Friday, January 25, 2013

Chapter Books to Read Aloud

If your preschooler or early elementary aged child is interested in hearing longer books and you're looking for chapter books to read aloud, here are some suggestions.  These are chapter books to consider for reading aloud to your young child (4 - 8 years old) and are great for older children to listen to or read alone as well.  Some families enjoy reading a chapter or two together each day and talking about the story together.

Our library owns the books on the list below.  You can check our catalog to see if they are currently available, read summaries of each book, and reserve them.

Have you read any of these books with your children?  Do you have any other suggestions?  Leave a comment to let us know what you're reading and what you think of it.  

Chapter Books to Read Aloud

Beginning chapter books
located by the author's last name in the Early Reader section

Young Cam Jansen series by David Adler
Jennifer Jansen is nicknamed Cam (short for camera) for her photographic memory which helps her solve mysteries with her friends.

Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo
This series features the adventures of a pig named Mercy and her human family.

Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel
This series features the adventures of two friends, Frog and Toad.

Henry and Mudge series by Cynthia Rylant
This series features the adventures of Henry and his large dog Mudge.

Not exactly a chapter book, but a longer book in which each “chapter” is a different story:
You Read to Me and I'll Read to You: 20th Century Stories to Share
located in the E Nonfiction section: E 808.8 Schulman
Each chapter features a different story – sometimes a picture book, sometimes a selection from a chapter book.

Chapter books
located by the author's last name in the Juvenile Fiction section

Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater
A delivery of an Antarctic penguin leads to a house full of penguins and changes the lives of Mr. Popper and his family.

Berenstain Bears series by Stan and Jan Berenstain
This series features the adventures of the Berenstain bear family.

Freckle Juice by Judy Blume
Andrew wants freckles so badly that he buys Sharon's freckle recipe for fifty cents.

A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
A very small bear found by Mr. and Mrs. Brown at Paddington station becomes one of the family.

Flat Stanley series by Jeff Brown
After a bulletin board falls on Stanley while he's sleeping, he finds that being flat has its advantages.

Arthur chapter books by Marc Brown
This series features the adventures of Arthur the aardvark and his friends.

The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling
A boy acquires a magical gift that turns everything his lips touch into chocolate.

Ralph series by Beverly Cleary
(Runaway Ralph, The Mouse and the Motorcycle, and Ralph S. Mouse)
The adventures of Ralph, the motorcycle riding mouse.

Ramona series by Beverly Cleary
The adventures of Ramona and her family.

My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
trilogy included in Three Tales of my Father's Dragon
A young boy determines to rescue a poor baby dragon who is being used by a group of lazy wild animals to ferry them across the river on Wild Island.

Andrew Lost series by J. C. Greenburg
Andrew's inventions lead to interesting adventures. Each adventure last four books. In book one, Andrew and his friends are shrunk by one of his inventions, books one through four follow his escapades while small, and he returns to his normal size in book four. A new adventure begins in book five.

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
The escapades of a lucky little girl who lives with a horse and a monkey--but without any parents--at the edge of a Swedish village.

Winnie the Pooh books by A. A. Milne
Pooh and his friends Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, Kanga, and others share adventures with Christopher Robin.

Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne
Siblings Annie and Jack travel to a different location and a different time in history via a magic tree house in each book of this series.

Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker
The adventures of eight year old Clementine, her family, and friends.

The Littles series by John Peterson
The Littles are a family of tiny creatures who live in the walls of a house owned by the Bigg family.

Mrs. Noodlekugel by Daniel Pinkwater
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 three myopic mice.

Jigsaw Jones series by James Preller
Jigsaw Jones and his partner Mila solve mysteries.

Little House on the Prairie by Wilder
The day to day life of Laura Ingalls and her family in the late nineteenth century.

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