Thursday, November 05, 2009

Chapter Books for children

I have spoken before about my quest to find appropriate books for Emlyn to read. She's a few grade levels ahead of her actual age, so it can be difficult to find books that aren't too mature and that are enjoyable to read. I've compiled a list of some of my favorite authors that I've discovered. I'm not going to include most of the well-known and popular authors because most people can find them fairly easily.

I don't have the time today to put these in reading level order; you may have to go look and figure it out yourself. I would still suggest reading one from each author before you let your kids free with that author, to make sure their stories are not too mature for your kid. Most authors have many books that they've written. If your child likes one they most likely like the rest.

Here we go:
Ralph Moody "Little Britches" and following series
Lois Gladys Leppard "Mandie" books
"Encyclopedia Brown" series
Brisley "Milly-Molly-Mandy"
Spyri "Heidi" books
Frances Hodgson Burnett "A Little Princess," "Secret Garden," and "Lost Prince"
Speare "The Bronze Bow"
Carolyn Haywood
Eleanor Estes "Ginger Pye"
Elizabeth Enright "Thimble Summer" and "The Saturdays"
George Selman "The Cricket in Times Square" and series
George MacDonald "The Princess and the Goblin," "The Light Princess," "At the Back of the North Wind"
Old Nancy Drew
Old Hardy Boys
"The Penderwicks"
Maud Lovelace "Betsy-Tacy"
Julie Andrews Edwards "The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles"
Andrew Lang "Fairy books"
Baum "Oz books"
Grandma's Attic series

The following are recommended by my dear friend Shannon but I have not read them:
"All of a Kind Family"
Marshall history books "This Country of Ours"
"Trumpeter of Krakow"
Padereic Colum
"Hans Brinker"
Howard Pyle
Robert Lawson
Porter "Pollyanna"
"Little Pilgrim's Progress"
Susan Coolidge
Dodie Smith "101 Dalmatians"
Susan Bauer "The Story of the World"
"Johnny Tremain"
"Plain Girl"
Elizabeth Goudge "The Last Unicorn"
Arthur Ransom

Go forth and read! Rest assured, at least one of these authors will pull your child out of Junie B Jones and Magic Treehouse and Judy Moody. I promise.


Pryncss Briana said...

Thank you, thank you! Bella has been asking to read Junie B and Magic Treehouse, 'cause her older cousin is reading them. I just haven't been able to jump on board that train. I have already requested several of these from the library, so we will definitely be checking them out soon. :)

Jennifer said...

Thanks for compiling this list Sarah! May I also suggest Esther Averill, author and illustrator of the Jenny Linsky books...Jenny is a shy little cat with a red scarf who has all sorts of adventures with her feline friends. We've found her stories to be very sweet and the chapters are short and appropriate for emerging chapter book readers.