Are your kids ready to take the next step with independent reading? Or do you need some more challenging titles to explore together? Our librarians have searched the catalogue for the most captivating stories to get young readers turning the pages!

We've chosen some of our favourite books for early primary school aged children below. Just select a title to make a reservation. You can also come into the library and ask staff for assistance.

For more reading advice, events and services for early primary school aged children, please visit our Early Primary 5 to 8 years information page

First chapter book recommendations

Sporty kids by Felice Arena

Little Gems by various authors (Barrington Stoke)

Questioneers by Andrea Beaty

The bad guys by Aaron Blabey

Violet Mackerel by Anna Branford

Super Narwhal and Jelly by Ben Clanton

Hot dog by Anh Do

Ask Hercules Quick by Ursula Dubosarsky

Eliza Boom’s diary by Emily Gale

Polly and the puffin by Jenny Colgan

Ella diaries by Meredith Costain

Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo

Tashi by Anna Fienberg

Fizz by Lesley Gibbes

Rabbit and Bear by Julian Gough

Adventures of Sophie Mouse by Poppy Green

Princess in black by Shannon Hale

Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon

Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman

Don’t look now by Paul Jennings

Squishy McFluff by Pip Jones

Ginger Green by Kim Kane

Little lunch by Danny Katz

Zac Power: Spy recruit by H. I. Larry

The Frooties by Joshie Lefers and Hilary Rogers

Tiggy and the magic paintbrush by Zanni Louise

Dirty Bertie and Angela Nicely by Alan MacDonald

Real pigeons by Andrew McDonald

EJ spy school by Susannah McFarlane

Hotel Flamingo by Alex Milway

Isadora Moon by Harriet Muncaster

Lulu Bell by Belinda Murrell

Brigid Lucy by Leonie Norrington

Nancy Clancy by Jane O’Connor

Pearl by Sally Odgers

Winnie the witch by Laura Owen

Dog Man and Ricky Ricotta by Dav Pilkey

Tom Gates by Liz Pichon

Ella and Olivia by Yvette Poshoglian

Billie B Brown and Hey Jack by Sally Rippin

Danny Best by Jen Storer

George and the great bum stampede by Cal Wilson