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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