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3rd Grade Favorites (FC)

Action-packed Adventure (FC)

African American Boys (FC)

Call Number : J DRA FIRST CHAPTER BOOK

After the neighborhood basketball court is vandalized, Ziggy and his friends decide to form a club called the Black Dinosaurs and build their clubhouse in Ziggy's backyard. Book 1 in series.

Call Number : J WAR FIRST CHAPTER BOOK

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. Book 1 in series.

African American Girls (FC)

Call Number : J ENG FIRST CHAPTER BOOK

When an arrogant new girl comes to school, third-graders and best friends Nikki and Deja decide to form a club that would exclude her but find the results not what they expected. Book 1 in series.

Call Number : J MCK FIRST CHAPTER BOOK

Lulu can't understand people who don't like animals - people like her teacher, Mrs Holiday. When Lulu tries to help Mrs Holiday to find her perfect pet, she is banned from bringing an animal to school ever again! Then Lulu rescues an abandoned duck egg. She's going to have to take it to school to keep it safe.

Animal and Human Friendships (FC)

Call Number : J MIL FIRST CHAPTER BOOK

Charles and Lizzie Peterson love puppies. They want a puppy of their own more than just about anything. They know dogs are a lot of work. But their mom still doesn't think their family is ready for a puppy.
Then, Goldie arrives. She is a sweet golden retriever who needs a home. Goldie is very young. She doesn't know how to be a good puppy yet. Will Charles and Lizzie be able to help her? Book 1 in series.

Call Number : J MCK FIRST CHAPTER BOOK

Lulu can't understand people who don't like animals - people like her teacher, Mrs Holiday. When Lulu tries to help Mrs Holiday to find her perfect pet, she is banned from bringing an animal to school ever again! Then Lulu rescues an abandoned duck egg. She's going to have to take it to school to keep it safe.

Call Number : J VOA FIRST CHAPTER BOOK

Even though Daisy Dawson is late for school, again, she can't help but stop to free a butterfly trapped in a web. And when she does, something amazing happens! Now Daisy can understand everything animals say, from the farm dog, Boom, to the classroom gerbils, to a singing-and dancing ant. And it's a lucky thing, too, when Boom goes missing, Daisy conspires with a horse and squirrel to come to the rescue.

Animal Main Characters (FC)

Call Number : J WAT FIRST CHAPTER BOOK

To Mr. and Mrs. Watson, Mercy is not just a pig — she's a porcine wonder. And to the portly and good-natured Mercy, the Watsons are an excellent source of buttered toast, not to mention that buttery-toasty feeling she gets when she snuggles into bed with them. This is not, however, so good for the Watsons' bed. BOOM! CRACK! As the bed and its occupants slowly sink through the floor, Mercy escapes in a flash — "to alert the fire department," her owners assure themselves. But could Mercy possibly have another emergency in mind — like a sudden craving for their neighbors' sugar cookies? Book 1 in series.

Call Number :  J WHY FIRST CHAPTER BOOK

Little Wolf has been behaving too courteously, so his parents send him to his uncle's Big Bad Wolf school to learn to be a proper wolf.

Call Number : J SMI FIRST CHAPTER BOOK

When Claude, a small, plump dog, and his friend, Sir Bobblysock, visit the city Claude heroically, if accidentally, stops a thief, then, when Sir Bobblysock becomes ill, Claude rushes him to a hospital and is mistaken for a doctor.

Call Number :  J VAN FIRST CHAPTER BOOK

Tired of gangster movies and a steady diet of candy wrappers, three theater mice decide to rob a cheese shop

Cats & Kittens (FC)

Dogs & Puppies (FC)

Call Number : J BUT FIRST CHAPTER BOOK

While searching for his mysteriously lost human family, Buddy the dog is adopted by another family and helps solve the mystery of their missing boy. Book 1 in series.

Call Number : J MIL FIRST CHAPTER BOOK

Charles and Lizzie Peterson love puppies. They want a puppy of their own more than just about anything. They know dogs are a lot of work. But their mom still doesn't think their family is ready for a puppy.
Then, Goldie arrives. She is a sweet golden retriever who needs a home. Goldie is very young. She doesn't know how to be a good puppy yet. Will Charles and Lizzie be able to help her? Book 1 in series.

Call Number : J SMI FIRST CHAPTER BOOK

When Claude, a small, plump dog, and his friend, Sir Bobblysock, visit the city Claude heroically, if accidentally, stops a thief, then, when Sir Bobblysock becomes ill, Claude rushes him to a hospital and is mistaken for a doctor.

Fairies (FC)

Family Stories (FC)

Call Number : J HAN FIRST CHAPTER BOOK

As the youngest in her family, Dory really wants attention, and more than anything she wants her brother and sister to play with her. But she’s too much of a baby for them, so she’s left to her own devices—including her wild imagination and untiring energy. Her siblings may roll their eyes at her childish games, but Dory has lots of things to do: outsmarting the monsters all over the house, escaping from prison (aka time-out), and exacting revenge on her sister’s favorite doll. And when they really need her, daring Dory will prove her bravery, and finally get exactly what she has been looking for.

Fantasy (FC)

Call Number : J OSB FIRST CHAPTER BOOK

Eight-year-old Jack and his younger sister Annie find a magic treehouse, which whisks them back to an ancient time zone where they see live dinosaurs. Book 1 in series.

