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Pirate & Mermaid Picture Books

Yo ho ho, the library life for us! Check out our favorite mermaid and pirate picture books for your own young seafarer!

Mermaids Fast Asleep by Robin Riding: “Silver mermaids with golden hair go to sleep in the sea, counting fish instead of sheep.”

Kindergarrrten Bus by Mike Ornstein: “After his parrot companion flies away, a rough and tough pirate experiences anxiety on his first day as a school bus driver, echoing some of the concerns expressed by the young students in his care.”

Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love: “While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he's seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a butter-yellow curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes -- and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself?”

Arrr, Mustache Baby! by Bridget Heos: “Arrr, babies! Mustache Baby and his first mate Beard Baby set sail on the high seas and turn into big bad pirates in this newest addition to the popular Mustache Baby books! In this swashbuckling tale, Mustache Baby and Beard Baby work hard to recover stolen treasure and convince baby buccaneers Captain Kid and Short John Silver to go legit. But when the scallywags refuse to play nice, Billy and Javier see red and go rogue, turning into bad guy pirates themselves. High spirits, plenty of pirate talk, and a mild message about not letting emotions get the best of you make for a rollicking read-aloud full of side-splitting, silly fun.”

Pearl by Molly Idle: “Sometimes the tiniest light can shine the brightest ! Like the other mermaids of the deep, Pearl longs to care for the endless beaches, coral reefs, and towering kelp forests of her vast ocean world. So when her mother asks her to tend to a mere grain of sand, Pearl is heartbroken. It takes all her patience and determination to discover how even the littlest mermaid can transform the world. Caldecott Honor-winning author and artist Molly Idle has masterfully crafted a modern classic in this mesmerizing tale about the immense power of small actions.”

Pirate Chicken: All Hens on Deck by Brian Yanish: “A hilarious picture book about pirate chickens and their feared and feathered leader Redfoot! Lily is no ordinary chicken. She dreams of a life off the farm where she can put her grand plans into action. Her wish is granted when pirates recruit her and her fellow chickens and whisk them away to the open seas. Soon, Lily has taken charge and becomes captain of an all-chicken crew. But when Lily faces a mutiny,will she change her ways, or be forced to squawk the plank?”

Mermaid School by JoAnne Wetzel:

Starting school is always exciting... especially when you're a mermaid! From schools of fish to the A B Seas, this whimsical underwater tale puts a fun twist on what to expect on the first day of school. It's Molly's first day at mermaid school, and there's so much to learn! Follow the mermaids as they count clamshells, recite the A B Seas, and make new friends. They even enjoy story time about children who walk on land! At the end of the day, it's time to sing the goodbye song and head home. With sweet, rhyming language and a peek into a fantastical undersea world, Mermaid School touches on all the major moments children will experience on their first day. And don't miss the mermaid school handbook in the back of this book for more mermaid fun!”

Pirate Stew by Lou Carter: “A quick-witted shrimp saves his friends from the pirates' cooking pot in this comical undersea caper about friendship, tolerance ...and CLEANING! Scrubadub the Shrimp LOVES to clean. He polishes the crabs, trims the reeds, shampoos the fish and grooms the frogs, until all his friends have had ENOUGH. But when the seafood friends are scooped from the sea by hungry pirates, only Scrubadub can save them from the stew pot ...using his super cleaning powers!”

How to Catch a Mermaid by Adam Wallace: “Many claim to have caught a mermaid, but can YOU? How do you catch a mermaid? You must be very clever. With mirrors, crowns, and pearls galore, this quest can't last forever!”

No Bath, No Cake: Polly’s Pirate Party by Matthias Weinert: “Ay, a pirates' life is dangerous n' dirty life! But when this motley crew gets an invitation to a little girl's birthday party, they're simply delighted. What could be better than cake? Just as they're about to walk the plank, their piratey parrot tells them--as only a parrot or a mother could--that they need to clean up their act. With a scrub-a-dub-dub, brand new clothes, and a doll for the birthday girl, the 'pirates' show up sparkling and clean. But they're in for a big surprise. What the birthday girl wants most of all are real pirates--black feet, messy hair, stinky clothes and all.”

The Mermaid by Jan Brett: “When Kiniro, a young mermaid, comes upon a gorgeous house made of seashells and coral, she is so curious that she goes inside. She's thrilled to find a just-right breakfast, pretty little chair, and, best of all, a comfy bed that rocks in the current. But when the Octopus family returns home, they are not happy to find that someone has been eating their food and breaking their things. Baby has the biggest shock when she finds the mermaid asleep in her bed! Luckily, shock turns to happiness when Kiniro gives her a thoughtful gift before escaping from the twenty-four arms coming her way. Vibrant, intricate scenes of an underwater paradise transport this classic fairy tale to a magical setting inspired by the seas off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. Along with fun details that enrich the storytelling in Jan Brett's trademark borders, this visual treat will enchant readers of all ages.”

