List compiled by Bernards Township Elementary School Media Specialists


Hey kids, check out the books by these awesome authors:


Tony Abbott   Tony is the author of the very popular Secrets of Droon fantasy series. (2) Tony has been a Wizards of Words guest author at Oak Street and Liberty Corner.

David Adler You know about the Cam Jansen mysteries (2 and 3), but have your tried reading the Andy Russell series by Adler?  Start this 6 book series with The Many Troubles of Andy Russell.  (3)

Annie Barrows Join two unlikely friends, Ivy and Bean, in 10 humorous novels starting with Ivy and Bean; Ivy and Bean and the Ghost That Had to Go; and Ivy and Bean Break the Fossil Record.  (2)

Jim Benton   Franny K. Stein is not your average girl – she’s a mad scientist!  This series of 7 books have humor with a side of science (2).  Also enjoy the Dear Dumb Diary series – there are 19 hilarious diaries in all. (3).

Betty Birney   Humphrey the hamster, the class pet of Room 26, tells the story of his classroom adventures and his weekend visits home with various students!  Start with The World According to Humphrey, and then continue with Friendship According to Humphrey.  There are 13 more books in this enjoyable series too!  (3)

Black Lagoon (Series)  by Mike Thaler and Jared Lee – A fun mix of everything related to school: teachers, coaches, cafeteria ladies, art and computer teachers and – monsters?!! --- all combined with hilarious results.

Judy Blume The Pain and the Great One series captures the spunky sibling rivalry between an older sister (Abigail – 8) and her younger brother (Jake – 6)!  Enjoy the crazy antics starting with Soupy Saturdays with the Pain and the Great One and Cool Zone with the Pain and the Great One to get started.  Two more books round out the series.   (2 -3)  A must read – the Fudge books- starting with Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing! (3)

Branches (Series) – Kung Pow Chicken, Notebook of Doom, Eerie Elementary, Boris On the Move, Dragon Masters, Owl Diaries, and introducing: The Magic School Bus Rides Again – Branches is a crossover series that combines features of  picture books, graphic novels and chapter books. (2, 3)

Peter Brown  We know Peter Brown from Creepy Carrots and Creepy Pair of Underwear, but he also writes chapter books! The Wild Robot is about a robot who finds itself on a deserted island with only animals to learn from. It is a story that is hard to put down. The sequel, The Wild Robot Escapes was just released this year.

Nick Bruel   The wildly popular and hilarious series by Bruel starts with the picture books Bad Kitty, then follow up with Poor Puppy.  Then launch into the chapter books – Bad Kitty Takes a Bath, Happy Birthday Bad Kitty, Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray, and, yes, there is a new one – Bad Kitty and Puppy’s Big Day  (2-3)

Roald Dahl   You will enjoy many of Dahl’s books with your class, why not try some of these to get familiar with the author: The BFG; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator; Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, etc.  (3)

Frances O’Roark Dowell   Science genius Phineas L. MacGuire (aka Mac) is featured in 4 books so far – Phineas L. MacGuire…Erupts (about an explosive science experiment)  Phineas L. MacGuire Gets Cooking is her latest.  (2-3)


Anne Fine   Notso Hotso is about Anthony the dog whose life at this moment is “notso hotso”!  Then enjoy The Diary of a Killer Cat and Return of the Killer Cat (about the silly antics of Tiffy and his family).  Fine also wrote the heartwarming stories titled The Jamie and Angus Stories and Jamie and Angus Together Again.  (2)

Ruth Stiles Gannett   Elmer Elevator makes a trek to Wild Island where he meets and rescues a dragon in My Father’s Dragon.  Two other titles round out this terrific trilogy- Elmer and the Dragon and The Dragons of Blueland.  (2 -3)

Bruce Hale   The Chet Gecko mystery series are a popular hit with kids.  (3)

Betty Hicks   Five kids with distinct personalities—Henry, Goose, Rocky, Rita, and Jazz—are the stars of this 8-book series called Gym Shorts. (2-3)

