Chapter Book Recommendations

Looking for a good chapter book? Below are some of our favorites. The Whittier Public Library will have both physical and electronic copies of recommended books at each branch location. Thank you Whittier Public Library!

Our recommendations are organized by topic. More recommendations provided regularly. 

Grade range suggestions provided; however, you can also look at reading level through platforms like Accelerated Reader Bookfinder

Interested in picture books as well? Be sure to check out our picture book recommendation page

Life Science

Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows (book series)

Written by Asia Citro

96 pages

Grades 2-4

Squish: Super Amoeba (graphic novel series)

Written by Jennifer Holm

96 pages

Grades 2-4

Hoot (part of box set)

Written by Carl Hiaasen

292 pages

Grades 5-7

Skunked!: Culpurnia Tate! Girl Vet (book series)

Written by Jacqueline Kelly

128 pages

Grades 4-7

Trouble at the Zoo: Bindi’s Wildlife Adventures (book series)

Written by Bindi Irvin & Chris Kunz

112 pages

Grades 3-4

Lucy & Andy Neanderthal (book series)

Written by Jeffrey Brown

240 pages

Grades 2-5

Marty Mcguire Digs Worms! (book series)

Written by Kate Messner

176 pages

Grades 3-4

Physical Science

The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day

Written by Christopher Edge

160 pages

Grades 4-7

The Many Worlds of Albie Bright

Written by Christopher Edge

176 pages

Grades 4-7

George’s Secret Key to the Universe (book series)

Written by Stephen Hawking & Lucy Hawking

336 pages

Grades 4-6

Stink: Solar System Superhero (book series)

Written by Megan McDonald

144 pages

Grades 3-4

Space Travel

Full Cicada Moon

Written by Marilyn Hilton

400 pages

Grades 5-7

The Last Cuentista

Written by Donna Barba Higuera

336 pages

Grades 5-8

Space Case (book series)

Written by Stuart Gibbs

368 pages

Grades 5-8

Once Upon a Space: Time (book series)

Written by Jeffrey Brown

256 pages

Grades 3-5

Engineering/Computer Science

Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor (book series)

Written by Jon Scieszka & Brian Biggs

208 pages

Grades 3-5

Girls Who Code: The Friendship Code (book series)

Written by Stacia Deutsch

144 pages

Grads 3-6

Weird Little Robots 

Written by Carolyn Crimi

240 pages

Grades 4-6

Ellie Engineer (book series)

Written by Jackson Pearce

208 pages

Grades 3-5

Maya and the Robot

Written by Eve L. Ewing

224 pages

Grades 4-6

Goldie Blox and the Best Friend Fail! (book series)

Written by Stacy McAnulty

144 pages

Grades 2-4

Emmy in the Key of Code

Written by Aimee Lucido

432 pages

Grades 4-6

Howtoons: Tools of Mass Construction (multiple series)

Written by Saul Griffith, Ingrid Dragotta & Nick Dragotta

360 pages

Grades 4-7

Click’d (book series)

Written by Tamara Ireland Stone

320 pages

Grades 5-8

 

Secret Coders (book series)

Written by Gene Luen Yang

96 pages

Grades 3-6

The Data Set: March of the Mini Beasts (book series)

Written by Ada Hopper

128 pages

Grades 2-4

Mathematics

7 x 9 = Trouble

Written by Claudia Mills

112 pages

Grades 2-4

The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure

Written by Hans Magnus Enzenberger

264 pages

Grades 4-7

The Phantom Tollbooth

Written by Norton Juster

272 pages

Grades 4-7

The Cat in Numberland

Written by Ivar Ekeland

56 pages

Grades 3-6

Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation (book series)

Written by Stuart Gibbs

416 pages

Grades 5-7

Ruby Redfort: Look into My Eyes (book series)

Written by Lauren Child

400 pages

Grades 5-7

The Miscalculations of Lightening Girl

Written by Stacy McAnulty

320 pages

Grades 4-7

If You Find This

Written By Matthew Baker

368 pages

Grades 4-7

Scientific Process/Thinking Critically

Ada Lace on the Case (book series)

Written by Emily Calandrelli

128 pages

Grades 2-4

 

Princess in Black (book series)

Written by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale

97 pages

Grades 2-4

The Fourteenth Goldfish (book set)

Written by Jennifer L. Holm

210 pages

Grades 5-7

From the Highly Scientific Notebooks of Phineas L. MacGuire (book series)

Written by Frances O’Roark Dowell

224 pages

Grades 3-4

Girl Detective: A Friday Barnes Mystery (book series)

Written by R. A. Spratt

288 pages

Grades 4-6

Aftermath

Written by Emily Barth Isler

272 pages

Grades 5-8

The Thing About Jellyfish

Written by Ali Benjamin

352 pages

Grades 5-8

Enola Holmes: The Case of the Missing Marquess (book series)

Written by Nancy Spring

240 pages

Grades 5-8 

 

Biographies

The “Who Was” series by Penguin Random House provides biographies of close to 200 individuals throughout history. Many of these biographies discuss the lives/work of scientists, mathematicians & inventors including: Steve Irwin, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Ben franklin, Nikola Tesla, Neil Armstrong, Thomas Edison, Galileo, Henry Ford, The Wright Brothers, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Temple Grandin, Stephen Hawking, Rachel Carson, Jane Goodall, Charles Darwin and more. 

For a complete list of book in this series, check out the Who “Was Series…?” list from Penguin Random House. 

And Still More! (General Category)

Jack and the Geniuses: At the Bottom of the World (book series)

Written by Bill Nye & Gregory Mone

272 pages

Grades 4-6

Questionneers (book series)

Written by Andrea Beaty

~150 pages

Grades 2-4

The Truth About Bats (The Magic School Bus Chapter Book Series) (book series)

Written by Eva Moore

80 pages

Grades 3-5

 

More coming soon…

Know a Good Read?

If you have a recommendation, let us know! We are always looking for more chapter books that focus on science, engineering and/or mathematics. You can email any recommendations to sciencecircuswhittier@gmail.com

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