Early Chapter Books, 1 (Lots of Pictures)

Series chapter books can be a great way to transition from early readers to longer fiction. The books on this list are heavily illustrated, with a Lexile under 550. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Author Title Call Number
AhnTwo's a Crowd
Two pugs. One beloved toy bunny. What could go wrong? Pug Pals (119 pp.)
J Ahn
AnglebergerInspector Flytrap
He's the greatest detective that ever grew! Inspector Venus Flytrap and Nina the Goat investigate "big deal" mysteries. Inspector Flytrap (98 pp.)
J Angleberger
AnnaDaisy Dreamer and the Totally True Imaginary Friend
Daisy Dreamer and her imaginary friend, Posey, explore a world filled with extraordinary things. Daisy Dreamer (118 pp.)
J Anna
BarkleyAmy and the Missing Puppy
Mystery lover Amy looks for clues to the disappearance of wealthy Ms. Sullivan's Saint Bernard puppy. The Critter Club (117 pp.)
J Barkley
BlabeyThe Bad Guys
The Bad Guys want to be heroes, so they free the 200 dogs from the city dog pound. The Bad Guys (138 pp.)
J Blabey
BruelBad Kitty Gets a Bath
Takes a humorous look at the way cats bathe and why it's inappropriate for humans to bathe the same way. Bad Kitty (125 pp.)
J Bruel
ChabertThe School Is Alive!
Sam's school is alive and plotting against the students. He and his friends decide to protect them. Eerie Elementary (90 pp.)
J Chabert
CovenHeidi Heckelbeck has a Secret
After being homeschooled, Heidi starts second grade, where she meets a mean girl who makes her feel like an alien. Heidi Heckelbeck (118 pp.)
J Coven
CroninThe Chicken Squad
Tail the squirrel rants about a big, scary thing in the yard, so the chickens investigate. The Chicken Squad (92 pp.)
J Cronin
Cummings Rise of the Balloon Goons
Alexander has just moved into Stermont, which is full of spooky balloon men determined to attack him. Notebook of Doom (89 pp.)
J Cummings
GiffNumber One Kid
When Mitchell's family moves, they have to make new friends and adjust to new routines. Zig Zag Kids (67 pp.)
J Giff
GreenA New Friend
Sophie and the others are afraid of a new student who is a snake, because they have heard snakes are awful. Adventures of Sophie Mouse (117 pp.)
J Green
GreenburgOn the Dog
Andrew is sucked through his shrinking machine and ends up in a dog's nose. Andrew Lost (78 pp.)
J Greenburg
GreenePrincess Posey
Posey's fear of first grade eases when the teacher invites students to wear their most comfortable clothes. Princess Posey (83 pp.)
J Greene
GreenwaldBiz Whiz
Flossie recruits a new kid for a school project, but her bossiness causes trouble. Bossy Flossie (86 pp.)
J Greenwald
HicksBasketball Bats
Henry and his basketball teammates, the Bats, learn about working as a team. Gym Shorts (55 pp.)
J Hicks
KatschkeMonster Power
Arnold is worried about encountering monsters, so he sets out to create a "Monster Scaring Perimeter." Magic School Bus Rides Again (91 pp.)
J Magic
MakerThe Un-friendship Bracelet
Emily and Maddie are best friends. When Bella comes along, will Emily lose Maddie? Craftily Ever After (113 pp.)
J Maker
McDonaldStink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid
The shortest kid in class, James Moody, also known as Stink, learns all about the shortest president of the United States. Stink Moody (102 pp.)
J McDonald
NicodemoHyper Max
Maximus Todd invents a game to control his fidgeting, but Mandy Beth tries to foil it. Secret Games of Maximus Todd (96 pp.)
J Nicodemo
O'RyanHello, Nebulon!
Moving from Earth to the planet Nebulon, eight-year-old Zack is nervous about starting school and meeting people. Galaxy Zack (115 pp.)
J O'Ryan
PriebeFive Fouls and You're Out!
Carmen is a great dribbler, but she gets thrown out of every game for too many fouls. Victory School Superstars (49 pp.)
J Victory
QuinnKingdom of Wrenly
Lucas, Prince of Wrenly, and Clara, daughter of a seamstress, go on adventures. Kingdom of Wrenly (114 pp.)
J Quinn
TsangSam Wu Is Not Afraid of Ghosts
After an embarrassing school field trip, Sam wants to prove he is not afraid of ghosts. Sam Wu (240 pp.)
J Tsang
WestDragon Masters
Drake has been chosen to be a Dragon Master. His first task is to discover whether his dragon has any special powers. Dragon Masters (90 pp.)
J West

Last Updated: 10/19


  • Inside Block Kids' E-books

    E-Books, Movies & More

    Access e-books, e-audiobooks, movies, music, and more, free with your Wilmette Public Library card.

Go to top