The 50 best read-aloud chapter books for young kids

The 50 best read-aloud chapter books for kids

I love to read chapter books aloud to my two boys. Even though my six year old is getting to the point where he can read on his own I still love snuggling up with a good book with my boys on either side of me. It is great bonding time and fun to have an excuse to reread your favorite childhood books or discover a new adventure together.


Here are a few things that I’ve learned while reading chapter books aloud to my boys.

1. Don’t underestimate your child’s reading comprehension! There have been times when I’ve been reading and I think to myself that there is NO way my kids are catching on to this story, but they do! Jungle Book was one of those books. My husband read it aloud to them and the first time I heard him reading I was sure my boys would never ask to hear more, but they did, and they loved the book.

2. Books that have a drawing every few pages are nice to keep them engaged (especially for my 4-year old), but it isn’t necessary. Sometimes it’s fun to see their imaginations working without looking at pictures.

3. This part is fun. Or embarrassing. Or will get you out of your comfort zone. Or is a great way to practice being a stage actor. However you look at it, don’t forget to use dramatic voices and use your hands. Give each character their own voice. Nothing will make your child lose interest in the story quicker than a monotone voice. The story doesn’t have to be read in a boring way, make it fun and even a little silly.

4. If there is a book that is terrifying your child or you feel the material may be too much for them, put it away and try again when they are older. Don’t scar your child with a book, we want reading to be fun! My six year old was a little nervous by BFG, but insisted he was okay. If I knew he was seriously terrified we would have put it away for when he was ready. You want the books to spark their imagination and to help them form a love of reading, not to create nightmares.

Here is a list of some of our favorite chapter books that we have already read and some more that we can’t wait to read:

1.  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by Roald Dahl

2. The BFG
by Roald Dahl

3. Charlotte’s Web
by E.B. White

4. Stuart Little
by E.B. White

5. The Mouse and the Motorcycle
by Beverly Cleary

6. Mr. Popper’s Penguins
by Richard Atwater

7. Magic Tree House series
by Mary Pope Osborne

8. Hank the Cowdog series
by John R. Erickson

9. Sideways Stories from Wayside School
by Louis Sachar

10 .Chronicles of Narnia series
by C.S. Lewis

11. The Jungle Book
by Rudyard Kipling

12. The Great Brain
by John D. Fitzgerald

13. The Borrowers
by Mary Norton

14. Toys Go Out
by Emily Jenkins

15. The Moffats
by Eleanor Estes

16. Matilda
by Roald Dahl

17. How to Train Your Dragon
by Cressida Cowell

18.  Holes
by Louis Sachar

19. The Indian in the Cupboard
by Lynne Reid Banks

20. The Boxcar Children series
by Gertrude Chandler Warner

21. The Tale of Despereaux
by Kate DiCamillo

22. The Little House Collection
by Laura Ingalls Wilder

23. The Spiderwick Chronicles
by Tony DiTerlizzi

24. Danny the Champion of the World
by Roald Dahl

25.James and the Giant Peach
by Roald Dahl

26. Fantastic Mr. Fox
by Roald Dahl

27. Junie B. Jones
by Barbara Park

28. The Family Under the Bridge
by Natalie Savage Carlson

29. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
by Robert C. O’Brien

30. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
by E.L. Konigsburg

31. Shiloh
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

32. Harriet the Spy
by Louise Fitzhugh

33. Ivy & Bean series
by Annie Barrows

34. The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh
by A. A. Milne

35. Peter Pan
by Bobby Driscoll

36. The Doll People 
by Ann M. Martin

37. The One and Only Ivan
by Katherine Applegate

38. Choose Your Own Adventure books

39. Hatchet
by Gary Paulsen

40. Island of the Blue Dolphins
by Scott O’Dell

41. Nancy Drew
by Carolyn Keene

42. Pippi Longstocking
by Astrid Lindgren

43. The Trumpet of the Swan
by E. B. White

44. Freckle Juice
by Judy Blume

45. The Judy Moody
by Megan McDonald

46. Beezus and Ramona
by Beverly Cleary

47. Rufus M.
by Eleanor Estes

48. How to Eat Fried Worms
by Thomas Rockwell

49. Fat Men From Space
by Daniel Manus Pinkwater

50. Secret Agent Jack Stalwart
by Elizabeth Singer Hunt


Of course there are 100s more awesome chapter books for kids, but this at least gives you a place to start. Did I leave one of your favorites off the list? Let me know in the comments!



I made another awesome list of read-aloud chapter books from your suggestions and comments.

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50 favorite read-aloud chapter books







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