Best Kids Chapter Books About The world

12 Kids Chapter Books About The world

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Judy Moody Saves the World! book
#1
Judy Moody Saves the World!
Written by Megan McDonald and illustrated by Peter H Reynolds
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

The mercurial Judy returns - and she's in a mood to take on the world! Judy Moody did not set out to save the world. She set out to win a contest. A Band-Aid contest. It all started with the Crazy-Strip contest - and the dream that she, Judy Moody, might one day see her very own adhesive-bandage design covering the scraped knees of thousands. But when her "Heal the World" motif merits only an honorable mention, Judy Moody realizes it's time to set her sights on something bigger. Class 3T is studying the environment, and Judy is amazed to learn about the destruction of the rain forest, the endangered species (not) in her own backyard, and her own family's crummy recycling habits. Now she's in a mood to whip the planet into shape - or her name isn't Judy Monarch Moody!

The Turnkey of Highgate Cemetery book
#2
The Turnkey of Highgate Cemetery
Written by Allison Rushby
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Flossie Birdwhistle is the Turnkey at London’s Highgate Cemetery. As Turnkey, it’s Flossie’s job to ensure that all the souls buried in the cemetery stay at rest. Not an easy job for a young ghost, but a task made especially difficult by World War II: London is being attacked every night by enemy bombers, and even the dead are unsettled. When Flossie encounters the ghost of a German soldier carrying a mysterious object that seems to exist in both the living and spirit worlds, she becomes suspicious—what is the officer up to? Before long, Flossie uncovers a sinister plot that could destroy not only her cemetery, but also her beloved country. Can Flossie and her ghostly friends stop the soldier before it’s too late? History collides with the supernatural in this exciting, ethereal mystery from Allison Rushby.

Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat: Enemies book
#3
Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat: Enemies
Written by Emily Chenoweth, Johnny Marchiano and illustrated by Robb Mommaerts
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-14

Klawde is not your basic cat. He's an emperor from another planet, exiled to Earth. He's cruel. He's cunning. He's brilliant... and he's also Raj Banerjee's best friend. Klawde and Raj are back! As summer turns to fall, our favorite warlord cat remains in his pitiful exiled existence. But Raj has an even scarier prospect than cosmic exile: starting at a new school. And if things didn't seem complicated enough, both cat and human are confronted with two figures from their past they did not expect to pop up in Elba, Oregon... Heavily illustrated, with a hilarious, biting voice that switches between Raj's and Klawde's perspectives, Klawde #2 is the story of an unlikely friendship that emerges as two fish out of water continue to find their footing in strange new worlds.

Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat book
#4
Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat
Written by Emily Chenoweth, Johnny Marchiano and illustrated by Robb Mommaerts
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-14

Klawde is not your average cat. He's an emperor from another planet, exiled to Earth. He's cruel. He's cunning. He's brilliant... and he's about to become Raj Banerjee's best friend. Whether he likes it or not. Klawde had everything. Sharp claws. Fine fur. And, being the High Commander of the planet Lyttyrboks, an entire world of warlike cats at his command. But when he is stripped of his feline throne, he is sentenced to the worst possible punishment: exile to a small planet in a quiet corner of the universe... named Earth. Raj had everything. A cool apartment in Brooklyn. Three friends who lived in his building. And pizza and comics within walking distance. But when his mom gets a job in Elba, Oregon, and he is forced to move, all of that changes. It's now the beginning of summer, he has no friends, and because of his mother's urgings, he has joined a nature camp. It's only when his doorbell rings and he meets a furball of a cat that Raj begins to think maybe his luck is turning around... Heavily illustrated, with a hilarious, biting voice that switches between Raj and Klawde's perspectives, Klawde is the story of an unlikely friendship that emerges as two fish out of water begin to find their footing in strange new worlds.

Danny, the Champion of the World book
#5
Danny, the Champion of the World
Written by Roald Dahl
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

From the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG! Danny has a life any boy would love—his home is a gypsy caravan, he’s the youngest master car mechanic around, and his best friend is his dad, who never runs out of wonderful stories to tell. But one night Danny discovers a shocking secret that his father has kept hidden for years. Soon Danny finds himself the mastermind behind the most incredible plot ever attempted against nasty Victor Hazell, a wealthy landowner with a bad attitude. Can they pull it off? If so, Danny will truly be the champion of the world.

Around the World in Eighty Days book
#6
Around the World in Eighty Days
Written by Jules Verne and illustrated by Barry Moser
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-18

Jules Verne's classic novel, Around the World in Eighty Days, is a true prototype for the adventure story. This new illustrated version captures Phileas Fogg's thrilling race around the globe in a fresh, modern, and original way. Will he, and his manservant Passepartout, beat the clock and win their bet? Francesca Rossi's splendid illustrations bring the tale's many landscapes and vivid atmosphere to life.

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator book
#7
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
Written by Roald Dahl
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

From the bestselling author of Matilda and The BFG! Last seen flying through the sky in a giant elevator in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie Bucket’s back for another adventure. When the giant elevator picks up speed, Charlie, Willy Wonka, and the gang are sent hurtling through space and time. Visiting the world’’ first space hotel, battling the dreaded Vermicious Knids, and saving the world are only a few stops along this remarkable, intergalactic joyride.

Katie Saves the Earth book
#8
Katie Saves the Earth
Written by Fran Manushkin and illustrated by Tammy Lyon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

With Earth Day coming up, Katie decides to have a yard sale with her friends and recycle her old toys.

Intergalactic P.S. 3 book
#9
Intergalactic P.S. 3
Written by Madeleine L’Engle and illustrated by Hope Larson
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Visit the world of A Wrinkle in Time in this new standalone story! This standalone chapter book gives young readers the perfect entry into the world of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, and lifelong fans of the Time Quintet will recognize characters and settings from A Wind in the Door, the second book in the beloved series. Thoughtful, adventurous, and unique, Intergalactic P.S. 3 is a stunning story of the power of love to span the universe. Charles Wallace Murry is old enough to start school, but his sister, Meg, and their friend Calvin know he isn’t cut out for school on Earth—Meg worries that he’ll be more misunderstood than ever. Luckily, with the help of the three celestial creatures Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who, and Mrs Which, there is another place where Charles Wallace can get his education: Intergalactic P.S. 3, a public school in a completely different galaxy. The three children travel through time and space to reach the school, but for them all to make it home safely, Meg must undergo a test that will challenge her inner strength, her perspective, and her ability to protect the ones she loves.

Bob book
#10
Bob
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Visiting her grandmother in Australia, Livy, ten, is reminded of the promise she made five years before to Bob, a strange, green creature who cannot recall who or what he is.

Rude Dude's Book of Food book
#11
Rude Dude's Book of Food
Written and illustrated by Jess Smart Smiley, Tim J Myers
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-11

It's actually true that Mongol warriors rode with slabs of raw meat under their saddles then ate them that night in camp! It's actually true that Chinese archaeologists found 4,000-year-old noodles in an overturned cup. It's actually true that Americans buy $1 billion worth of chocolate each Valentine's Day. You think food is just stuff we eat!? Come on! There's a world full of great food stories out there—and Rude Dude's going to tell them!

Defied book
#12
Defied
Written by Gary Urey
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

After stabilizing Earth's X-Point and bringing the world back from the verge of climactic disaster, Axel and Daisha's lives are almost back to normal. But when they learn an old nemesis is behind a company proposing to harness the X-Point's power, it looks like history might repeat itself.

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