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Kids: Books and Reading: Early Chapter Books

Heavily Illustrated Early Chapter Books

If your beginning reader finds pages of mostly-text intimidating, try some of the below, which have lots of illustrations to break up the text.


Barkus by Patricia MacLachlan

Bunjitsu Bunny books by John Himmelman

Captain Awesome series by Stan Kirby

The Critter Club series by Callie Barkley     

Dragon Masters series by Tracey West 

Fergus and Zeke by Kate Messner

Haggis and Tank series by Jessica Young     

Inspector Flytrap series by Tom Angleberger & Cece Bell (shelved under "Angleberger")

Judy Moody and Friends series by Megan McDonald

The Kingdom of Wrenly series by Jordan Quinn 

The Last Firehawk series by Katrina Charman
Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo
Princess in Black series by Shannon Hale
Press Start! series by Thomas Flintham
Princess Pink series by Noah T. Jones
Sofia Martinez: My Vida Loca by Jacqueline Jules

Tried and True


Flat Stanley series by Jeff Brown 

The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl 

Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo

My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne

The Littles by John Peterson

Realistic Fiction

Books about everyday life--school, family, getting into scrapes, and more.


Anna Hibiscus series by Atinuke

The Critter Club series by Callie Barkley

Ivy and Bean series by Annie Barrows

Lola Levine series by Monica Brown

Amber Brown series by Paula Danziger

Judy Moody series by Megan McDonald

Stink series by Megan McDonald

Lulu series by Hilary McKay

Juana and Lucas by Juana Medina

Life of Ty series by Lauren Myracle

Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker

Dory Fantasmagory series by Abby Hanlon