Concord Book Fair: Recommended Beginning Chapter Books

Pedro, First-Grade Hero By Fran Manushkin, Tammie Lyon (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Fran Manushkin, Tammie Lyon (Illustrator)
$4.95
ISBN: 9781515801122
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Published: Picture Window Books - September 1st, 2016

Spend some time with Pedro, Katie Woo's fun-loving friend. From a buggy disaster to a run for class president, Pedro has what it takes to be the hero of first-grade. No matter what he's doing, Pedro is always good for some laughs and adventure.


Sadiq and the Pet Problem By Siman Nuurali, Anjan Sarkar (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Siman Nuurali, Anjan Sarkar (Illustrator)
$6.95
ISBN: 9781515845683
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Published: Picture Window Books - August 1st, 2019


Sadiq's third grade class has no classroom pet Not only that, but Sadiq has never had a pet of his own. So Sadiq gathers some classmates to help him solve this problem. What kind of pet would be perfect for their class? A lizard? A bunny? A parakeet? Soon it's up to Sadiq and friends to convince their teacher and classmates that they have found the perfect pet match.


The Amazing Life of Azaleah Lane By Nikki Shannon Smith, Mari Lobo (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Nikki Shannon Smith, Mari Lobo (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781515844648
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Published: Picture Window Books - January 1st, 2020


Azaleah can't wait for her class field trip to the National Zoo in Washington D.C., especially when her teacher announces the chance to earn extra credit. But when Azaleah gets home, she quickly realizes extra credit isn't as easy as she thought. Azaleah's younger sister Tiana can't find Greenie, her stuffed animal, and she's sure he's been stolen. With Mama at the restaurant and Daddy at work on a big case, it seems Azaleah is the only one available to track down the stolen stuffie. Can Azaleah get to the bottom of the mystery in time to finish her extra credit?


Bo's Magical New Friend: A Branches Book (Unicorn Diaries #1) By Rebecca Elliott, Rebecca Elliott (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Rebecca Elliott, Rebecca Elliott (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9781338323320
Availability: Backordered
Published: Scholastic Inc. - December 26th, 2019

Meet Rainbow Tinseltail and the unicorns of Sparklegrove Forest, in this magical series from the creator of the bestselling Owl Diaries series!
Pick a book. Grow a Reader!
This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!


Pug Blasts Off: A Branches Book (Diary of a Pug #1) By Kyla May, Kyla May (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kyla May, Kyla May (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9781338530032
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - October 1st, 2019

The first book in a sweet and funny new Branches series about a pug and his human, told from the pug's POV!

Pick a book. Grow a Reader!

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line, Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

Baron von Bubbles, a.k.a "Bub," is the self-proclaimed cutest pug on the planet! Things he loves: fashion, peanut butter, and his human, Bella. Things he does NOT love: Nutz the squirrel, baths, and the rain. When Bella enters the Inventor Challenge, Bub helps her craft the best project ever. But what happens when Nutz gets on Bub's nerves and makes him ruin Bella's project? If Bub wants to make it up to Bella, he'll have to stand up to Nutz -- and the rain -- once and for all.

With full-color artwork throughout, this funny and charming diary-format early chapter book is perfect for anyone who believes a furry pal is the best kind of friend.

This is book number 1 in the Diary of a Pug series.


Ivy and Bean One Big Happy Family (Book 11) By Annie Barrows, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Annie Barrows, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781452169101
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 17th, 2020

"This story defies expectations of what an early chapter book can be." School Library Journal
"Ivy and Bean are irresistible." Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Ivy's worried. She's read a lot of books about only children, so she knows that they are sometimes spoiled rotten. They don't share their toys. They never do any work. They scream and cry when they don't get their way. Spoiler alert! Ivy doesn't have any brothers or sisters. That's why she's worried. How can she keep from getting spoiled? She could give away all her clothes, but she'd probably get in trouble. She could give away all her toys, but she likes her toys. There's really only one solution: she needs a baby sister, on the double! Luckily, Ivy and Bean know just where to get one.

 


The School is Alive!: A Branches Book (Eerie Elementary #1) By Jack Chabert, Sam Ricks (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jack Chabert, Sam Ricks (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780545623926
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - June 24th, 2014

 


Eerie Elementary is one scary school!

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

In this first book in the series, Sam Graves discovers that his elementary school is ALIVE! Sam finds this out on his first day as the school hall monitor. Sam must defend himself and his fellow students against the evil school! Is Sam up to the challenge? He'll find out soon enough: the class play is just around the corner. Sam teams up with friends Lucy and Antonio to stop this scary school before it's too late!

This is book number 1 in the Eerie Elementary series.


