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Ignite a Lifelong Love of Reading:
50 Mighty Girl Books for New Readers

Posted on April 19, 2017 by Katherine

A Mighty Girl's top picks of girl-empowering early chapter books for new and emerging readers.

There's little that compares with the amazing moment when a young reader realizes she can read on her own! It's a tremendous accomplishment when a child gets through her own book from cover to cover. The best way to encourage that practice is to fill your young reader's shelves with fun, exciting, and just-challenging-enough books to read, but finding those books — especially girl-empowering titles — can often be difficult. Sometimes you need a leveled reader that suits your child's ability, and sometimes you're looking for the perfect early chapter book. Whatever you're looking for, you want it to be entertaining enough to catch their attention but of sufficient quality to properly exercise their reading skills.

With that in mind, we've showcased a selection of fifty of our favorite Mighty Girl books for new and emerging readers. These engaging stories range from leveled readers with lots of pictures and short chapters to true early chapter books for more advanced readers. Kids will love the exciting stories — both fiction and non-fiction — that are just right for their level; parents will love that their kids will be asking for just a few more minutes to read!

50 Books for New & Emerging Readers

Wonder Woman to the Rescue!

Young Wonder Woman fans will be thrilled with this all-new Step into Reading level 2 book. Readers will learn about most iconic heroine of all time — her origins, her secret identity, and more — in this reader from the DC Super Friends series. The book features a shiny foil cover and includes a press-out version of Wonder Woman's iconic tiara and bracelets for kids to wear! Fans of this book will also want to check out I Am Wonder Woman for ages 4 to 7. For more books and toys featuring this iconic superhero, visit our Wonder Woman Collection.

Lulu Goes To Witch School

Lulu is a little nervous about her first day of school, but she heads off with her broom and Dracula lunch box. She immediately loves her new teacher, Miss Slime, especially her wart, and her first flying lesson around the cemetery goes great. There's only one thing she doesn't like about witch school — her classmate Sandy Witch who seems to do everything better than Lulu... but maybe a new friendship will be just the thing Lulu needs to help things get better. This classic story about friendship for beginning readers has been given fresh illustrations in this beautiful new edition from the I Can Read series. Fans of Lulu will also want to check out her story about sibling frustration, Lulu and the Witch Baby, also for ages 4 to 7.

Rey Meets BB-8

Rey's years of living on Jakku are about to come to an end when she bumps into a mysterious little droid named BB-8! Soon, she's drawn into an exciting journey that will awake unexpected abilities. This level 1 reader from the World of Reading series features plenty of images drawn from movie stills. Perfect for emerging readers, kids will be excited to read their very own Star Wars story! For another book for young Star Wars: The Force Awakens fans, check out The Force Awakens: New Adventures, also for age 6 to 8. You can find more books and toys featuring this popular new character and her friends in our Rey Collection.

Anna Hibiscus

Anna Hibiscus lives in amazing Africa with her mother, her father, her baby twin brothers, and lots and lots of her family. Join her as she splashes in the sea, prepares for a party, sells oranges, and hopes to see sweet, sweet snow! Nigerian-born author Atinuke provides a unique look at the life of a middle-class family in modern African, while still handling questions about class and economics in an age-appropriate way. Best of all, Anna Hibiscus is a fun, enthusiastic character whose adventures will fascinate kids! Fans of this first book should check out the rest of this early chapter book series, including Have Fun, Anna Hibiscus in which she travels to Canada to meet her Canadian side of the family for the first time.


Tiny pony Paddywhack has more than his fair share of spunk, but that hasn't made things easy as he trains his rider, Jane! Finally, though, she gets it right: as long as she has treats to reward him, he'll trot, canter, and jump on cue. But when the big horse show comes around, Jane is so nervous that she forgets the treats. Can Paddywhack rise to the occasion? This sweet story from Step Into Reading's Step 3 is perfect for horse-loving Mighty Girls.

