Looking for suggestions on chapter books to read with,and to share with my grandchildren.

Looking for suggestions on chapter books to read with,and to share with my grandchildren. We have reading levels from second to sixth grade.

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  • Laura Ingalls Wilder’s series. Timeless! Boxcar Children series.

  • Chronicles of Narnia – might be better suited to the older kids but SO AMAZING!

  • The Phantom Tollbooth, Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher

  • Tales of a 4th grade Nothing, the Beezus and Ramona books, Mouse and the Motorcycle, Because of Winn Dixie

  • Bridge to Terabithia, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, The Mouse On the Motorcycle, The Indian In the Cupboard, A Wrinkle In Time, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

  • Then Wilderking Trilogy by Jonathan Rogers and Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes and the sequel Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier. We have 10 kids and these are our favorites!!

  • Narnia, Harry Potter, Nancy Drew & Hardy boys are nice and short, Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children

  • Wow! Thank you for all the great suggestions. I love this group!

  • Roald Dahl books; The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda.

  • The Indian in The Cupboard series by Lynne Reid Banks and the Poppy series by Avi (Tales From Dimwood Forest). Two of my favorites for reading aloud.

  • Kate DiCamilo books; Because of Winn Dixie, Tale of Desperaux, and the Edward Tulane book.

  • Also, The Secrets of Nimh (Mrs. Frisby and The Rats of NIMH) by Robert O’Brien.

    • And sequel – Racso and the Rats of NIMH. Equally good, often overlooked or not even known.

  • The Poppy series by Avi – I truly feel he paints pictures with words.

    • I love the way the personalities of the animals come through in the writing! Ereth is my favorite!

  • Beverly Cleary books. Ramona the pest, The Mouse and the Motorcycle and many more

  • My 2nd grader loves Junie B. Jones and also the series of unfortunate events

  • A timeless book published in 1948, My Side of the Mountain by Jean George. I used it as a read aloud in the classroom for several years because of the rich language, adventure, nature, survival. The students could hardly wait for the next chapter.

    • Jean George Craighead. Any books good!

      Did you read Hatchet by Gary Paulsen? It is top notch as well!

  • Roald Dahl’s books and E.B. White’s books, including Charlotte’s Web.

  • Swallows and Amazons is one of my favorites. It was written in a different era, though, and does have some language that would not be found in the books of today (“shut up, stupid” for example, said between siblings). I find the series adventurous and charming.

  • Two of my favorite series are: Toys Go Out (Toys #1)
    by Emily Jenkins, Paul O. Zelinsky (Illustrator) and The Doll People (Doll People, #1)
    by Ann M. Martin

  • My family with teens and early elementary ages really enjoyed reading The Hobbit a few chapters an evening.

  • Check out the Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson. 4 books. It’s fantasy/adventure.

  • Don’t forget the classics! Tom Sawyer, Little women, even the Three musketeers!

  • We are reading Charlie and Chocolate factory. Has little bit of illustrations.

  • School of Fear series was fun, The Indian in the Cupboard series, Pippi Longstocking, we enjoys the Odyssey fully illustrated edition (the Iliad is next), Percy Jackson series, the Book of Elsewhere series. My 9yo also enjoyed reading Save Me A Seat with her class last year

  • the princess and the goblin, the princess and curdie, the phantom tollbooth, the oz books by L Frank Baum, counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

    • I teach fifth grade and can recommend many titles that will work when that 2nd grader gets just a little older – Wonder, The One and Only Ivan, The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Harry Potter of course…

    • A little young for the sixth grader.. but the Mrs Piggle Wiggle books and PL Travers Mary Poppins books.. Pippi Longstocking, They probably would be able to read to you Puppy Place and Kitty Corner (thinking of the 2nd grader right now) The Borrowers

  • The One Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared. This book is hilarious and can give some subtle history lessons!

  • Ditto to so many books mentioned above! Some others to check out are Wonder, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, and The Series of Unfortunate Events (Lame story – but SPECTACULAR writing. I always bring up this series as an example that you CAN make interesting books out of a lame story if you have skill.)

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