I loved to read growing up. I can remember spending hours on end getting lost in a book. As I’ve grown up, it’s harder to find the time to curl up on the couch and get lost in a good book, but I always enjoy reading once I start a book. We can have a big impact on our children and their learning by reading with them and to them. One great way to spend time with our kids is to read chapter books aloud. This list includes 25 of great read aloud chapter books that our family has come to love!
This post is sponsored by Savers. All opinions are my own.
25 Great Read-Aloud Chapter Books
- Babe: The Gallant Pig, by Dick King-Smith
- The Borrowers, by Mary Norton
- The Boxcar Children, by Gertrude Chandler Warner
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl
- Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White
- The Chronicles of Narnia (Series), by C.S. Lewis
- Fudge-a-Mania, by Judy Blume
- Ginger Pye, by Elanor Estes
- The Giver, by Lois Lowry
- The Hardy Boys (Series), by Franklin W. Dixon
- Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen
- Henry Higgins (Series), by Beverly Cleary
- The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
- James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl
- Magic Treehouse (Series), by Mary Pope Osborne
- Matilda, by Roald Dohl
- The Mouse and the Motorcycle, by Beverly Cleary
- My Father’s Dragon (Series), by Ruth Stiles Gannett
- Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, by Betty MacDonald
- Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lindgren
- Ramona Quimby (Series), by Beverly Cleary
- The Saturdays, by Elizabeth Enright
- Shiloh, by Phillis Reynolds Naylor
- Stuart Little, by E.B. White
- Watership Down, by Richard Adams
When my son started back at school this year as a second grader, his teacher requested parents send in any chapter books they would like to donate. She was looking to add to her reading group books and needed to collect groups of 7 books of each title to have enough copies to create a reading group. When I thought about sending in books, I immediately thought of Savers! I buy books second hand all the time because you can find so many great titles for really inexpensive and build a library pretty easily that way. Plus, to find several copies of the same book isn’t impossible.
I headed to Savers with the hopes of finding common titles that other parents might also send in and came out with a whole basket full (and super cute basket, might I add, that was just $2!) of great books! They have a great promotion where when you purchase 4 books, your 5th book is free! We found three copies of Charlotte’s Web and a few duplicate copies of the other titles on our list. I picked up all the most common titles we could find and sent them in with my son to donate to his classroom. We did keep a copy of the ones we didn’t have already in our own library, too.
Here’s a peek at some of the favorite titles we found! We picked out over 30 books including a Big Nate book, which is my son’s absolute favorite series! I also found two different National Geographic Kids early reader books. I love those books as they are fact filled and based around learning, but the kids still love to read them because of all the big interesting pictures and fun fact bubbles and jokes that line the pages.
The best part of all was letting my son bring in books to donate to his classroom. He felt like he was helping out and his teacher was so appreciative of the books. She started reading Charlotte’s Web aloud to the class after he brought in a his book donations and told my son that it was her very favorite book!
Savers is a great place to find books for your own home collection or to donate to schools! They also have loads of games, clothing, home decor, and more. When you’re ready to unload some of your own excess and no longer needed items, they gladly accept donations. All donations help support local community non-profit organizations! In the Phoenix valley, donations made at Savers supports Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona! It’s an easy way to clear up out the unused clutter in your home and be giving back to your community!
Saturday 25th of October 2014
My third grader and I spent all of second grade reading every Narnia book in order, and over the summer we read The Hobbit. He wants to spend this year reading all of the Harry Potter Books. It is a very special time in the evening right before bed with freshly brushed teeth and clean body for he and I to snuggle on his bed reading 15-20 minutes every night.
I remember doing this with my mom, and I am very glad to share this with him.
Wednesday 1st of October 2014
I was such a bookworm growing up! There is nothing like a real book (not a tablet)...oh and I was in LOVE with Judy Blume books! Classic!
Monday 29th of September 2014
This is an awesome list. I think I've read most of them myself. My son is only in first grade but maybe we should start this as a new evening tradition.
Sunday 28th of September 2014
I have always loved Judy Blume books! Now, I love listening to my kiddos reading her books to me.
Sunday 28th of September 2014
These are some great titles. Beverly Clearly books were popular even when I was kid.