A Pirate Alphabet: The ABC’s of Piracy! by Anna Butzer: “Take young pirate fans on an alphabet adventure! They'll love learning about gangways and quartermasters while practising their pirate lingo. Whimsical illustrations and melodic text create an arrr-esistable early-learning experience.”

Potty Power: Potty Training Books for Boys & Girls

Potty training can be a stressful time for everyone - the new potty-user included. Check out some of our favorite toilet-themed titles to help your little one feel the potty power!

How to Potty Train Your Monster by DiPucchio: “Congratulations! Your monster is growing up…and up…and UP! Now it’s time to potty train him! Potty training is not always the easiest task to navigate—especially for growing monsters. Thankfully, with the help of this easy-to-use guide, young ones can be sure not to forget any steps in the process. With hilarious text and playful, energetic illustrations this potty training guide is a must-have for little kids and little monsters everywhere.”

Duck Goes Potty by Dahl: “Little Duck learns to go potty all by himself, but not without a few accidents. This lighthearted board book makes potty training a little more fun. A must have for all new parents!”

Don’t Go There! by Willis: “Lid up, pants down, bottom on the seat! They must not have toilets in outer space, because this baby Martian keeps going in the wrong place: a bird bath, a bin, an upturned hat. Perhaps if he masters "The Toilet Song," he might learn where to go!”

Skip to the Loo!: A Potty Book by Lloyd-Jones: “Everyone is invited to celebrate -- from a lonely dodo to a wibbly woo, from Lord and Lady Huff Puff to an elephant in a tutu. But when the party is in full swing and everyone's on their potty, Bunny sees that someone very important is missing. Who could it be?”

Once Upon a Potty by Frankel: “This is THE potty training book. It has it all, bright graphics, simple language, fun story and an anatomically correct hero. With an edition for each gender, the book relates directly to the child, making the potty-training process relatable and easy to understand.”

Pottytime for Chickies by Trasler: “Learning to go potty is tricky for the Chickies! This lovable, heartwarming series makes a great gift for any new family. Experience all of the big parenting milestones with the Chickies. With engaging rhymes, endearing illustrations, and a soft padded cover, these books are perfect for babies and toddlers to enjoy.”

Potty Animals: What to Know When You’ve Got to Go! by Vestergaard: “Meet Wilbur, who won't wash his hands after going potty. Wilma, who waits too long...and sometimes doesn't make it in time. And Freddie, who's afraid to flush. These are just a few of the preschool animals who need a little help with their bathroom etiquette! With wit and good humor, Hope Vestergaard presents a unique "toilet basics" guide for toddlers. It covers everything from lifting the seat and closing the door to planning ahead when you're on a trip. All told in cheerful rhyme, with hilarious illustrations, it's a fun way to handle a serious subject.”

Danny is Done with Diapers: a Potty ABC by O’Connell: “Adam avoids accidents. Brianna is busy in the bathroom. Caleb is comfy and clean! Danny and his friends know twenty-six ways to be done with diapers. Rebecca O'Connell's fun, familiar examples and Amanda Gulliver's bright, cheery art help kids practice their potty knowledge and learn their letters, too!”

I Use the Potty by Van Lieshout: “Babies wear diapers. Do big kids? No! Big kids use the potty! Every child's life is filled with milestones. Some happen easily; others need a little extra support. Artist and mom Maria van Lieshout has been there. Drawing upon her own experiences, she has created an engaging series of books that are just right for children on the brink of major changes and the caregivers who encourage them.”

Poop or Get Off the Potty! by McNamara: “When Mason and Mia were babies, they pooped a lot--always in their diapers. Now that they're big kids, it's time to use the potty. But what is the potty for? Naps? NO. Books? NO. Playing the drums? No, no, no! Mason and Mia look ahead to official big-kid territory in Poop or Get off the Potty!, this hilarious, instructive story from with special emphasis on that momentous toddler milestone: pooping in the potty!”

Dinosaur vs. the Potty by Shea: “Dinosaur doesn't need to use the potty. Even when he's making lemonade, running through the sprinkler, having a three-juice-box lunch, and splashing in rain puddles. See? He's doing his victory dance. Wait . . . that's not a victory dance-it looks like a POTTY DANCE! Run, Dinosaur, run! Can he make it in time? Potty wins! Close one, Dinosaur. Real, real close.”

