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Category Archives: Early Chapter Books

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Andy, a crabby alligator, is a reluctant friend to Preston, a young coyote pup. Find out what makes Andy even crabbier! They spend lots of time not catching rabbits, falling over cliffs, and trying to decide the difference between an owl and a bear. A perfect bridge between picture books and text-heavy chapter books.


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Isabel is the BEST bunjitsu artist in her school. She can throw farther, kick higher, and hit harder than anyone else! But she never hurts another creature…unless she has to. This series of brief stories about Isabel’s adventures are a beguiling combination of child-friendly scenarios and Eastern wisdom perfect for the youngest readers.


Utterly charming, always entertaining.  The collected works of Esther Averill never fail to delight as we follow Jenny Linsky, the shy little black cat with the red scarf on her adventures in Greenwich Village with her feline friends.

“There is a realness about Jenny, as well as a demure charm, that gives these annals of her doings a distinction lacking in many a more pretentious effort.” —The New Yorker


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This is Hannah, and those are her hands, Sadie and Ratz.  Sometimes they behave like wild beasts! …especially when her pesky 4-year-old brother is around.

An entertaining read and a great way to teach impulse control to little ones.


Screen Shot 2013-03-20 at 11.54.30 AMA cheerful “bunny rabbit gentleman” with a wonderful knack for setting things right.  Kind, soothing and entertaining tales.

Also had to post the sublime graphic art of the 1961 board game:

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A highly silly series that will get even the most reluctant reader turning the pages.

A.J., (a 2nd grade boy who doesn’t like school) and his arch-enemy Andrea (who loves school and everything else A.J. hates) attend Ella Mentry School, where all the grownups are just plain weird.  In the first book, Miss Daisy is Crazy!, they end up with a teacher who doesn’t even know how to do math, read or write!  Or can she?…just the same the class ends up having to teach her how to do everything.

Adults will appreciate how the book illustrates that respecting kids and balancing learning with fun can produce positive results.  I should mention a caution to those not fond of exposing kids to name calling (ie. “dumbhead”) and mildly rude humor: “Maybe you’ll finally get kicked out of school,” said Andrea. “Your face should get kicked out of school,” I told her.  Funny stuff, but some parents may not be thrilled with their kids parroting it…

Titles like 
Mr. Klutz is Nuts!, 
Mrs. Roopy is Loopy!, and 
Ms. Hannah is Bananas!, will keep kids coming back for more.

Follow A.J. through 3rd grade with the My Weird School Daze series and 4th grade with My Weirder School.


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Available for the first time in decades, this collection includes Esther Averill’s five favorite cat club stories.  Sweet, funny, classic.  Jenny is as endearing as they come.



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