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Chapter Books for Early Readers

These chapter books for early readers are a great way to make the move from picture books to longer reads. This collection of short, illustrated chapter books is tailor-made for budding readers to move from the structure of reading scheme books to discover longer chapter adventures. This reading list features funny stories, relatable characters and fantasy tales of mystery and adventure designed to captivate and encourage a love of reading. Here are some of our favourite chapter books for young readers aged 5-7!

Unicorn Academy: Sophia’s Invitation

Written by Nosy Crow Ltd
7-9
The official companion title for the premiere of the Netflix series, launching globally in November 2023!   At Unicorn Academy, Sophia can't wait to discover her destiny and become a Unicorn Rider. First, she must bond with Wildstar to unlock the unicorn's magical powers.   But evil Queen Ravenzella wants…
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Princess Minna : The Wicked Wood

Written by Kirsty Applebaum Illustrated by Sahar Haghgoo
5-7
Princess Minna loves to sort out mix-ups and mishaps in the kingdom! In this full-colour illustrated chapter book, join her on her hilarious quest to escape the Wicked Wood! Princess Minna lives in Castle Tall-Towers with the King and Queen, Raymond the Wizard and her best dragon friend, Lorenzo. There…
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Press Start! Super Rabbit Boy vs Super Rabbit Boss!

Illustrated by Thomas Flintham
5-7
For 5+ kids who love video games but aren't allowed to play as often as they'd like... Sunny's favourite game is Super Rabbit Boy, where his carrot-loving friend must thwart all the plots the evil King Viking of Boom Boom Mountain comes up with. Oh no! On his way to…
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Doggy School

Written by Paige Braddock
5-7
Peanut, Butter and Crackers are back and off to doggy school in the third hilarious graphic novel for pet lovers and fans of The Secret Life of Pets. Crackers and floppy-eared puppy Peanut are off to doggy school! But when the two dogs are separated, Peanut is left to fend…
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Wigglesbottom Primary: The Sports Day Chicken

Written by Pamela Butchart Illustrated by Becka Moor
5-7
Laugh-out-loud hilarity with two-colour illustrations from the incomparable Pamela Butchart - three stories of mayhem and chaos where pupils' imaginations run riot... Year 2 at Wigglesbottom Primary is never boring. They don't expect to run a race against a chicken at Sports Day, or eat green toxic slime at lunch…
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Zoe’s Rescue Zoo: The Rascally Raccoon

Written by Amelia Cobb Illustrated by Sophy Williams
5-7
At Zoe's Rescue Zoo only the cutest, cuddliest animals need apply! Zoe loves living at her uncle's rescue zoo because there's always something exciting going on. And Zoe also has an amazing secret... She can actually TALK to the animals! Rocco the raccoon has just arrived at the zoo and…
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Cosmic Creatures: The Snuggly Snowpop

Written by Tom Huddleston Illustrated by Sophy Williams
5-7
On a faraway planet, cute alien animals need help! Luckily, Charlie and her robot friend, Random, are ready for any rescue adventure... Charlie and her dad are on a mission with Captain Robertson to climb the highest mountain on planet Vela. When some very cute, very cheeky snowpops turn up…
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Magnificent Mabel and the Very Bad Birthday Party

Written by Ruth Quayle Illustrated by Julia Christians
5-7
The sixth book in the hilarious Magnificent Mabel series, highly illustrated throughout and with three short stories - perfect for newly-confident readers. Meet Mabel - she's MAGNIFICENT. Sometimes life isn't fair for Mabel Chase. Like for instance she has to invite EVERYONE in her class to her birthday party or…
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A Forever Home for Tiger

Written by Linda Chapman Illustrated by Sophy Williams
5-7
Grace and Jack have a plan - to find purrfect homes for purrfect pets! Nine-year-old twins Grace and Jack run the Forever Homes rehoming service. Whether it's a cheeky puppy or a shy kitten, they're determined to pair every animal with their perfect person - and have lots of adventures…
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Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: The Aliens Are Coming!

Written by Tracey Corderoy Illustrated by Steven Lenton
5-7
Three more slapstick two-colour early readers from our favourite doggy detectives, all set in the summer sun. And things are HOTTING UP! Someone is CHEATING in the SANDCASTLE competition! There's something FISHY about the new CAFE! But it's the ALIEN INVASION that REALLY makes Shifty and Sam lose their COOL!…
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The Invincibles: The Beast of Bramble Woods

Written by Caryl Hart Illustrated by Sarah Warburton
5-7
Nell and Freddie have the BEST time camping. They eat ALL the marshmallows and play TRICKS on Nell's big brother and his nerdy friends. But the BEAST OF BRAMBLE WOODS wants to join in the fun too! EEK! From Caryl Hart and Sarah Warburton, the team behind the wildly successful…
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Pugly On Ice

Written by Pamela Butchart Illustrated by Gemma Correll
5-7
When Pugly straps on his blades of glory, he knows he is the best ice skater EVER! But someone wants the gold medal very badly and they will stop at nothing to get it. Can Pugly pirouette on to the podium, or will he be cut down in his furry…
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The Secret Rescuers: The Sky Unicorn