Goldilocks and the Just Right Potty by Hodgkinson: “Little Goldilocks wants to wear big-girl underwear that's not too silly and not too frilly, but just right. But that means she also needs to find the "just right" potty. Will she know when she needs to go? And will she get to the potty in time? Find out in this light hearted story that will have parents and their little ones feeling ready to tackle toilet training.”

Garden Sensory Bin

We had so much fun at garden storytime last week! We had even more fun digging in our “garden” for this week’s sensory activity.


Creating this sensory activity was incredibly simple and can be done with simple items from around the house or classroom. Our main ingredient was black beans; ACME had an incredible sale - buy one get two free! Then, we added in our bugs - specifically, this set from Oriental Trading: 


Several years ago, we hosted a lua and had a large number of leis left over. These were great to cut and use as the flowers. Additionally, we used the Ellison to cut more shapes, including bugs and flowers in various colors from foam. After that, we grabbed some shovels and went to town! Enjoy making and playing with your sensory bin!


Picture Books with Diverse Protagonists

Here are some of our favorite picture books featuring diverse protagonists! All titles are available for checkout from the Cape May County Library.


The Very Last Castle by Travis Jonker: “Ibb, curious about the lone castle in her town, forms a long-distant friendship with the guard and, despite warnings there is something fearful inside, accepts his invitation to enter.” From the very first page, readers will support Ibb in her quest - and learn an important lesson about welcoming others in the process.

Tomorrow Most Likely by Dave Eggers: “Told in rhyme, a little boy, tucked into his bed, thinks of all the wonderful and ordinary things he will see and do tomorrow.” The narrator’s imagination is both beautifully written and illustrated - readers will quickly be dreaming of a day just like his!Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora: “When the aroma of Omu's homemade stew fills the air, her neighbors arrive, one by one, for a taste until all is gone except for her generous spirit.” This Caldecott-winning title will inspire readers of all ages to share and be their best selves.

How to Give Your Cat a Bath in Five Easy Steps by Nicola Winstanley: “A little girl and her cat make an escalating mess while respectively trying to follow and resist the cat-bathing instructions of a bossy narrator.” Trying to follow the five steps, readers will be howling with laughter!

Under My Hijab by Hena Khan: “As a young girl observes that each of six women in her life wears her hijab and hair in a different way, she considers how to express her own style one day.” A beautifully illustrated book, children of all belief systems will appreciate this celebration of differences and female empowerment.

Two Problems for Sophia by Jim Averbeck: “Sophia is happy to have Noodle, her One True Desire, yet her new pet comes with two giraffe-sized problems.” Readers will love helping Sophia find the solutions to her newest pet problems!

Hip-Hop Lollipop by Susan McElroy Montanari: “Follow a little girl as she moves, swings, and grooves her way through her bedtime routine, dancing all the while, until she finally closes her eyes and dances through her dreams." Move and groove all the way to bed with this fun title!

Lights, Camera, Carmen by Anika Denise: “In pursuit of a film career, Carmen enters a commercial contest and enlists her little brother, Eduardo, as her cinematographer, but her plan takes a surprising turn.” Kids with big dreams will be inspired by Carmen’s dedication and ambition as she marches to the beat of her own drum.

Off & Away by Cale Atkinson: “Jo fears what lives in the ocean but when her father is too ill to deliver messages in bottles, she courageously takes on the job, making new friends along the way.” After reading, kids will feel empowered and emboldened to face their own fears. Like Jo, they’ll learn that maybe they’re not so scary after all.

Kitten and the Night Watchman by John Sullivan: “As he makes his rounds, a night watchman hears birds calling, insects buzzing, and vehicles roaring by, while a stray kitten keeps him company.” This one checks all the boxes - construction site, nightly rounds, and an adorable furry companion.

Loretta’s Gift by Pat Zietlow Miller: “Loretta tries hard to come up with the perfect gift for her beloved baby cousin, Gabe, but on his first birthday she learns she has already given him something special.” Miller presents a lovely perspective on self-esteem and family in this relatable work.When the Cousins Came by Katie Yamasaki: “Even though Lila's cousins do some things differently, Lila loves when they come to visit.” A wonderful acknowledgement and celebration of differences, even between family members.



Books for Beginning Readers

Beginning to read on one’s own is an exciting time! Check out our favorite books for beginning readers, including both fiction & nonfiction. All titles are available from the Cape May County Library system.


Fly Guy Series by Arnold ♦ When Buzz captures a fly to enter in The Amazing Pet Show, his parents and the judges tell him that a fly cannot be a pet, but Fly Guy proves them wrong.

