12 Chapter Books I Plan to Read to My Kids in 2013

12 Chapter Books I Plan to Read to My Kids in 2013 @ AllOurDays.com

As we start the new year, I’ve decided to make a couple formal lists of books to read in 2013. I’m still compiling one for myself, but I thought I’d go ahead and share the 12 chapter books I have chosen to read aloud to my little ones this year.

This past year we started in on a few chapter books and my older two (5 and 4 year old) really enjoyed them. While I’d love to add more to our list (and probably will throughout the year) I know that all my children still like to read lots and lots of picture books. With only one chapter book planned per month, we’ll still have plenty of time for stacks of smaller books :)

I thought about assigning a book to each month, but since almost all of the books on our list are coming from the library, we’ll just have to wait and see what’s available when we need a new book.

All book descriptions are from Amazon.

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

“For nearly seventy years, readers have been delighted by the adventures of Christopher Robin and his lovable friends.  Paired with the perfectly suited drawings of Ernest H.  Shepard, A.A. Milne’s classic story continues to captivate children of all ages.”

In Aunt Lucy’s Kitchen (Cobble Street Cousins Series)

“Nine-year-olds Lily, Rosie and Tess are bunking with their Aunt Lucy for a whole year while their parents?ballet dancers all?tour the world. They’ve made a cozy haven in Aunt Lucy’s attic where they can each enjoy their favorite pursuits and dream up fun things to entertain themselves. Starting a cookie company is the first order of business in In Aunt Lucy’s Kitchen, and the girls manage to play match-maker for Aunt Lucy and befriend a 90-year-old neighbor on her birthday while delivering batches of cinnamon crinkles.”

The Adventures of Jerry Muskrat by Thornton W. Burgess

“Children will love hearing, and reading, about Jerry Muskrat and his adventures in the Green Meadow and Green Forest where he falls victim to a trap set by Farmer Brown’s Boy, and what happens when he sees that the Laughing Brook is no longer laughing.”

Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater

“A classic of American humor, the adventures of a house painter and his brood of high-stepping penguins have delighted children for generations. ‘Here is a book to read aloud in groups of all ages. There is not an extra or misplaced word in the whole story.’ “

Tumtum & Nutmeg: Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall by Emily Bearn

“Tumtum and Nutmeg lead cozy and quiet lives, secretly looking after Arthur and Lucy, the disheveled human children of the cottage, never dreaming that so many exciting adventures will soon find them. But when evil Aunt Ivy, a squeamish schoolteacher named Miss Short, and pirating pond rats threaten the safety of those they hold dear, the courageous pair will stop at nothing to save the day.

In three thrilling tales of daring and wit, Tumtum and Nutmeg-along with veteran hero General Marchmouse, Ms. Tiptoe’s bouncing ballerina army, and a team of caged gerbils–prove that small-size mice can have world-size hearts.”

Corrie Ten Boom: Keeper of the Angels’ Den by Janet & Geoff Benge

“Suddenly, Corrie’s ordered life was lost in the insanity of war. With bravery and compassion, her family and countless other Dutch citizens risked everything to extend God’s hand to those innocents marked for certain execution in a world gone mad.

Corrie ten Boom’s life of determination, faith, and forgiveness in the face of unimaginable brutality and hardship is a stunning testimony to the sustaining power of God.”

The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh

“In 1707, young Sarah Noble and her father traveled through the wilderness to build a new home for their family. “Keep up your courage, Sarah Noble,” her mother had said, but Sarah found that it was not always easy to feel brave inside. The dark woods were full of animals and Indians, too, and Sarah was only eight!

The true story of Sarah’s journey is inspiring. And as she cares for her father and befriends her Indian neighbors, she learns that to be afraid and to be brave is the greatest courage of all.”

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

“The Borrowers—the Clock family: Homily, Pod, and their fourteen-year-old daughter, Arrietty, to be precise—are tiny people who live underneath the kitchen floor of an old English country manor. All their minuscule home furnishings, from postage stamp paintings to champagne cork chairs, are ‘borrowed’ from the ‘human beans’ who tromp around loudly above them. All is well until Pod is spotted upstairs by a human boy! Can the Clocks stay nested safely in their beloved hidden home, or will they be forced to flee?”

A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

“The Browns first meet Paddington on a railway platform in London. He is sitting on a battered suitcase, wearing an odd-looking hat and a sign around his neck that reads, ‘Please look after this bear. Thank you.’ And that is just what they do, unaware that home will never be the same once Paddington becomes a member of the family.”

Mr. Putter & Tabby Pour the Tea by Cynthia Rylant

“The gentle, affecting first volume introduces elderly Mr. Putter, who decides that a cat will keep him from feeling lonely. Only kittens are available at the pet store (” ‘Oh, no one wants cats, sir,’ said the pet store lady. ‘They are not cute. They are not peppy.’ Mr. Putter himself has not been cute and peppy for a very long time”). At the animal shelter, however, he finds Tabby, a decidedly old yellow-and-white cat who needs a friend, too.”

Ribsy by Beverly Cleary

“Henry Huggins’s dog, Ribsy, is hopelessly lost in a huge shopping mall parking lot. It’s raining hard, the pavement is slick, horns are honking, and drivers are shouting. When Ribsy thinks he has found the Hugginses’ new station wagon at last, he jumps in the open tailgate window and falls asleep, exhausted. When he wakes up find himself in the wrong car, lots of little girls pet him and make plans to give him a bath. All Ribsy wants to do is go home to Henry. Instead, he’s about to begin the liveliest adventure of his life.”

