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Early Readers (Ages 6-10)

Chapter books and graphic novels for readers who are setting out on their own.

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Aaron Slater and the Sneaky Snake (The Questioneers Book #6)

- Andrea Beaty, David Roberts

Hardcover $16.99 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $15.29

A new addition to the bestselling Questioneers chapter book series, starring Aaron Slater, Illustrator!

Zookeeper Fred loves snakes, but his favorite is a tiny green snake named Vern. Vern is sneaky and constantly tries to hide in Fred's lunch. When Vern gets loose in the zoo and lands atop a boy's head, it's trouble!

A few citizens demand that all the snakes must go and the Mayor closes the zoo until the City Council decides what to do. Is Vern a menace? Are the snakes a danger to society? Or a valuable resource for everyone? Who gets to decide?

The Questioneers need all their talents to help Zookeeper Fred, but in the end, it's Aaron's art which leads the way.

Anne's Tragical Tea Party

- Kallie George , Abigail Halpin

Children's paperback $10.99 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $9.89

The fourth book in an early chapter book series inspired by Anne of Green Gables, starring the spirited Anne Shirley as she hosts her very first tea party with her kindred spirit, Diana, to disastrous results.

Anne loves having pretend tea parties by herself. She even decorates her room with branches and colorful leaves for the occasion. Marilla Cuthbert, who adopted Anne in the last year, wishes Anne would act a little more sensibly. One day, Marilla comes up with a plan to keep Anne out of mischief -- Anne can host her very own tea party and invite her kindred spirit, Diana Barry! Anne is thrilled, and sets out to host the most lovely and grown-uppish tea party she can muster. But when she makes Diana sick by accidentally giving her the wrong drink, Diana's mother is furious. Can Anne be forgiven? Will she ever be allowed to play with Diana again?

Lovingly adapted by Kallie George with beautiful nostalgic illustrations by Abigail Halpin, this series is perfect for fans of Anne, new and old.

Rabbit & Bear

- Julian Gough, Jim Field

Children's paperback $6.99 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $6.29

It's time for another Rabbit and Bear adventure!

SPLASH! A Mysterious Thing lands in Rabbit and Bear's peaceful summer lake. Is it exciting or terrifying? Is it a tiny, fluffy owl or a huge, hungry monster? And has Rabbit finally met a creature with worse habits than himself? Rabbit's sure he can solve this mystery. But when he accidentally turns the Best Day Ever into the Worst Day Ever, he needs Bear's help...

Rabbit and Bear lead readers on a fantastic adventure in this tale of friendship, acceptance, and what you can do with blueberry poop.

Awesome Orange Birthday

- Mitali Banerjee Ruths , Aaliya Jaleel

Children's paperback $7.99 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $7.19

In this full-color early chapter book series, Priya starts a party-planning business to help save the planet -- one party at a time!

Pick a book. Grow a Reader!

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line, Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

Priya is excited to plan her aunty's birthday party. She will donate the money she makes to help the cutest endangered animal on the planet, the quokka! But the party is this Saturday! With so many items on her to-do list, can she get it all done in time? Priya sends out handmade invitations, makes DIY decorations, and sets an orange-only snacks menu -- including pumpkin samosas! Will Priya's very first party be a success?

With speech bubbles, easy-to-read text, and vibrant artwork on every page, this series is perfect for newly independent readers!

The Bad Guys in the Others?! (The Bad Guys #16)

- Aaron Blabey

Children's paperback $8.99 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $8.09

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE!



"I wish I'd had these books as a kid. Hilarious!" -- Dav Pilkey, creator of Captain Underpants and Dog Man



They may look like Bad Guys, but these wannabe heroes are doing good deeds... whether you like it or not in this New York Times bestselling illustrated series.




OK. A lot of the stuff we said on the back of the last book was NOT TRUE. We now admit that The Bad Guys is WEIRD. We also admit that it features ALL the weird stuff we said it didn't. PLUS there's now a whole bunch of even weirder stuff* involving an over-sharing bat, a really scary new character who lives in the woods, and a strangely confident little guy with a mullet. So, uh, don't relax, maybe FREAK OUT a little and have your MIND BLOWN by the BAD GUYS!







*One of the other weird things in this book happens on pages 130-131. A total white-out--the most powerful blast this series has ever known. We told you it's a weird book. And we hope you enjoy it!

Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People

- Dav Pilkey

Children's hardcover $16.99 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $15.29

George and Harold's time-traveling Purple Potty lands them in a crazy place in the eighth book in this #1 New York Times bestselling series by Dav Pilkey, the author and illustrator of Dog Man!The teachers are nice, the cafeteria serves delicious food, and the school principal, Mr. Krupp, thinks George and Harold are hilarious. Something is very, very wrong -- and it gets even wronger when the boys' pet pterodactyl, Crackers, and Sulu the Bionic Hamster are captured by George and Harold's evil-twin look-alikes. Now George and Harold must face their greatest foes yet: THEMSELVES! Can they handle this mess on their own, or will they need Captain Underpants to swoop in and save the day?

Clementine Fox and the Great Island Adventure

- Leigh Luna

Children's paperback $16.99 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $15.29

Meet Clementine Fox, Professional Amateur Adventurer!



Clementine is supposed to be on her way to school... but why not go out for a day of adventure and exploration instead? She recruits her friends Nubbins Squirrel and Penelope Rabbit and heads to the beach, where Jesse Otter is preparing to take his giant Turtle, Annabella, to a mysterious local island. Clementine's great-aunt Marnie lives there -- far away from math tests and tutors -- so Clementine and her friends hitch a ride to the island as stowaways. What could go wrong?