Bob Books Set 1: Beginning Readers by Maslen ♦ Stories and pictures to make learning alphabet sounds enjoyable.

Biscuit Series by Capucilli ♦ Visit the world with Biscuit, a little yellow puppy who always wants one more hug!

Good Dog by Doerrfeld When a puppy in need of a friend follows a kind girl into town, he lands himself into all sorts of trouble. When the pup and the girl reunite in the park, the puppy has a chance to prove just what a good dog he really is!

Up, Tall, and High by Long ♦ Through illustrations and simple text, birds demonstrate the meanings of the words up, tall, and high.

I Like My Car by Robertson  ♦ Animals show how much they love their cars, of all different colors, while driving, caring for them, and even hugging them.

First Little Readers: Guided Reading Level A by Schecter ♦ A big collection of just-right leveled books for beginning readers; includes 20 books.

What Will Fat Cat Sit On? by Thomas ♦ A group of animals is terrified at the prospect of being sat upon by the imposing Fat Cat,

until the mouse comes up with a solution that satisfies everyone.

What This Story Needs Series by Virjan ♦ Illustrations and rhyming, easy-to-read text introduce an increasing, then decreasing, cast of characters sharing a boat in a moat with a pig in an enormous wig.

Elephant and Piggie Series by Willems ♦ Join in the fun with Elephant and Piggie! Elephant, whose name is Gerald, tends to be cautious and pessimistic while his best friend, Piggie, is quite different.

My First Soccer Game by Capucilli ♦ Emergent readers who are interested in soccer will enjoy this introduction to the game.

Play Kitty by Evans ♦ A few words per page paired with adorable images make this title perfect for any cat lover.

Ranger Rick Series: I Wish I Was a Polar Bear by Bove ♦ Simple sentences for new readers who love to read about animals.

Swim, Fish!: Explore the Coral Reef by Neuman One sentence per page, and captivating images make this title perfect for new readers interested in the ocean.

Team Batman by Davies ♦ Large type and simple sentences make this title perfect for any Batman enthusiast.

What is a Droid? by Stock ♦ Star Wars fans will love this easy to read book packed with facts about droids.

At the Beach by Evans ♦ One simple sentence per page and eye catching images make this title a good match for kids who are ready to begin reading.


Ducks on the Pond

Spring is finally here! That means storytimes are back, too. For our first week back, we explored ducks and other spring objects with water play. With themed rubber ducks being an annual prize for summer reading, we have plenty of leftovers. Using Color Splash! Liquid Watercolor (, we changed the water to a wide variety of colors; food dye would work great, too. We also used foam lily pads (as foam does not sink in water), to support our ducks. Not only that, artificial flowers, in this case cut-up leis from an old lua program, were the perfect addition! Wonderful to try at your next bird, spring, or pond storytime, or at home with your little ones! For added fine motor skill practice, add in some measuring cups or large spoons - kids will develop scooping and sorting skills.

Delicious Reads: Picture Books about Food

So many stories to devour in the library! Here are our favorite food-related picture books, with both old and new titles. All books are available for checkout from the Cape May County Library.

Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast by Josh Funk: “A wild chase ensues inside a well-stocked refrigerator when two friendly leftovers compete for the last drop of syrup, learning a valuable lesson about friendship along the way.” Funk’s breakfast duo is a huge patron favorite - be sure to check out the sequels The Case of the Stinky Stench and Mission Defrostable!

How to Eat Pizza by Jon Burgerman: “When a slice of pizza realizes it is about to get gobbled up, it quickly offers a few suggestions on what you can eat instead.” Readers everywhere will be hooked from the deliciously comical cover!

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff: “Relating the cycle of requests a mouse is likely to make after you give him a cookie takes the reader through a young child's day.” An incredible introduction to cause and effect, Numeroff’s If You Give series has been captivating readers since original publication in 1985!

How Many Jelly Beans? by Andrea Menotti: "How many jelly beans are enough? How many are too many? Aiden and Emma can't decide. Is ten enough? How about one thousand? That's a lot of jelly beans. But eaten over a whole year, it's only two or three a day. This giant picture book gives kids a fun and easy way to understand large numbers. Starting with ten, each page shows more and more colorful candies, leading up to a giant fold-out surprise--ONE MILLION JELLY BEANS!” This beautifully illustrated nonfiction selection is a scrumptious introduction to big numbers and counting skills!