Inside Out: Welcome to Headquarters

Disney / Pixar's film Inside Out takes you to a place that everyone knows but no one has ever seen: inside the human mind. In this Step 3 Step into Reading leveled reader, based on the film, kids get a brief introduction to Headquarters, where Riley's Emotions work together to keep things running smoothly. This book features a shiny foil cover and includes two sheets of sparkly stickers. It's sure to generate a discussion about your own Mighty Girl's emotional life! For more books and toys featuring characters from this popular film, visit our Inside Out Collection.

Ling & Ting: Not Exactly The Same!

Ling and Ting are identical twins, and they stick together, whether they are making dumplings, getting their hair cut, or practicing magic tricks. But looks are deceiving — people can be very different, even if they look exactly the same. In six short chapters, Ling and Ting go on five different escapades — each of which ends with a punchline that will get her giggling — and then the final chapter ties all the stories together. This level 3 Passport to Reading book is the first in a series; fans can check out the second entry, Ling & Ting Share A Birthday.

Ruby Bridges Goes to School

For a young reader, few things are as inspiring as learning that children just like them are a part of history! Ruby Bridges was just six years old when she walked through an angry crowd, escorted by federal marshals, to integrate an all-white school in New Orleans — by starting kindergarten. Bridges aptly tells her story to her young audience and accents it with historical photographs, allowing emerging readers to explore an iconic moment in the struggle for civil rights. Readers who are ready for a more complex telling can check out Through My Eyes, which is also written by Bridges and is suitable for ages 6 to 12. For more resources about Bridges, visit our Ruby Bridges Collection.

The Princess in Black

Princess Magnolia is perfectly princessy in every way, but when the monster alarm rings, she ducks into her closet and changes into the mysterious Princess In Black! The Princess In Black is ready to tackle any monster problem but while she's doing that, the nosy Duchess Wigtower is searching the castle for any evidence that Magnolia isn't quite the perfect princess she seems to be. Meanwhile, Duff the goat boy is starting to have his suspicions about who the Princess In Black really is — and wonders whether she could use a sidekick! This fun early chapter book, the first of a series, is sure to appeal to princess and superhero fans. Fans of this book will also enjoy the sequels, The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party, The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde, and The Princess in Black Takes A Vacation.

You Should Meet: Women Who Launched The Computer Age

In 1946, six brilliant young women programmed the first all-electronic, programmable computer, the ENIAC, part of a secret World War II project. They learned to program without any programming languages or tools, and by the time they were finished, the ENIAC could run a complicated calculus equation in seconds. But when the ENIAC was presented to the press and public, the women were never introduced or given credit for their work. Learn all about what these pioneering women accomplished and how their invention still matters today in level 3 Ready-to-Read book from the You Should Meet series.

Anne Frank's Chestnut Tree

From the secret hideaway where eight Jewish people hid from the threat of Nazi deportation, one hint of natural beauty was still visible: a chestnut tree. For Anne Frank, the tree represented the beauty and hope that she was determined to see in her world, even as she faced the threat of death if they were discovered. This Step Into Reading level 3 reader captures how the chestnut tree outside the window sustained Anne's courage and optimism. It's an excellent way for newly independent readers to learn about Anne's remarkable life and writing before they're ready to read The Diary of a Young Girl. For more resources about Anne, visit our Anne Frank Collection.

When I Grow Up: Sonia Sotomayor

When Sonia Sotomayor was growing up in the Bronx, she set her sights on a dream: she was going to be a lawyer! But on her way, she faced many obstacles, including her diagnosis of diabetes and her father's death. But her mother's determination to help her children get the best possible education and achieve their dreams inspired Sotomayor, and today, as the first Hispanic woman justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, she inspires many others every day. This level 3 reader from Scholastic tells Sotomayor's story in an accessible, interesting way and includes a timeline of important events from her life at the end.

The Tale of Beatrix Potter

As the child of a wealthy family in Victorian London, Beatrix Potter had few human friends — so she made plenty of animal ones! From rabbits to snakes to hedgehogs, Potter studied them all, and painted them in incredible lifelike detail. When she wrote and illustrated a story about four little rabbits in her 30s for a friend's son, she decided to try to publish it... and today, The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Potter's other works are classics of children's literature. This Penguin Young Readers level 4 early chapter book celebrates Potter as both a naturalist and an author.