This is Leigh Luna's funny and charming debut graphic novel about a group of young animals who set out on an adventure and learn the true value of friendship, family, and what it means to stick together and work things out!

Curse of the Shadow Dragon

- Tracey West, Graham Howells

Children's paperback $7.99 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $7.19

Drake and Worm meet a Shadow Dragon in the latest action-packed installment of this New York Times bestselling series!

Pick a book. Grow a Reader!

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line, Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

A huge shadow is blanketing the sky, spreading across every kingdom. And wizards all over the world are losing their magic powers! The Dragon Masters soon discover that a Shadow Dragon named Chaya and his Dragon Master, Aruna, are responsible for the sky-shadow. Drake teams up with Jean to figure out how this Shadow Dragon has so much power. Will they stop the sky-shadow, or will the world fall into complete darkness? And is evil magic to blame for all this chaos?

With engaging black-and-white artwork on every page, kids won't be able to put down this action-packed adventure!

Dragon Pet (Diary of a Roblox Pro #2

- Ari Avatar

Children's paperback $8.99 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $8.09

Ari Avatar is just your average Roblox kid living in a blocky world! Battle monsters and avoid disasters in a Roblox world -- all through the eyes of Ari and his friends. Diary of a Roblox Pro is a must-read for any kid who loves to play Roblox!

It's time for another field trip! Ari and his class visit a farm where they are entrusted with an egg to adopt. This is a big responsibility for Ari but he's excited nonetheless. Everyone's egg hatches into harmless animals, except for Ari's. His hatches into a baby dragon! Cool, right? Wrong! As the dragon grows, Ari realizes he may have bitten off more than he can chew. Ari and his friends have to figure out a way to capture the dragon before it destroys all of Blockhaven! Can they handle it?

An Elephant & Piggie Biggie! Volume 5

- Mo Willems

Children's hardcover $22.99 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $20.69

For the fifth time ever, best friends Elephant and Piggie have five BIGGIE adventures in one book!

From award-winning, best-selling author and illustrator Mo Willems, this BIGGIE bind-up of Elephant & Piggie adventures will make readers want to celebrate!

This bind-up includes the titles: I Am Invited to a Party!; I Will Surprise My Friend!; Happy Pig Day!; Waiting IsNot Easy!; and The Thank You Book.

Eva in the Band

- Rebecca Elliott

Children's paperback $7.99 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $7.19

Eva Wingdale is rocking out in a band with her friends, in this New York Times bestselling early chapter book series just-right for newly independent readers.

Pick a book. Grow a Reader!

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line, Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

Eva is ready to rock out at the Woodlandstock Music Festival! But when another band can't make it, Eva and her friends are ready to step in. Will they be able to form their own band in time to save the festival? And who will be their band's star singer? With speech bubbles, easy-to-read text, and adorable characters, this bestselling series is perfect for newly independent readers!

Continue this book series with "Eva the Owlet," an Apple TV+ original series!

The Frozen Sea (Dragon Games #2)

- Maddy Mara

Children's paperback $7.99 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $7.19

An adventure-packed series about three kids who travel into a magical, dragon-filled world!

Play the game. Save the realm.



Team Dragon is back! This time Luca, Yazmine, and Zane have landed in the icy region of North Gelida. Here they must navigate giant frozen waves and outrun a hungry monster made of snow to return the second Thunder Egg to its frosty palace.



But Dartsmith, the evil leader of Imperia, is always lurking, determined to make sure the dragon prophecy won't come true. He'll do whatever it takes to win the Dragon Games--but Luca, Yazmine, and Zane are determined to stop him!

Harriet Spies

- Elana K Arnold, Dung Ho

Children's hardcover $23.99 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $21.59

The unforgettable star of Just Harriet returns for another mystery on Marble Island, from award-winning author Elana K. Arnold.

There are a few things you should know about Harriet Wermer:She always tells the truth.She's loving spending her summer on Marble Island, where she is an A+ mystery-solver.Okay, maybe she doesn't always tell the truth.Actually...she has a tendency to lie quite a bit.Which is why, when one of the guests at her grandmother's bed-and-breakfast finds that their treasured pair of binoculars has gone missing, no one believes Harriet when she said she had nothing to do with it. But this is one time Harriet isn't lying--and she knows that if she can find the binoculars and figure out who really took them, she can prove it. 

With her cat, Matzo Ball, her grandmother's basset hound, Moneypenny, and Harriet's new friend, Clarence, helping her out, Harriet knows she can crack the case. But when the culprit isn't who Harriet expects, it's up to her to decide how important the truth really is.

Keeper of the Gems

- Jordan Quinn, Robert McPhillips

Children's paperback $8.99 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $8.09

Prince Lucas and Lady Clara team up with gnomes to give the jewels their luster back in this nineteenth fantastical adventure of The Kingdom of Wrenly series!

The gnomes of the Stone Forest are in trouble when all the gems in the forest lose their shine. It's up to Prince Lucas and Lady Clara to find a way to help them!

With easy-to-read text and illustrations on almost every page, The Kingdom of Wrenly chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

Kittens Are Monsters!

- Susan Tan, Wendy Tan Shiau Wei

Children's paperback $7.99 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $7.19

Ember and the other pets face their hardest challenge yet... BABYSITTING!

Pick a book. Grow a Reader!



This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line, Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!



A mysterious cat visits Ember in the middle of the night. She tells him that she will give him an army if he can complete a simple task: babysit her kittens for three days. Ember is eager to complete the task and be one step closer his goal of world domination. But babysitting is no walk in the dog park, and it'll take all paws on deck to keep the kittens safe and make sure the humans don't find out. With laugh-out-loud humor, engaging artwork on every page, and nonstop action that will have readers rushing to turn the pages, Pets Rule is the just-right series for any emerging reader!

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