Potato Pants by Laurie Keller: “Potato is very excited to buy a pair of pants on sale at Lance Vance's Fancy Pants Store, but when he sees Eggplant, who pushed him the day before, he is afraid to go in.” Not only will readers enjoy this knee-slapping work, they will learn important lessons about communication, forgiveness, and friendship.

Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora: “When the aroma of Omu's homemade stew fills the air, her neighbors arrive, one by one, for a taste until all is gone except for her generous spirit.” This award-winning picture book, filled with diverse characters, is a sure favorite not only for its beautiful illustrations, but also its themes of friendship, sharing, and generosity.

Kitchen Disco by Clare Foges: “At night when you are sleeping there's a party in your house. It's a pumping, jumping, funky bash when all the lights go out ... When the sun goes down, the Kitchen Disco starts up - and all the fruit in the fruit bowl come out to play!” Answering the age-old question of what our food does at night, Foges’ tale will crack readers up and be sure to inspire some late night visits to the kitchen!

The Good Egg by John Jory: “When the other eggs in his carton behave badly, the good egg feels like he needs to be perfect.” An absolutely fantastic look at self-esteem and the pressure for perfection, the creators of The Bad Seed have cooked up an incredibly approachable and impactful tale on treating one’s self with kindness.

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin: “Explores the love dragons have for tacos, and the dangers of feeding them them anything with spicy salsa.” Non-stop humor and delightful illustrations will have readers pining for their own mess of tacos!

Pancakes to Parathas: Breakfast around the World by Alice B. McGinty: “Breakfast varies from country to country, but it's how all children begin their day. Explore the meals of twelve countries in this playful approach to the world! From Australia to India to the USA, come travel around the world at dawn.” McGinty’s appetizing nonfiction work brings children all over the world together with the ultimate unifier: breakfast food!

Most Marshmallows by Rowboat Watkins: “Most marshmallows are born into marshmallow families, play with marshmallow friends, and go to marshmallow school where they learn to be squishy. Most marshmallows read a book before bed and then fall asleep to dream ordinary marshmallow dreams. Is this book about most marshmallows? It isn't.” This hysterical and relatable selection will not only have readers laughing, but will also emphasize the importance of being yourself.

Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z: “An alphabetical tour of the world of fruits and vegetables, from apricot and artichoke to yam and zucchini.” After completing this classic from Ehlert, kids will want to eat their way through the alphabet as well!

Beginning Chapter Books

Check out our list of favorite beginner chapter books! Each of these titles are less than 120 pages, include large font and illustrations, as well as a simple sentence structure. These series are a great transition for those graduating from early readers.

Cam Jansen series by David Adler 

Cam uses her photographic memory to solve mysteries!

Danny's Doodles series by David Adler 

Danny and Calvin team up to save the baseball team and have other adventures.

Amazing Stardust Friends series by Heather Alexander

A group of girls are performers for the Stardust Circus, and must find their talents and stay friends no matter what!

Wallace & Grace by Heather Alexander

Wallace & Grace are owl detectives who help out around the forest.

Inspector Flytrap by Tom Angleberger

Hoping to become the greatest detective that ever grew, Inspector Flytrap and his assistant, Nina the Goat, investigate "big deal" mysteries at an art museum, a cookie shop, and a garden.

Anna Hibiscus series by Atinuke

Anna lives in amazing Africa and loves it. She has adventures with her brothers, loves her Aunties, and worries about visiting her Grandma in cold Canada!

Dear Molly, Dear Olive by Megan Atwood

Two pen pals, one from New York City and one from Iowa, write back and forth about their fun and foibles.

Dino-Mike series by Franco Aureliani

Michael is in Montana on a dinosaur dig with his father, but he certainly never expected to find a live Tyrannosaurus Rex plucked out of its own time and looking for dinner!

Ivy & Bean series by Annie Barrows

When Bean plays a mean trick on her sister she finds unexpected support for her antics from Ivy, the new neighbor, who is less boring than Bean first suspected.

Magic Bunny, Magic Kitten, and Magic Puppy series by Sue Bentley

Magic meets royalty in these stories about important animals that must live secrets lives as ordinary pets as they hide for the dark ones.

Dear Dumb Diary series by Jim Benton

Jamie keeps a diary, even if it is dumb, and shares her secrets.

Franny K. Stein series by Jim Benton

Franny K. Stein is a mad scientist who prefers all things spooky and creepy, but has trouble making friends.

Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel

Bad Kitty isn't SO bad, until something makes her WANT to be bad!

The Bad Guys series by Aaron Blabey

Tired of being the bad guys, our heroes plan to do missions to better the world…but they might make it hilariously worse.

