Chapter Books: Classics, New and Old

Atwater, Richard. Mr. Popper's Penguins (J FIC ATW, J FIC NEWBERY ATW, Jpb A)
An impossibly tall story about a man and his penguins.

Banks, Lynn Reid. The Indian in the Cupboard titles (J FIC BAN, Jpb B)
A nine year old boy receives a plastic Indian, a cupboard, and a little key for his birthday and finds himself involved in adventure when the Indian comes to life in the cupboard and befriends him.

Barrie, J.M. Peter Pan (J FIC BAR, J FIC OVERSIZE BAR)
The three Darling children visit Never-Never Land with Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up. Along with the lost boys, they encounter pirates, Indians, and one very hot-tempered fairy.

Baum, L. Frank. The Wizard of Oz and sequels (J FIC BAU)
Travel to Oz with Dorothy, where she meets men of straw and steel, witches, flying monkeys, and others, as she tries to find her way home. Or visit later, and see more of Dorothy's old friends as they have new adventures with new friends (and enemies).

Butterworth, Oliver. The Enormous Egg (J FIC BUT, Jpb B)
When twelve year old Nate Twitchell takes care of a gigantic egg laid by one of his hens, he is shocked to find that it hatches into a triceratops.

Cleary, Beverley. Ramona/Henry/Beezus/Mouse titles (J FIC CLE, Jpb C)
Humorous stories about normal, sometimes mischievous children, and possibly a talking, motorcycle-riding mouse.

Dahl, Roald. The BFG and all others (J FIC DAH, Jpb D)
Always silly, and often absurd, Dahl's books feature amazing children (and an odd assortment of non-human creatures) muddling through a world of stubborn and ornery adults.

DiCamillo, Kate. The Tale of Despereaux (J FIC DIC, Jpb D)
The adventures of Despereaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.

DiCamillo, Kate. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (J FIC DIC)
Edward Tulane, a cold-hearted and proud toy rabbit, loves only himself until he is separated from the little girl who adores him. Alone, he travels across the country, acquiring new owners and listening to their hopes, dreams, and histories.

Eager, Edward. Half Magic and other magic titles (J FIC EAG, Jpb E)
Children discover magical objects that take them on exciting adventures.

Elliott, David. Evangeline Mudd and the Golden-Haired Apes of the Ikkinasti Jungle and Evangeline Mudd and the Great Mink Escapade (J FIC ELL)
Evangeline fights, at home and abroad, to save minks, apes, and a jungle from greedy and insensitive humans.

Enright, Elizabeth. Thimble Summer & others (J FIC ENR, J FIC NEWBERY ENR, Jpb E)
New friends, new places to play, and new ideas keep the young adventurers in these books entertained.

Estes, Eleanor. The Moffats and others (J FIC EST, J FIC NEWBERY EST, Jpb E)
Children, their families, and their pets find small pleasures and adventures in their everyday lives.

Fine, Anne. The Diary of a Killer Cat and The Return of the Killer Cat (J FIC FIN)
Tuffy the pet cat tries to defend himself against humiliation, the cat-sitter, and an unjust accusation of bunnicide.

Gannett, Ruth Stiles. My Father's Dragon titles (J FIC GAN, Jpb G)
A delightful story about a boy who rescues a sweet young dragon from her enemies through the judicious use of the unlikely items he has stored in his knapsack.

Horvath, Polly. The Pepins and Their Problems (J FIC HOR)
The reader is invited to help solve the Pepin family's unusual problems, such as a bad case of frogs in shoes and having a cow who gives lemonade rather than milk.

Howe, James. Bunnicula titles(J FIC HOW, Jpb H)
A dog named Harold narrates stories about himself, Chester the cat, a vegetarian vampire bunny, and their humans,

Jenkins, Emily. Toys Go Out (J FIC JEN)
Six stories relate the adventures of three best friends, who happen to be toys.

King-Smith, Dick. Babe, the Gallant Pig and other titles (J FIC KIN, Jpb K)
In King-Smith's amusing books, remarkable animals help people and remarkable people love animals.

Lindgren, Astrid. Pippi Longstocking titles (J FIC LIN, Jpb L)
Pippi's books relate the hilarious escapades of an independent little girl who lives on her own with a horse and a monkey at the edge of a Swedish village.

Lofting, Hugh. Doctor Dolittle titles (J FIC LOF)
The adventures of a kind-hearted doctor, who is fond of animals and understands their language, as he helps animals both at home and abroad.

Look, Lenore. “Ruby Lu” books (J FIC LOO, Jpb L)
"Almost-eight-year-old" Ruby Lu spends time with her baby brother, goes to Chinese school, learns to drive, adjusts to family members newly-arrived from China, and has adventures with friends both new and old.

MacDonald,Betty. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle titles (J FIC MAC, Jpb M)
She can cure a difficult child of just about anything, including selfishness, talking back and never wanting to go to bed.

Martin, Ann M. The Doll People and The Meanest Doll in the World (J FIC MAR)
Annabelle Doll and her new friend, Tiffany, explore, go on rescue missions, and make sure that the humans don't find out that some dolls are alive.

Montgomery, L.M. Anne of Green Gables titles (J FIC MON, Jpb M)
An orphaned 11-year-old girl is accidentally sent to Marilla Cuthbert and her brother Matthew to be adopted, where her spirit, imagination, and tendency to get into “scrapes” endears her to the entire town of Avonlea.

Pennypacker, Sara. Clementine and The Talented Clementine (J FIC PEN)
Although her heart is always in the right place, the imaginative, problem-solving young Clementine can't seem to stay out of trouble.

Selden, George. The Cricket in Times Square titles (J FIC SEL, J FIC NEWBERY SEL, Jpb S)
Chester, a cricket from Connecticut, moves into the Bellini's newspaper stand in New York City . His escapades at first threaten to ruin the stand, ultimately lead to the stand's greatest success.

Streatfeild, Noel. Theater Shoes and other “Shoes” (J FIC STR, Jpb S)
In most of these upbeat stories, orphaned children find strength and success through a variety of performing arts.

Taylor, Sydney. All-of-a-Kind Family books (J FIC TAY, Jpb T)
The adventures of five sisters growing up in a Jewish family in New York in the early 1900s.

White, E.B. Charlotte's Web & others (J FIC WHI, J LARGEPRINT FIC WHI, Jpb W)
A slightly sad, yet hopeful tale. When he discovers that he is destined to be someone's dinner, Wilbur the pig is desolate until his spider friend Charlotte decides to help him. Also try Stuart Little, about a family with a son who is a mouse, and Trumpet of the Swan, about a mute swan who learns to play the trumpet.

Wilder, Laura Ingalls. Little House titles (J FIC WIL, Jpb W)
A family travels from the big woods of Wisconsin to a new home on the prairie, where they face the everyday difficulties of a pioneer's life. Sequels and adaptations have been written by other authors including: Cynthia Rylant (J FIC RYL), Roger Lea MacBride (J FIC MAC), Melissa Wiley (J FIC WIL), Maria D. Wilkes (Jpb EASYWIL, J FIC WIL)

Wise, William. Christopher Mouse (J FIC WIS, Jpb W)
After being sold to an unscrupulous pet store owner, a young mouse has many adventures before ending up with an appreciative family.