You Should Meet: Mae Jemison

Mae Jemison dreamed of becoming an astronaut from childhood. She went to medical school and joined the Peace Corps, but she never forgot that dream — so in 1985, she applied to NASA, and in 1992, Jemison became the first African-American woman to go into space! In this Level 3 Ready-To-Read book from the You Should Meet non-fiction series, newly independent readers can learn all about Jemison's fascinating life and career. Additional material at the end includes information about math and history, and even a timeline with fun facts about space!

The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth

Everyone knows that Babe Ruth was a great baseball player — but did you know that a teenager pitched right past him? Jackie Mitchell always dreamed of playing baseball, and in 1931, she got signed to play with the Chattanooga Lookouts. But nobody thought this 17-year-old girl could really keep up with the big leaguers. Then, in an exhibition game against the famed New York Yankees, Mitchell got the chance to prove herself: she faced off against both Ruth and his teammate Lou Gehrig... and struck both of them out! This early reader retelling of Mitchell's fascinating story is sure to delight young baseball fans — or anyone who's sick of hearing, "You throw like a girl!" as an insult.

Mae and June and the Wonder Wheel

June has a secret: her dog Sammy can talk, but only she can hear him. Her older sister is too big to play with them now, so June and Sammy decide to set out to make a new friend — one who can appreciate them both. A girl named Mae has just moved into the neighborhood, so June uses the Wonder Wheel, a game sent by her grandma Penny, to help them pick a new adventure to have each day. But is Mae the kind of friend who will believe June when she tells her about Sammy? This charming early chapter book celebrates friendship and the adventures to be had right outside your door.

Sybil Ludington's Midnight Ride

You've heard of Paul Revere, but did you know that, in 1777, a 16-year-old girl rode 40 miles in one night to alert American troops of an impending British attack — twice as far as Revere did. Sybil Ludington traveled dirt roads in the pouring rain, facing attacks by outlaws and imprisonment by the British, to ensure that her father's militiamen were ready to push the invaders back to their boats. This page-turning account of Ludington's ride is sure to thrill young readers, while the afterword about Ludington's further efforts during the Revolutionary war will fascinate them.

When I Grow Up: Misty Copeland

Before Misty Copeland was the first African-American woman to be a principal dancer for the American Ballet Theater, she was a kid facing a lot of challenges. In this book, kids learn about Misty's childhood, her introduction to dance, and the struggles she faced as a budding dancer who didn't look like a "typical" ballerina. For another early chapter book about Misty Copeland, we also recommend You Should Meet: Misty Copeland for ages 6 to 8. Copeland is also the author of an inspiring picture book that references her ballet career, Firebird for ages 4 to 8.

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds

Cam and her friend Eric are sitting in the mall when a thief robs the jewelry store. The only problem is that the police arrest the wrong person! But Cam can't rely on her photographic memory to see justice done — she has to find proof. So it's time for her and Eric to use every bit of their observation and reasoning skills to put the real criminal behind bars. Perfect for kids who are just transitioning to chapter books, the Cam Jansen mysteries are appealing and fun. Cam's adventures continue in Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the U.F.O.

Marie Curie

Meet Marie Curie, Nobel laureate and world famous scientist. Marie was the first woman to win the world's top science prize, and the first person to win it twice — and she remains the only person to have won a Nobel in two different sciences. The story of her discoveries, including the metals polonium and radium and her contribution to the study of radiation, is sure to fascinate budding scientists. This Level 3 reader from the Kids Can Read series also features interesting artwork and archival photos. For more books for all ages about this trailblazer, visit our Marie Curie Collection.

When I Grow Up: Sally Ride

As a child, Sally Ride was athletic, curious, and when she decided to turn her love of science into a career, there was no stopping her! And when NASA announced it was taking applications for women to join its astronaut classes, she was quick to apply. Ride would become the first American women in space, but her story didn't stop there: she continued working for NASA for decades, and also devoted years to encouraging girls and women in the sciences. This early reader biography of Ride is a great choice for any would-be astronaut! You can find more books about Ride in our Sally Ride Collection.

