First Chapters

These first chapter-book series are a great way to transition from Easy Readers to Juvenile Fiction. Books on this list are approximately 50-100 pages long with some illustrations. Most can be found in paperback editions as well. 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 Adventure (58 pp.)
J Adler
ApplegateNever Glue Your Friends to Chairs
When there's trouble with the open house play, Roscoe decides to help by using the "don't-you-dare" glue. Roscoe Riley Rules (79 pp.)
J Paperback AP
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
BrownArthur's Mystery Envelope
It looks like trouble when the principal sends home a large envelope marked confidential. Arthur Chapter Books (58 pp.)
J Brown
ClementsJake Drake, Bully Buster
It is up to Jake Drake to take matters into his own hands when a SuperBully moves into the neighborhood. Jake Drake (73 pp.)
J Clements
CovenHeidi Heckelbeck Has a Secret
When a former homeschooler enters public school in second grade, she encounters a mean girl. Heidi Heckelbeck (118 pp.)
J Coven
GiffNumber One Kid
When Mitchell's family moves, he and his sister must adjust to a new school. Zigzag Kids (67 pp.)
J Giff
GreenburgOn the Dog
Andrew is sucked through his shrinking machine and ends up in a dog's nose. Andrew Lost (78 pp.)
J Greenburg
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
HicksBasketball Bats
Henry and his basketball teammates, the Bats, learn a lesson about working as a team. Gym Shorts (55 pp.)
J Hicks
KleinTooth Trouble
First grader Freddy is unhappy to be the only one in his class who still has not lost a tooth. Ready, Freddy! (95 pp.)
J Paperback KL
KlineHorrible Harry in Room 2B
Being Harry's best friend in second grade isn't always easy, but it is a lot of fun. Horrible Harry (56 pp.)
J Kline
KrulikAnyone But Me
Katie Carew wishes she could be anyone but herself, and turns into a hamster. Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo (76 pp.)
J Paperback KR
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
McDonaldStink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid
The shortest kid in second grade learns all about the shortest president just in time for Presidents' Day. Stink Moody (102 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 Paperback ME
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
PilkeyRicky Ricotta's Mighty Robot
A mouse befriends a giant robot and saves the city from an evil rat scientist. Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot (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
SacharKidnapped at Birth?
Marvin decides that he looks different from his family because he is the lost prince of Shampoon. Marvin Redpost (68 pp.)
J Sachar

Last Updated: 2/13


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