Elizabeth Singer Hunt   Meet Jack Stalwart, code name: COURAGE.  Jack is an ordinary kid who becomes a secret agent by night.  Enjoy the Secret Agent Jack Stalwart series – Destination: US; Destination: AUSTRALIA: Destination: FRANCE; Destination: ENGLAND, and many more.  (3)

Johanna Hurwitz   Enjoy the Riverside Kids series by reading such books as Russell Sprouts, Rip Roaring Russell. Also try the Pee Wee Tales. (2) Hurwitz has another great series about the Edison-Armstrong School with books such as Class Clown, Teacher’s Pet, and Class President.  (3)

Katy Kelly   Adam Melon (Melonhead) has a habit of getting into trouble. He never means to get into trouble, it just sort of happens. Told from the perspective of a nine-year-old, Melonhead is the first in a series about his misadventures with his best friend, Sam.  Girls will enjoy the Lucy Rose series, Melonhead is a spinoff of that.  (3)

Kate Klimo The Dragon Keepers series is perfect for kids who crave books about dragons and magic.  While looking for rocks with his cousin Daisy, Jesse finds a "thunder egg" that talks to him. Like the genie in the bottle, something says, "Let me out!" Thus begins the children's adventure.  Begin with book #1 The Dragon in the Sock Drawer. (3)

Lenore Look   Alvin Ho is afraid of EVERYTHING… Everyday adventures include being left stranded by his siblings during stretching exercises that leave him upside down in a tree, being sent alone to the scary piano teacher's house, and deciding whether or not to hang out with the classroom bully.  Begin this 6-book series with Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things. (2-3)

Lois Lowry   Meet Gooney Bird Greene in these wonderful books about this eccentric second grader- Gooney Bird

Greene; Gooney Bird and the Room Mother; Gooney the Fabulous; and Gooney Bird is So Absurd.  (2)

Kate Messner  Ranger in Time series (Historical Fiction/Fantasy)  Ranger is a time-traveling golden retriever with a nose for trouble. Travel with Ranger back in time with Danger on the Oregon Trail; Race to the South Pole; Danger in Ancient Rome; and D-Day: Battle at the Beach (3)


My America Series   A prelude to the Dear America series for older grades, “My America” is historical fiction written in a diary format by award winning authors.  (2) More of a challenge – try the My Name is America diaries (for boys) and the Dear America diaries (for girls).  (3)

Charles Odgen   Twins Edgar and Ellen live alone, their parents are on an extended around-the-world vacation!  The twins live in a grim house in Nod’s Limbs overlooking a cemetery and they spend their time making the townspeople’s lives miserable!  Read about their antics in this series that begins with Rare Beasts, Tourist Trap, and Under Town.  Enjoy the new Edgar and Ellen series called Nodyssey. (3)

Chris Riddell   The Ottoline series is a wonderful combo of fiction and wacky illustrations – a speaking of wacky- wait until you meet Ottoline and her unusual small and hairy counterpart Mr. Munroe.  Begin with Ottoline and the Yellow Cat, and you will surely want to continue enjoying these appealing adventures!  (2-3)

Louis Sachar   Marvin Redpost finds trouble everywhere in the popular Marvin Redpost series.  Of course, readers can’t miss the hilarious Wayside School stories!  (2-3)

Jon Scieszka   Jon is well known for his wacky picture books like The Stinky Cheese Man, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, and Squids Will Be Squids, but kids also love his Time Warp Trio series with tales such as Knights of the Kitchen Table, Tut Tut, and See You Later, Gladiator.  Try the Time Warp Graphic Novels too!  (3)

Sara Weeks   Oogie Cooder has a unique talent – he can “charve” (which means he can carve a piece of cheese with his teeth).  Cool, huh?  Well, that’s what the students at Truman Elementary think too, and soon this talent puts him on the path to fame and fortune!  Read Oogie Cooder, and then the sequel Oogie Cooder, Party Animal!  (3)

