Chapter Books for Elementary Age Readers (and beyond!)

This is list of the chapter books that we have read and enjoyed at our house. These books have been read by at least one or both of my two daughters (age 12 and age 9). I have tried to group them by grade level, but the levels are flexible. I have read and enjoyed many of these books (my favorites are marked with a *). Many of these books would make great family read alouds. 

Chapter books (3-5 grade)

*Harry Potter (7 book series) by J.K. Rowling

*The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (7 book series)

Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater

Beverly Cleary (author): The Ramona books, The Mouse and Motorcyle, Henry Huggins, etc.

Ranger in Time by Kate Messner (6 book series)

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (13 book series)

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder (9 book series)

Wayside Stories by Louis Sachar (3 book series)

Penelope Crumb by Shawn Stout (5 book series)

Roald Dahl (author): Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, and many others

Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace (4 book series)

*All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor (5 book series)

Marguerite Henry (author): Misty of Chincoteague and many other horse books

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brain Selznick

Leven Thumps by Obert Skye (5 book series)

The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynn Reid Banks (5 book series)

*Tuesday’s at the Castle by Jessica Day George (5 book series)

The Imaginary Veterinarian by Suzanne Selfors (6 book series)

The 39 Clues by various authors with multiple companion series

Spirit Animals by various authors with a few companion series

Wings of Fire by Tui T. Sutherland (10 book series)

The Candymakers by Wendy Mass

*The Ordinary Princess by M. M. Kaye

Janitors by Tyler Whitesides (5 book series)

The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein (4 book series)

Half Upon a Time by James Riley (3 book series)

I Survived… by Lauren Tarshis (10 plus book series)

Fablehaven series, Five Kingdoms series, The Candy Shop War series, and *The Beyonders series by Brandon Mull

*The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall (4 book series)

The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer (6 books series)

Redwall by Brian Jacques (20 plus book series)

*A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (and others)

Story Thieves by James Riley (3 book series)

Liesl Shurtliff (author): The True Story of Rump, Red, and Jack (3 book series)


More advanced chapter books (4-6 grade)

*Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George (3 book series)

The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley (9 book series)

*Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

*Wonder by RJ Polacio

*The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander (5 book series)

*Rick Riordan (author): Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus, Kane Chronicles, and others

*The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper (5 book series)

John Bellairs (author): The House with a Clock in Its Walls and other gothic mystery novels

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (8 book series)

Holes by Louis Sachar

*The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins (5 book series)

*A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story by Linda Sue Park

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

***Be sure to check Newberry Award Winners and Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award lists for more great recommendations.

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