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First Chapter Books for Emerging Readers

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Perfect for readers ready to get started with real chapters, these are some of our favorite books for emerging independent readers. Not seeing what you're looking for or curious about the latest installment in a series you see represented here? Check out this curated list of latest installments in our favorite series, browse our full site using the search bar, or ask an expert on our BookKids Hotline!

 

Willa the Wisp (The Fabled Stables Book #1) Cover Image
By Jonathan Auxier, Olga Demidova (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781419742699
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Amulet Books - October 20th, 2020

Mac Undercover (Mac B., Kid Spy #1) Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Mike Lowery (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338143591
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Orchard Books - September 11th, 2018

Ivy & Bean – Book 1 (Ivy and Bean Books, Books for Elementary School) Cover Image
By Annie Barrows, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780811849098
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books - May 3rd, 2007

Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters: The Questioneers Book #1 Cover Image
By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781419733604
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Amulet Books - October 2nd, 2018

Dave the Unicorn: Welcome to Unicorn School Cover Image
By Pip Bird, David O'Connell (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781250768766
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Imprint - July 21st, 2020

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The Bad Guys (The Bad Guys #1) Cover Image
By Aaron Blabey, Aaron Blabey (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780545912402
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - December 27th, 2016

The Bad Guys Box Set: Books 1-5 Cover Image
By Aaron Blabey, Aaron Blabey (Illustrator)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781338267228
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - February 27th, 2018

13th Street #1: Battle of the Bad-Breath Bats (HarperChapters) Cover Image
By David Bowles, Shane Clester (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780062947796
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - July 7th, 2020

Lola Levine Is Not Mean! Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316258364
Availability: Unavailable. Orders will be auto-cancelled.
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 3rd, 2015

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Our Friend Hedgehog: The Story of Us Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781524766719
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - May 5th, 2020

Lucy Cover Image
By Randy Cecil, Randy Cecil (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780763668082
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - August 2nd, 2016

Dragons and Marshmallows (Zoey and Sassafras #1) Cover Image
By Asia Citro, Marion Lindsay (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781943147090
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Innovation Press - March 14th, 2017

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The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure Cover Image
By Doreen Cronin, Kevin Cornell (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781442496774
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 29th, 2015

Bink and Gollie Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780763659547
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - April 10th, 2012

The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles #1) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781442486928
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 7th, 2013

Stella Díaz Has Something to Say (Stella Diaz #1) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9781250294104
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Published: Square Fish - January 22nd, 2019

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

Happy Paws: A Branches Book (Layla and the Bots #1) Cover Image
By Vicky Fang, Christine Nishiyama (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781338582895
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Inc. - May 5th, 2020

Meet Yasmin! Cover Image
By Saadia Faruqi, Hatem Aly (Illustrator)
$5.95
ISBN: 9781684360222
Availability: Out of Stock; Usually Arrives in 5-7 Days
Published: Picture Window Books - August 1st, 2018

The Creature of the Pines (The Unicorn Rescue Society #1) Cover Image
By Adam Gidwitz, Hatem Aly (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780735231726
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin Books - August 6th, 2019

The Reluctant Dragon (Gift Edition) Cover Image
By Kenneth Grahame, Ernest H. Shepard (Illustrator), Sophie Blackall (Foreword by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780823447251
Availability: Out of Stock; Usually Arrives in 5-7 Days
Published: Holiday House - October 13th, 2020

InvestiGators Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781250219954
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: First Second - February 25th, 2020

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

Dory Fantasmagory Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780147510679
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin Books - July 7th, 2015

Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue Cover Image
By Paula Harrison, Jenny Lovlie (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780062934710
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Greenwillow Books - September 10th, 2019

Spy Penguins Cover Image
By Marek Jagucki (Illustrator), Sam Hay
$6.99
ISBN: 9781250211040
Availability: Out of Stock; Usually Arrives in 5-7 Days
Published: Square Fish - September 15th, 2020

Beatrice Zinker Upside Down Thinker (Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker #1) Cover Image
By Shelley Johannes, Shelley Johannes (Illustrator), Shelley Johannes (Cover design or artwork by)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781484768143
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 3rd, 2018

