Beginning Chapter Books - Realistic Fiction

Books about friends, dealing with parents, siblings, school, and other great real life situations.

Ivy + Bean

Annie Barrows ; illustrated by Sophie Blackall
ISBN: 9780811849036

Bink & Gollie

Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee ; illustrated by Tony Fucile
ISBN: 9780763632663

Two roller-skating best friends--one tiny, one tall--share three comical adventures involving outrageously bright socks, an impromptu trek to the Andes, and a most unlikely marvelous companion.

Wolfie and Fly

Cary Fagan ; illustrated by Zoe Si
ISBN: 9781101918203

Wolfie, a lone wolf who does not like using her imagination, reluctantly befriends Fly, a slightly weird and wordy boy, and soon they find themselves navigating through deep water in a submarine made from a cardboard box.

A series about a very serious girl and the friend that helps her discover her imagination.

Miss Daisy is crazy!

Dan Gutman ; pictures by Jim Paillot
ISBN: 9780060507008

Miss Daisy's unusual teaching methods surprise her second grade students, especially reluctant learner A.J.

Alvin Ho : allergic to girls, school, and other scary things

by Lenore Look ; pictures by LeUyen Pham
ISBN: 9780375849305

A young boy in Concord, Massachusetts, who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, wants to make friends, but first he must overcome his fear of everything.

Judy Moody

Megan McDonald ; illustrated by Peter Reynolds
ISBN: 9780763648497

Third grader Judy Moody is in a first day of school bad mood until she gets an assignment to create a collage all about herself and begins creating her masterpiece, the Me collage.

Junie B. Jones and the stupid smelly bus : 20th-anniversary full-color edition

by Barbara Park ; illustrated by Denise Brunkus
ISBN: 9780375868412

In her own words, a young girl describes her feelings about starting kindergarten and what she does when she decides not to ride the bus home.


Sara Pennypacker ; pictures by Marla Frazee
ISBN: 9780786838837

While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.


Andrew Clements ; pictures by Brian Selznick
ISBN: 9780689806698

When he decides to turn his fifth grade teacher's love of the dictionary around on her, clever Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control.

Dory Fantasmagory

Abby Hanlon
ISBN: 9780803740884

Dory, the youngest in her family, is a girl with a very active imagination, and she spends the summer playing with her imaginary friend, pretending to be a dog, battling monsters, and generally driving her family nuts.

The year of Billy Miller

Kevin Henkes
ISBN: 9780062268129

Seven-year-old Billy Miller starts second grade with a bump on his head and a lot of worries, but by the end of the year he has developed good relationships with his teacher, his little sister, and his parents and learned many important lessons.

Bink & Gollie, best friends forever

Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee ; illustrated by Tony Fucile
ISBN: 9780763634971

Bink and Gollie's friendship remains strong, even in the face of Gollie's "royal blood," Bink's Stretch-O-Matic machine, and the pursuit of a world record.

Jasmine Toguchi, flamingo keeper

Debbi Michiko Florence ; pictures by Elizabet Vuković
ISBN: 9780374304201

Jasmine makes a wish for a pet flamingo on the special daruma doll her grandmother sent from Japan, then sets out to prove herself responsible enough for a pet.

my stylish life

by Kyla May
ISBN: 9780545496131

Kiki and her best friends, Coco and Lulu, all live on Lotus Lane, attend Amber Acres Elementary School, and have their own club, so when a when a Japanese girl named Mika moves in next door and also chooses fashion design for her art project, Kiki is seriously annoyed.

Rise of the balloon goons

by Troy Cummings
ISBN: 9780545493239

Alexander has just moved into Stermont, but the elementary school is being torn down, his new classroom is located in the hospital morgue, a notebook he finds is full of information about monsters--and everywhere he turns there are spooky balloon men determined to attack him.