McDonaldJudy Moody
Third grader Judy Moody is in a first day of school bad mood until she gets to create the Me collage. Judy Moody (152 pp.)
J McDonald
MeadowsRuby the Red Fairy
The Rainbow Fairies must prevent Fairyland from losing its colors and turning gray forever. Rainbow Magic (65 pp.)
J Meadows
OsborneDinosaurs Before Dark
Jack and Annie find a magic tree house, which whisks them back to the time of the dinosaurs. Magic Tree House (68 pp.)
J Osborne
ParkJunie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus
Junie B. starts kindergarten, but what will happen when she decides not to ride the bus home? Junie B. Jones (69 pp.)
J Park
PattonThe Lizard War
Bug Island is under attack! The only hope is a strange creature called a human being by the name of Max. Battle Bugs (123 pp.)
J Patton
PilkeyThe Adventures of Captain Underpants
Number one in a series about a superhero with an identity so secret, even he doesn't know who he is! Captain Underpants (111 pp.)
J Pilkey
RoyThe Absent Author
Dink Duncan and his friends investigate the kidnapping of famous mystery author Wallis Wallace. A to Z Mysteries (86 pp.)
J Roy
RylantIn Aunt Lucy's Kitchen
Three nine-year-old cousins keep busy having fun while staying with their aunt for a year. Cobble Street Cousins (53 pp.)
J Rylant
SacharSideways Stories from Wayside School
Wacky adventures at Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story. Wayside School (124 pp.)
J Sachar
StiltonThe Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye
Geronimo and his sister Thea follow a mysterious map to a secret treasure. Geronimo Stilton (116 pp.)
J Stilton

Last Updated: 6/19

 

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