Favorite Chapter Books Your Kids Love to Read – Thursday Topics

July 16, 2009

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Have your kids discovered a chapter book or series of books that bumped them from the “Do I have to read?” stage to the “Turn off the light.  Stop reading, and go to bed!” stage?

My 7-year-old daughter is still turning her nose up at reading, so I’d love some new ideas for a ‘princess’ reader.

Here are the ones that sparked my oldest son’s love of reading:


  1. Comic books – To get over the big change from picture books to ones with pages of just text, the classic comic books were perfect for my son.  We found the hardbound “Action Comic Archives” at our local library, which I was much happier with than current comic books.
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  3. The Magic Treehouse Series – This series was tons of fun for my kids.  Jack and Annie discover a magic treehouse where books transport them to all kinds of places and adventures.  The series mixes a bit of history, mystery, and adventure, plus frequent illustrations that together keep things fun for a beginning reader.  I would consider them at the 1st to 2nd grade level.
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  5. The Animorphs Series – What a great science fiction series for kids!  The kids in the series are given the power to ‘morph’ into any animal they can touch in order to help fight alien invaders.  My son loved learning what it might be like to be a hawk or a dog first hand.  The plots are full of battles, adventures, and mysteries.  A great read.
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  7. And no kids ‘love of reading’ list would be complete without all 7 of the Harry Potter Series.  There is something great about seeing a 9-year-old kid curled up on the couch with a book thicker than a dictionary and loving it.

I’d love to hear your book suggestions.  My son just finished the 7th Harry Potter book and is in the middle of the Hobbit, but I need some new ideas for my boy adventurer.  Please share in the comment section.  Thanks!

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  3. fivekitten December 7, 2009 4:05 pm

    Just read a reader comment on Boxcar Children. That’s another series she LOVES and she was really into the Bobbsey Twins for a while which was cute and nostalgic.

  4. docmisty October 21, 2017 7:47 am

    Great suggestions! I loved Nancy Drew as a kid. 🙂

  5. fivekitten December 7, 2009 4:03 pm

    NANCY DREW, NANCY DREW, NANCY DREW!!! She can’t get enough of her! Ironically, she doesn’t want to read Little House books cause she found parts scary. She really enjoyed the American Girl books we read, but stopped because she found out each had a section that was too sad for her and she didn’t read them anymore because she didn’t want to read about sad things. She LOVES Magic Tree House. She went through a Babysitter Club phase (thank God that’s over) and some pet series, Animal Ark I think. We just discovered a new series published in 1999 I never heard of called Mandie or something and it looks like a good adventure/mystery series. I’m surprised I haven’t heard of it before because it looks as good (or better than) Nancy Drew books. (Although I have to admit, I just skimmed through them. But I’ll be reading them to her. She picked it out herself.) Mystery and Adventure.

  6. Cindy September 3, 2009 12:24 pm

    My 7 year old loves American Girl (I do too with all the history in them), the Fairytopia books and Boxcar children. We read the MagicTree house chapter books too. She is the kind that we have to pry the book away from her.

  7. Misty August 1, 2009 10:57 pm

    Great suggestion Heidi!

    We taught a Little House class at a homeschool co-op and the boys loved it!

    Hunting, fishing, building houses, horses, dogs, what’s not to love?


  8. Heidi Farmer August 1, 2009 10:54 pm

    When I taught 2nd grade, the Little House on the Prairie books were a huge hit. And I was always surprised that it was the boys who were asking for the next one!

  9. Jill July 23, 2009 9:57 am

    Nathan loves the Magic Treehouse series and Junie B. Jones books, but what really got him into chapterbooks is the Captain Underpants books. The are somewhat irreverant, but totally hilarious.

  10. Meaghan July 21, 2009 5:39 pm

    Nice post. The Magic Treehouse books have really been a hit with my neices and nephew. These books really focus on a key age when it is tough to get kids to read. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Misty July 16, 2009 10:20 pm

    Thanks for the ideas! I’ll have to check out the Barnes and Noble program. And thanks for the series suggestions. I’ll be picking some up to try to encourage my ‘reluctant’ reader. Thanks!


  12. sarah July 16, 2009 8:54 pm

    Oh, and this summer, we did the library reading program, the Barnes and Noble free book program, and I made up my own program cause they wanted booklights so badly (made them read “X” amount for them).

  13. sarah July 16, 2009 8:53 pm

    Misty, not sure if you know already, but Mattie was a VERY reluctant reader. She really got turned on to (and has now zoomed thru reading) the Junie B. Jones series, the Boxcar Children, the Ramona Books, the Fudge Series, the Bone books (a comic series that Jonah also LOVES), the Calvin and Hobbes series, The Magic Treehouse, The Last Olympian Series, and the Harry Potter Series.

  14. Carmen July 16, 2009 5:32 pm

    Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. Excellent boy’s book although everyone in the family will enjoy it.Hatchet is a wilderness-survival adventure story.Paulsen has many other books that are great.


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