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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4 YA/Adult Books I’ve Read This Year (And You Should, Too)

Alright, adults. All you this time. Well, young adults, too, but you follow. Today’s list is all about the young adult/new adult reader and some great books you might not have heard of (yet) but would love. And maybe one or two you have heard of, but should consider giving another look, or even reading again!

We’re going to go about this in a “choose your own adventure style.” Because, I mean, that’s fun. Here we go!

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