9 Standout Early Readers and Chapter Books | SLJ 2024 Stars So Far

These diverse offerings include stories featuring STEM, mythology, gentle lessons, and more.


AVANT-GARDE, Zaila Words Are Magic! illus. by Felicia Whaley. Random.
PreS-Gr 1–“Words are magic! Have you heard? Pick a letter. Make a word!” This book is sure to entertain and educate families and other library patrons.

BATES, Janet Costa. A Week of Shenanigans. illus. by Gladys Jose. Candlewick.
Gr 2-4–A delightful book full of funny moments, great relationships, and learning opportunities for two best friends.

DAVID, Arihhonni. The Good Game. Holiday House.
K-Gr 2–A clever and charming early reader with a fun out-of-the-blue turn of events and just a few words per page, this is an ideal story for burgeoning readers and a welcome book for any collection.

EZOMOGHENE, Sophia. The Trickster in the Vase. illus. by Sanjay Charlton. Reycraft.
Gr 1-4–A great start to a series featuring Nigerian culture and mythology with characters that are very relatable to young readers.

FERNANDEZ, Caroline. Asha and Baz Meet Katia Krafft. illus. by Dharmali Patel. Common Deer.
Gr 1-3–A charming STEM chapter book introducing young readers to inspiring real-life science, scientists, and history. Highly recommended—and if you don’t have the series yet, purchase the collection.

HENRY, Steve. Friends Are Fun. Holiday House.
PreS-Gr 1–This vibrant, colorful book teaches children to share and work as a team and is perfect for those beginning to read.

IWAI, Melissa. Gigi and Ojiji: Perfect Paper Cranes. HarperCollins.
PreS-Gr 2–A cheery, gentle lesson on the importance of “practice makes perfect.”

LEWIS, Cicely. Imani Picks Up the Pieces. illus. by Anastasia Magloire Williams. Lerner.
Gr 1-3–Vivid illustrations paired with a relatable story make the latest from the uplifting “Hair Magic” series a must-have for any library.

TABOR, Corey R. Fox Versus Fox. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray.
PreS-Gr 2–It’s rare to find an early transitional reader with a captivating plot, humor, and illustrations that also maintains an easy reading level, but this title does all of that and more.


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