Written by Paula Harrison Illustrated by Sophy Williams
5-7
A brilliant series for 7+ readers full of adventure, magic and friendship from Paula Harrison, author of the Rescue Princesses and Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue series. Maya is a dancer with a travelling troupe of entertainers. When Clover, a little unicorn, is trapped by Sir Fitzroy and used to…
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Hubble Bubble: The Wacky Winter Wonderland

Written by Tracey Corderoy Illustrated by Joe Berger
5-7
Three more stories of magical mayhem from Tracey Corderoy and Joe Berger. Find out what happens when a naughty toddler waves Granny's wand in a posh shop. Can Granny build a raft that doesn't sink? And enjoy a visit to Winter Wonderland with some surprises in store...
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The Moon-Faced Ghoul-Thing

Written by Barry Hutchison Illustrated by Chris Mould
5-7
In an alternate 15th century, where dragons roam, sailing ships transform into submarines, and blacksmiths build steampunk robots, ten-year-old orphan Benjamin Blank battles monsters, rescues people in peril and discovers fantastic new lands, but never quite manages to get his homework handed in on time. In his third adventure, it's…
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The Grunts in a Jam

Written by Philip Ardagh Illustrated by Axel Scheffler
5-7
The third in the hilarious series from Roald Dahl Funny Prize winning author Philip Ardagh and illustrator of The Gruffalo, Axel Scheffler. Oh no! The Grunts are on the loose. And this time they're in a VERY sticky situation. When Mrs Grunt's mother, the gloomy Ma Lunge, enters a Preserves,…
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The Rescue Princesses: The Golden Shell

Written by Paula Harrison Illustrated by Sharon Tancredi
5-7
Friendship, animals and secret royal adventures! With over one million Rescue Princesses titles sold, this action-packed series is the perfect combination of good friends, beautiful dresses, ninja moves and baby animals! Princess Ella's a bit nervous about starting her new school. But Harebell Castle is great fun - especially as…
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Vulgar the Viking and the Battle of Burp

Written by Odin Redbeard Illustrated by Sarah Horne
5-7
Vulgar can't believe his luck. He's going on a school trip in a real, live longboat, with oars and everything! And they're going to visit Burp, where a long-ago battle once took place between the Vikings and the, er, Burpers. It was a mighty battle, which the Vikings totally lost.…
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Princess Minna: The Unicorn Mix-Up

Written by Kirsty Applebaum Illustrated by Sahar Haghgoo
5-7
Princess Minna loves to sort out mix-ups and mishaps in the kingdom! In this full-colour, illustrated chapter book, join her on another adventure to tame a unicorn and much more - all in time for tea. Princess Minna lives in Castle Tall-Towers with the King and Queen, Raymond the Wizard…
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The Rescue Princesses: The Ice Diamond

Written by Paula Harrison Illustrated by Sharon Tancredi
5-7
Friendship, animals and secret royal adventures! With over one million Rescue Princesses titles sold, this action-packed series is the perfect combination of good friends, beautiful dresses, ninja moves and baby animals! Princess Maya is delighted to welcome the Rescue Princesses to the Kingdom of Lepari. It's a beautiful land, where…
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Unicorn Academy: Isla and Buttercup

Written by Julie Sykes Illustrated by Lucy Truman
5-7
When your best friend is a unicorn, magical adventures are guaranteed! Imagine a school where you meet your own unicorn and have amazing adventures together! That's what happens for the girls at Unicorn Academy on beautiful Unicorn Island. Isla, her beautiful unicorn, Buttercup, and their friends are determined to find…
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Zoe’s Rescue Zoo: The Little Llama

Written by Amelia Cobb Illustrated by Sophy Williams
5-7
Zoe loves living at her uncle's rescue zoo because there is always something exciting going on. And Zoe has an amazing secret... She can actually TALK to the animals! Zoe is delighted that Lottie the baby llama has come to live at the rescue zoo! She'll be the star of…
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A Forever Home for Luna

Written by Linda Chapman Illustrated by Sophy Williams
5-7
Grace and Jack have a plan - to find purrfect homes for purrfect pets! Nine-year-old twins Grace and Jack run the Forever Homes rehoming service. Whether it's a cheeky puppy or a shy kitten, they're determined to pair every animal with their perfect person - and have lots of adventures…
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Wigglesbottom Primary: The Magic Hamster

Written by Pamela Butchart Illustrated by Becka Moor
5-7
Laugh-out-loud school-based fun in two-colour stories, perfect for encouraging independent reading! Three short stories in each book keep just confident readers engaged while lively two-colour illustrations bring these hilarious early readers to life and perfectly bridge the gap between picture books and chapter books. Written by the bestselling, Blue Peter…
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Press Start! Super Rabbit Boy Blasts Off!

Illustrated by Thomas Flintham
5-7
For 5+ kids who love video games but aren't allowed to play as often as they'd like... Sunny's favourite game is Super Rabbit Boy, where his carrot-loving friend must thwart all the plots the evil King Viking of Boom Boom Mountain comes up with. Help! King Viking is causing trouble…
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