Category Archives: Early Chapter Books

Riding the Pony Express by Clyde Robert Bulla (1948)

In a day when you can call or text just about anyone on the planet instantaneously, it’s fascinating to remember that back in 1860-1861 the fastest delivery service on the planet was the Pony Express.  In an effort to connect … Continue reading

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The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh (1954)

The purported true story of seven-year-old Sarah Noble. In 1707, Sarah and her father travel to the frontier of Connecticut to establish a homestead on property he has recently purchased.  Connecticut is wild country in those days, filled with animals … Continue reading

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Fairchild Family Series by Rebecca Caudill (1947 – 1959)

Happy Little Family   Take a charming step back in time to meet the Fairchild family living in turn of the 20th century Kentucky.  Bonnie is the youngest child, can she finally join in all the fun of her older siblings … Continue reading

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Tornado by Betsy Byars (1996)

While a twister rages outside the storm cellar, Pete the farm hand, keeps the family (hiding in the storm cellar) calm and entertained with tales of his dog from long ago named Tornado. When Pete was a little boy, a … Continue reading

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The Cat Club series by Esther Averill (1944 – 1972)

Do you have a little cat lover in your house?  Then the 13 books in The Cat Club series will be perfect!  Jenny Linsky is a shy, well-mannered black cat living in Greenwich Village.  Her adventures with other cats in the … Continue reading

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Thomas the Tank Engine by Reverend Wilbert Awdry (1946)

Do you have a Thomas the Train enthusiast in your house?  Both of my boys were big fans and we read many of the little books, watched the films and owned lots of the toy train cars.  Several of my … Continue reading

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The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes (1944)

Wanda Petronski is a shy, immigrant girl attending elementary school in a small Connecticut town.   She wears the same faded blue dress every day to school.  One day Wanda quietly claims to own 100 dresses “all lined up in my … Continue reading

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