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The books in this list are early chapter books. We have read them to children between the age of 3 and 6.

[1]

Chalk Box Kid

Bulla, Clyde Robert

chapter book
read-aloud preschool and up

Many books can wet your eyes, or make you laugh, but few evoke the emotion of amazement. When you visit the grand canyon, you say wow. At the end of this book, both you and your child will be amazed with the ingenuity that people are capable of. This novel is a subtle masterpiece.


[2]

The Stories Julian Tells

Cameron, Ann

illus. Strugnell, Ann

chapter book
read-aloud preschool and up

A great book of emotion and life. Julian is a little boy who grows, noticeably, in 71 pages.


[3]

Two Times the Fun

Cleary, Beverly

illus. Thompson, Carol

chapter book
read-aloud preschool and up

This simple chapter book tells several short stories (each story takes up a chapter) about a pair of twins (boy/girl). The twins are around 4 years old, which makes it an excellent early read aloud book.


[4]

Moongobble 1: The Dragon of Doom

Coville, Bruce

illus. Coville, Katherine

chapter book
read-aloud preschool and up
audiobook CD

This is the first book in the Moongobble and Me series. Edward, a young boy apprentices to a neophyte wizard, Moongobble. Moongobble has a habit of messing up his spells and turning things to cheese. The Moongobble series has all the elements of fantasy: knights, dragons, witches,... but none of the violence usually present: the dragon of doom turns out to be roughly a foot long. The writing is witty, but simple enough for a four year old to understand.


[5]

Mercy Watson to the Rescue

Dicamillo, Kate

illus. Dusen, Chris Van

chapter book
read-aloud preschool and up
audiobook CD

Mercy Watson is a pig who lives with a human couple. Her favorite place to sleep is right in bed with the humans. This series makes a nice read-aloud for a young child. The writing is simple and almost every page has high quality color illustrations. When you child get older, check out Dicamillo's other award winning popular books.


[6]

Three Tales of My Father's Dragon

Gannett, Ruth Stiles

chapter book
read-aloud preschool and up
audiobook CD

A good story to read aloud when you are beginning chapter books. A boy goes off to a strange island to rescue a dragon.


[7]

Andrew Lost

Greenburg, J.C.

illus. Palen, Debbie

chapter book
read-aloud preschool and up

highly recommended

Andrew is a child genius inventor. His inventions take his cousin Judy and him on various adventures. Each adventure lasts four books (each book is almost always 75 pages) and it is possible to read adventures out of order. The books are filled with scientific facts: the author is an established biology children's textbook writer. I personally learned a lot of neat science from the books. Don't think these books are dry, Greenburg mixes in interesting facts throughout the adventure.


[8]

Emmaline and the Bunny

Hannigan, Katherine

chapter book
read-aloud preschool and up

highly recommended

Emmaline is a young girl living in a gray, concrete town. No trees, wild animals, or non-standard behavior is allowed. However, Emmaline is different. She dresses in color and wants a wild bunny, as a pet. Almost every page has beautiful, author illustrated pictures, and the text is very poetical. The author is not afraid to invent quite a few nonsense words to keep the rhythm.


[9]

Busybody Nora

Hurwitz, Johanna

illus. Tilley, Debbie

chapter book
read-aloud preschool and up

Nora is a four year old girl who lives in a New York City apartment building. In this adventure (part of a series), Nora throws a party for an old neighbor. The writing is touching.


[10]

Toys Go Out

Jenkins, Emily

illus. Zelinsky, Paul

chapter book
read-aloud preschool and up
audiobook CD

The adventures of a rubber ball, and a stuffed stingray, and a stuffed buffalo. Imagine Toy Story, but with more details, and a little more realistic. Each chapter pretty much tells its own story, so it makes a good early read aloud chapter book.


[11]

Toys Go Out: Toy Dance Party

Jenkins, Emily

illus. Zelinsky, Paul

chapter book
read-aloud preschool and up

highly recommended

More adventures from the toys introduced in Toys Go Out . The chapters are largely self contained, and entertaining to read. The writing is quite smooth and sophisticated, yet understandable to a young child. More adventures from the toys introduced in Toys Go Out . The chapters are largely self contained, and entertaining to read. The writing is quite smooth and sophisticated, yet understandable to a young child. I have read about 100 chapter books to 4 and 5 year old, and Toys is one of my favorite for young kids. It is not plot based like most other books. Instead the characters are fully developed. The book is full of emotion: not common at this read aloud level. First read aloud Toys Go Out, then this one.


