Early Chapter Books

Titles selected by Lisa Von Drasek. All are available in the Bank Street Library.

  • Picture Books

    Levy, E. Something Queer at the Library.
    Gwen and Jill's discovery of some mutilated library books strangely links up with a dog show in which they have entered their dog.
    Call# J P L

    Steptoe, J. L. (1987). Mufaro's beautiful daughters. New York, NY: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books.
    Two sisters, one mean-tempered and one sweet, go before the king who is in search of a wife.
    Call# J P S

  • Juvenile Fiction

    Adler, D. A. (1993). Cam Jansen and the chocolate fudge mystery. New York, NY: Viking.
    Cam uses her photographic memory to foil a crime.
    Call# J F A

    Atwater, R
    . (1966). Mr. Popper's penguins.
    Twelve penguins join the Popper family.
    Call# J F A 1988

    Blume, J.
    (1971). Freckle juice. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.
    Andrew wants freckles so badly that he buys a freckle recipe.
    Call# J F B

    Cameron, A.
    (1981). The stories Julian tells. New York, NY: Pantheon Books.
    Episodes in seven-year-old Julian's life from losing a tooth to finding a new friend.
    Call# J F C

    Christian, M. B. Sebastian (Super Sleuth)
    A young boy detective and his capable dog solve cases.
    Call# J F C

    Cleary, B.
    (1965). Mouse and the motorcycle. New York, NY: W. Morrow.
    Ralph S. Mouse gets wheels.
    Call# J F C

    Cone, M.
    (1976). Mishmash and the Venus flytrap. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin.
    A classroom dog has many adventures.
    Call# J F C

    Conford, E. Jenny Archer.
    Jenny uses her great imagination in everything she does.
    Call# J F C

    Estes, E.
    (1974). The hundred dresses. New York, NY: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.
    If she has a hundred dresses at home, why does she wear the same one every day?
    Call# J F E

    Gannett, R. S. (2008). My father's dragon. New York, NY: Random House.
    Elmer Elevator sets out to rescue a baby dragon.
    Call# J F G

    Hesse, K. (1994). Sable. New York, NY: Holt.
    Tate Marshall is delighted when a stray dog turns up in the yard one day, but Sable, named for her dark, silky fur, causes trouble with the neighbors and has to go.
    Call# J F H

    Howe, J. (1990). Pinky and Rex. New York, NY: Atheneum.
    Rex and her best friend Pinky.
    Call# J F H

    Kline, S. (1989). Horrible Harry and the ant invasion. New York, NY: Viking.
    Horrible Harry of classroom 2B cuts back on his mischievous pranks after falling for Song Lee.
    Call# J F K

    Le Guin, U. K. (1988). Catwings. New York, NY: Orchard Books.
    Four young cats with wings search for a safe place to live.
    Call# J F L

    Sachar, L. (1990). Sideways stories from Wayside School. New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf.
    Funny stories from the class on the thirtieth floor.
    Call# J F S

    Scieszka, J. (1991). Knights of the kitchen table. New York, NY: Viking.
    Joe gets a magic book for his birthday.
    Call# J F S

    Selden, G. (1960). The cricket in Times Square. New York, NY.
    Our favorite cricket.
    Call# J F S

    Service, P. F. (1988). Stinker from space. New York, NY: Scribner's.
    An alien secret agent crash lands on Earth and must transfer his mind to another life form - a skunk!
    Call# J F S

    Sobol, D. J. (1963). Encyclopedia Brown boy detective. New York, NY.
    The first in a series of short mysteries with the solutions in the back of the book.
    Call# J F S

    Steig, W.
    (1976). Abel's island. New York, NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
    A mouse's resourcefulness and endurance are tested as he struggles to survive a shipwreck.
    Call# J F S

  • Juvenile Non-Fiction

    Aliki. (1979). Mummies made in Egypt. New York, NY: Crowell.
    Techniques and reasons for the making of mummies.
    Call# J 393 A

