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Chapter Books For Children That Parents Will Want To Read, Too!

Updated on October 18, 2012

Good-Night, Moon And Other Lullaby Stories

If you're an involved parent and you've established a good bedtime routine with your child, chances are you've incorporated reading time as part of that routine. For many parents, their fondest memories of raising their children is putting them to bed at night and snuggling in for a little bedtime story before the lights go out. Sweet little stories like Good Night, Moon , If You Give A Mouse A Cookie , Mama, Do You Love Me?, and other bedtime classics stay on the shelves long after the rest of the books have been given away or handed down to someone else. Many parents read them so many times, they committed them to memory " the great, green room, there was a telephone and a red balloon..."

But what happens when your bouncing bundle of joy becomes too old for those precious stories and wants to start reading "chapter books?" Suddenly, reading at bedtime becomes a chore or falls by the wayside, simply because many of the chapter book series for the young reader are not too interesting for parents to read with their children. And what happens when your child reaches the "tween" years and you feel like you're starting to lose that connection that you had when they were younger when bedtime stories were the norm?


Chapter Books That Kids Love

The first rule is, no matter how tired you are, no matter how torturous it may seem to you, don't stop reading with your child. Some parents get particularly frustrated at bedtime when their child wants to read to them, because that plodding word after word tedium is enough to bring a patient person to their knees! As horrible as it may seem if you're a little lacking in the patience department, don't discourage your child from reading to you. If you find yourself losing patience, let them read a paragraph and then you read a paragraph. And believe it or not, there are some young reader chapter books that will have you laughing along with your child. The Junie B. Jones series, about a little girl that's not exactly the picture of sweetness and light, begins when Junie is in kindergarten and then moves "speedy quick" through her year in first grade. The catch phrases are hilarious and parents will find themselves including them unwittingly in daily conversation with co-workers and probably getting some strange looks in return!


Nate The Great and Other Fun To Read Books

Nate The Great is a series that packs alot of fun for young readers and their parents. Nate is an amateur detective who along with his dog, Sludge, solves a series of goofy mysteries including finding a missing pillowcase, his mother's Monster Cookie recipe, and other harmlessly silly and non-scary adventures. He also has his own section on the Random House website with lots of activities to extend your child's fun with Nate.

The Flat Stanley series is another easy to read collection and if you've never done the Flat Stanley exchange program as a school project, you've missed out on some serious fun. There is a template for Flat Stanley that parents can download for their child. Kids can then decorate Flat Stanley anyway they want, add hair, facial features, clothing, etc. Then the real fun begins! Flat Stanley needs to go traveling! Mail Flat Stanley to a willing family member or friend and have them document in journal and pictures his adventures in his new location. Stanley then gets returned to your child with the journal and pictures. The creativity of people you wouldn't necessarily think of as "kid people" is awesome and can be educational for you and your child depending on where Stanley ends up! Flat Stanley now has advanced to the computer age and even has his own Facebook page and downloadable app.

Ten Great Chapter Book Series for Six to Twelve Year Olds

* Magic Tree House - Mary Pope Osborne

* Little House- Laura Ingalls Wilder

* Captain Underpants- Dav Pilkey

* Amelia Bedelia - Peggy & Herman Parish'Nate The Great- Marjorie Sharmat

* Goosebumps - R. L. Stine

* Junie B. Jones- Barbara Park

* Fudge- Judy Blume

* Harry Potter- J.K. Rowling

* The 39 Clues- Rick Riordan

* The Spiderwick Chronlcles- Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

Chapter Books For Older Readers

What happens when your child has learned to read well independently and really doesn't need you to read with them anymore? Well, after you finish scratching your head in bewilderment over where the time went, don't give up that precious time together. Sharing books can still be a great experience for you and your child, you'll just have to change your strategies. Choosing a book series the two of you can read independently and then discuss at bed time is one way to let your child know that you are interested in what they're doing and truth be told, some of those series are downright addictive. The Harry Potter and Twilight series come to mind as ones that many parents and their children can't put down and can spark all kinds of discussion about good vs. evil, fantasy vs. reality, and yes, even the dreaded romantic relationships. A note to those who find the two series less than palatable and not appropriate from what you've heard...give them a read first before you pass judgement if you have any reservations. You may be surprised at the moral lessons that are clearly apparent in both of these series.


When Should You Stop Reading To Your Child?

Lots of parents ask when it's no longer appropriate to read with your child. Try never. That's right, never! Sharing a good piece of literature can turn into a family affair as your children get older. You can branch out to Shakespeare, Animal Farm, To Kill A Mockingbird, and all the other classics. Try having older ones read to the younger ones. Turn it into a sort of bedtime book club. Make it a bedtime routine that everyone piles in the bed to read a familiar story and tells one high point of their day before they go off to their respective beds. You'll be making memories..I promise...and not just for yourself.