[12]

Martin Bridge: Ready For Takeoff (Series)

Kerrin, Jessica Scott

illus. Kelly, Joseph

chapter book
read-aloud preschool and up

highly recommended

Martin Bridge is an eight year old boy with a lively imagination. What makes the book good is that it is very realistic, but contains those little magical moments of everyday life. Each chapter is a separate short story. In the first, a touch of warmth from a new bus driver seeps out and spreads, warming a cold relationship between Martin and the old bus driver. The book is subtle, but simple.


[13]

Catwings

Le Guin, Ursula

illus. Schindler, S.D.

chapter book
read-aloud preschool and up

highly recommended

Catwings are cats that can fly. A poor pregnant cat, living on the streets, dreams of a better life for her unborn kittens. She dreams they will fly away, to a better life. The book is beautifully written, full of emotion, and hope for a bright future. This book is one of the best chapter books for really young children.


[14]

Frog and Toad Are Friends

Lobel, Arnold

chapter book
read-aloud preschool and up

highly recommended
audiobook CD

Lobel's books are unique in that they are written on a very simple reading level, yet the stories are interesting and surprisingly deep.


[15]

Owl At Home

Lobel, Arnold

chapter book
read-aloud preschool and up

Owl spends too much time alone. The book is so simply written (it is an easy reader book) but so deep on emotion. It is truly an amazing piece of writing.


[16]

Winnie the Pooh

Milne, A.A.

illus. Shepard, Ernest H.

chapter book
read-aloud preschool and up

The language reads a little old fashioned, and Pooh's interesting form of grammar can be a little strange, but Pooh's little adventures are fun. I would recommend you read Pooh to experienced chapter book listeners. Don't start with Pooh since it can get a little confusing for a small child.


[17]

Magic Tree House

Osborne, Pope Mary

illus. Murdocca, Sal

chapter book
read-aloud preschool and up
audiobook CD

The Magic Tree House series is a great stepping stone between picture books and chapter books. Most books written for a pre-k listening level take place in a realistic setting, like school. Not so with the magic tree house, it takes Jack and Anne throughout time and space: from the time of the dinosaurs to the future when men have colonized the moon. The books are exciting to read: Jack and Anne are often in real danger, though you know they will always make it back home. These books are also available in an audio format. I recommend reading at least the first four books. If you, the adult reader, gets bored, try playing the audio versions.


[18]

Amelia Bedelia

Parish, Peggy

illus. Siebel, Fritz

chapter book
read-aloud preschool and up

highly recommended
audiobook CD

If you like the humor that comes when people interpret directions literally, then you will love Ameila. For example, she is told to dress the chicken. Well she does, but in a green shirt with suspenders. Adults will find it funny, but kids will find it hysterical. The book is considered a chapter book, but contains pictures (which add to the humor) on almost every page.


[19]

Junie B. Jones (Series)

Park, Barbara

illus. Brunkus, Denise

chapter book
read-aloud preschool and up

I read the first book, where Stupid Smelly Bus and stopped. I enjoyed the book; my child enjoyed it. But, every other word Junie says is the word stupid. In fact, my child started using the word stupid so much that I returned the rest of the series to the library. But, in fairness to the book, the book is good. There is another issue: Junie does not always speak in a grammatically correct fashion. This doesn't bother me but it bothers some people.


[20]

You Read to Me and I'll Read to You: Stories to Share from the 20th Century

Schulman, Janet

chapter book
read-aloud preschool and up

highly recommended

This is a compilation of many excellent short chapter books. It includes Amos and Boris (Steig), The Magic Finger (Dahl), Catwings (LeGuin), and many more. It is an excellent birthday present, or a book to keep for your own personal library.


[21]

Chibi: A True Story from Japan

Takaya, Julia; Brenner, Barbara

illus. Otani, June

chapter book
read-aloud preschool and up

highly recommended

The true story of how a family of ducks captured the hearts of the people in Tokyo. Sato-san, a photographer, took special interest in the duck family. When it was apparent that the family of ducks would cross a main road, Sato-san camped out all night to make sure the ducks could safely cross (with a police escort). The smallest duckling, Chibi, became the favorite of many. All was well until a violent storm scattered the ducks...