5 Chapter Books for Young Readers

I remember my first chapter book. It was Sleepy Dog by Harriet Ziefert. Now it wasn’t actually a chapter book. Not in the traditional sense. But it was an early reader, with its small collection of words and story broken up into “chapters.” And as an emerging reader – I. Ate. It. Up.


I loved that book. I was so proud of myself for being able to read something with chapters – whoa! – but I also loved the story. So much, that I literally wore a hole into the cover. And then “patched” it by taping blue construction paper over it. (I mean…I tried, right?) But the point is: chapter books present a new level of reading literacy – and an entirely new world – for any young reader.

On today’s list, I’ve included five great chapter books for young readers to enjoy!

Note - these are actual, full chapter books; not emerging readers like Sleepy Dog. Depending on the child’s reading level, I’d recommend the books on this list for students ranging from roughly 2nd – 5th grade. (But I still highly recommend Sleepy Dog to any level reader who loves a cute, short story about a sleepy pup. 😉)

1.       The BFG by Roald Dahl (Author), Quentin Blake (Illustrator) [Bonus - Check out my Activity Packet for The BFG here.]

2.       Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar (Author), Julie Brinckloe (Author), Adam McCauley (Illustrator)

3.       Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

4.       The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

5.       The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Want more? Well, you’re in luck! I have my very own children’s chapter book!

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10 Classic Books You’ll Love at Every Age

Books are a thing. An item, a material. Composed of a cover, binding, and pages. Simple. But the stories held among the pages? Anything but. In fact, what’s held on the inside - the magic inside books - in my opinion, remains absolutely priceless. Below, I’ve listed some of my lifelong-favorite reads, including the books I come back to year after year!

1.       The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

2.       Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

3.       The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Author), Richard Howard (Translator)

4.       The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho [Bonus - Check out my Activity Packet for The Alchemist here.]

5.       Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

6.       Peter and Wendy by J.M. Barrie

7.       Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne (Author), Ernest H. Shepard (Illustrator)

8.       The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf (Author), Robert Lawson (Illustrator)

9.       The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams (Author), William Nicholson (Illustrator)

10.   Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (Author), Quentin Blake (Illustrator)

Whether you have these strewn across your floor, dog-eared and heavily read – or if you’re looking to add to your collection, the above stories will delight and inspire a wide range of readers.

Some of these also make very special, personal gifts! Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is often recommended as a gift for graduates. Inscribe a small note on the inside cover to truly make a lasting impression. 😊

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