The Munchkins

Life with identical twins

Chapter Books!

on February 17, 2015

My kids have always loved to read, always loved books, but they weren’t huge readers. We hit up the library often and they love picking out books and coming home with a huge stack of them. But that stack would sit on the shelf until it was time to take them back to the library. I would hear other moms of kids just a little bit older than mine talk about how their kids read book after book after book. My kids were good readers, they read above their grade level, but they weren’t reading much on their own. What was up?

They needed a little more time, that’s what was up. Slowly but surely chapter books have continued to find their way into their book in a bags at night and slowly but surely the girls are actually enjoying them!

For Christmas I gave them a Kindle and we quickly loaded it up with Diary of a Wimpy kid books. Around that time Caden also found the Bad Kitty and Captain Underpants books. These books are genius because they’re chapter books, but with pictures so the kids get engaged the in the longer story, and the pictures bridge the gap and make the book easier to read. Both girls love them and will read and read and read now which I love. It is so awesome to peek into their room and see Caden reading in her bed or hear Delaney asking for the Kindle so she can read. And those books we bring home from the library? They are read and passed back and forth between them, and sometimes read again.

We have the Magic Treehouse books, but they aren’t really drawn to those yet. My mom got them the Ramona set, which they’ve started reading. They’ve also read some of the Ivy + Bean books. What else should I be on the lookout for? Bonus points if it’s on the Kindle Unlimited list.

5 responses to “Chapter Books!

  1. Jessica says:

    Geronimo Stilton Books: These too have pictures in them and are fun for the kids to read with someone or on their own. Bink & Gollie is another cute set for girls, as are Nancy Clancy books.

  2. Missy says:

    My books tend to skew toward getting boys to read (eg, Captain Underpants), but maybe Junie B Jones or the Boxcar children? We also have a lot of the Knights of the Kitchen Table & the Time Warp Trio that might be a good intro into fantasy/adventure. Oh, and the Bone comics–they go on for forever. (Look for the colorized versions; I think they’re easier for kids to follow.) They’re not chapter books but they do draw readers into longer stories.

  3. Kyla says:

    I was going to recommend Boxcar Children as well. Also Trixie Belden. Too young for Judy Blume? At least the Fudge books should be good, work them up to the “Are You There God…?” etc.

  4. Laraf123 says:

    Another vote here for the Fudge books. (Be careful, can’t remember which one spoils Christmas for Santa–you can find out on Amazon and skip that one.) Also, my son only “got into” the Magic Treehouse after hearing the first four on cd. Now he devours them.!

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