I love books. Especially children’s books. I’m always on the hunt for new stories to read at bedtime with my eldest daughter. She just turned 6, and has become interested in chapter books lately. I’m so excited that we have started reading chapter books together: a chance to delve into a longer story, build an attachment to the characters, and look forward to picking up where you left off the night before!
Here are a few of the chapter books we have enjoyed so far:
Dragon Masters by Tracey West: As soon as we finished the first book in this series, our daughter was hooked! The series is full of magic, wizardry … and of course dragons! The books follow the adventures of King Roland’s dragon masters: children who were chosen by the dragon stone to care for and connect with dragons. Each dragon has its own magical power, and together they battle evil wizards and protect the castle and village.
Heidi Heckelbeck by Wanda Covenk: Heidi Heckelbeck is the story of a young girl who is navigating life as an 8-year old … and as a witch! This is a cute series, that’s fun and easy to read.
Owl Diaries by Rebecca Elliott: Owl Diaries is one of my current favourites. This series is written as the diary entries of a young owl named Eva Wingdale. Follow along as she goes to school, interacts with friends, and finds herself in many adventures. These stories have very sweet colorful illustrations, and lovely story lines.
The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale: The Princess in Black is a fun series about Princess Magnolia, and her secret identity … the Princess in Black, a superhero who fights monsters! This is a very fun series, entertaining for children, and full of bright colourful illustrations.
The Critter Club by Callie Barkley: The Critter Club is a fun series about 4 best friends who start a rescue shelter to look after animals. The girls are 8-years old, and the stories are fun and sweet.
Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon: This is my favourite series we’ve encountered so far. The stories follow a little girl named Dory (better known as Rascal!) who has an incredible imagination. Written by a first grade teacher, the stories are so realistic … and quite hilarious! These books are funny, creative, and clever – I enjoyed them just as much as my daughter!!
Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo: This is the latest series that we’ve started reading, and it’s been an instant hit! These books follow Mr. & Mrs. Watson’s pet pig, Mercy, and her adventures. The illustrations are colourful and whimsical, and the stories are full of action and humour. We’ve only read the first two books in the series so far, and I already can’t wait to get a hold of the others!!
Mae & June and the Wonder Wheel by Charise Mericle Harper: I absolutely loved this book about a girl named June and her dog Sammy (who she can talk to!). The book is very funny, and cleverly written. The story centers around the Wonder Wheel that June’s Grandma made for her, and June’s hunt for a new friend. After reading this story all I wanted to do is create my own wonder wheel for my daughter (and find more books by this author!!)
Ivy & Bean by Annie Barrows: This is one of our current favourite series. These books follow the adventures of Ivy and Bean, two girls who live across from each other, but never thought they’d become the best friends that they are. With 11 books in this series, there’s lots of fun to be had!
Sophie Mouse by Poppy Green: The Sophie Mouse books are a sweet series following a friendship between Sophie Mouse, Hattie Frog, and Owen Snake. Accompanied by lovely illustrations, these books tell of the friends’ adventures at school, and on their own. My daughter loves these stories – as do I!
If you and your family have any favourite chapter books, I would love to hear about them. We are always looking for new stories and characters to fall in love with!