Susan B. Anthony: Fighter for Women's Rights

Unlike most girls of her time, Susan B. Anthony received an education, and that education taught her that women should have the same rights as men — above all, the right to vote. So from the time she was a young woman until the day she died, Susan worked very hard to change America and make her dream reality. This book from the Ready to Read series provides an intriguing introduction to this dedicated suffragist, including her lasting influence on the suffrage movement after her death. For more resources featuring Anthony, visit our Susan B. Anthony Collection.

The Amazing Crafty Cat

When Birdie's plans to make her birthday a treat for her whole class go awry, who can save the day? Why, her alter ego, the Amazing Crafty Cat! The Amazing Crafty Cat will know the perfect solution — and even the class bully, Anya, won't deter her. Once Birdie has transformed, sticky paws and paper cuts are no obstacle to helping the class celebrate the best birthday break ever. This early reader graphic novel is the first in a trilogy about this resilient and imaginative new character, and includes instructions for six easy projects for kids to try.

Abigail Adams: First Lady of the American Revolution

When Abigail Adams was born, women were expected to be just wives and mothers, but Abigail turned out to be so much more. The second First Lady of the United States, Adams became an active voice in political and social issues. She's also famous for a letter in 1776 urging her husband John Adams that "in the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors." This Ready to Read level 3 biography beautifully captures the spirit and passion of this inspiring woman.

Proud to be a Ghostbuster

When they were young, Abby and Erin were fascinated by ghosts — so when they discover proof that ghosts are real, it's time to spring into action! Alongside new friends Holtzmann and Patty, they become the Ghostbusters, and set out to save New York City from paranormal threats. Together, there's no ghost this team can't tackle! This level 3 Ready to Read book is perfect for young fans of the Ghostbusters movie. For more products featuring these characters, visit our Ghostbusters Collection.

Amelia Earhart: More Than A Flier

Amelia Earhart always loved adventure, and she did not let anything prevent her from following her dreams. In this Ready to Read level 3 book, kids will learn all about how many "firsts" she accomplished in her life — from her amazing airplane flights to her groundbreaking approach to life! The book includes a timeline that goes up to her disappearance on her round-the-world attempt and also features a map of all of Earhart's flights. For more books about this inspiring adventurer, visit our Amelia Earhart Collection.

Sacajawea: Her True Story

More than 200 years ago, explorers went on a journey to the Pacific Ocean — and with the help of a young American Indian girl, the trip was a success. Her name was Sacajawea, and her story is one of courage and resilience. This level 4 Penguin Young Readers book focuses on the Lewis and Clark mission, but also touches on her early life as a captive and addresses the conflicting reports about how she died. Full of warm, attractive illustrations, this dignified and sympathetic telling is sure to inspire young readers.

I Am Rosa Parks

Kids can read about the life of Civil Rights heroine Rosa Parks in her own words in this Level 4 Penguin Young Readers book! Parks simplified her young adult biography Rosa Parks: My Story, which is suitable for age 9 to 13, to create this book, which outlines her acts of civil disobedience and the motivations behind them. Her writing also connects her work in the 1950s and 1960s with her ongoing efforts to combat racism up until her death in 2005. Simple but poignant, this book is an excellent introduction to this compelling woman. For more resources about Parks, visit our Rosa Parks Collection.

Anna's Icy Adventure

Young Frozen fans will love this early chapter book adaptation of their favorite film! When Arendelle is trapped in eternal winter, Princess Anna must team up with Kristoff and his reindeer Sven on the grandest of journeys to find Anna's sister, Queen Elsa, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes, and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction. For more books featuring characters from this popular film, visit our Frozen Collection.

