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Ages 6-8

Expand Your World: Diverse Early Chapter Books

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Absolutely Alfie and the Furry Purry Secret by Sally Warner
Seven-year-old Alfie Jakes isn't thrilled when her mom organizes end-of-summer playdates with her soon-to-be classmate, Hanni. Hanni is kind of bossy. So Alfie is relieved when Hanni is more fun to play with then she thought. Even better, she shows Alfie her cat--who has kittens! Alfie immediately falls in love with a little gray kitten and wants to give it a home. But one of the Jakes' house rules is 'no pets' because Alfie is supposedly allergic.
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look
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.Lexile 570
Battle of the Bad-Breath Bats by  David Bowles
Cousins Malia, Ivan, and Dante are visiting their aunt Lucy for the summer. But on their way to Gulf City's water park, they get lost on 13th Street. Only it's not a street at all. It's a strange world filled with dangerous beasts! Will the cousins find their way back to Aunt Lucy's?
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13th Street
Battle of the Bands by  Melody Reed
Keyboardist Jasmine, age eight, tries to convince her bandmates, Maggie, Becca, and Scarlet, to prove themselves in a Battle of the Bands competition, despite their poor equipment.
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The Major Eights
Cartwheel Katie by Fran Manushkin
Katie is enrolled in a gymnastics class, but when she has trouble doing some of the moves she gets discouraged and considers dropping out.
Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire by  Susan Tan
A half-Chinese, half-Caucasian girl's 'memoir' about a new sibling, being biracial, and her path to literary greatness.
Daisy Dreamer and the totally true imaginary friend by  Holly Anna
In the first book of the Daisy Dreamer series, 7-year-old Daisy Dreamer learns that everything she's ever imagined or drawn is all real! She meets her totally true imaginary friend, Posey, who invites Daisy to explore the extraordinary world filled with all the things she's always daydreamed about.
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Daisy Dreamer
EllRay Jakes is Not a Chicken! by Sally Warner
Eight-year-old EllRay's father has promised a family trip to Disneyland if EllRay can stay out of trouble for a week, but not defending himself against Jared, the class bully, proves to be a real challenge.
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EllRay Jakes
I Am a Super Girl! by  Kelly Greenawalt
In rhyming text Princess Truly, super girl, uses her super powers to help her friend Lizzie celebrate her cat's first birthday, and when things go a little wrong, she gives Lizzie the confidence to believe that she too is a super girl.
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Princess Truly
Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen by  Debbi Michiko Florence
"Eager to do something her big sister has not done first, Jasmine Toguchi, eight, decides to pound mochi with the men and boys when her family gets together for New Year's."
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Jasmine Toguchi
Mia Mayhem Is a Superhero! by  Kara West
Eight-year-old Mia Macarooney is delighted to learn she is from a family of superheroes, but her acceptance into the Program for In Training Superheroes requires she take a placement exam.
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Mia Mayhem
Mindy Kim and the yummy seaweed business by  Lyla Lee
Mindy Kim wants to fit in at her new school, but her favorite lunch leads to scorn, then a thriving business, and finally big trouble.
My Fantastica Family by Jaqueline Jules
Sofia Martinez loves her familia! Her cousins, aunts, uncles, and abuela are a huge part of her life. Whether they are at a sunny beach or stuck in a dark house without electricity, the Martinez family knows how to make the best of every situation. Join Sofia and her fantástica familia on three fun adventures in this early chapter book, which includes a Spanish glossary.
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Sofia Martinez
Pedro's Big Goal by Fran Manushkin
"Pedro would love to be the goalie in the team's first game, but another boy is bigger--so all his friends come over to help him practice before the tryout."
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Pedro
Polly Diamond and the Magic Book by Alice Kuipers
Polly loves words, writing, and telling stories, so when she finds a fancy book on her doorstep labeled Special Delivery from the Writing and Spelling Department for Polly Diamond she is thrilled; and when she finds that anything she writes in it actually happens she is really excited--but Polly soon realizes that she has to be very careful what she writes because that kind of power can be dangerous. Lexile 330
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Polly Diamond
The Big Rain by  Kirsten McDonald
After a three-day rainstorm, twins Carlos and Carmen go out to play in their wet and muddy backyard--and soon their parents join in the fun.
The First Wish by  Trish Granted
In the first book of the Jeanie and Genie series, new student Willow Davis turns fellow second grader Jeanie Bell's life upside down with her unbelievable, magical secret! For Jeanie Bell, things at Rivertown Elementary are nice, normal, and totally average'just the way she likes it. But when a new girl, Willow Davis, joins the school, all of a sudden strange things start happening. Will Willow's big secret ruin the girls' friendship'and change life in Rivertown forever' With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Jeanie & Genie chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.
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Jeanie and Genie
The Haunted House Next Door by  Andres Miedoso
When supernatural things start happening in the house timid Andres and his parents just moved into, next-door-neighbor Desmond Cole, eight, comes to the rescue.
The Un-Friendship Bracelet by  Martha Maker
"Best friends Emily and Maddie spend all their time together making crafts, but when Maddie begins spending more time with gadget whiz Bella, Emily worries that she is losing her best friend."
Ways to Make Sunshine by  Renee Watson
The Hart family of Portland, Oregon, faces many setbacks after Ryan's father loses his job, but no matter what, Ryan tries to bring sunshine to her loved ones.
Updated 03/20/2021