Reading chapter books out loud to your kiddies is a wonderful way to spend time together. This is something to do even if they can read on their own, as it helps foster a love of books among other great things. Chapter books with drawings on every few pages are generally best depending on your children’s ages. Let’s look at some of the most fantastic chapter books to enjoy with your younglings:
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl is the classic story of Charlie, a poor boy who wins one of five golden tickets hidden in Wonka candy bars. The prize is a tour of mysterious candy maker’s (Willy Wonka) elaborate factory, which is filled with strange and magical equipment and workers.
The beautiful, timeless story by E.B. White concerns Wilbur, a little pig on a farm, Charlotte, his spider friend, and various other animals who also inhabit said farm. Wilbur is terrified when he realizes he will go to slaughter, but Charlotte saves him time and again by weaving “Some Pig” and other pro-hog messages in her web. The web hovers above Wilbur at all times. Their friendship ensures Wilbur’s place as a prize piggy who will never be turned to pork.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater is a delightfully absurd tale of Mr. Popper, a man who wishes he had seen more of the world before settling down with Mrs. Popper. More than anything he wants to see the North and South Poles, and spends his spare time reading about them. Mr. Popper writes a fan letter to Admiral Drake, an explorer who sends him a penguin as a thank-you. Soon Mr. Popper has 12 penguins to work with, and forms the ‘Popper’s Performing Penguins, First Time on Any Stage, Direct from the South Pole’ stage act. His tour with the penguins is full of hilarious fun.
Chronicles of Narina
Step into the world of Narina with your kids! The epic seven-book series by C.S. Lewis tells the story of four children who discover another world through the wardrobe of their caretaker’s home. From there they embark on adventures that involve talking animals, a white witch, great battles, and much, much more.
Other suggestions include:
- The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
- Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
- The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner
- The Little House Collection by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi
- And many more!