Malala: A Hero For All

Many young readers will be shocked to learn that there are girls around the world who don't get the opportunity to go to school. This Step Into Reading level 4 biography of Malala Yousafzai will open their eyes to important issues about discrimination and educational access. As a young girl in Pakistan, Malala spoke up about the importance of girls' education, via speeches and a blog, risking violence from the Taliban regime that was intent on denying girls an education and silencing anyone who disagreed with their laws. In age-appropriate fashion, this book talks about the assassination attempt against Malala and how she has continued to speak for the voiceless girls around the world who want to learn.

Helen Keller: Courage in the Dark

When a childhood illness leaves her blind and deaf, Helen Keller's life seems hopeless indeed. But her indomitable will and the help of a devoted teacher, Annie Sullivan, empower Helen to triumph over incredible adversity. Keller would go on to become a best-selling author, public speaker, and advocate for the rights of disabled people. The amazing true story of how Keller learned how to communicate after years of silence and darkness is finally brought to the beginner reader level with this Step Into Reading level 4 title. For more books for all ages about Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan, visit our Helen Keller Collection.

Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express

In Iowa in 1881, a terrible flood washed out a railroad bridge... while an engine was checking the tracks, and not long before a passenger train carrying 200 people was scheduled to cross. 15-year-old Kate Shelley knew she had to try to help the two railroad workers on the first engine, and somehow get a message through to the engineer on the midnight train. In thrilling, suspenseful fashion, Margaret K. Wetterer tells the story of this determined and courageous Mighty Girl. Young readers who enjoy stories of real-life heroes will also want to check out The Schoolchildren's Blizzard, which is suitable for ages 6 to 9.

Florence Nightingale

Before Florence Nightingale revolutionized nursing, nurses were poor, untrained women who did little more than offer basic comfort to the ill and injured. Despite her family's disapproval, Nightingale learned more about medicine, and eventually became famous as "The Lady with the Lamp" in Britain's Crimean War hospitals. This engaging book from the On My Own biography series doesn't lean on fictionalized dialogue, instead focusing on intriguing factual text and high-quality illustrations. Fans of this book will also want to check out this title about another nursing pioneer, Clara Barton: Spirit of the American Red Cross from the Ready to Read series, which is suitable for age 6 to 8.

Escape North!: The Story of Harriet Tubman

The woods are dark and dangerous, but high above the trees, the North Star shines down. Tonight Harriet Tubman is helping slaves escape on the Underground Railroad.This Step Into Reading Level 4 book provides a page-turning account of Tubman's life — from her childhood in slavery to her years as a conductor on the Underground Railroad to her later work as a suffragette and as a spy in the Civil War — bringing to life one of America's greatest female role models. Fans of this book may want to check out Sojourner Truth: Path to Glory, from the Ready to Read series, which is suitable for ages 6 to 10. For more books about Tubman, visit our Harriet Tubman Collection.

Pocahontas: An American Princess

Pocahontas is famous for saving the life of Captain John Smith, the man she loved — at least that's what legend tells us. This level 4 Penguin Young Readers book provides a more nuanced and historically accurate telling of her life. The book emphasizes Pocahontas' true age when she first met John Smith and his fellow Europeans, as well as her playful nature. By showing her desire to forge a peaceful relationship between the Powhatan and the settlers, her true colors as an intelligent, heroic young woman shine through.

Ballerina Dreams: From Orphan to Ballerina

As a war orphan in Sierra Leone, Michaela DePrince was scorned for her vitiligo, which marked her as a "devil's child." One thing gave her hope: a magazine picture of a ballerina on point that she had found when she was 3. When she was adopted by an American family, she got her chance to take ballet — and her dream of becoming a professional dancer became a reality. Thie level 4 Step Into Reading book tells the story of how DePrince became a rising star in the dance world. Older fans of DePrince can read her story in her autobiography Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina, which is suitable for age 11 and up.

