Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Fizz Boom Reads: Chapter Books

Though this year's CSLP summer reading theme, Fizz Boom Read, lends itself well to nonfiction reading, it's inevitable that kids will also want to read a few good stories. So far, I have shared my suggested lists for fiction picture books and easy readers. Today's post focuses on chapter books.

Eliza Boom: My Explosive Diary
by Emily Gale, illustrated by Joelle Dreidemy
After many failed attempts, Eliza Boom, a budding inventor, finally creates a useful invention with the help of a classmate.

Stink and the Shark Sleepover
by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
Stink and his family win an overnight stay at the aquarium.

Phineas L. MacGuire... Erupts by Frances O'Roark Dowell
After losing his science partner, a friend who has moved away, Phineas "Mac" MacGuire is paired with Mac R., who is notoriously not nice.

Scab for Treasurer?
by Trudy Trueit, illustrated by Jim Paillot
Scab, a self-proclaimed "lab rat," runs for class office, using wild and disgusting stunts to get voters' attention.

Violet Mackerel's Natural Habitat
by Anna Brandford, illustrated by Elanna Allen
Violet learns a hard lesson when she tries to keep a ladybug in captivity overnight.

Marty McGuire Digs Worms
by Kate Messner, illustrated by Brian Floca
As part of her class's effort to save the earth, Marty enlists her grandmother's help in raising worms.

Squish: The Power of the Parasite
by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
Squish, a young amoeba, makes friends with a parasite whose sense of humor proves more cruel than funny.
Ivy & Bean: What's the Big Idea?
by Annie Barrows, illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Ivy and Bean struggle to find a suitable project for the class's global warming unit.

The Jelly Bean Experiment
by David Adler
Daniel's unusual classmate, Calvin, uses him as the subject of a strange social experiment involving jelly beans.


  1. Great post, Katie. I would add the Nick and Tesla books. They even have instructions for how to build their inventions interspersed in the text. It's Phineas and Ferb meets The 39 Clues.

    1. Thanks, Anne! I have seen those, but haven't had a chance to read one yet.


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