“Snow Place Like Home” is a great opener to the Diary of an Ice Princess series by Christina Soontornvat. This diverse chapter book nicely combines magic and science and explores such common themes as feeling different, coping with family pressures, and embracing what makes you special.
“The Friendship Code” by Stacia Deutsch is an entertaining story that teaches some of the basic principles of coding in a mystery-based format while touching upon such important themes as navigating friendships and solving problems.
“Ruby Goldberg’s Bright Idea” by Anna Humphrey is an engaging STEM-focused chapter book featuring adorable characters, crazy inventions, and thoughtful messages about competition, true friendship, and the power of cooperation.
“Rock Star”, the first book in the “Jada Jones” chapter book series by Kelly Starling Lyons, is a short and engaging story featuring a passionate main character, some facts about earth science, and great messages about patience, loss, kindness and friendship.
“Sophie Simon Solves Them All” by Lisa Graff is a humorous chapter book, which combines unique characters, scientific and philosophical concepts and the eternal struggle between parents and children about what the latter should like and do.
“Everyday Superheroes: Women in STEM Careers” by Erin Twamley and Joshua Sneideman is a non-fiction book, with full color illustrations, is meant to make kids, and especially girls, excited about STEM careers.
“The Fourteenth Goldfish” by Jennifer L. Holm is an exciting middle-grade chapter book, which wonderfully combines a great story and a ton of humor with some serious messages about ethical implications of science, the circle of life and importance of change.
The story features an adorable main character and a lot of science related to habitats, specimens, and tree diseases. Lucy is a curious second-grader with a good eye for observation. She likes bugs, fossils, non-fiction books, lab coats and goggles. So it’s no surprise that Lucy is totally excited to start second grade, where they’ll have a science lab (with a skeleton!) and learn about different types of habitats.
I didn’t expect “Lunch Walks Among Us” to be such a fun story! Being the first book in the “Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist” chapter book series by Jim Benton, it manages to combine a really quirky main character and the scientific method. It also raises such important topics for kids as being yourself and accepting other people’s differences.
“Marty McGuire” by Kate Messner was a truly enjoyable read. Being the first book in the chapter book series of the same name, the story includes facts about wildlife, especially raccoons and frogs, shows the work of a wildlife rehabilitator and expresses admiration for Jane Goodall, the famous expert on chimpanzees. The story also features such important topics as sharing friends, being patient and trying new things.