Lotta on Troublemaker Street

Poor Lotta is having a very bad day. First, she wakes up mad because in her dream her older brother and sister were mean to her. Then, Mother expects her to wear a sweater that "scratches and tickles." Madder than ever, Lotta decides to run away and find a new place to live. After all, everyone at her house is mean, so she won't miss her family at all — will she? Kids will giggle as they recognize their own bad days in Lotta's story. Written by Astrid Lindgren, the author of Pippi Longstocking and Ronia, the Robber's Daughter, this book shows that there's an exciting story lurking in even the most ordinary days.

Lulu and the Brontosaurus

Lulu is so accustomed to getting what she wants that when her parents deny her birthday request for a brontosaurus, she throws a four-day temper tantrum and then storms off into the forest in search of the dinosaur she clearly deserves. But when she meets one — a handsome dinosaur named Mr. B. — it turns out there's a misunderstanding and Mr. B. thinks he's going to get to keep Lulu as a pet! This funny story, accented with expressive illustrations, is sure to tickle her funny bone. Fans of this book can check out the rest of the series, including Lulu Walks The Dogs.

Rickshaw Girl

Naima's family is struggling, and she wishes she could do something to help. If she were a boy, she could drive her father's rickshaw and earn extra money for the family — but when she disguises herself as a boy and tries, she accidentally crashes it, leaving her family in an even worse position. The thing that Naima can do best is paint alpanas, the traditional patterns that Bangladeshi women use to decorate homes for special occasions. Perhaps she can use her talent to help her family — and prove to them that girls have value, too. This fascinating story, full of intriguing details about life in Bangladesh, communicates complex messages about how women's roles are changing around the world.

Lulu's Animal Adventures Box Set

Join Lulu and her friends as they work to rescue and care for the animals in their neighborhood! From a tiny duckling to a prickly hedgehog, they figure out the best way to take care of these animals in need — and work together to make it happen. This chapter book series for early readers is light and breezy, perfect for young animal loves, and provides valuable representation of multiracial children in a diverse community as well. This set includes the six books in the series and a sticker sheet.

Princess Cora and the Crocodile

Princess Cora is so tired of her princess lessons that she writes to her fairy godmother for help. Strangely, her fairy godmother responds by sending...a crocodile! But it turns out that the ill-behaved crocodile is exactly what Cora needs, because while the crocodile is dressed up in a mop wig and frilly dress — wreaking havoc in the castle — Cora gets to go on an exciting outdoor adventure: climbing trees, getting dirty, and having fun. This hilarious story will leave kids cheering at the comeuppance that the over-scheduling adults get while Cora finally gets to enjoy a little freedom.

Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew Collection

For Mighty Girls who aren't quite ready for the original Nancy Drew books, Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew is the perfect solution! These early chapter books reimagine Nancy as an third grade student solving mysteries around her community. Kids will love following along with the age-appropriate mysteries and trying to put together the clues with Nancy, George, and Bess. This collection includes the first five books in the series, perfect for a whole summer's worth of reading for aspiring sleuths. For more books and other products featuring this classic character, visit our Nancy Drew Collection.

Ivy and Bean

The moment they saw each other, Bean and Ivy knew they wouldn't be friends: Bean stomps puddles and climbs trees, while Ivy seems prim and proper and prefers to sit on the porch with a book. But when Bean plays a joke on her sister, Nancy, and has to hide quick, Ivy comes to the rescue, proving that sometimes the best of friends are people who never thought they would even like each other. Full of vibrant characters and lots of humor, this charming early chapter book is the first in a series; fans can check out the Ivy and Bean Super Special Collection, which includes the first eight books.

King & Kayla and the Case of the Secret Code

King the dog helps his best friend Kayla solve a mysterious pair of coded letters! Kayla and Mason have both received letters. What Kayla knows is that the same person sent both of them — someone both she and Mason know — and that the two letters are the same except for the second word. What King knows is that Jillian is the one who left the letters. Can Kayla and King figure out what the letters say using these clues? This fun early chapter mystery story teaches young readers how to gather information and analyze clues. Fans of this title can also get the second volume, King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats.

