The Zack Files by Dan Greenburg
Zack is a normal 10-year-old boy with a knack for getting into weird situations.
My Weird School Daze by Dan Gutman
This is a silly series for beginning readers. At Ella Mentry School, all the grownups are quite weird in their own weird way. The main characters are A.J. (a boy who doesn’t like school) and his arch-enemy Andrea Young (who loves school and everything else A.J. hates).
Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
George and Harold have created the greatest superhero in the history of their elementary school–and now they’re going to bring him to life! Meet Captain Underpants!
The Buddy Files by Dori Hillestad Butler
“My name is King. I am a dog. I am also a detective.”
Hank the Cowdog by John R. Erickson
The series follows Hank, a dog that views himself as the “Head of Ranch Security.”
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
It’s a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you’re ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary.
Jake Drake by Andrew Clements
Jake sounds like a regular fourth grader as he describes his teachers and classmates, but he also digs deep to reveal the character-building lessons in everyday events.
Jake Maddox Sports by Jake Maddox
Sports stories that are perfect for middle school reluctant readers.
Ricky Ricotta by Dav Pilkey
Getting picked on by creeps at your school? Wish you had a special friend? Meet Ricky Ricotta and his giant flying Robot! Young readers will cheer as Ricky and his enormous flying Robot friend soar through the air and battle the diabolical Dr. Stinky, an evil scientist who threatens to take over the world!
Horrible Harry by Suzy Kline
Harry is the devilish second grader who plays pranks and gets into mischief but can still end up a good friend.
Time Warp Trio by Jon Scieszka
This series chronicles the adventures of three boys – Joe, Sam, and Fred – who travel through time and space with the aid of the mysterious Book.
Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
Nate knows he’s meant for big things. REALLY big things. But life doesn’t always go your way just because you’re awesome. Trouble always seems to find him, but Nate keeps his cool no matter what. He knows he’s great. A fortune cookie told him so.
Stink by Megan McDonald
Judy Moody’s younger bother stars in this funny, homespun saga that reflects the familiar voice of a kid who pictures himself with super powers to deal with the travails of everyday life.
David Mortimore Baxter by Karen Tayleur
David Mortimore Baxter has a problem with telling the truth. Whether he’s at the school play, a dog show, or a professional wrestling match, David’s lies manage to get him into some major messes.
Marvin Redpost by Louis Sachar
Marvin Redpost and the other kids in Mrs. North’s third-grade class are characters that young readers will identify with and enjoy reading about.
Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
Boy and fly meet and so begins a beautiful friendship. Er, and so begins a very funny friendship. Using hyperbole, puns, slapstick, and silly drawings, bestselling author/illustrator Tedd Arnold creates an easy reader that is full of fun.
Roscoe Riley Rules by Katherine Applegate
This series for independent readers introduces good-hearted, mishap-prone first-grader Roscoe.
The Bailey School Kids by Debbie Dadey
In each story, the Bailey School kids encounter a relatively innocuous character (such as a school teacher, custodian, etc.) who may or may not be a mythical being (e.g. a vampire, ghost, dragon, etc.). The reader is left guessing whether the innocuous character is the said mythical being or not.
George Brown, Class Clown by Nancy Krulik
George Brown suffers from an unusual malady: burps get him into major trouble. After each enormous belch, the fourth grader loses control of his body and ends up involved in wild antics that his classmates find hilarious but that infuriate adults.
Zigzag Kids by Patricia Reilly Giff
This series introduces readers to a multicultural group of kids who enjoy all the activities of an after-school center.
Cam Jansen by David A. Adler
A series of books following the exploits of a fifth grade female detective named Jennifer “Cam” Jansen and her best friend Eric. She is nicknamed Cam for her photographic memory.
Bunnicula by James Howe
Bunnicula is a children’s book series about a vampire bunny that sucks the juice out of vegetables.
SPHDZ (Spaceheadz) by Jon Scieszka
Michael K. just started fifth grade at a new school. As if that wasn’t hard enough, the kids he seems to have made friends with apparently aren’t kids at all. They are aliens. Real aliens who have invaded our planet in the form of school children and a hamster. They have a mission to complete: to convince 3,140,001 kids to BE SPHDZ.
