The best read aloud chapter books for kids

I have been reading chapter books with my kids since they were really little. They are now old enough to read on their own, but I still read aloud to them every night. It is my favorite time of the day and they look forward to it too! This is a list of the best read aloud chapter books for kids, so I’m sure you’ll find your next favorite book!

I love to read chapter books aloud to my kids. Even though they are all old enough to read on their own I still love snuggling up with a good book on my bed with my kids. It is great bonding time and fun to have an excuse to reread your favorite childhood books or discover a new adventure together. My kids look forward to it too! You might also like this list of favorite picture books or the best board books for babies.

This list is for elementary age kids (ages 5-11). Some books are more for the younger side of those age ranges and some are more for the older kids. You can click on the link to each book and find out the recommended age range for each book. I’ve discovered when I read books to my older boys that my 5 year old daughter follows along just fine, but you can decide what would work best for your family.

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

50 of the best read aloud chapter books

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. Wonder

by P.J. Palacio


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. Fablehaven

By Brandon Mull



36. The Doll People 
by Ann M. Martin



37. The One and Only Ivan
by Katherine Applegate



38. Series of Unfortunate Events
by Lemony Snicket




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. Ella Enchanted
By Gail Carson Levine



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!


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