2018 Chapter Book List: Books Read and Rated

For 2018, my goal is going to be a little different.

I want to read 60 “new to me” novels and 40 transitional chapter books.

This honours that part of my reading is about knowing the titles that my students read and transitional chapter books are a big piece of a primary classroom’s reading soul.

I will keep track of both of them on this page

For my own future reference, books will be rated on a 5 star system.

Abbreviations:  GN: Graphic Novel MG: Middle Grade YA: Young Adult A: Adult TC: Transitional Chapter

60 novels:

#1 Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King (YA)

Date Read: January 1st, 2018 Rating : 5/5 stars


#2 The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser (MG)

Date Read: January 13th, 2018 Rating : 5/5 stars

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

#3 The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater (YA)

Date Read: January 21st, 2018 Rating : 5/5 stars

The 57 Bus

#4 A List of Cages by Robin Roe (YA)

Date Read: January 27th, 2018 Rating : 5/5 stars

A List of Cages

#5 Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling  (MG)

Date Read: February 4th, 2018 Rating : 4/5 stars

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

#6 The Way to Bea by Kat Yeh  (MG)

Date Read: February 11th, 2018 Rating : 5/5 stars

The Way to Bea2

#7 Solo by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess  (YA)

Date Read: February 18th, 2018 Rating : 5/5 stars


#8 Knock Out by K.A. Holt  (MG)

Date Read: March 4th, 2018 Rating : 5/5 stars

Knock out

#9 We are Okay by Nina LaCour  (YA)

Date Read: March 10th, 2018 Rating : 5/5 stars

We are Okay

#10  Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess by Shari Green


Date Read: March 10th, 2018 Rating : 5/5 stars

Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess

#11 Little Fires Everywhere  by Celeste Ng (A)

Date Read:  March 19th 2018 Rating: 4/5 stars

Little Fires

#12 The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (MG)

Date Read:  March 22nd 2018 Rating: 5/5 stars

The War I Finally Won

#13 The Key to Everything by Pat Schmatz (MG)

Date Read:  March 24th 2018 Rating: 3/5 stars

The Key to Everything

#14 Good Dog by Dan Gemeinhart  (MG)

Date Read:  March 27th 2018 Rating: 4/5 stars

Good Dog

#15 Wishtree by Katherine Applegate  (MG)

Date Read:  March 29th 2018 Rating: 4/5 stars


#16 The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown  (MG)

Date Read:  April 5th 2018 Rating: 5/5 stars

The Wild Robot Escapes

#17 Beatrice Zinker Upside Down Thinker by Shelley Johannes  (MG)

Date Read:  April 8th 2018 Rating: 5/5 stars

Beatrice Zinker

#18 The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor  (MG)

Date Read:  April 22nd 2018 Rating: 5/5 stars

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

#19 A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi  (YA)

Date Read:  May 5th, 2018 Rating: 4/5 stars

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

#20 Escape from Aleppo by N.H. Senzai  (MG)

Date Read:  May 13th, 2018 Rating: 5/5 stars

Escape from Aleppo

#21 Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (A/YA)

Date Read:  May 20th, 2018 Rating: 4/5 stars

Everything I Never told You

#22 Jane, Unlimited  by Kristin Cashore (YA)

Date Read:  June 10th, 2018 Rating: 3/5 stars

Jane, Unlimited

#23 Loser’s Bracket by Chris Crutcher  (YA)

Date Read:  June 17th, 2018 Rating: 5/5 stars

Loser's Bracket

#24 The Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley by April Stevens (MG)

Date Read:  June 24th, 2018 Rating: 5/5 stars

Frances Pauley

#25 In Sight of Stars by Gae Polisner (YA)

Date Read:  July 6th, 2018 Rating: 5/5 stars

In Sight of Stars

#26 Olga #2 We’re Out of Here by Elise Gravel (GN)

Date Read:  July 6th, 2018 Rating: 4/5 stars

Olga #2

#27 Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed (MG)

Date Read:  July 11th, 2018 Rating: 5/5 stars

Amal Unbound

#28 Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes (MG)

Date Read:  July 14th, 2018 Rating: 5/5 stars

Ghost Boys

#29 Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead (MG)

Date Read:  July 15th, 2018 Rating: 4/5 stars


#30 The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson (MG)

Date Read:  July 29th, 2018 Rating: 5/5 stars

The Parker Inheritence

#31 Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles (YA)

Date Read:  August 11th, 2018 Rating: 3/5 stars

Tyler Johnson Was Here

#32 You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly (MG)

Date Read:  August 18th, 2018 Rating: 4/5 stars

You Go First

#33 Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to theWorld by Ashley Herring Blake (MG)

Date Read:  August 19th, 2018 Rating: 5/5 stars

Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World

#34 Ban This Book by Alan Gratz (MG)

