Chapter Books for Kids

In this archive you will find all of our chapter book lists. The chapter books cover a variety of levels, from easy readers to early chapter books as well as middle grade fiction and YA. My most popular list is 50+ chapter books for preschoolers

Children’s Books Parents Actually Buy (and 3 They Should)

A list of popular children's book that parents buy for their kids. Good gift ideas.

I recommend a lot of books during the course of a year! Except for my month off in July, I published a new children’s book list every Monday. (See the index of all my children’s book lists here.) At the end of the year I am fascinated to see which recommended books parents actually decide… Keep Reading →

12+ Classic Books for Tweens

Classic books tweens love.

Although the word “tween” is a new-fangled one, kids ages 9-12 can certainly appreciate a classic book.  My oldest son turns 10 in a few months and will be firmly in this group. While I don’t think there is a consensus on what makes a book “classic” I’ve decided, for purposes of this book list,… Keep Reading →

8 Banned Books Your Kids Should Read

Banned books for kids. Books I loved as a kid and books my children love now.

In celebration of Banned Books Week, I encourage you to read or check out at least one title from this banned books list. I admit, that I do not readily understand the need for parents to censor their child’s reading. Even when my kids enjoy books I hate, I don’t tell them no. I have even… Keep Reading →

10 Funny Books to Read Aloud

10 funny chapter books to read aloud to kids

This list of funny books to read aloud is primarily (with a few exceptions) composed of books that can be found elsewhere on my book lists, but a few days ago a fellow parent and I were chatting about how much fun it is when our kids laugh out loud when we are reading. I… Keep Reading →

12+ Books for Kids Not Ready for Harry Potter

Books for kids not ready to ready the entire Harry Potter series, either because of reading level or age appropriateness.

Every child should read Harry Potter, but not every child is ready to read the entire series in one go. I mentioned in my post about how to choose chapter books for kids that the age of the protagonist is a good general guideline for the age of the reader. Harry Potter is 11 in… Keep Reading →

14 Chapter Books about the Theater

Theater chapter books for kids. Click through for entire list.

I loved reading the theater-themed books for this list!  As I said a few weeks ago, when I shared 12 of my favorite picture books about the theater, our family has made theater an essential part of our lives. I’ve often joked that all my theater training serves me well, now that I spend so much time reading… Keep Reading →

Mermaid Books and Crafts for Kids

Mermaid books and crafts for kids

Summer means it’s beach season and imaginative children can’t help but wonder if there are a few mermaids beneath the waves. Spark their imagination with some fun mermaid books. Even though long time readers (you.are.the.best.) know I’m not one to do book related crafts with my kids, that doesn’t mean I don’t like them. (It… Keep Reading →

4th Grade Summer Reading List

4th grade Summer reading list. Books for kids 8 to 12 years old.

Are you already dreaming of the summer? Our local library just published their summer reading lists for kids so that has spurred me on to created a personalized book list for my soon to be 4th grader. (Oh, how time flies.) This 4th grade summer reading list is filled with middle grade books appropriate for kids… Keep Reading →