**Description from Amazon: For centuries the bears of Haven have lived quiet lives, high in the mountains at the edge of the great Precipice. That all changes for a young cub named Growly when he receives a mysterious message. With just his backpack and glider, Growly sets out on a desperate journey to find his grandfather's ...
Best First Chapter Books
You may know E.B. White best from Charlotte's Web or Stuart Little, but his delightful storytelling shines in this book, which beautifully describes both the natural world, and the nature of friendship. Get a free Family Book Club Guide to go with it right here.
This collection of six tales follows Homer Price, resident of Centerburg, U.S.A. Follow Homer around town as he mans his uncle’s lunch counter (and his fancy new doughnut-making machine), builds radios and even catches a gang of robbers.
The resident of an upside-down house that smells like cookies, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle just gets kids. She can fix any problem, and her remedies are always effective. Each chapter is like a short story unto itself. Delightful!
Oh Pippi! Pippi Longstocking lives with her horse and monkey (but without parents) at her home Villa Villekula. She’s always ready for an adventure and soon, neighbors Tommy and Annika are along for the ride. This book is as fun as Pippi’s signature hairstyle.
This silly series begins with Josh McBroom getting duped into buying 80 acres of land that are all stacked on top of each other. But never fear -- it isn’t as bad as it seems. These books are laugh-out-loud funny and illustrated by Quentin Blake, who illustrated many of Roald Dahl’s books.
This collection of 21 stories is often described as timeless. First printed in 1925, the book takes kids on sweet adventures along with Milly-Molly-Mandy and even includes a map of her town for reference.
This is a collection of 6 short books featuring animal characters like Danny Meadow Mouse and Reddy Fox. Kids will love the animal stories, but also learn about nature from these wholesome tales.
Animal lovers especially will adore this sweet story about a musical cricket, and his pals -- a mouse and a cat, who share many adventures together including taking in the sights of old New York. A 1961 Newberry Honor book, it features illustrations by Garth Williams and is great for young readers because “intense” animal scenes are pretty minimal. (The first in a series.)
Jonathan sets out to get a large pot from his aunt for a family Christening celebration, trekking over Hemlock Mountain. At least he won’t encounter any bears … right?
Start with this book, if you haven't read many (or any!) chapter books or novels with your child before. Short chapters, rich narrative, and an engaging story will reel your listeners in.
It’s a dream come true for Ralph S. Mouse when he get his own set of wheels: a red motorcycle. But when Ralph drives straight into trouble, it’s his human friend Keith who helps him. A Beverly Cleary classic, and the first in a 3-part series!
By the wonderful E.B. White, a touching tale of friendship, character and love, with charming illustrations by Garth Williams. Your kids will hang on every word—there's a reason this book is a classic! (psst... get out the kleenex)
When Paddington Bear moves in with the Browns, life changes forever. This classic series of tales about a well-intentioned bear who finds himself in many unfortunate predicaments delights young readers. Especially wonderful if you can read it with a British accent. ;)
A fantastical twist to a tale of life on the prairie made this an instant family favorite at our house. Louisa Brody’s life on the Colorado prairie takes an unexpected turn when her father is locked away in jail and she is sent to live with the awful Smirch family. Can Louisa and her friends save her father from a guilty verdict?