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.