10 Chapter Books to Read Together

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10 Chapter Books to Read Together

Rebecca from Thirteen Red Shoes is with us to share a lovely list of fun chapter books to read together with your children.

In our home, we have a few family rhythms that take place every day.  One of these is reading, often in many different forms.  Picture books are read throughout the day (I adore picture books, they are my weakness!). We have a basket in the car in which new picture books are placed and then rotated around between our picture book library and the boys collections in their rooms. Each night when our boys go to bed, we take the opportunity for one-on-one time. This takes place in their bedrooms and often ends with a story. We also take this time to listen to Little R as he reads a book from school, which was chosen by his teacher to match his developmental stage. While Little F, aged 3, enjoys reading a handful of picture books during this time, Little R, aged 6,  has begun to enjoy the structure and complexity of a chapter book.  We have enjoyed reading some of the classics out loud over the past 18 months, and are now looking at sourcing books we are unfamiliar with.

Below is a list of titles we have shared as well as some new books we are looking forward to reading over the coming months:

  1. Anything by Roald Dahl,and we mean anything!  These books always bring a smile to my little ones face, I think it is that off beat and quirky humor that he adores.

  2. The Harry Potter series (we have only read the first three as the others contain content that is much darker and too mature for our little one)

  3. The Tashi series.

  4. The Famous Five Series | Enid Blyton

  5. Alex, the Dog and the Unopenable door | Ross Montgomery

  6. The Grunts at Sea | Philip Ardagah and Axel Scheffler

  7. Figaro and Rumba and the Cool Cats | Anna Fienberg and Stephen Michael King

  8. Wildwood and Under Wildwood | Meloy and Ellis

  9. Operation Bunny | Sally Gardener

  10. The Children of the King | Sonia Hartnett

Do you have any adorable chapter books which you are sharing with your littles?

 

Rebecca

Rebecca has a love for travel, the outdoors, and picture books, and enjoys spending her time sourcing delightful educational experiences to share with her two sons.With a background in early childhood and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Tasmania, Rebecca teaches at a private all girls school in Australia. Her passion for the philosophies of Reggio Emilia and Maria Montessori lead Rebecca to Playful Learning many years ago when she first enrolled in the online Playful Learning Spaces workshop.  She shortly became a regular contributor, mainly focusing on children’s literature. Rebecca is currently working on a modern day primer for children, called Alphabet Town under the label bec + georg.

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  1. We recently finished “The Mouse & The Motorcycle” and then followed up with the 1985 movie (on netflix streaming!) with popcorn and m&ms. It was a really fun book to read aloud, and I think it was about 185 pages (13 chapters?). My 6 year old is not an independent reader yet, though he is liking reading chapter books more and more. Both of my kids (daughter is 4) really enjoy the series “Magic Tree House”. There are tons of them and all pretty topical to what kids might find interesting within history. 🙂
    Sarah M

  2. My son & I absolutely adored several of the Dahl books over the summer. However, I cannot recommend Charlie & the Great Glass Elevator – it was horrible. We were very disappointed by it.

  3. Thanks for this list. We’re always on the lookout for good chapter books for our 3 and 5 year old. We always have to be careful what we choose for bedtime reading (and daytime reading too, actually) since my 5 year old is super sensitive and gets scared pretty easily. He’s pretty good about communicating his boundaries, but I hate the idea of starting a chapter book and having him feel like he’s not brave enough for it or something. Would you recommend any of the list specifically for sensitive kids? Any books you’d stay away from? I do always read chapter books first, even the ones I read as a kid, but it’d be nice to hear others’ recommendations.

  4. What a great list Rebecca! Even as the girls get older, reading together offers so many opportunities to connect and explore a variety of topics. Wildwood has been on our list for sometime now 🙂

  5. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is a sweet chapter book with a beautiful moral theme. We loved it! Other favorites have been Little Pear, the Narnia series, The Beatrix Potter stories, Uncle Wiggly’s Animal Bedtime Stories, and I could go on and on and on!

    1. The Narnia series is one I can not wait to start. There are a few classics like Alice in Wonderland and Narnia which we have tried to start but they have just not progressed. I find it is easy to just put the book aside and try again 6 months later.

    2. Such delightful ideas Kendra. How did I forget Beatrix Potter!
      That would be a perfect starting point for a sensitive child. I would also consider some of the funny titles from Roald Dahl such as The Giraffe, The Polly and Me as well as The Famous Five by Enid Blyton. They are mysterious and full of suspense. I also love The magic Far Away Tree series. Magical and Mysterious.

  6. Thank you so much!! This is perfect timing for us. My son and I just finished the ‘Little House on the Prairie’ series and we both loved it. I was amazed at how much he enjoyed it and that it carried over into his play and got him interested in doing stuff around the house and in the kitchen. I was also shocked at how differently my interpretation was of them after having read them in my early teens.
    Thanks again!

  7. My four year old daughter and I are reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It’s the first chapter book we have attempted and I’m really enjoying it. Probably not quite at the beginning level of chapter books because it’s a little difficult for her to follow, but we love Alice. 🙂

  8. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Secret Garden, Alice in Wonderland, and The Wind in the Willows are some of our favorites.

  9. Another GREAT set is the Peter and the Starcatchers series! The first book is the story about how Peter Pan became Peter Pan, how he ended up in Neverland, where Tinkerbell came from, who Captain Hook is, and things like that. The series then continues with Peter’s adventures. The books came about because the daughter of one of the authors asked, “Dad, where did Peter Pan come from?”

    1. I adore a book which promotes discussion and questioning. That is the sign of a great book—posing and fostering questions which are beyond the story line and requiring discussion, thought and analysis!

  10. My little boy (5) loves the Lemony Snickett books. He always seems to love the bad guys, and most books with actual bad guys are a bit too much for him yet. These are perfect – if anything is too graphic, I just skip it. They also introduce lots of new words, which he loves.

  11. We are loving Kate DiCamilo books-so far Because of Winn Dixie and The Tiger Rising and are now reading The Tale of Desperaux. My daughter is 4, so it’s given us lots to talk about.

  12. My son and I have been listening to audio books together since he was a baby. Some of his favorites include: My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, and Half Magic by Edward Eager.

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