These books all take place in apartments. Nearby neighbors living together in multistory buildings can lead to some interesting adventures!
Written and Illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats
Puffin Books, 1999. Picture Book.
“On a rainy day two brothers try to discover who is playing the harmonica they hear in their apartment building.”
Written and Illustrated by C. Roger Mader
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014. Picture Book.
"A cat finds the courage to climb again after a frightening fall from his owner's apartment balcony."
Written by Sabine Lipan
Illustrated by Manuela Olten
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2016. Picture Book.
"A mother has several questions when her son tells her there's a bear standing outside the front door of their eleventh-floor apartment."
Written by Marilyn Sachs
Illustrated by Rosanne Litzinger
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2002. Intermediate. 67 p.
"After a neighbor in her apartment building dies, ten-year-old Lily tries to find homes for his four ugly, noisy cats."
Written by Daniel Pinkwater
Illustrated by Adam Stower
Candlewick Press, 2012. Intermediate. 72 p.
"Nick and Maxine have a new babysitter--the eccentric Mrs. Noodlekugel who lives in the funny little house behind their drab high-rise apartment building along with her feline butler, Mr. Fuzzface, and four farsighted mice."
Written by Ellen Potter
Illustrated by David Heatley
Feiwel and Friends, 2013. Fiction. 223 p.
"Everyday, nine-year-old Otis Dooda confronts a series of zany changes when his father's new job prompts the family's move to a New York City apartment, where Otis is cursed by a guy in a potted plant in their apartment building lobby and has to team up with a new friend and a gassy miniature horse to break the curse."
Written by Rebecca Stead
Wendy Lamb Books, 2012. Fiction. 180 p.
"Seventh-grader Georges adjusts to moving from a house to an apartment, his father's efforts to start a new business, his mother's extra shifts as a nurse, being picked on at school, and Safer, a boy who wants his help spying on another resident of their building."
Written by Glen Huser
Illustrated by Stacy Innerst
Groundwood Books, House of Anansi Press, 2014. Fiction. 166 p.
"Quirky babysitter Carolina Giddle moves into the Blatchford Arms, a spooky apartment building rumored to be haunted, and enchants her young charges with ghost stories that they find eerily familiar."
Written by Natalie Fast
Delacorte Press, 2005. Fiction. 182 p.
"New to New York City, eleven-year-old Jillian makes friends, spies on her neighbors across the street, and solves a mystery."