    Kellogg, S. (1984). Paul Bunyan, a tall tale. New York, NY: W. Morrow.
    Recounts the life of the extraordinary lumberjack.
    Call# J 398.2 K

    Maestro, B. (1986). The story of the Statue of Liberty. New York, NY: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books.
    Its history told through many illustrations.
    Call# J 974.7 K

    Monjo, F. N. (1993). The drinking gourd: A story of the underground railway. New York, NY: HarperCollins.
    Tommy discovers his house is a station on the Underground Railroad in this beginning reader.
    Call# J 974.7 M

    Parker, N. W. (1990). Frogs, toads, lizards, & salamanders. New York, NY: Greenwillow Books.
    Sixteen species carefully explained and drawn.
    Call# J 597.6 P

    Simon, S. (2006). Volcanoes. New York : Smithsonian/HarperCollins.
    Beautiful photographs and brief text explain volcanoes.
    Call# J 551.21 S

    Schwartz, D. M. (1994). How much is a million? New York, NY: Mulberry Books.
    An entertaining and very informative picture book introduction to "big" numbers.
    Call# J 513.2 S

    Zelinsky, P. O. (1986). Rumpelstiltskin. New York, NY: E.P. Dutton.
    Illustrated by Paul Zelinsky. A strange little man helps the miller's daughter spin straw into gold.
    Call# J 398.2 Z

  • Juvenile Biography

    Fritz, J. (1973). And then what happened, Paul Revere? New York, NY: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan.
    Everything you want to know about his exciting life.
    Call# J B R

    Pinkney, A. D. (1994). Dear Benjamin Banneker. San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace.
    Biography of the African American astronomer who wrote to Thomas Jefferson about slavery.
    J B Banneker

    Stanley, D. (1991). The last princess: The story of Princess Ka`iulani of Hawai`i. New York, NY: Four Winds Press.
    The life of the last American princess, told in a picture book biography.
    Call# J B Kaiulani

  • Also in Paperback

    Bunting, E. (1994). Nasty, stinky sneakers. New York, NY: HarperCollins.
    Ten-year-old Colin has lost his sure-to-be prize winning entry for the stinkiest sneakers in the world contest.
    Call# J F B, Call# B

    Cohen, B. (1983). Molly's Pilgrim. New York, NY: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books.
    Molly's Thanksgiving doll, made by her Russian immigrant mother, looks different from others in her class.
    Call# J F C, Call# C

    Danziger, P. (1994). Amber Brown is not a crayon. New York, NY: Putnam's.
    The year she is in the third grade is a sad time for Amber because her best friend Justin is getting ready to move.
    Call# J F D, Call# D

    Eager, E. (1984). Half magic. San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.
    Four good friends find a magic coin.
    Call# J F E, Call# E

    Hurwitz, J. (1976). Busybody Nora. New York, NY: W. Morrow.
    Relates the adventures of an inquisitive little girl who lives in a large apartment building in New York.
    Call# J F H, Call# H

    McMullan, K. (1998). Class trip to the cave of doom. New York, NY: Grosset & Dunlap.
    Wiglaf joins the other students of Dragon Slayers' Academy in searching the Dark Forest for the Cave of Doom.
    Call# J F M, Call# M

    Pinkwater, D. M. (1999). The Hoboken chicken emergency. New York, NY: Aladdin Paperbacks.
    Arthur goes to pick up the Thanksgiving turkey but returns with a 266 pound chicken.
    Call# P

    Walter, M. P. (2010). Justin and the best biscuits in the world. New York, NY: Amistad, HarperCollins.
    The life of the only boy in a family full of females.
    Call# J F W & Call# W

  • Children's Poetry

    Grimes, N. (1995). Meet Danitra Brown. New York, NY: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard.
    A lively collection of poems about a young girl and her favorite things.
    Call# J 811 G