Call Number : J QUI FIRST CHAPTER BOOK

Eight-year-old Lucas, Prince of Wrenly, is eager to explore and Clara, daughter of the queen's seamstress, knows the kingdom well, so they team up to find a lost jewel and visit all of the land's main attractions as they search. Book 1 in series.

Call Number : J WES FIRST CHAPTER BOOK

Eight-year-old Drake is snatched up by the King's soldiers and taken to the castle where he is told by the wizard Griffith that he has been chosen to be a Dragon Master like Ana, Rori, and Bo--and his first task will be to discover whether his dragon, Worm, has any special powers. Book 1 in series.

Call Number : J HOL FIRST CHAPTER BOOK

When ten-year-old Zeus is kidnapped, he discovers he can defend himself with a magical thunderbolt. Book 1 in series.

Call Number : J HAL FIRST CHAPTER BOOK

Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when... Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret -- she's also the Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her! Can the princess sneak away, transform into her alter ego, and defeat the monster before the nosy duchess discovers her secret?

Girl Talk (FC)

Call Number : J BAR FIRST CHAPTER BOOK

The moment they saw each other, Bean and Ivy knew they wouldn't be friends. But when Bean plays a joke on her sister, Nancy, and has to hide quickly, Ivy comes to the rescue, proving that sometimes the best of friends are people never meant to like each other. Vibrant characters and lots of humor make this a charming and addictive introduction to Ivy and Bean. Book 1 in series.

Historical Fiction (FC)

Horses (FC)

Call Number : J DIC FIRST CHAPTER BOOK

Leroy Ninker has a hat, a lasso, and boots. What he doesn't have is a horse--until he meets Maybelline, and then it's love at first sight.

"Saddle up for this first volume in a spin-off series starring favorite characters from DiCamillo's "New York Times"-bestselling Mercy Watson books"

Humor (FC)

Call Number : J MYR FIRST CHAPTER BOOK

Seven-year-old Ty gets into mischief and big-hearted schemes while navigating second grade and becoming a big brother.

Call Number :  J MUR FIRST CHAPTER BOOK

Henrietta has a habit of making things up. Some things are true: Henrietta has a baby brother the size of a sock (almost), a crazy brown dog named Madge, and a constant hunger for chocolate ripple cake. She is good at explorification and making her dad's undies into a superb hat. Other things are not true: Henrietta says she can keep a secret. She cannot. But if Henrietta has a big habit of making things up, she has a bigger habit of making things fun, even little brothers and hamsters. So come meet Henrietta, and make an irresistible, irrepressible new friend.

Call Number : J AMA FIRST CHAPTER BOOK

When their parents steal a monkey from the zoo to help them pick pockets, our heroes rush into action and return the wily animal using disguises, inventions, and old-fashioned shoe leather.
They also learn what a monkey can do in 11 minutes:
1) Stick his fingers in your right nostril.
2) Lick your eyebrows, pick his teeth, and then wipe his finger on your shirt.

Level N-O or 3.4-3.9 (FC)

Multicultural Characters (FC)

Call Number : J RIS FIRST CHAPTER BOOK

Anna and Sadie have always been best friends so when Sadie suddenly starts being mean, Anna is very sad and seeks support from her dog Banana and classmate Isabel, as well as advice from her brother Chuck and her parents. Book 1 in series.

Mystery (FC)

Call Number : J PAR FIRST CHAPTER BOOK

In the first book of this new chapter book series about mystery, travel, and adventure, twins Ethan and Ella must find a missing coin before they move away from their hometown!

Call Number :  J BRE FIRST CHAPTER BOOK

Edward "Egg" Garrison and his friends in the Art Club are on a trip to the Grand Canyon when three riding burros mysteriously disappear.

Call Number : J KEL FIRST CHAPTER BOOK

Cousins Mike and Kate are at Boston's Fenway Park when the Red Sox's star hitter discovers that his lucky baseball bat has been stolen.

School Stories (FC)

Call Number : J PEN FIRST CHAPTER BOOK

Clementine is having not so good of a week.

-On Monday she's sent to the principal’s office for cutting off Margaret’s hair.
- Tuesday, Margaret's mother is mad at her.
- Wednesday, she's sent to the principal... again.
- Thursday, Margaret stops speaking to her.
- Friday starts with yucky eggs and gets worse.
- And by Saturday, even her mother is mad at her.

Okay, fine. Clementine is having a DISASTROUS week.
Book 1 in series.

Science Fiction (FC)

Call Number : J ORY FIRST CHAPTER BOOK

Moving from Earth to the futuristic planet Nebulon in 2120, eight-year-old Zack is nervous about starting school and meeting people. Book 1 in series.

Sports Stories (FC)

Call Number : J MAD FIRST CHAPTER BOOK

Anton loves playing football until Malik, the talented quarterback, starts acting strange. Instead of working with the team, Malik is just showing off. He's hogging the ball, and the team is starting to lose. Anton thinks it has something to do with the tall guy in sunglasses who keeps showing up to their games. But who is he, and why does Malik care what he thinks? Anton has to fix the problem fast, before the quarterback ruins everything!

Call Number : J KEL FIRST CHAPTER BOOK

Cousins Mike and Kate are at Boston's Fenway Park when the Red Sox's star hitter discovers that his lucky baseball bat has been stolen.

Superheroes (FC)