All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor

“Meet the All-of-a-Kind  Family — Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte, and Gertie — who live with their parents in New York City at the turn of the century.

Together they share adventures that find them searching for hidden buttons while dusting Mama’s front parlor and visiting with the peddlers in Papa’s shop on rainy days. The girls enjoy doing everything together, especially when it involves holidays and surprises.

But no one could have prepared them for the biggest surprise of all!”

When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant

This book is a bonus since it’s technically this is not a chapter book, but it’ll be good for my young crew.

“An evocative remembrance of the simple pleasures in country living; splashing in the swimming hole, taking baths in the kitchen, sharing family times, each is eloquently portrayed here in both the misty-hued scenes and in the poetic text.”

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  1. says

    Thanks for linking up at Mom’s Library! Several of these are books I am not familiar with, so I may have to look into them. My girls love “big” books!
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  2. says

    This is a great list! I’ve recently started reading chapter books with my daughter each night and we loved Winnie the Pooh. I remember some of these fondly from when I was little and have never heard of others, so thanks for the suggestions!

  3. Karen in AZ says

    I recognize several on your list with fond memories!

    One that I used to keep in my “substitute teacher” bag was Mrs. Piggle Wiggle. Each chapter is a separate story and there is more than one book. I used this for calming a class down after we had everything ready to leave for the day. (Esp. when there were buses.) I had classes that remembered when I’d come back and would be ready for the next chapter.

  4. Maria says

    Hi Allyson, could you list some chapter books with nice pictures for younger kids? You’ve mentioned some books you read last year. My dear child is only 2,5 and i’m preaparing a list to order from amazon.

    • Allyson says

      I think these series would be a great place to start:
      Mr. Putter and Tabby
      Henry & Mudge
      Amelia Bedelia (these do not have chapters as far as I remember)

      Remember, on Amazon, you can click to look inside many of the books to see if they are divided into chapters and if they have illustrations.

      Also, you can check out the Beginning/Easy Reader section of your local library. That’s where you’ll find books with short chapters that also include pictures on most pages.

  5. says

    Great list! We plan on reading The Borrowers sometime this year, too. It’s on my list which I’ll be sharing on Monday.

    We own Mr. Popper, Ribsy, All of a Kind Family, Winnie the Pooh, In Aunt Lucy’s Kitchen, The Courage of Sarah Noble, and Jerry Muskrat if it’s easier to borrow them from us than from the library. You can keep them all year if you want. :-)

    We don’t have that particular Mr. Putter book (which is the 1st in the series), but we do have some of the others. And just so you know, Ribsy is actually the last in the Henry Huggins series, but it can be read as a stand alone, too.
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    • Allyson says

      I can’t wait to see your list, I’m sure I’ll find lots of books to add to our Books for Kids Pinterest Board. I might take you up on borrowing a couple of the books if it proves to be difficult getting them from the library. Also, if we all enjoy the Mr. Putter book, we may consider borrowing some of those.

      I know Ribsy is the last of the series, but I thought the dog would catch Eliya’s attention more than some of the others since she loves animals.

      By the way, have you ever looked into PaperBackSwap.com? I’ve seen others (specifically, Crystal from MoneySavingMom.com) highly recommend it, but I’m trying to calculate what the actual cost would be. There are several books I want to read for myself this year that are not available through the library (especially newer non-fiction books by Christian authors).

      • says

        Yes, I’ve been using PaperBackSwap for probably 5 years now. I love it, though I’ve not used it as much in the past year because the post office is not as convenient here as it was when we lived in Salisbury and could use the drive-thru. It typically cost less than $3 to mail a book. Most were around $2.50 and a few mailed for less than $2. They have a wish/waiting list that you can use, but new books tend to have a long wait so you never know.

        Maddie loves animal books, too! Let me know if you ever want a few suggestions that Eliya might like. We know some good animal chapter books for little kids from when Maddie was little. :-)
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        • Allyson says

          I’d love some suggestions for animal chapter books for younger kids…maybe a blog post :)

  6. Nancy says

    When I Was Young in the Mountains is a wonderful book, although it is not a chapter book. The Mr. Putter books are not chapter books, although they are in a series. How about reading Laura Ingall’s Wilder’s Little House series of books?

    • Allyson says

      You’re right about When I Was Young in the Mountains, but I think it’s perfect for my young crew :) I’m hoping some of the shorter books will help my almost 3 year old and 18 month old enjoy our reading time together as well.

      As far as I remember the Mr. Putter books have a few (very) short chapters, but I could be wrong about that.

      We have listened to several of the Little House books and I’ll probably read them aloud next year.

  7. Tam says

    I read one of the All of A Kind Family stories in a book that I had that was a collection of stories. I had no idea that it was actually from a book! I can’t wait to get it to share it with my kids.

    We read Little House in the Big Woods and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory last year. My two older kids (6 and 4) loved them! We are about to start The Hobbit and then read Charlotte’s Web.

    Thanks for the recommendation of the other books. I can’t wait to add them to our collection.

    • Allyson says

      We listened to the audio recordings of several of the Little House books this past year. Our kids all loved them! Charlotte’s Web is another of my favorites from my childhood.

  8. ria says

    Thanks for sharing. I’ve been looking for a list such as this for a while with classic stories for my son to read.

    • Allyson says

      Several of these books are ones I have fond memories of from my own childhood.