A friend of mine emailed to ask for some chapter book recommendations for her son, just starting out on chapter books. So I thought I’d copy my reply here.
These are some of our favourite children’s chapter-ish books. Reading level varies in these…some you may need to read aloud.
In no particular order.
- Charlotte’s Web – E B White
- Stuart Little – E B White
- The Adventures of Pinnochio – Carlo Collodi
- The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me – Roald Dahl
- Pipi Longstocking – Astrid Lindgren
- The Chronicles of Narnia – C S Lewis ( first two are best….others get a little tricky)
- The Velveteen Rabbit – Margery Williams
- Stories of Winnie the Pooh with selected poems – A A Milne
- The Complete Tales – Beatrix Potter
- Hans Christian Andersen tales
- Aesops Fables ( you can get lovely abridged ones and illustrated ones)
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain
- The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
- Tom’s Midnight Garden – Philippa Pearce
- Christopher Mouse – William Wise
- The Magic Half – Annie Barrows
- Little House on the Prairie series – Laura Ingalls Wilder
- Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carrol
- The Borrowers – Mary Norton
Emma has also enjoyed Enid Blyton books starting with Noddy, and lately she’s read Treasure Hunters and Mystery Stories. She’s also quite into the prolific titles in the Rainbow Magic series, as well as Disney Fairies, and Ballerina Magic. (I don’t like them, but she reads a lot of them from the library.)
She also started off by reading through a collection of Nursery Tales we used to read aloud to her. It has a lot of the classic tales (like Andersen’s) retold and beautifully illustrated. It took her to longer sentences and paragraphs, with shortish stories so she could finish one in a sitting.
I hope that helps. There are great reading lists at Ambleside Online, especially if you’re after more classic type books for kids.