Date Read:  August 23rd, 2018 Rating: 5/5 stars

Ban This Book by Alan Gratz

#35 Front Desk by Kelly Yang (MG)

Date Read:  September 16th, 2018 Rating: 5/5 stars

Front Desk

#36 Lousiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo (MG)

Date Read:  September 16th, 2018 Rating: 5/5 stars

Louisiana's Way Home

#37 Merci Suárez Changes Gears  by Meg Medina (MG)

Date Read:  October 7th, 2018 Rating: 5/5 stars

Merci Suárez Changes Gears

#38 Grump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves  (MG) by Liesl Shurtliff

Date Read:  October 13th, 2018 Rating: 5/5 stars

Grump- The (Fairly) True Tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

#39 Tilly by Monique Gray Smith (YA)

Date Read:  October 14th, 2018 Rating: 4/5 stars


#40 The Night Diary byVeera Hiranandani (MG)

Date Read:  November 1st, 2018 Rating: 5/5 stars

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

#41 Where the Watermelons Grow by Cindy Baldwin (MG)

Date Read:  November 3rd, 2018 Rating: 5/5 stars

Where the Watermelons Grow by Cindy Baldwin

#42 Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh (MG)

Date Read:  November 11th, 2018 Rating: 5/5 stars

Nowhere Boy

#43 Sunny by Jason Reynolds (MG)

Date Read:  December 7th, 2018 Rating: 5/5 stars

Sunny Jason Reynolds

#44 Resistance by Jennifer A. Nielsen (MG)

Date Read:  December 10th, 2018 Rating: 5/5 stars


#45 Breakout by Kate Messner (MG)

Date Read:  December 16th, 2018 Rating: 5/5 stars

Breakout Kate Messner

#46 No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen (MG)

Date Read:  December 21st, 2018 Rating: 5/5 stars

No Fixed Address

#47 The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty (MG)

Date Read:  December 22nd, 2018 Rating: 5/5 stars

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl 

#48 A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi (YA)

Date Read:  December 24th, 2018 Rating: 5/5 stars

A Very Large Expanse of Sea

#49 Vincent and Theo The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman (NF/YA)

Date Read:  December 27th, 2018 Rating: 5/5 stars

Vincent and Theo- The Van Gogh Brothers

40 transitional chapter books:

#1 Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade by Stephanie Greene (TC)

Date Read: January 3rd, 2018 Rating: 4/5 stars

Princess Posey and the first grade parade

#2 The Emerald Berries (Sophie Mouse #2) by Poppy Green (TC)

Date Read: January 8th, 2018 Rating: 3/5 stars

The Emerald Berries

#3 Polly Diamond and the Magic Book by Alice Kuipers (TC)

Date Read: February 5th, 2018 Rating: 4/5 stars

Polly Diamond #1

#4 Lulu and the Dog from the Sea by Hilary McKay (TC)

Date Read: February 18th, 2018 Rating: 5/5 stars

Lulu and the Dog from the SEa

#5 King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats by Dori Hillestad Butler  (TC)

Date Read: March 6th, 2018 Rating: 4/5 stars

King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats (King & Kayla, #1)

#6 Dory Fantasmagory: Head in the Clouds by Abby Hanlon (TC)

Date Read: March 7th, 2018 Rating: 5/5 stars

Dory Fantasmagory- Head in the Clouds

#7  Counting Sheep (Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet #2) by Jacqueline Kelly  (TC)

Date Read: March 10th, 2018 Rating: 4/5 stars

Counting Sheep (Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet #2)

#8  Daisy Dreamer and the Totally True Imaginary Friend

 by Holly Anna  (TC)

Date Read: March 17th, 2018 Rating: 3/5 stars


#9  Big Foot and Little Foot by Ellen Potter (TC)

Date Read: July 17th, 2018 Rating: 4/5 stars

Big Foot

#10  Lulu is Getting a Sister by Judith Viorst (TC)

Date Read: August 13th, 2018 Rating: 4/5 stars

Lulu is Getting a Sister

#11  Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen  by Debbi Michiko Florence (TC)

Date Read: August 24th, 2018 Rating: 5/5 stars

 Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen  2

#12  The Haunted House Next Door (Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol, #1) by Andres Miedosa (TC)

Date Read: August 24th, 2018 Rating: 4/5 stars

The Haunted House Next Door (Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol, #1)

#13 A True Home (Heartwood Hotel #1) by Kallie George (TC)

Date Read: September 9th, 2018 Rating: 4/5 stars

A True Home (Heartwood Hotel #1)

#14 Older Not Wiser (Bad Nana) by Sophie Henn (TC)

Date Read: September 23rd, 2018 Rating: 4/5 stars

Bad Nana