Inspired by a Pinterest pin from one of my friends, I decided to try out some chapter books with Curtis a few months ago. He had been plowing through our favorite childrens’ picture books again and again, and he is starting to learn to read. I figured he might be capable of bumping it up a little. I am surprised at how much he can handle. Here are our favorite chapter books for our preschooler so far:
The Magic Tree House series.
by Mary Pope Osborne
Finding this series was pretty amazing for us. The stories are simple, chapters are short, but they are entrancing for my son. In each book the main characters go to some place new – the Moon, the Amazon, back to the time of dinosaurs – and have adventures. The language isn’t the strongest. There are a lot of incomplete sentences and it isn’t necessarily refined English grammar, but considering how much we enjoy the stories as well as the opportunity for learning (for each book you can also buy a Fact book to accompany it) it is worth it. Be careful getting hooked. There are a LOT of these in the series.
Winnie the Pooh.
This started our chapter book infatuation. Fabulous book. Magical, funny for all levels, creative, and fun. Plus, it is classic!
My Father’s Dragon.
by Ruth Stiles Gannett
I was a little worried about this story since my son can be a sensitive when it comes to “suspense” but he really liked this book! All the animals, the problem-solving, and the resolution kept him happy. I am so glad we discovered this.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins.
by Richard & Florence Atwater
This is what we are currently working on. The antics of the penguins are fantastic! I have so many memories of this from my childhood that I am enjoying sharing it.
The Boxcar Children series.
by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Orphans who have a dog and live in a boxcar – it is my son’s dream come true! He didn’t necessarily get hooked on the series as he did with Magic Tree House but he has enjoyed the books we have read thus far.
We also read -
The Mouse & The Motorcycle.
by Beverly Cleary
as well as-
by E.B. White
but neither of those were as interesting to my son. I think a lot of the nuances of The Mouse & The Motorcycle were beyond him and he was disappointed in the ending of Stuart Little (so was my husband).
I found this link on Pinterest to Sarah Bessey’s website and she has some recommendations that I think we’ll be trying as well.
I also keep a Goodreads shelf for Curtis’s books, so come follow me there and let’s share what books we’re reading as a family.
How about you guys? What books do your younger crew like to read? What chapter books do you remember as a kid and which ones are you excited to share?