Henry Winkler   The Hank Zipzer series is hilarious!  Follow the escapades of everyone’s favorite 4th grader as he gets into one predicament after another with his friends Frankie and Ashley!   Who wouldn’t love these titles:  The Night I Flunked My Field Trip; Barfing in the Backseat: How I Survived My Family Road Trip; The Curtain Went Up, My Pants Fell Down; and Who Ordered This Baby?  Definitely Not Me!  (3)


Erik Craddock   Stone Rabbit is a full-color series of riotous, rip-roaring graphic novels tell of the zany of adventures of a quick-tempered and quick-witted young rabbit.  Start with BC Mambo, then Pirate Palozza.  (3)

Jennifer Holm   Babymouse is a sassy mouse with an attitude! This popular, award-winning, hilarious, pink   

graphic novel series showcases the trials and tribulations of elementary school – 14 books in all. Also try her new graphic novel Squish #1 – Super Amoeba. (2-3)

Jarrett Krosoczka   Hector, Terrence, and Dee wonder about their lunch lady?  Little do they know that besides    

serving up sloppy joes, she also serves justice!  Whatever danger lay ahead, it is no match for LUNCH LADY! (3)

Dav Pilkey  The super- popular Dog Man series by the author of Captain Underpants is a huge hit with readers of all ages. (2-3)


Jim Arnosky   Naturalist, author, and illustrator shares his up close and personal experience with nature in his terrific non-fiction books.  Try Beachcombing; Watching Waterbirds; Wild Tracks; Arnosky’s Ark; All about Alligators; All About Sharks; All About Manatees; All About Rattlesnakes; and his Crinkleroot nature books - just to name a few.  Enjoy his awesome newest edition Thunder Birds: Nature’s Flying Predators.  (2-3)

Steve Jenkins   Stunning award-winning collage illustrations add so much to Jenkins’ informative and engaging science topics.  Jenkins has created over 20 beautiful non-fiction books for children such as Actual Size; Never Smile at a Monkey; Down, Down, Down: a Journey to the Bottom of the Sea; Dogs and Cats; Living Color; and How to Clean a Hippopotamus.  (2-3)


David Adler   David’s picture book biographies for young children offer a wonderful peek into the lives of famous people!  Some of his biographies are about Florence Nightingale, Lewis and Clark, Davy Crockett, Thomas Edison, Louis Braille, Sacagawea, Helen Keller and Harry Houdini.  (2)

Who Was?/What Was?/Where Is? Series – Wildly popular series of illustrated biographies/historical events/ geographical locations designed for young (and older!!) readers. Learn about famous people, places, and events in history.

This series does not have to be read in any order (3)

Check out these authors as well:

Ben Baglio (3)

Meg Cabot (3)

Beverly Cleary (2-3)

Cornelia Funke (3)

Paula Danziger (2-3)

Tony DiTerlizzi (2-3)

Betsy Duffey (3)

Dan Gutman (2-3)

Stephanie Greene (2)

Dan Greenburg (2-3)

JC Greenburg (2-3)

Suzy Kline (2-3)

Kimberly Willis Holt (2-3)

James Howe (2-3)

Dick King-Smith (3)

Lisa Mullarkey (2)

Nancy Krulik (2-3)

Ursula LeGuin (3)

Megan McDonald (2)

Emily Rodda (3)

Mary Pope Osborne (2)

Sara Pennypacker (2-3)

James Prellar (2-3)

Rex Stone (2)

Ron Roy (2)

Lemony Snicket (3)

Geronimo Stilton (2-3)

Laura Ingalls Wilder (3)

Wendelin Van Draanen (2-3)

Bill Wallace (3)

Andrew Clements (2-3)


These are just some suggested authors and series that kids love.  There are so many more - the helpful staff in the Bernards Township Library Children’s Room would be happy to further assist you!  

Take time to enjoy reading together.  You know, your kids are not too old to be read aloud to!  Reading together makes for great family memories and can “hook” your children into a lifelong love of reading.  

Going on vacation?  Have you listened to audio books?  What a great way to travel together!  Have a great summer!