Thorndyke Thoughts: Leaping to Chapter Books

Hey Kids,

You may have noticed some new spots on our J READER collection. These colored dots should help you find books at similar reading levels. If you're reading the hardest Easy Readers (the ones with Blue Dots), you might be ready to find some easy chapter books in J FICTION or KIDS GRAPHIC NOVELS. Try some of these suggestions, many are part of a series. Happy Reading!


Bear Hugs,




The princess in black by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale ; illustrated by LeUyen Pham


Mercy Watson to the rescue by Kate DiCamillo ; illustrated by Chris van Dusen

Nate the Great on the Owl Express by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Mitchell Sharmat ; illustrated by Martha Weston in the style of Marc Simont — There are also Nate the Great titles available as eBooks.

Otto's orange day by Frank Cammuso & Jay Lynch

Mrs. Noodlekugel by Daniel Pinkwater ; illustrated by Adam Stower


The class trip from the black lagoon by Mike Thaler ; illustrated by Jared Lee

Extraordinary Warren, a super chicken by Sarah Dillard

Lulu and the brontosaurus by Judith Viorst ; illustrated by Lane Smith

Lunch walks among us by Jim Benton

The story of Diva and Flea by as told & shown by Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi