april 2019 Best Chapter Books

Updated Apr. 25, 2019
Charlie & Mouse book
#1
Charlie & Mouse
Written by Laurel Snyder and illustrated by Emily Hughes
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Four hilarious stories, two inventive brothers, one irresistible and award-winning beginning chapter book—now in paperback! Join Charlie and Mouse as they talk to lumps, take the neighborhood to a party, sell some rocks, and invent the bedtime banana. With imagination and humor, Laurel Snyder and Emily Hughes paint a lively picture of brotherhood that children will relish in a beginning chapter book format perfect for young readers graduating from picture books.

Tom Weekly 6: My Life and Other Failed Experiments book
#2
Tom Weekly 6: My Life and Other Failed Experiments
Written by Tristan Bancks and illustrated by Gus Gordon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Discover what happens when you mix one kid with nine attack possums. Observe the result of a guinea pig hostage situation. Learn from my get-rich-quick scheme to put Australia's angriest ice-cream man out of business. Get ready to judge the world's deadliest fruitcake competition. And if I survive it all, let's call the experiment a success. More handy stuff inside- 1. Tips on avoiding household chores 2. Weird facts about guinea pigs 3. How to eat a car

Tank and Fizz: the Case of the Tentacle Terror book
#3
Tank and Fizz: the Case of the Tentacle Terror
Written by Liam O'Donnell and illustrated by Mike Deas
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

When valuable cargo ships vanish from Rockfall Mountain’s busiest port, crime-fighting goblin detective Fizz Marlow and his troll sleuthing partner, Tank Wrenchlin, know Dectective Hordish is going to need their help (whether he wants it or not). But it’s Tank’s mom, the harbor master who is really feeling the heat. It’s her responsibility to keep the harbor safe, and the lost ships quickly cost her her job. Determined to help, Tank, Fizz and their wizard pal, Aleetha, dive into this new mystery, only to get tangled up with a terror from below that takes the detectives far from home and puts them snout-to-snout with a band of vicious kobold pirates. The Case of the Tentacle Terror is the fifth book in the Tank & Fizz series about two crime-solving monsters living under a mountain.

To Catch a Thief book
#4
To Catch a Thief
Written by Mandy Hartley
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-11

In the first book of the DNA Detectives series Annabelle and Harry's pet dog, Milly goes missing. After putting up posters and waiting on their parents they don't know what to do. But when a number of their friend's pets also vanish the children think the perpetrator is their next door neighbour and set out to prove it.

The Band of Merry Kids book
#5
The Band of Merry Kids
Written and illustrated by David Skuy
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Twelve-year-old Pip idolizes Robin Hood and dreams of becoming one of the Merry Men. But to everyone else, Pip is the son of Aldwin of Nottinghamshire, a seller of wool blankets. Pip and his band of Merry Kids decide to follow Robin Hood’s example and battle corruption and help the poor. But unforeseen challenges arise, and Pip and his friends face their biggest challenge in trying to save an innocent family from the sheriff’s dungeon. Along the way, they encounter the real Robin Hood, but Pip soon learns that his real hero has been with him all along.

Bone Beds of the Badlands  book
#6
Bone Beds of the Badlands
Written and illustrated by Shane Peacock
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Bone Beds of the Badlands transports readers to the heart of dinosaur country in the most gripping and terrifying Dylan Maples Adventure yet! Dylan and his best friends, Terry, Rhett and the Bomb, have won first place in the National Science Fair for their amazing mechanical T. rex. The prize: a parent-free trip to the badlands of Alberta. Unfortunately, the area is the scene of a manhunt for a desperate killer. When the boys get separated from their guided tour of Dinosaur Provincial Park, they may be lost, but they’re not alone…

Harriet's Monster Diary book
#7
Harriet's Monster Diary
Written by Raun Melmed, S.E. Abramson and illustrated by Arief
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-11

Meet Harriet, a lovable monster who is just sick at the thought of giving a report in front of her class! Her heart pounds, her chest gets tight, and her stomach twists in painful knots. She can't even bear to get started on it! What is she going to do? In the same humorous spirit of Diary of a Wimpy Kid comes Harriet's Monster Diary: Awful Anxiety (But I Squish It, Big Time). Using the “furmometer” and ST4 techniques developed by Dr. Raun Melmed of the Melmed Center in Arizona, Harriet's Monster Diary teaches kids how to monitor how they feel and respond to stressful situations. Harriet’s hilarious doodles and diary entries chronicle her delightful adventures, misadventures, and eventual triumph in a funny, relatable way. It’s the one book that stressed kids will want to calm down to read! Harriet's Monster Diary also includes a resource section to help parents and teachers implement Dr. Melmed’s methods, plus ST4 reminders that kids can remove, color, and place around the house.

How to Become an Accidental Genius book
#8
How to Become an Accidental Genius
Written by Elizabeth MacLeod, Frieda Wishinsky and illustrated by Jenn Playford
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Don’t be afraid to try! Make connections! Be persistent! Ask questions and never take no for an answer! Learn the secrets and amazing stories of successful inventors! How to Become an Accidental Genius is full of inspiring tales of famous and lesserknown inventors who have changed the world, from George Washington Carver, Mary Anderson (inventor of the windshield wiper) and inventor and actress Hedy Lamarr to Frank Epperson (of Popsicle fame) and Mary Sherman Morgan (The Woman Who Saved the U.S. Space Race). Readers will be amazed at the inventiveness of these geniuses. The book focuses on inventors from North America but includes stories from around the world. Organized into eleven chapters that highlight the qualities inventors have in common, the book also features profiles of inventive kids and teenagers.

The Sea Turtle Mystery book
#9
The Sea Turtle Mystery
Written and illustrated by Gertrude Chandler Warner
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

The Aldens are spending spring break on a beach, but they aren't just soaking up the sun. They're protecting an endangered species! Their job is to mark sea turtle nests so the eggs can be moved to a safe place to hatch, but someone is digging up the eggs without permission. Can the Boxcar Children figure out what's going on and help save the sea turtles?

Seeker of the Crown book
#10
Seeker of the Crown
Written by Ruth Lauren
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

One month has passed since Valor broke her twin sister Sasha out of jail. But the girl who imprisoned her there to begin with--Princess Anastasia--has gone missing. The queen, desperate to find her daughter, asks Valor and Sasha to track Anastasia down and bring her home. But just as the girls and their friends embark on the search, the queen also vanishes, throwing the realm into utter chaos. If Valor can't restore order, she risks getting sent back to prison . . . and tearing her newly reunited family apart once again. She must rely on people she can't quite trust, as well as her own instincts, to protect the people she holds dear. This thrilling sequel to Prisoner of Ice and Snow is just as unputdownable as its predecessor, sweeping readers back into Valor's vivid world, the icy--and dangerous--Demidova.

Hanazuki: a Spark in the Dark book
#11
Hanazuki: a Spark in the Dark
Written by Stacy Davidowitz and illustrated by Victoria Ying
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Hanazuki loves being a Moonflower! With a little help from the Hemka, Sleepy Unicorn, and Dazzlessence Jones, she tries her best to keep her moon in balance and keep the Big Bad away. When two comets collide above them, Hanazuki's side of the moon is plunged into darkness. What's a Moonflower to do besides light a spark in the dark?

Pilu Of The Woods book
#12
Pilu Of The Woods
Written and illustrated by Mai K. Nguyen
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

For fans of Hilda and the Troll comes PILU OF THE WOODS, a heartwarming and bittersweet story of friendship, loss, exploring complex emotions and finding your way home from debut creator Mai K. Nguyen. Willow loves the woods near her house. They’re calm and quiet, so different from her own turbulent emotions, which she keeps locked away. When her emotions get the better of her one day, she decides to run away into the woods. There, she meets Pilu, a lost tree spirit who can’t find her way back home—which turns out to be the magnolia grove Willow’s mom used to take her to. Willow offers to help Pilu, and the two quickly become friends. But the journey is long, and Pilu isn’t sure she’s ready to return home yet—which infuriates Willow, who’s determined to make up for her own mistakes by getting Pilu back safely. As a storm rages and Willow’s emotions bubble to the surface, they suddenly take on a physical form, putting both girls in danger… and forcing Willow to confront her inner feelings once and for all.

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