14 Books for Transitioning Early Readers to Independent Readers

Junior Library Guild’s Independent Readers Category is the best selection of expertly-curated titles for grades 2-4. It features a mix of picture books and early chapter books that helps beginning readers transition to reading on their own.


The A True Home: Heartwood Hotel, Book 1

by Kallie George, Illustrations by Stephanie Graegin

Downton Abbey meets Peter Rabbit in this heartwarming, classic chapter book about a mouse finding where she belongs.


Double or Nothing with the Two and Only Kelly Twins

by Johanna Hurwitz, Illustrations by Tuesday Mourning

What’s the same about identical twins and what’s different? Sleepovers, poetry projects, and new haircuts are in play as seven-­year-­old Arlene and Ilene start coming into their own.

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Cody and the Rules of Life

by Tricia Springstubb, Illustrations by Eliza Wheeler

Doing the right thing can be hard! When prized possessions start going missing, Cody gets a crash course in the most important rules of all—the rules of life.


Counting Sheep: Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet

by Jacqueline Kelly, Illustrations by Jennifer Meyer

In this second book in the Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet series, Callie takes a hands-on approach to animal doctoring. Black-and-white illustrations.

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Sam the Man & the Rutabaga Plan

by Frances O'Roark Dowell, Illustrations by Amy June Bates

Sam the Man has a new school project. He’s got to “babysit” a vegetable.


Mystery of the Danger on the Mountain: True Stories of Extreme Adventure

by Gregg Treinish, with Kitson Jazynka

With gripping—and totally true—stories of incredible adventures, extreme excursions, and ultimate survival, this book will have readers on the edge of their seats.

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