The Haunted Library series by Dori Hillestad Butler

When ghost boy Kaz's haunt is torn down and he is separated from his ghost family, he meets a real girl named Claire, who lives above the town library, who can see ghosts!

Eerie Elementary series by Jack Chabert

Sam is ready to start school and is excited to be a hall monitor, but it turns out his school is ALIVE and he must constantly be saving his fellow students from sure destruction.

Zoey & Sassafras series by Asia Citro

A girl and her cat save the day with monsters, dragons, and more!

Dr. Kitty Cat series by Jane Clarke

Dr. Kitty Cat helps animals stay safe and healthy!

Beasts of Olympus series by Lucy Coats

Demon is the official Beast Keep of Olympus. How can he keep all the beasts tamed?!

Heidi Heckelbeck series by Wada Coven

Heidi is secretly a witch – can her magic help her find her secret admirer, disguise herself, and fix her mistakes?

The Chicken Squad series by Doreen Cronin

The Chicken Squad is on the case! From figuring out what happened to their favorite human to investigating a new, weird thing in the yard, they won’t stop until they have all the answers.

Notebook of Doom series by Troy Cummings

Alexander’s elementary school is being torn down and he now has class in the town morgue – where he finds The Notebook of Doom, which describes mega-worms, balloon goons, meat-eating vegetables and more.

Mermaid Tales series by Debbie Dadey

The mermaid at Trident Academy navigate the school year with projects, friends, and many surprises!

Professor Igor’s Lab of Fear series Michael Dahl

Professor Igor tells the tales of different kids who get into scrapes with growing extra bones, burying werewolf skins, and labyrinths.

Bink & Gollie series by Kate DiCamillo

Bink and Gollie seem totally different, but they still go on their adventures with roller skates, the state fair, and more!

Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo

Mercy is everyone’s favorite pig on the farm – because she’s always ready for adventure!

Tales from Deckawoo Drive series by Kate DiCamillo

Your favorite people from the Mercy Watson series continue their adventures!

Mouse Scouts series by Sarah Dillard

The Mouse Scouts earn their merit badges and make friends throughout this series.

Owl Diaries series by Rebecca Elliott

A group of adorable owls learn life’s basic lessons, like don’t focus so hard on competition you forget the main goal, it’s ok to ask for help, and more.

The Adventures of Sophie Mouse series by Poppy Green

Eight-year-old Sophie starts off the new school year with a new classmate – a snake! Should she be afraid or make a new friend?

My Weird/Weirder/Weirdest School series by Dan Gutman

The insanity of My Weird School continues with these hilarious collections of books where each teacher is sillier than the next.

Princess in Black series by Shannon Hale

Princess Magnolia can have hot chocolate with a duchess AND be a black clad hero to her kingdom.

Little Rhino series by Ryan Howard

Little Rhino LOVES baseball! He finishes his homework extra fast so he can play, and is the star hitter on his team.

Bunnicula series by Deborah and James Howe

When their family gets a new rabbit, Harold (a dog) and Chester (a cat) begin to suspect something is wrong – why are the vegetables all going white???

Superfairies series by Janey Jones

When woodland creatures get into trouble (falling into rivers, messing with poisonous plants, getting stuck on frozen lakes) the Superfairies are there to save them!

Princess Pink series by Noah Z. Jones

Princess Pink falls through the refrigerator into the Land of Fake Believe, where she meets people who are like fairy tale characters, but with a twist.

Nancy Drew & the Clue Crew series by Carolyn Keene

Nancy Drew and her crew are on the lookout for clues – there are so many mysteries to unravel!

Molly Mac series by Marty Kelley

Molly is ambitious and is always looking for a new way to make money or build a name for herself, with hilarious results!

Calpurnia Tate: Girl Vet series by Jacqueline Kelly

Calpurnia is a veterinarian in the early 1900s. She saves may animals and makes friends along the way!

Martin Bridge series by Jessica Scott Kerrin

Martin is a perfectly normal and very special boy who makes great plans that often go awry!

Super Turbo series by Lee Kirby

Super Turbo is a class’s pet hamster! After the last bell rings, he and other class pets work together to fight the evil Whiskerface.

Ready, Freddy! series by Abby Klein

Freddy has adventures through elementary school with bullies, show-and-tell, nightmares, stage fright, and more!

Dog Diaries series by Kate Klimo

Each book tells you the life story of a different dog. You’ll learn about the life of the first seeing eye dog, George Washington’s dog, a sled dog, and more.

Horrible Harry series by Suzy Kline

Harry experiences the fun and the trouble of elementary school along with his friends.

Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo! series by Nancy Krulik

Katie magically switches with others – her dad, a tour guide, and even a hamster!

