Staff Picks 4 Kids Category: Beginning Chapter Books

Beginning Chapter Books

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Beginning chapter books, or transitional chapter books, are often the next step in reading once children have moved beyond early/beginning readers. With short chapters and illustrations, beginning chapter books are designed to help newly independent readers build their stamina and learn how to pick reading material that appeals to them. For those same reasons, beginning chapter books also make great read-alouds for families with children of various ages, as well as excellent choices for younger children who are reading at a higher level but still need books with appropriate subject matter.

If you need beginning chapter books, you can always check out our display of new books by the Youth Services desk, or contact us (kidsread@mppl.org) and let us know what you need and we can pull some options for you to choose from.

Beginning Chapter Books Booktalk

Becca is here with some great beginning chapter book recommendations! Beginning chapter books are also known as “transitional” chapter books. They are chapter books with more illustrations and shorter chapters that are great for kids who are transitioning from beginning readers to chapter books.

If you’re interested in any of the titles Becca talked about, you can place them on hold here.

Pride Reads for Families

Read the Rainbow! To celebrate Pride Month this June, Youth Services staff have curated a collection of books that feature diverse families, identities, and ways of living. Everyone needs to see themselves reflected in books (and the world around them), and we also grow when we learn about people who are different from us! 

Be proud of who you are!
Ms Claire’s rainbow filled message for everyone

Pride books for families to enjoy together (picture books)

Pride books for 2nd-4th graders

Pride books for Tweens (4th-6th grade)

Stonewall award winning books for children

Audiobook Roundup

Video of Ms. Becca talking about three audiobooks for kids

Abraham Lincoln, Pro Wrestler by Steve Sheinkin

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When Abraham Lincoln overhears school, kids say in history class that history is so boring he warns them not to do it again or they will not like what happens! In this time travelling novel Doc and Abby are transported to 1860 to help save history! This is a first book in the Time Twister Series, check out Abigail Adams, Pirate of the Caribbean next! 

This book is available on Overdrive as an eaudio and ebook.  

Slacker by Gordan Korman 

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When Cameron Boxer almost burns the house down because he was playing video games his parents give him an ultimatum. Join an activity or lose your video game system. Cameron decides to make a fake club at school. Cameron soon finds out how much work his new fake club is and learns maybe there is more to life than video games. 

This book is available on Overdrive as an eaudio and ebook

The Candy Caper by Tom Watson 

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Trouble at Table 5: The Candy Caper is the first book in this illustrated early chapter book series. Join Molly and her group of friends as they scheme to get into the Principal office to count how many candies are in the Principal’s candy jar. 

This book is available on Overdrive as an eaudio and ebook.