Reading Kids Pick: Chapter Books

Reading Kids Pick: Chapter Books

Whether they are “Ravenous Readers” (gr. K-3) or “Literary Lunch” lovers (gr. 3-5), kids in Reading love to recommend books!  Check out some of these highly recommended chapter books!  Be sure to check our calendar for our special books discussion for kids!


    • Bell, Cece.
      El Deafo
      Summary:Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful–and very awkward–hearing aid. The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear–sometimes things she shouldn’t–but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become “El Deafo, Listener for All.” And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she’s longed for.



    • Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker
      The war that saved my life
      Summary:A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.



    • Brallier, Max
      The last kids on Earth
      Summary:“After a monster apocalypse hits town, average thirteen-year-old Jack Sullivan builds a team of friends to help slay the eerily intelligent monster known as Blarg”–



    • Cameron, W. Bruce.
      A dog’s purpose
      Summary:Searching for his purpose over the course of multiple canine lives, Bailey is reborn as a golden-haired puppy after a tragic death as a stray and shares a loving bond with young Ethan before he again dies and starts over.



    • Colfer, Chris
      The land of stories : the wishing spell
      Summary:“Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, twins Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about”–



    • Collins, Suzanne.
      Gregor the Overlander
      Summary:When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.



    • Cronin, Doreen
      The Chicken Squad
      Summary:They’re darling. They’re daring. They know their shapes! They’re chicks on a mission, and on this, their first (mis)adventure, the Chicken Squad launches a galactic backyard expedition. Meet the Chicken Squad: Dirt, Sugar, Poppy, and Sweetie. These chicks are not your typical barnyard puffs of fluff, and they are not about to spend their days pecking chicken feed and chasing bugs. No sir, they’re too busy solving mysteries and fighting crime. So when Squirrel comes barreling into the chicken coop, the chicks know they’re about to get a case. But with his poor knowledge of shapes (“Big” is not a shape, Squirrel!) and utter fear of whatever it is that’s out there, the panicky Squirrel is NO HELP. Good thing these chicks are professionals. But even professionals get worried. Especially once they see that round, shiny, green, BIG thing in the yard. What if it’s a UFO full of aliens who want chickens as pets? It’s up to the Chicken Squad to crack a case that just might be out of this world.



    • Kessler, Liz.
      The tail of Emily Windsnap
      Summary:After finally convincing her mother that she should take swimming lessons, twelve-year-old Emily discovers a terrible and wonderful secret about herself that opens up a whole new world.



    • Korman, Gordon
      Slacker
      Summary:When eighth-grader Cameron Boxer creates the Positive Action Group at school he intends it as a diversion to fool his parents, teachers, and sister into letting him continue to concentrate on his video-gaming–but before he knows it other kids are taking it seriously, and soon he finds himself president of the P.A.G., and involved in community service, so the boy who never cared about anything is now the center of everything, whether he likes it or not.



    • Mack, W. C.
      Athlete vs. mathlete
      Summary:When their two worlds collide in seventh grade, fraternal twins and opposites Owen and Russell find themselves in direct competition at school, on the court, and at home.



    • Mlynowski, Sarah.
      If the shoe fits
      Summary:On their second adventure through the magic mirror Abby and Jonah find themselves in the Cinderella fairy tale–and that is when things start to go really wrong.



    • Pyron, Bobbie
      Lucky strike
      Summary:Nathaniel Harlow lives with his grandfather in a trailer park in Franklin County, Florida, and he has always been unlucky–but when he is struck by lightning on his eleventh birthday and survives, it seems like his luck starts to change.



    • Stewart, Trenton Lee.
      The mysterious Benedict Society
      Summary:After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.



    • Weiser, Joey
      Mermin. Out of water Book one,
      Summary:“MERMIN the MERMAN from MER!? That’s the question Pete and his friends ask after finding the fish-boy washed up on the beach! Mermin just escaped the undersea kingdom of Mer, and is ready to have some fun on dry land! Mermin is a little odd: he can talk to fish, and packs quite a punch. But why would this aquatic kid be afraid to swim? Perhaps it has something to do with the fishy pursuers who have followed him from the depths below!”–Cover [p. 4].