Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A New Chapter in Books

Don't get me wrong, I love reading to Max. But, like many kids, he goes through phases of favorites when he wants to read the same book over and over and over and over. And a lot of them were Thomas books. So I was very excited a few months ago when he started showing some interest in longer books, even ones without pictures. He initially claimed that there were no chapter books that would interest him, but I found one to change his mind. He was quickly hooked. He still loves picture books, but we now get to spend many evenings on chapter books instead. I thought I'd share some of his favorites so far.

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Warner
To convince my little guy to give chapter books a try, this was the ticket. The Boxcar Children books are about 4 siblings, who go about solving fairly sweet tame mysteries and living with their doting grandfather. The idea of kids living in a train car was too alluring for Max to pass up. We've read the first 3 so far and they're what hooked him on the whole chapter book idea.

Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
Mr. Popper's Penguins was another instant hit. Max walked around like a penguin for days! Mr. Popper is a house painter who ends up as the caretaker to a whole pack of penguins so he trains them and takes the show on the road. Max would have loved this one to be 5 times longer than it was.

The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth
The Enormous Egg is about a young boy who lives in the country, whose chicken lays and hatches a dinosaur egg. Max was totally on board for the first half or the book, but we had to take a few days off in the middle, then regroup to finish it up. To be fair, while the story is timeless the language is a bit dated, which made it hard for him to really get hooked into.

Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe
This was one of Max's favorites so far. If you haven't read Bunnicula yet, you should do yourself a favor and run out for a copy right now. This is a hilarious romp told by Harold, the family dog, about the concerning new pet bunny - a vampire rabbit who sucks vegetables dry in the night. Since we have bunnies ourselves, Max loved this one! We tried to start in on the sequels, but they're just not as good as the first, so we may have to circle back to them some other time.

I hope those get you started when you're ready for chapter books at your house! (Or are good additions to your collection.) I'll be sure to update with some of our other favorite in the future!

What are your favorite chapter books for kids?



  1. Aww, Boxcar Children is my favorite children's book!!

    1. Yep, it's one of the best. I had a lot of series I loved growing up, but the Boxcar Children are just so great, especially for really little ones.