Backyard Witch: Sadie's Story

Sadie and her friends Jess and Maya are inseparable — or are they? Jess can only take one friend on vacation with her, and Sadie is the one who gets left behind. How will she ever survive the days of loneliness and boredom? But then Sadie discovers that a witch has moved into her old playhouse — a kind and funny witch, who's looking for her own two lost friends. Together, Sadie and the witch have a curious adventure, one that makes Sadie see her neighborhood — and herself — with new eyes. The satisfying mystery and fun sense of magic and humor will make this a popular pick!

Wolfie and Fly

Curmudgeonly Renata Wolfman (AKA Wolfie) prefers to spend time alone: after all, friends just take up time she could use for facts and reading! But when she meets Livingston Flott (Fly), the eccentric boy next door, she soon finds herself with a companion in her cardboard box submarine. Wolfie is relieved when she has to go on a solo mission to find a key part for their game, but to her surprise, she finds that the time alone isn't quite as appealing as it was before. Maybe it's not so bad having Fly around... This charming and funny early chapter book celebrates an unexpected friendship and the pleasure to be found when you are open to new experiences.

Skunked!: Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet

Beloved characters Callie Vee and her family from the award-winning middle grade historical fiction novel The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate make an appearance in this new early chapter book series! When Travis rescues a baby skunk, he knows he'll have to keep Stinky secret. But then he finds Stinky's littermate, Winky, and things get even more complicated. Travis and Calpurnia want to help the skunks stay safe and get well, but Mama's nose for trouble is sure to twitch with two baby skunks around! This book includes the perfect combination of historical detail, scientific terminology, and engaging story and characters. Fans of this volume can also check out the second in the series, Counting Sheep.

Bink and Gollie

Meet Bink and Gollie, two precocious little girls — one tiny, one tall, and both utterly irrepressible. Setting out from their super-deluxe tree house and powered by plenty of peanut butter (for Bink) and pancakes (for Gollie), they share three comical adventures that remind them that, at the end of the day, they will always be the very best of friends. This Theodor Seuss Geisel Award-winning book is full of exuberance, friendship, and fun. Fans of this book should also check out Bink and Gollie: The Completely Marvelous Collection.

Marty McGuire

Third grader Marty McGuire would rather spend recess catching frogs in the pond than playing dress-up, so she's dismayed when her teacher casts Marty as the princess in the class play. After a special lesson in the art of improvisation, though, Marty comes up with a plan to improve the play: why use stuffed-animal frog when a live one would be so much better? This will definitely be an unforgettable show! Kate Messner beautifully captures the energy and creativity kids devote when they get to incorporate their own ideas into something. Fans of Marty can check out the second book in the series, Marty McGuire Digs Worms!

A Box of Clementines

Clementine is an ingenious and irrepressible third grader with a good heart but a talent for trouble, and her adventures are sure to delight young readers! This box set includes the first three books in the Clementine series, in which Clementine has a disastrous week; panics at the thought of being in a talent show; and struggles with the idea of losing the one teacher who has ever understood her. Delightful, intelligent, and unique Clementine is sure to become a favorite character. For a full description of the first book in the series, check out our entry for Clementine.

Gooney Bird Greene

There's never been anyone like Gooney Bird Greene at Watertower Elementary School. What other new kid comes to school wearing pajamas and cowboy boots one day and a polka-dot t-shirt and tutu on another? She is the star of story time and keeps her teacher and classmates on the edge of their seats with her "absolutely true" stories. But what about her classmates? Maybe they have interesting stories to share too.... This laugh-out-loud book will teach young readers the elements of storytelling — and encourage them to come up with stories of their own! Fans of Gooney Bird can check out the second book in the series, Gooney Bird Greene and the Room Mother.

Ramona Quimby Box Set

Most parents will be familiar with the appeal of Beverly Cleary's stories about Ramona Quimby: whether she's wearing pajamas to school or accidentally making egg yolk shampoo, she always means well, even if things go wrong! This box set collects all of the Ramona stories in one, letting new readers follow her growth from a pesky preschooler to an over-exuberant schoolgirl to a "potential grown-up" fourth grader. For more books featuring the delightful Ramona, visit our Ramona Quimby Collection.

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