Chapter Books to Read Aloud

See also Old Favorites to Read Aloud

For further suggestions, see The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease, J PARENTS' CORNER 372.6 TRE and 372.6 TRE—upstairs

*Atinuke, Anna Hibiscus (series) J PB EASY A
Anna Hibiscus, who lives in Africa with her whole family, loves to splash in the sea and have parties for her aunties, but Anna would love to see snow.

Bearn, Emily. Tumtum & Nutmeg: Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall J FIC BEA
Wealthy, married mice Tumtum and Nutmeg find adventure when they secretly try to help two human siblings who live in a tumbledown cottage with their absent-minded inventor father.

Birdsall, Jeanne. The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy (series) J FIC BIR and J PB B
While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four lovable sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother.

*Cameron, Ann. Spunky Tells All J FIC CAM
Called a troublemaker by his human family, a reflective dog defends himself and then relates the family's adoption of an aristocratic but incompetent cat, who gives him a life purpose and and new way of looking at his world.

*Cronin, Doreen. The Trouble with Chickens: A J. J. Tully Mystery  J FIC CRO
From the author of the Diary of ... series and Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, a chapter book with her signature humor and an intriguing mystery about missing chickens, complete with a hard-boiled detective, ransom notes, and a villain named Vince the Funnel.

DePaola, Tomie. 26 Fairmount Avenue (series) J FIC DEP and J PB EASY D
Children's author-illustrator Tomie De Paola describes his experiences at home and in school when he was a boy.

*DiCamillo, Kate. Mercy Watson to the Rescue (series) J FIC DIC
Porcine wonder, Mercy Watson, is the Watson family's pride and joy with a talent for amusing adventures based on misunderstandings that usually end in everyone enjoying hot buttered toast together.

DiCamillo, Kate. The Tale of Despereaux J FIC DIC and J PB D
The adventures of Despereaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin. See also The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and others (J FIC DIC).

DiTerlizzi, Tony and Black, Holly. The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles) J FIC DIT
When the Grace children go to stay at their Great Aunt Lucinda's worn Victorian house, they discover a field guide to fairies and other creatures and begin to have some unusual experiences.

Donaldson, Julia. The Giants and the Joneses J FIC DON
When Jumbeelia, an eight-year-old giant, climbs down a beanstalk and collects some "iggly plops," the little people of children's stories, she treats them like toys, unaware that she is endangering their lives.

*Fine, Anne. The Jamie and Angus Stories J FIC FIN
Jamie and Angus - an imaginative little boy and his treasured toy bull - spring to life in six delightful stories from Britain's Children's Laureate, Anne Fine - illustrated with warmth and charm by Penny Dale.

Horvath, Polly. The Pepins and Their Problems J FIC HOR
The reader is invited to help solve the Pepin family's unusual problems, such as a bad case of frogs in shoes and having a cow who gives lemonade rather than milk.

Howe, James. Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery
(and other titles) J FIC HOW and J PB H
A dog named Harold narrates stories about himself, Chester the cat, a vegetarian vampire bunny, and their humans,

*Jenkins, Emily. Toys Go Out (series) J FIC JEN and J PB J
Six stories relate the adventures of three best friends, who happen to be toys.

Kerrin, Jessica Scott. Martin Bridge Ready for Takeoff J FIC KER and J PB EASY K
Meet Martin Bridge - a boy whose well-meant plans sometimes go awry. In three illustrated stories, Martin encounters two bus drivers with very different ways of relating, makes a tough decision about a friend's pet and takes on an extremely competitive model rocket project that almost costs him a friendship.

*Le Guin, Ursula. Catwings (series) J FIC LEG and J PB EASY L
Four cat siblings born in a dangerous city neighborhood, stretch their wings (literally) and fly away to find a new safe home after escaping from a dangerous owl who disapproves of cats with wings.

Look, Lenore. Ruby Lu, Brave and True (series) J FIC LOO and J PB L
"Almost-eight-year-old" Ruby Lu spends time with her baby brother, goes to Chinese school, learns to drive, adjusts to family members newly-arrived from China, and has adventures with friends both new and old. See also the Alvin Ho series (J FIC LOO).

*Lowry, Lois. The Birthday Ball J FIC LOW
When a bored Princess Patricia Priscilla makes her chambermaid switch identities with her so she can attend the village school, her attitude changes and she plans a new way to celebrate her sixteenth birthday.

*MacLachlan, Patricia. Sarah, Plain and Tall J FIC NEWBERY MAC and J PB M
When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay even though she misses her Maine home, her family, and the sea.

Martin, Ann M. The Doll People J FIC MAR and The Meanest Doll in the World J FIC MAR
Annabelle Doll and her new friend, Tiffany, explore, go on rescue missions, and make sure that the humans don't find out that some dolls are alive.

*Napoli, Donna Jo and Furrow, Robert. Sly the Sleuth and the Pet Mysteries J FIC NAP
There are some strange new pets in Sly's neighborhood: a cat on a diet that keeps getting fatter, a fish that seems angry at its owner, and a peculiar pet named Wilson that suddenly disappears! Sly (a.k.a Sylvia) uses her sharp wits and reasoning skills to get to the bottom of these odd goings-on.

*Pennypacker, Sara. Stuart's Cape J FIC PEN and J PB EASY P
Bored because there is nothing to do in the house to which his family has just moved, and worried about starting third grade in a new school, Stuart makes a magical cape out of his uncle's ties and has a series of adventures.

Rylant, Cynthia. In Aunt Lucy's Kitchen (The Cobble Street Cousins series) J FIC RYL and J PB EASY R
While staying with their aunt for a year, three nine-year-old cousins keep busy baking and selling cookies, putting on a poetry and singing performance, and trying to encourage a romance between their aunt and one of their former customers.

Schlitz, Laura Amy. The Night Fairy J FIC SCH
When Flory the night fairy's wings are accidentally broken and she cannot fly, she has to learn to do everything differently.

Smith, Robert Kimmel. Chocolate Fever J PB S
Henry breaks out in brown bumps as a result of eating too much chocolate. He then gets caught up in a hijacking and learns a valuable lesson about self-indulgence.

*Viorst, Lulu and the Brontosaurus and others J FIC VIO
Lulu's parents refuse to give in when she demands a brontosaurus for her birthday and so she sets out to find her own, but while the brontosaurus she finally meets approves of pets, he does not intend to be Lulu's.

Wise, William. Christopher Mouse J FIC WIS and J PB W
After being sold to an unscrupulous pet store owner, a young mouse has many adventures before ending up with an appreciative family.

* Particularly good for the youngest listeners.