Tooth Trouble (Ready, Freddy! #1) By Abby Klein, John McKinley (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Abby Klein, John McKinley (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780439555968
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Published: The Blue Sky Press - August 1st, 2004

Watch out, Junie, there's a new kid on the block! It's Freddy Thresher, a first grader who knows it's a jungle out there. A new chapter book series written by an elementary teacher who's seen it all!

Freddy Thresher has a problem: a really, really, big problem. He's the only one in his class who hasn't lost a tooth! All of the other students in Mrs. Wushy's first grade have signed their names on the Big Tooth, and Freddy's determined to get his name on it, too. So when Max "The Meanie" Sellars calls Freddy a baby, Freddy decides he's going to lose that tooth one way or another, even if it means getting punched in the face at recess, or even bigger trouble, with Mom!


The Class Trip from the Black Lagoon (Black Lagoon Adventures #1) By Mike Thaler, Jared Lee (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mike Thaler, Jared Lee (Illustrator)
$3.99
ISBN: 9780439429276
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - July 1st, 2004

This is book number 1 in the Black Lagoon Adventures series.

A new trade release of the hugely popular book club series by Mike Thaler and Jared Lee. These fun-filled chapter books mix school, monsters, and common kid problems with hilarious results.

Oh, no! It's the class trip from the Black Lagoon. The kids have no idea where they're going but they imagine a day full of ferocious animals, maniacal monsters, and scary aerial acrobatics. And their teacher, mean Mrs. Green, is going to quiz them on everything! When the kids stop letting their imaginations run wild they soon realize that they're going to a very cool zoo. But that won't change the fact that there's never a dull moment in the Black Lagoon!


The Princess in Black By Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780763678883
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Published: Candlewick - April 14th, 2015

Who says princesses don’t wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black!

Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when . . . Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret —she’s also the Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her! Can the princess sneak away, transform into her alter ego, and defeat the monster before the nosy duchess discovers her secret? From award-winning writing team of Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham, here is the first in a humorous and action-packed chapter book series for young readers who like their princesses not only prim and perfect, but also dressed in black.

This is book number 1 in the Princess in Black series.


Mercy Watson to the Rescue By Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780763645045
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Published: Candlewick - December 22nd, 2009

The first adventure of this New York Times best-selling porcine wonder is available in paperback.

To Mr. and Mrs. Watson, Mercy is not just a pig — she's a porcine wonder. And to the portly and good-natured Mercy, the Watsons are an excellent source of buttered toast, not to mention that buttery-toasty feeling she gets when she snuggles into bed with them. This is not, however, so good for the Watsons' bed. BOOM! CRACK! As the bed and its occupants slowly sink through the floor, Mercy escapes in a flash – "to alert the fire department," her owners assure themselves. But could Mercy possibly have another emergency in mind — like a sudden craving for their neighbors' sugar cookies? Welcome to the wry and endearing world of Mercy Watson — an ebullient character for early chapter-book readers in a series that's destined to be a classic.

This is book number 1 in the Mercy Watson series.


You Can Do It, Yasmin! By Saadia Faruqi, Hatem Aly (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Saadia Faruqi, Hatem Aly (Illustrator)
$5.95
ISBN: 9781515860914
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Published: Picture Window Books - February 1st, 2020

A collection of four more stories featuring Yasmin Whether she's braving the goalie net for the first time on the soccer field, trouble-shooting a plant problem in the garden with her family, tackling a tricky writing assignment, or managing a disagreement with her friends, Yasmin is always thinking outside the box to come up with creative solutions. Yasmin can do it.

This is book number 66 in the Yasmin series.


Frankie Sparks and the Class Pet (Frankie Sparks, Third-Grade Inventor #1) By Megan Frazer Blakemore, Nadja Sarell (Illustrator) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9781534430433
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Published: Aladdin - June 18th, 2019

Ivy and Bean meets Aliens in my Pocket in this start to a brand-new chapter book series about Frankie Sparks, a third grader who uses her love for science and math to help her solve problems she comes across in her daily life.

The best thing EVER is happening in Frankie Sparks’s third grade class: They are getting a class pet! Their teacher, Miss Cupid, tells them they will vote on their pet, but it has to meet some “parameters.” Their pet must:

1. Fit in aquarium.
2. Cost less than $50.
3. Be easily portable.
4. Be able to be left alone for the weekend.

Frankie thinks that a rat—just like the rats in her beloved Aunt Gina’s lab—would be the perfect fit. But her best friend, Maya, doesn’t think a rat would be great at all. They are kind of gross and not as cool as a hermit crab, which is Maya’s top choice. Using her special workshop, can Frankie find a way to convince her teacher and her best friend that Team Rat is the way to go?

This is book number 1 in the Frankie Sparks, Third-Grade Inventor series.