Scream Team by Bill Doyle
All Karl wants to do is make the Junior Club Werewolves team. But when tryouts turn into a monster letdown, Karl decides to put together a squad made up of other creatures who didn’t make their own teams. A vampire, a zombie, a blob, and others all decide to play together. With their first game coming up and almost no time to practice, this group of misfits must use the qualities that make them special to overcome the odds and win.
Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist by Jim Benton
Franny K. Stein is not your average girl — she’s a mad scientist. She prefers poison ivy to daisies, and when Franny jumps rope, she uses her pet snake. The kids in Franny’s class think she’s weird, wacky, and just plain creepy. Tired of being stared at, Franny decides to attempt her most dangerous experiment yet — she’s going to fit in.
The Secrets of Droon by Tony Abbott
The magic begins when Julie, Neal, and Eric discover a tiny room under the basement stairs. A rainbow-colored staircase suddenly appears and carries them to the secret world of Droon — a land of shiny red men, giant flying lizards, and a princess who needs their help.
Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
Bad Kitty is bad. Very bad. But she doesn’t always mean to be. Whether she is trying to be a good little kitty and eat her vegetables or be a quiet little kitty and behave at a birthday party, it seems that trouble finds a way to her. Children will fall in love with Bad Kitty–and be roaring with laughter at all of her antics.
Ready Freddy by Abby Klein
Watch out, Junie, there’s a new kid on the block! It’s Freddy Thresher, a first grader who knows it’s a jungle out there. A new chapter book series written by an elementary teacher who’s seen it all!
Wayside School by Louis Sachar
There was a terrible mistake – Wayside School was built with one classroom on top of another, thirty stories high (The builder said he was sorry.) Maybe that’s why all kinds of funny things happened at Wayside-especially on the thirteenth floor.
Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne
Jack and his little sister Annie are just two regular kids from Frog Creek, Pennsylvania. Then they discover a mysterious tree house packed with all sorts of books…and their lives are never the same! Soon they are traveling through time and space in the magic tree house and having amazing adventures. Whether it’s watching baby dinosaurs hatch, finding a secret passage in a castle, helping a ghost queen in an Egyptian pyramid, or finding pirate treasure, readers won’t want to miss a single story!
Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon
This series stars an audacious young dragon who can’t get the knack of breathing fire.
Ghost Buddy by Henry Winkler
Billy Broccoli is new to the neighborhood, and wants cool friends and a spot on the baseball team more than anything. But the one thing he never wanted is his own personal ghost. So imagine his surprise when he ends up sharing a room with Hoover Porterhouse, a funny ghost with a whole lot of attitude.
Making Choices: The McNair Cousins by Thalia Wiggins
Life is full of making choices and these character education chapter books examine the different choices made by two cousins. Greg the Good is hard-working and honest and he makes choices that earn him money, respect, and a good reputation. James the Rock, on the other hand, makes the choice to join a gang and lie, cheat, and steal to get by.
Three-Ring Rascals by Kate Klise
When Sir Sidney, a kindly old circus owner, becomes too tired to travel with his show, he places a Help Wanted ad in the newspaper.
Hank Zipzer by Henry Winkler
For Hank, fourth grade does not start out on the right foot. First of all, he gets called to the principal’s office on the very first day of school. Then the first assignment his teacher gives him is to write five paragraphs on “What You Did This Summer.” Hank is terrified-writing one good sentence is hard for him, so how in the world is he going to write five whole paragraphs?
Cul-de-sac Kids by Beverly Lewis
This is an exciting and lighthearted chapter book series for young readers that centers on the often humorous escapades of a group of endearing neighborhood friends.
Nate the Great by Marjorie Sharmat
These chapter books introduce beginning readers to the detective mystery genre. Perfect for the Common Core, kids can problem-solve with Nate, using logical thinking to solve mysteries!
Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
When Stanley Lambchop wakes up one morning, his brother, Arthur, is yelling. A bulletin board fell on Stanley during the night, and now he is only half an inch thick! Amazing things begin happening to him. Stanley gets rolled up, mailed, and flown like a kite. He even gets to help catch two dangerous art thieves. He may be flat, but he’s a hero.