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!

My Friend Shtumpy

Now available on Amazon!