First Chapter Book Series for the New Year 

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Transitioning to the bigger adventures of early chapter books is an exciting step. As we start a new year, why not start with a chapter book series? These series openers invite new chapter book readers into a diverse array of situations and perspectives, with plenty of heart and humor to keep them reading the next adventures.

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The Case of the Snack Snatcher

Join Myron, a third-grade detective with a unique perspective from the autism spectrum, and the ragtag crew of students with special needs from room 15 of West Meadows Elementary, as they sift through crime scenes and evidence to solve the mystery of who stole snacks from the school kitchen. 

Ellray Jakes Is Not A Chicken!

Eight-year-old EllRay’s father has promised a family trip to Disneyland if EllRay can stay out of trouble for a week, but not defending himself against Jared, the class bully, proves to be a real challenge. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby 

Juana & Lucas

A spunky young girl from Colombia loves playing with her canine best friend and resists boring school activities, especially learning English, until her family tells her that a special trip is planned to an English-speaking place.

Rock Star

Fourth-grader Jada’s best friend moved away but a class project on rocks and minerals, her favorite topic, could mean new friends. For Jada, rocks are easier to find than friends. Or are they? You can also check out this title as eAudio on Hoopla.