The Infamous Ratsos series by Kara LaReau

Louie and Ralphie are tough rats! But they can’t help doing good things for others.

Super Chicken Nugget Boy series by Josh Lewis

Fern is a super hero kid whose turns into hero whenever he’s touched by a condiment. Can he save his school from the alien Pizza People, Massive Meatloaf Man, and more?

Alvin Ho series by Lenore Look

Alvin is afraid of everything, so he’s CONSTANTLY facing his fears!

Ruby Lu series by Lenore Look

Ruby lives through many new things, like her deaf cousin moving in, going to summer school, and learning magic.

Looniverse series by David Lubar

Ed finds a magic coin and strange things start to happen all around him!

Barkus series by Patricia MacLachlan

Barkus comes to live with Nicky when her Uncle goes on a long trip, and they quickly become the best of friends!

Sarah, Plain & Tall series by Patricia MacLachlan

In the late 1800s, Caleb and Anna’s father invites a mail-order bride to come live with the in their prairie home. They are captivated and hope she will choose to stay.

Jake Maddox Sports Stories by Jake Maddox

Power, pride, skill, and spirit - these sports stories will captivate everyone!

Xander & the Rainbow-Barfing Unicorns series by Matthew Manning

Xander meets a group of zombie unicorns who barf rainbows. How can he hide them? In plain sight, of course!

Kung Pow Chicken series by Cyndi Marko

Kung Pow Chicken and his sidekick Egg Drop have adventures fighting their ‘fowl’ enemies!

Lotus Lane series by Kyla May

The Lotus Lane Girls all live on Lotus Lane, and their group of friends each keep a diary of what happens at home and at school.

The Amazing Abby Hayes series by Anne Mazer

Abby does her best at everything she tries, sometimes running into problems!

Stink series by Megan McDonald

See the world through the eyes of Stink – Judy Moody’s problem prone brother.

Jim Nasium series by Marty McKnight

Jim isn’t very good at sports, but he keeps trying to find SOMEthing he can play without hilarious results!

Dragon Slayers’ Academy series by Kate McMullan

Wiglaf makes new friends at the Dragon Slayers’ Academy – a school for youth who will be battling dragons!

Magic Animal Friends series by Daisy Meadows

Animals talk and make friends – while living in tiny cottages in Friendship Forest!

Rainbow Magic series by Daisy Meadows

There are SO MANY different kinds of fairies – Color Fairies, Pet Fairies, Dance Fairies, and more! Each kind has 7 different fairies, and each fairy has their own book!

Stinky Spike series by Peter Meisel

Spike is adrift at sea, and soon is picked up by some pirates! Will they take him in or set him back out on his own?

Ranger in Time series by Kate Messner

Ranger is a time-traveling Golden Retriever who has search-and-rescue training. He hops around to different disasters in time, using his special skills to help out.

Puppy Place series by Ellen Miles

So many puppies come through Puppy Place, each with their own story. Can they all find a home?

Max Disaster series by Marissa Moss

Read Max’s secret collection of random thoughts about school, family breakups, and the power of Alien Eraser.

The Life of Ty series by Lauren Myracle

Ty has a big heart, and a lot of new things in his life.

Missy’s Super Duper Royal Deluxe series by Susan Nees

Missy is passionate, and always tries to make things work her way.

Nancy Clancy series by Jane O’Connor

Nancy Clancy, formerly known as Fancy Nancy, solves a new mystery every book!

Rumblewick’s Diary by Hiawyn Oram

Rumblewick, a Highly Qualified Witch's Cat, records in his diary all the problems he has with his young witch.

Galaxy Zack series by Ray O’Ryan

The year is 2120, and Zack is both excited and scared of moving to the new planet Nebulon.

Amelia Bedelia series by Herman Parish

The fun of the original series continues as you follow a young Amelia through things like summer camp, being a flower girl, and more!

Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park

Junie takes all grammar rules literally, and has many opinions on everything happening in her life.

Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker

Clementine is great at getting into trouble, but she’s always trying to do her best!

Kylie Jean series by Marci Peschke

Kylie tries her hand at many new things, including singing, gymnastics, soccer, and more!

Daisy series by Marci Peschke

Daisy has fun and adventures with the rest of her class in room 210!

Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot by Dav Pilkey

Ricky Ricotta, a small mouse, is being bullied at school, but when he rescues a powerful robot from its evil creator, he acquires a friend and protector - and saves the city from Dr. Stinky.

Piper Green series by Ellen Potter

Piper lives on an island off the coast of Maine, where kids ride a lobster boat to school!

