Great Reads For Boys (Grades 2-4)

Angleberger, Tom.  Inspector Flytrap.  J FIC Angleberger
Hoping to become the greatest detective that ever grew, Inspector Flytrap, a Venus Flytrap, and his assistant, Nina the Goat, investigate “big deal” mysteries at an art museum, a cookie shop, and a garden.

Aureliani, Franco.  Dino-Mike and the T-Rex Attack.  JPB A
Michael Evans is in Montana on a dinosaur dig with his paleontologist father, but he certainly never expected to find a live Tyrannosaurus Rex plucked out of its own time and looking for dinner, nor encounter a girl with some very advanced technology trying to trap the beast.

Birney, Betty G.  Humphrey’s Really Wheely Racing Day.  J FIC Birney  (Humphrey’s Tiny Tales SERIES)
When Mandy, one of the students from classroom 26, brings a special hamster-sized race car to class, it means just one thing–Humphrey is going to be in a hamster race.

Brown, Jeff.  The Mount Rushmore Calamity.  JPB B  (Flat Stanley Worldwide Adventures)
Hoping to escape the attention brought on by the accident that flattened Stanley, the Lambchop family drives to South Dakota, where they become involved in a wild west adventure at Mount Rushmore.

Chabert, Jack.  The School is Alive!  JPB C  (Eerie Elementary SERIES)
Sam Graves discovers that his elementary school is alive and plotting against the students, and, as hall monitor, it is his job to protect them–but he will need some help from his friends.  SEQUELS: The Locker Ate Lucky! (2014) & Recess is a Jungle (2016).

Dixon. Franklin W.  Trouble at the Arcade.  JPB D  (Hardy Boys Secret Files)
Young Frank and Joe compete against each other in the Fun World arcade’s video game tournament, but when money is stolen from the arcade and the owner stops the tournament until it can be found, they team up to solve the mystery.  SEQUELS: Over 15!

Griffin, Adele.  Oona Finds An Egg.  J FIC Griffin
Oona finds a giant egg and brings it back to West Wog to care for it, and see what hatches–but others in the cave want to claim her egg, particularly the nasty kid Bruce Brute, and when the baby stegosaurus hatches it will have to choose who it wants to live with.

Henkes, Kevin.  The Year of Billy Miller.  J FIC Henkes
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.

Kirby, Stan.  Captain Awesome to the Rescue.  J FIC Kirby  (SERIES)
When second-grader Eugene and his family move to a new neighborhood and he starts at a new school, he has a chance to bring out his superhero alter ego, Captain Awesome, to find the kidnapped class hamster.

Lacey, Josh.  The Dragonsitter.  J FIC Lacey  (SERIES)
Disaster ensues when Eddie is asked to care for his uncle’s pet dragon while the latter takes a week-long vacation.

Pennypacker, Sara.  Waylon! One Awesome Thing!  J FIC Pennypacker
Waylon, a boy with the mind of a scientific genius and the vulnerable heart of an eight year old, is trying to understand his older sister and deal with changes among the kids at school.

Urban, Linda.  Weekends with Max and His Dad.  J FIC Urban
Third-grader Max pursues neighborhood adventures with his dad as they both adjust to recent changes in their family.

Great Reads for Girls (Grades 2-4)

Barkley, Callie.  Amy and the Missing Puppy.  J FIC Barkley  (Critter Club SERIES)
During Spring Break, mystery lover Amy looks for clues to the disappearance of wealthy Ms. Sullivan’s Saint Bernard puppy.  SEQUELS: All about Ellie, Liz Learns a Lesson, Marion Takes a Break, Amy Meets Her Stepsister, Ellie’s Lovely Idea, Liz At Marigold Lake, Marion Strikes a Pose, Amy’s Very Merry Christmas, Ellie and the Good-Luck Pig, Liz and the Sand Castle Contest, Marion Takes Charge, Amy is a Little Bit Chicken.

Burkhart, Jessica.  Unicorn Magic: Bella’s Birthday Unicorn.  J FIC Burkhart  (SERIES)
Excited to receive a pet unicorn on her eighth birthday, Princess Bella worries because her friends are fighting and her parents seem to be hiding something, which Bella fears might mean that she won’t get the unicorn of her dreams.