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    • ellahall2011 profile image

      ellahall2011 6 years ago

      Great insights here. So much impressed with this article.

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      LULU SUE1987 6 years ago

      Good Stuff. I will take this advice.

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      DIYweddingplanner 6 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      Thanks for reading, Working Mom! Fudge was one of my absolute favorites, too. I think the mark of a good book is one that can stand the test of time and here we are years later and kids are still loving the Fudge series.

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      Mishael Austin Witty 6 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Flat Stanley sounds like fun. I've never heard of him. We'll have to try that when my daughter gets older.

      I loved the Judy Blume Fudge series when I was growing up. So funny!

      And I love the idea of a "Bedtime Book Club." Perfect way to keep in touch with your kids and what they're reading (and ensure that they keep reading). Thanks for this!

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      DIYweddingplanner 6 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      Denise, the baby is in one of my'll have to find it for yourself! :)

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      My kids cried watching Where the Red Fern grows...who wouldn't? I absolutely LOVED The Miraculous Journey of Edward T. What a journey! It is one of my favorites. Be proud of your M. I actually thought of getting one (my assoc. is nursing; my B.A. in psych...) However, my kid has insisted I don't need another degree...LOL

      A 15 month old now??? YOu are telling on your own self, LOL How did this come about? Left in the cabbage patch? I love reading to kids.

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      DIYweddingplanner 6 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      Robin, my son and I read that one, too. Another one that made me cry! Lilibees, my son is 12 and still loves to be read to, thank goodness! And now I've inherited a 15 month old who loves books already, so I think I'll be reading nite-nite stories for a long time yet! Denise, Cara busted me out, did she?! Well, I guess the cat's out of the bag now. It's a shame that people don't give a M. Ed.the same respect they give a degree in say...nuclear physiology :), but I do feel we have a great deal to offer the world! Thanks, Denise!

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Very cool hub and voted up. Look Lady--why do you keep well guarded secrets??? LOL I had no idea you have a M.ED. You are a woman with many talents.

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      lilibees 6 years ago

      My fourteen year old daughter is a avid reader and she loves to read to her younger siblings. I will be sad come the day my younger children would rather not be read to.

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      Robin Edmondson 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Oh, I forgot another great one that Georgia loved: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. We just started a book club for her and her classmates this year and it was one of the books that we read. There was great discussion around it and all the kids, boys and girls, loved it.

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      DIYweddingplanner 6 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      Thanks to all who stopped by. Robin, I cried my eyes out over Where The Red Fern Grows, too! Susan, I could have come up with a 100 more chapter books I love, but it would have made my hub way too long! Cara, we spent a whole month on Harry Potter in my program last summer. We made capes, wands, ate Troll Toenails for snack, and the kids had a ball!

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Chapter books are wonderful. Junie B Jones is a favorite amongst the children that I have read with in a reading club that I volunteer for at a local school. My own boys would just love bringing home the new chapter books list from school so that we could pick out the books they wanted to buy.

      Really enjoyed your hub!

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      Robin Edmondson 6 years ago from San Francisco

      There is nothing better than reading with your kids, especially when they get older and the books get interesting. Our favorite read aloud chapter books are Where the Red Fern Grows and Hatchet. We all cried in Where the Red Fern Grows. It is such a great story.

      The Flat Stanley Books are wonderful as well. Our 2nd grader's teacher had the kids do the Flat Stanley Project and the result was so fun. She had a map in the classroom with all of the place Stanley went and memorabilia from all his travels. Geography and Literature, perfect!

      Thanks for the great Hub!

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      annmackiemiller 6 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England


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      cardelean 6 years ago from Michigan

      Fantastic list of suggestions. I love the Harry Potter series and can't wait for my kids to be old enough to read it with them. I can't seem to get interested in the Twilight series though, maybe when my own kids are older. Books by Jerry Spinelli are always great reads for older kids that are filled with lessons. Great job!

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      DIYweddingplanner 6 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      Rochelle, ha, I remember that, too! When we were little, my parents didn't have much money for books, but what we did have was encyclopedias, so guesss what? We read the encyclopedia! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country

      20,000 and 40,000 -- (ok-- one little zero here and there)

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      Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country

      My dad read to me for a long time and I learned to love reading.

      I read to my boys too and we went all the way up through 20,00 Leagues under the sea (which I think we read twice-- ( which would be at least 40,00 leagues :) ) They became good readers, too.