Big Kid, who just turned four, has been interested in listening to beginning chapter books for about a year which has been fun. We’ve read a few, and also have them on audio book through Audible, so we can listen to them on walks. I am loving that this is becoming a more well known, and more well written category of books. I believe listening to a story over a longer period of time, as well as listening to stories that are complex, are important skills for our children as they grow and begin to have longer attention spans.
I am calling books “beginning chapter books” if they have have:
- a picture on every, or nearly every, page that are supportive of the text
- clear chapters that continue the same narrative throughout
- a more complex storyline that would be found in a typical picture books
- clearly defined chapters, and more than 60 pages
- generally take more than one sitting to read
Our favorite beginning chapter books are:
- My Father’s Dragon (series) by Ruth Stiles Gannett & Ruth Chrisman Gannett
- Mercy Watson (series) by Kate DiCamillo & Chris Van Dusen
- The Fabled Stables (series – coming soon) by Jonathan Auxier & Olga Demidova
- Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz & Brian Floca
What are your favorite beginning chapter books? I’d love to learn about more good ones!
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