Coven, Wanda.  Heidi Hecklebeck Has a Secret.  J FIC Coven  (Heidi Hecklebeck SERIES)
After being homeschooled her whole life, Heidi Heckelbeck enters a real school in second grade, where she encounters a mean girl named Melanie who makes her feel like an alien.  SEQUELS: Over 15!

David, Erica.  All Hail the Queen.  J FIC Disney  (Anna & Elsa SERIES)
Adventurous Anna and snow magic-wielding Elsa explore the mountains, fjords and palace of their kingdom while getting to know each other as sisters, in a first entry of a chapter book series for young Frozen fans.  SEQUELS: Memory and Magic, A Warm Welcome, The Great Ice Engine, The Polar Bear Piper, The Arendelle Cup, The Secret Admirer.

Elliott, Rebecca.  Eva’s Treetop Festival.  J FIC Elliott  (Owl Diaries SERIES)
Having a Bloomtastic Festival at school to celebrate spring is a great idea–but Eva Wingdale, a young owl, discovers that it is also a lot of work, and there is nothing wrong with asking her friends for help.  SEQUELS: Eva See’s a Ghost (2105) & A Woodland Wedding (2016).

Faber, Polly.  Mango & Bambang The Not-a-Pig.  J FIC Faber
An unlikely friendship blossoms between Mango, a little girl with an assortment of talents, and Bambang, an Asian tapir.

Greene, Stephanie.  Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade.  J FIC Green  (Princess Posey SERIES)
Posey’s fear of starting first grade is alleviated when her teacher invites the students to wear their most comfortable clothes to school on the first day.  SEQUELS: Princess Posey and the Perfect Present, Princess Posey and the Next Door Dog, Princess Posey and the Monster Stew, Princess Posey and the Tiny Treasure, Princess Posey and the New First Grader, Princess Posey and the Christmas Magic, Princess Posey and the First Grade Boys, Princess Posey and the First Grade Ballet, Princess Posey and the Lazy, Crazy Vacation.

Griffin, Adele.  Oona Finds An Egg.  J FIC Griffin
Oona finds a giant egg and brings it back to West Wog to care for it, and see what hatches–but others in the cave want to claim her egg, particularly the nasty kid Bruce Brute, and when the baby stegosaurus hatches it will have to choose who it wants to live with.

Hale, Shannon & Hale, Dean.  The Princess in Black.  J FIC Hale  (SERIES)
Hiding her secret identity as a monster-fighting superhero, Princess Magnolia interrupts her fancy tea with the unsuspecting Duchess Wigtower to stop a big blue monster from endangering her kingdom’s goats.

Krulik, Nancy E.  Anyone But Me.  (Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo SERIES)
Katie Carew wishes she could be anyone but herself, and turns into a hamster.  SEQUELS: Over 30!

Ostow, Micol.  Louise Trapeze is Totally 100% Fearless.  J FIC Ostow
Six-year-old Louise Trapeze lives at the circus and can’t wait to fly on the trapeze until she discovers that she is afraid of heights.

Rissi, Anica Mrose.  Anna Banana and the Friendship Split.  J FIC Rissi
Anna and Sadie have always been best friends so when Sadie suddenly starts being mean, Anna is very sad and seeks support from her dog Banana and classmate Isabel, as well as advice from her brother Chuck and her parents.  SEQUEL: Anna Banana and the Monkey in the Middle (2015).

Springstubb, Tricia.  Cody and the Fountain of Happiness.  J FIC Springstubb
A girl named Cody is looking forward to a great summer vacation, but dealing with her mopey older brother, busy mother, and a father away on a long distance truck delivery don’t promise a good start, until she meets a new friend in search of a lost cat.

Thorpe, Kiki.  In a Blink.  JPB T / J FIC Thorpe  (The Never Girls SERIES)
When four friends are whisked out of their ordinary lives to Never Land, home to fairies and mermaids, Queen Clarion and Tinker Bell have to figure out a way for them to get home.

Ursula, Vernon.  Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible.  J FIC Vernon Never a conventional princess, Harriet becomes an adventurer after learning she is cursed to fall into a deep sleep on her twelfth birthday, but after two years of slaying ogres, cliff-diving, and more with her riding quail, Mumfrey, things go awry at home and she must seek a prince to set things right. 

Zemke, Deborah.  My Life in Pictures.  J FIC Zemke
When budding artist Bea Garcia’s best friend moves to Australia and a loud, rambunctious boy moves into her old house, Bea must learn to make new friends.