Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids 2023: Easy Books and Early Chapter Books

October 30, 2023

Easy and Early Chapter Books


29. Bear and Bird: The Picnic and Other Stories by Jarvis

Four short stories about two good friends. Completely charming illustrations accompany their tales of misunderstandings, kindness, and laugh-out-loud situations. Call Number: JEasy Jarvis


30. Henry, Like Always by Jenn Bailey, ill. Mika Song

In Classroom Ten, Henry relies on routines. Then, one day, his teacher announces that there will be a parade when there’s usually Share Time. A smart and reassuring book about a kid on the autism spectrum working with the unexpected. Call Number: JEasy Baile.J


31. Kitty-Cam by Margie Palatini, ill. Dan Yaccarino

Camera firmly attached to its head, follow a curious kitty as it goes about its day, getting into all kinds of mischief. A fabulous story for the very earliest of new readers. Call Number: JBegin Palat.M


32. The Rescues: Finding Home by Tommy Greenwald and Charlie Greenwald, ill. Shiho Pate

Small stories tell the tale of two shelter dogs who get adopted together, and the tiny adventures they have before and after. Call Number: JEasy Green.T


33. The Story of Gumluck the Wizard by Adam Rex

Gumluck is just a little wizard who lives in a big hill, but he aspires to be more. Fortunately he has his new friends, a tiny ghost named Butterscotch and a crotchety raven named Helvetica, to help him on his way. Call Number: J Chapter Rex.A


34. Too Small Tola Gets Tough by Atinuke, ill. Onyinye Iwu

When the pandemic hits Lagos, Nigeria, Tola finds herself working as a housegirl for the super rich, to help her family. And when her love of numbers comes in handy, she proves that even if you’re small you can still save the day. Call Number: JChapter Atinuke


35. When Dad’s Hair Took Off by Jörg Mühle, translated by Melody Shaw

“Dad’s hair was sick of being brushed and combed.” Watch what happens when one man’s hair takes off to see the world … without him! Call Number: JChapter Muhle.J


36. Worm and Caterpillar Are Friends by Kaz Windness

Worm thinks best friends should be exactly alike. Caterpillar knows that differences can also be good. So what happens when Caterpillar goes through a HUGE change? A touching and hilarious tale with lovely art. Call Number: JEasy Windn.K


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