We won't send you spam (yuck). Unsubscribe at any time. Love this list, thanks for sharing! I have a copy of Jim Trelease’s “Hey, Listen to This!” that he snagged from the shelf and started to read. Singing songs, painting and exploring sensory activities to me seems like a more valuable way to spend that time. Thanks so much for the great suggestions! They are not my favourites by any means but the 13 Storey Treehouse is the first 'chapter' book that he read by himself (and it was a real struggle for him) and he was so proud of himself afterwards that I had to swallow my objections (and remind myself that I am not the book's target audience). Thanks for creating this list. It's always a challange to make them age appropriate for content. UPDATE!!! I’m so excited that this series is now available in digital format. Wonderful! Thank you for responding so quickly. It’s a real winner, as is the follow up, Dory and the Real True Friend! If you like the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary, here is her Swedish counterpart. I love that I can recommend a quality chapter book that introduces children to life in modern Africa. I didn’t read it to my kids early because of the death of Charlotte (my child was very sensitive at that age) but many preschoolers love it. Dahl’s short book, university of southern mississippi phd creative writing The Enormous Crocodile. Poppy Seed Cakes by Margery Clark is a great early chapter book for a young three – each chapter can be read as an independent story, but characters are consistent throughout, and it has not too much text and great colorful illustrations. With such a wide variety of fabulous picture books with amazing illustrations out there it seems premature to rush pre-schoolers into this genre. Thank you, Sarah! I hope you enjoy the books. Nesbit. We read many “transitional” chapter-type books before that age — text-heavy series of linked stories with continuous characters but not continuous plot, such as Pooh, Herriot's Treasury, Thomas the Tank Engine, creative writing through football etc. The Miniature World of Marvin and James. I just came across it while searching Pinterest. My three year-old has been read the many Frog and Toad stories over and over so many times he has them mostly memorized. You might check in the Bridge Book/Easy Reader section of your library since a lot of series have a holiday edition. They also enjoy simple fantasies and fairy tales that open up an imaginary world of heroes, heroines and courageous deeds, thereby satisfying their thirst for adventure.
Yes, I second this one! It was my daughter’s first chapter book she sat through at 26 months old! I have just finished reading the first two Magic Tree House books to my 3.5 year old daughter and I found this post while searching for new books to read to her. Just started reading My Father’s Dragon to my 3-1/2yo who absolutely DEVOURS picture books, and she’s totally hooked after Chapter 1. Learn how your comment data is processed. Can someone please suggest some chapter books for a young 3 about Christmas? Also check out this advice on how to help young children love chapter books. I suspect that one argument might be the development of imagination by not having pictures to view however this could also be accomplished by spending time in dramatic play. Yes, I think this list is great for silent reading. SuperDuper Teddy. (series) This was one of Kiddo’s first read alouds. Great list! I found this through Pinterest. I wanted to remind you/your readers of Charlotte’s Web by E.B. I love that you include some information about scary/concerning parts in some books along with the information you share about your own children’s ages and love of the books! We read (and loved) the Pippi books with our 3-3 1/2 year old but found an Emil book to be more Swedish than universal. Two Times the Fun. Four stories about 4 year old twins by dependable author Beverly Cleary. Tow mice get caught up in adventures while trying to improve the lives of the children living in Rose Cottage. I haven’t tried his other chapter books, but I think he would also love those. Update – ok we are loving your list. Hey! You updated this list! Thank you! I like to read his favorite parts to him, too, which I’m delighted he still requests – anything to be able to read-aloud! In this one young dinosaurs make friends and take on the scary T-Rex. Anna Hibiscus is also on my list of multicultural early chapter books and early chapter book series with strong girl protagonists.
Thanks, Terri. Both are good books about animals in the city. We also have a chapter book starring Wembley Fraggle (I can’t remember the title, its in her room where she’s sleeping), creative writing year 6 tes there may be other equally good Fraggle books, too – they have colour pictures to ease the little ones into wordier stories, but if they’ve never seen Fraggle Rock they might be lost. I’m sure a three year old would enjoy it too. It’s a little boring and there so many great books out there. Lately, my son has been asking for this one over and over and over! Lobel’s Frog and Toad is in the same league as early chapter books, as far as I am concerned. Darling and a terrific choice for parents who want a classic book for kids with short attention spans. Thanks, Jessica. My Father’s Dragon is awesome. Fantastic post! Thank you for rounding up so many great books. Lady Lollipop. A spoiled princess chooses a pig for her eighth birthday present. Here’s another Astrid Lindgren series. IT is the perfect blend of daring rescues and charming sweetness. Even when my son’s Kindergarten class read it, he still wanted me to read it to him at night! Our trusty children’s librarian recommended the “My Father’s Dragon” series as our first chapter book. Thank you for the recommendation.
Here’s a couple that we have also loved.