Short Chapter Books

Each year fifty newly published books are selected to be on the Villa Library “50 Nifty Short Chapter Books” recommended book list. These titles are selected to appeal to a wide range of interests and reading abilities at Villa Academy. 


The reviewing sources and recommendations used include: American Library Association, Booklist, School Library Journal, National Book Award, Newbery Award, Caldecott Award, Young Reader’s Choice, Washington Children’s Choice Award, Sibert Award, CS King Award, Evergreen Award, and Printz Award.  


2018 – 2019

50 Nifty Short Chapter Books

Ahn Pug Pals Two’s a Crowd
Barnett Mac Undercover Kid Spy
Barrows Ivy and Bean One Big Happy Family
Beaty Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters
Bernstein Warren and Dragon: 100 Friends
Calandrelli Ada Lace and the Suspicious Artist
Cameron Bailey’s Story
Citro Zoey and Sassafras: Caterflies and Ice
Dowell Sam the Man and the Secret Detective Club Plan
Faruqi Meet Yasmin!
Finch Pet Hotel: Calling all Pets
Florence Jasmine Toguchi: Super Sleuth
Gonzalez Sarai and the Meaning of Awesome
Gough Rabbit’s Bad Habits
Griffin Mighty Meg and the Magical Ring
Hale The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare
Hamilton Louie In a Spin
Hood Shaking Things Up:   14 Young Women Who Changed the World
Houts Lucy’s Lab: The Colossal Fossil Fiasco
Hutton Like Sisters
Jacobs Animal Inn – A Furry Fiasco
Johnson Survivor Diaries; Lost!
Joyner Boris on the Move
Katschke Magic School Bus Rides Again: Sink or Swim
Kinsella Fairy Mom and Me
Koller The Dragonling
Krulik Princess Pulverizer: Grilled Cheese and Dragons
Kuipers Polly Diamond and the Magic Book
Lupica The Zach and Zoe Mysteries: The Half-Court Hero
Lynch Toy Academy Some Assembly Required
Maclachlan Barkus Dog Dreams
Maddox Digging Deep
Mass Time Jumpers: Stealing the Show
McKenna Dolphin Rescue True-Life Stories
Mould Pocket Pirates: The Great Cheese Robbery
Nobleman Thirty Minutes Over Oregon
Pearl Tales of Sasha The Big Secret
Pennypacker Waylon! Even More Awesome
Priebe The Adventures of Henry Whiskers
Raymundo Third Grade Mermaid
Rusch Avalanche Dog Heroes
Sazaklis Billy Burger Model Citizen: Jumping for Junk Food
Scieszka Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor
Selfors Wedge and Gizmo
Springstubb Cody and the Mysteries of the Universe
Steinke Mr. Wolf’s Class
Thimmesh Camp Panda
Urban Road trip wit Max and his Mom
Vernon * Hamster Princess and The Little Red Rodent Hood
Webb The Case of the Stolen Sixpence
Yang Secret Coders