50 favorite chapter books to read aloud to young children

Last month I made a list of the 50 best read-aloud chapter books for kids. The list consisted of books I have already read to my two young boys and some more that we were planning on reading. Check out the post to find out what I have learned while reading books aloud to my kids. I am so pleased because that post is officially my most popular one. I’m pleased because it means that families are excited about reading together and I LOVE that! I had comments flooding in from all over with favorite chapter books that you have read to your children and I HAD to make them into their own special list.

Thank you for your comments and keep reading to your kids! They will use their imaginations, broaden their vocabulary, form a love of reading, and go on an adventure all while snuggling and bonding with you.

So without further adieu, here is YOUR list of favorite read-aloud chapter books for kids.

50 favorite read-aloud chapter books


1. The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp


2. A Little Princess


3. Little Pear


4. The Courage of Sarah Noble


5. Tumtum & Nutmeg: The Rose Cottage Adventures


6. Fancy Nancy series


7. American Girl books


8. Where the Red Fern Grows


9. Anne of Green Gables series


10. My Father’s Dragon: The Bestselling Children Story


11. The Stray


12. Homer Price


13. Ella Enchanted (Trophy Newbery)


14. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again


15. The Magician’s Elephant


16. The Magic Faraway Tree Collection


17. The Secret Seven


18. The Wind in the Willows


19. The Children of Green Knowe


20. Inkheart trilogy


21. My Naughty Little Sister


22. Tales of Joe and Timothy


23. The Saturdays (Melendy Quartet)


24. The Neverending Story


25. Lulu and the Brontosaurus


26. The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles


27.  The Best Christmas Pageant Ever


28. Caddie Woodlawn


29. Because of Winn-Dixie


30. Tuck Everlasting


31. Emily’s Runaway Imagination


32. Clementine series


33. Fig Pudding


34. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle


35. All-of-a-Kind Family


36. Betsy-Tacy


37. Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo series


38. The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy


39. Flora & Ulysses


40. Walk Two Moons


41. Wolf Story


42. Jenny and the Cat Club


43. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane


44. Trixie Belden series


45. Katie John


46. The Bobbsey Twins


47. Santa Paws series


48. Owls in the Family


49. The Year of Miss Agnes


50. Chronicles of Narnia


Thank you so much for helping me out with this awesome list! I can’t wait to start reading these to my kids.

Please keep sharing! what other chapter books do you love? What picture books do read over and over because your kids love them so much? What books make you laugh out loud? Lets keep this list going and inspire more reading at home!


Also, don’t forget to check out my other post with read-aloud chapter books for kids. Click on the picture below:


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  • Marcy

    You should check out Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher and Stone Fox… my two favorites. Thanks for you list most I have read to my kids but I have some new ones to enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • Ellie

    The Wildwood series by Colin MeloyReplyCancel

  • Renee

    Great list! A family favorite that I have highly recommended to many families is The Phantom Tollbooth. A fantastically fun, clever classic that must be read out loud, with voices. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sydney

    One of my favorites is “Mandy” by Julie Edwards (it’s actually Julie Andrews). Such a great book! I read it several times as a kid and my daughter just got done reading it aloud to me over a few days time. She got 100% on the AR reading test she took for it too. Great read! One of my favorite younger children’s books is “Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf. My mother read that to me so many times I had it memorized.ReplyCancel

  • Beth

    It isn’t a chapter book, but we have read it over and over and over…Harry & the Crazed Chicken Pirates. Ridiculous, but both of us (my son is 4) end up laughing every single time. It has definitely joined the ranks of favorite books in our house!ReplyCancel

  • MC Dobbs

    Wonderful lists! Please include John Reynolds Gardiner’s book Stone Fox, and also include Wilson Rawl’s Summer of the Monkeys. These books were always voted best books read by my elementary students for the last 34 years. That is a strong recommendation!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline

    My all-time favourites for my six year old daughter are the recent “Lilliput” by Sam Gayton, and the classics Charlotte’s Web, Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland.ReplyCancel

  • Laurie Travis

    Snot Stew by Bill Wallace is funny and fun. It is NOT about snot but two cute kittens and how they perceive humans and dogs.ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte Patterson

    I am a school librarian and am sharing your wonderful list with my teachers, who frequently ask me for a good book to read aloud.
    two of my absolute favorites:
    1. The Cabin Faced West by Jean Fritz.
    Set in 1784 in the wilderness of western Pennsylvania, ten-year-old Ann Hamilton (Fritz’s great-great grandmother!) is the only girl and is lonesome and homesick for her friends and the comforts of civilization. The story ends with a visit by George Washington who eats supper with them. George Washington really did eat with the Hamilton family. The event is recorded in his diary.
    2. Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare. In 1687 in the Connecticut colony, Kit Tyler, feels out of place in her aunt’s Puritan household. She befriends an old woman who is considered to be a witch by the community. Kit suddenly finds herself on trial for witchcraft. (After all, she could SWIM!) You will learn more about colonial life through this book than any history book.ReplyCancel

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  • Allyson

    Thank you for these lists! Two of our favorites are Howl’s Moving Castle by. Diana Wynne Jones and her sequel to that book which is called House of Many Ways. They are enjoyed by kids and adults alike! ReplyCancel


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