Freddie Ramos Takes Off (Zapato Power) Cover Image
By Jacqueline Jules, Miguel Benitez (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780807594797
Availability: Out of Stock; Usually Arrives in 5-7 Days
Published: Albert Whitman & Company - March 1st, 2011

Bowling Alley Bandit: The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut Cover Image
By Laurie Keller, Laurie Keller (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781250072498
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Square Fish - May 5th, 2015

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Book Uncle and Me Cover Image
By Uma Krishnaswami, Julianna Swaney (Illustrator)
$8.95
ISBN: 9781554988099
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Groundwood Books - August 7th, 2018

Mindy Kim, Class President Cover Image
By Lyla Lee, Dung Ho (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781534440166
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Aladdin - September 15th, 2020

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

Judy Moody Cover Image
By Megan McDonald, Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781536200713
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Published: Candlewick - April 10th, 2018

Juana and Lucas Cover Image
By Juana Medina, Juana Medina (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781536206395
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - March 5th, 2019

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian #1: The Fuzzy Apocalypse Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780062932143
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - September 22nd, 2020

Rescue on the Oregon Trail (Ranger in Time #1) Cover Image
By Kate Messner, Kelley McMorris (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780545639149
Availability: Out of Stock; Usually Arrives in 5-7 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - January 6th, 2015

Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780374308346
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - July 11th, 2017

The Haunted House Next Door (Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol #1) Cover Image
By Andres Miedoso, Victor Rivas (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781534410381
Availability: Out of Stock; Usually Arrives in 5-7 Days
Published: Little Simon - December 12th, 2017

My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish Cover Image
By Mo O'Hara, Marek Jagucki (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9781250052155
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Square Fish - March 11th, 2014

Magic Tree House Books 1-4 Boxed Set (Magic Tree House (R)) Cover Image
$23.96
ISBN: 9780375813658
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - May 29th, 2001

Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House (R) #1) Cover Image
By Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780679824114
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - July 28th, 1992

Junie B. Jones #1: Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus Cover Image
By Barbara Park, Denise Brunkus (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9780679826422
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - July 28th, 1992

Clementine Cover Image
By Sara Pennypacker, Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780786838837
Availability: Not available to order
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - February 15th, 2008

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Knights vs. Dinosaurs Cover Image
By Matt Phelan, Matt Phelan (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780062686244
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Greenwillow Books - April 2nd, 2019

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Pugs of the Frozen North (A Not-So-Impossible Tale) Cover Image
By Philip Reeve, Sarah McIntyre (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780385387972
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Yearling - January 3rd, 2017

AstroNuts Mission One: The Plant Planet Cover Image
By Jon Scieszka, Steven Weinberg (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781452171197
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books - September 10th, 2019

Charlie & Mouse: Book 1 (Classic Children’s Book, Illustrated Books for Children) Cover Image
By Laurel Snyder, Emily Hughes (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781452172637
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books - April 2nd, 2019

Snow Place Like Home (Diary of an Ice Princess #1) Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9781338353938
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - July 30th, 2019

Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie (Eleanor) Cover Image
By Julie Sternberg, Matthew Cordell (Illustrator)
$6.95
ISBN: 9781419720505
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Amulet Paperbacks - April 12th, 2016

Unicorn Academy #1: Sophia and Rainbow Cover Image
By Julie Sykes, Lucy Truman (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781984850829
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2019

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Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780142427019
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin Books - May 2nd, 2017

Dragonbreath Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780803733633
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dial Books - June 11th, 2009

EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken Cover Image
By Sally Warner, Jamie Harper (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780142419885
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin Books - February 2nd, 2012

Ways to Make Sunshine (A Ryan Hart Story #1) Cover Image
By Renée Watson, Nina Mata (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781547600564
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - April 28th, 2020

Mia Mayhem and the Super Family Field Day Cover Image
By Kara West, Leeza Hernandez (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534477216
Availability: Out of Stock; Usually Arrives in 5-7 Days
Published: Little Simon - September 15th, 2020

Mia Mayhem Is a Superhero! Cover Image
By Kara West, Leeza Hernandez (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781534432697
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Published: Little Simon - December 18th, 2018

Rise of the Earth Dragon: A Branches Book (Dragon Masters #1) Cover Image
By Tracey West, Graham Howells (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780545646239
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Inc. - August 26th, 2014