Top Kids’ Book Lists of 2013 {Chapter Books}

Regular readers know I share a children’s book list every Monday. I try hard to make these book lists useful for you, making sure I don’t simply include popular books that you already know about and (usually) avoiding themes or topics you can easily search for in your library’s card catalog. It’s so interesting to see which lists are the most widely read and shared. This year the clear winners were the chapter book lists.

You can click directly on any of them images in the collage below to go straight to the list. Text links and the order of the top ten are located below the collage. Don’t forget to bookmark the index of all my book lists.


Here are the top book lists visited this year. I’ve indicated which ones have a publication date of 2012:

  1. Chapter Books for Preschoolers (2012 – it was last year’s top pick, too.)
  2. Summer Reading Chapter Books for Independent Readers (kids ages 7-10)
  3. Early Chapter Books about Boys (stand alone novels)
  4. Math Chapter Books
  5. Early Chapter Books Series about Girls
  6. Early Chapter Books Series about Boys
  7. Summer Reading Chapter Books for Reading Aloud Together (you guys like your summer reading!)
  8. Classic Children’s Books from the 1960s (2012)
  9. Early Chapter Books about Animals
  10. Classic Children’s Books from the 1970s (2012)

I can tell you guys like your chapter books for kids ages 7-10! Not a single picture book list made the cut of the top ten! I can see I have my work cut out for me in 2014 because chapter book lists take a lot more reading time to make. I guess I won’t be getting much sleep over the next year if I’m going to keep up with your demands.

I’d love to hear from you. Were these useful lists for you? Are your favorites on this list?

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  1. I found myself nodding along as I read thinking, “yep, I refer back to that list (and that list and that list) all the time.” Thank you so much for taking the time to put together such helpful resources for us. I look forward to seeing what you share in the coming year.

  2. I guess you better get reading, lady. How about some reading lists for parents of children? Oh, nevermind. I’ll just be happy with the kid lists you share….

  3. Nice! I’ve just bookmarked the preschoolers one (popular for a reason, eh?).

  4. teachingyoungchildren says:

    I find your book lists very useful when I search for new books to read! The good news (for you!) is that chapter books cover a wider range of readers and their caregivers and, I think, less covered in blogosphere, so I wish you and your blog a happy and successful 2014 :)

  5. I adore your book lists – they inspire many of our library picks, every single week. Thank you!!!

  6. I love your book lists!! That’s how I found you through pinterest through your chapter books for preschoolers list. I know lots about intermediate chapter./picture books, but not the younger set so your list has been great in introducing us to new authors for little boys. My 5 year old loved the Toys Go Out series. It has now surpassed Mercy Watson and Babe the Gallant Pig in popularity. The audio version is wonderful as well which is what I gave him so he can listen to it again at quiet time. My three year old is loving Betsy Byars Boo books you recommended. Keep those lists and game recommendations coming. It’s my favorite part of your blog and I so appreciate the time you put into those posts.

    • Erica MomandKiddo says:

      Julie, Thank you for leaving your comment! It really means so much to a blogger to know their posts are useful. I agree that Toys Go Out is lovely and the audio version is wonderful. I love that your son listens to it a quiet time. I discovered the Boo books quite by accident and I’m happy your son likes them!

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