Our Favorite Chapter Books
This summer we started reading chapter books. Lawson isn’t quite old enough to read chapter books on his own, but both kids really enjoy listening when Jim or I read to them.
A lot of the chapter books we’ve tried have the same storyline – there’s a bully that calls people names and is mean to their classmates. I was looking for something different than the typical bully storyline and found a few series that have quickly become our favorites.
The Magic Tree House: In The Magic Tree House, brother and sister duo Jack and Annie go back in time on various adventures. They travel via a magical tree house and are instructed on their missions by Morgan Le Fay, a secret librarian. Jack and Annie overcome their fears and learn about different points in history during their adventures.
While we own a few of the books in this series, we’ve requested most of them from our local library in sets of four. If we aren’t reading another series, we can usually get through four books in the 3-week checkout timeframe.
Zoey and Sassafras: In this series Zoey and her cat, Sassafras, help magical creatures that appear by using a secret barn doorbell. To solve their problems, Zoey must use her thinking googles and create a science experiment. I really enjoy the science aspect to this series – Zoey lists out the problem, experiment and hypothesis.
The Secret Explorers: A group of kids from all over the world come together to fix problems and solve mysteries. Whenever they are summoned, the Secret Explorers meet at the Exploration Station to find out their mission. Each explorer has a specialty like marine life, space, rainforests, history, etc. Depending on the mission, two of the kids are selected while the rest assist from the Exploration Station.
Note: At the time I put this post together, the price for each book on Amazon was inflated. The paperback versions are $5.99. I ordered them at that price from our local bookstore.
Ways to Make Sunshine: Ryan Hart and her family live in Portland, Oregon. Her dad got a new job after losing his with the post office. It pays less so they have to sell their other car and move into a smaller home. Ryan and her brother argue like regular siblings. Through all of life’s ups and downs, Ryan maintains a positive, sunny attitude and tries to see the best in everyone and everything.
Other than The Magic Tree House, I didn’t initially realize the others were part of a series. I happened to find one of the books in the middle of the series at our local bookstore and another at the toy store. We enjoyed them so much we’ve been working our way through the rest of the series starting at the beginning.
Now that Lawson and Sybil are back in school, we usually read a few chapters when Lawson gets home from school. It’s a good way to spend time together and relax before it’s time to make dinner.