Jigsaw Jones Mysteries by James Preller

Follow Jigsaw Jones as he solves mysteries throughout the school day and at home.

Scary Tales series by James Preller

Looking for creepy stories? Look no further! These stories will have you hiding under the covers at night.

Anna, Banana series by Anica Mrose Rissi

Anna and her dachshund Banana have adventures as Anna gets herself through elementary school.

The Kingdom of Wrenly series by Jordan Quinn

Lucas is the prince and Clara is the seamstress’s daughter – and together they go on many adventures!

Monkey Me series by Timothy Roland

When Clyde gets extra hyper, he turns into a monkey! Each book has a new monkey adventure in it.

 A to Z Mysteries series by Ron Roy

A different mystery for every letter of the alphabet – starting with The Absent Author!

 Calendar Mysteries by Ron Roy

A different mystery for each month of the year!

Capitol Mysteries by Ron Roy

Mysteries happen all around Washington, DC – spies in the White House, thieves in the National Zoo, a skeleton in the Smithsonian, and more!

Marvin Redpost series by Louis Sachar

Marvin is a kind third grader dealing with strange things like meeting the president and a classmate who may be an alien.

Time Warp Trio series by Jon Scieszka

A magic book transports 3 friends back in time!

Enchanted Pony Academy series by Lisa Ann Scott

Ponies attend the Enchanted Pony Academy, where they have to attend classes like How to Ride with Children.

Stella Batts series by Courtney Sheinmel

Stella is in third grade, and has to deal with things like finding a new friend, helping with a  wedding, and more.

Magic Pony Carousel by Poppy Shire

Pick your pony to ride on the carousel, and be transported to their own world for an adventure!

Horrid Henry series by Francesca Simon

Each book has four hilarious stories of the escapades of Henry, who acts horrid!

Claude series by Alex Smith

Claude the dog and his friend Mr. Bobblysock visit different places and have adventures.

Encyclopedia Brown series by Donald J. Sobol

Encyclopedia Brown is a 5th grader who solves mysteries!

Puppy Pirates series by Erin Soderberg

A ragtag group of puppies sail the seven seas!

Geronimo Stilton series by Geronimo Stilton

Geronimo Stilton is a newspaper-writing mouse who is always on an adventure! Includes the sub-series Spacemice, Cavemice, Creepella and Thea Stilton.

Goosebumps series by R. L. Stine- more high interest, low level

Each book has a new terrifying story for you to read!

I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis- more high interest, low level

See dangerous events in history through the eyes of a kid who survived!

Marty Frye Private Eye series by Janet Tashjian

Marty Frye likes to speak in rhymes, and solve mysteries!

Black Lagoon Adventures series by Mike Thaler

It’s just a normal day in elementary school – though you may end up having to jump over lions or avoid sleeping crocodiles!

Keena Ford series by Melissa Thomson

Keena ford gets into all kinds of mix-ups and writes about them in her journal.

Dragonbreath series by Ursula Vernon

Danny Dragonbreath (who is a dragon), visits his sea serpent cousin, saves his family, helps senior reptiles, and helps a friends conquer his nightmares.

Shai & Emmie series by Quvenzhane’ Wallis

Shai & Emmie LIVE to perform, whether it’s in a play, in the orchestra, or in a dance competition!

The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Four orphaned siblings make a home for themselves in a red boxcar in the woods, and solve mysteries!

 EllRay Jakes series by Sally Warner

EllRay may be small, and he may get picked on a lot, but he keeps working hard at school and at staying out of mischief!

Dragon Masters series by Tracey West

Each dragon has a destined dragon master, who takes care of it and is taken care of by it!

Frankie Pickle series by Eric Wight

Frankie’s big imagination can get him into trouble, and also save him from it!

Sports Illustrated Kids series by various authors

Kids take on sports their own way, working hard and playing harder.

Lego Chapter Book series by various authors

The world of Lego comes to life through many adventures!

DC Super Heroes series by various authors

Your favorite DC super heroes fight their foes!

 DC Super Pets series by various authors

These aren’t any ordinary pets, they’re SUPER PETS! They save other animals defeat supervillains.

Barbie series by various authors

Follow Barbie and her friends through many adventures!

Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures series by various authors

Flat Stanley travels the world having many adventures!

Disney Princess series by various authors

Your favorite Disney princesses have new adventures in this fun series!

Pokemon series by Various Authors

Follow the adventures of the Pokemon crew as they capture and battle their fantastic tiny monsters.

Disney Princess Beginnings series by Various Authors

Go on adventures with your favorite Disney princesses when they are young girls.


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