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BookChapter Books to Read Aloud to Young Listeners

Browse the list below for a selection of great chapter books to read aloud to children ages four to eight. Click the book cover or title to go to the book in the online catalog. Click the author's name to search for more books by that author.



Anna Hibiscus Anna Hibiscus
Atinuke.
Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa amazing Africa, in a city of lagoons and bridges . . . skyscrapers and shanty towns. Her mother is from Canada, her father from Africa, and she has twin baby brothers, Double and Trouble. Each of the four chapters tells a complete story and, while presenting clear cultural differences, explores themes that are universal and child-centered.



Mr. Popper's penguins Mr. Popper's penguins
Atwater, Richard.
The unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Antarctic penguin changes the life and fortunes of Mr. Popper, a house painter obsessed by dreams of the Polar regions.



Jenny and the Cat Club : a collection of favorite stories about Jenny Linsky Jenny and the Cat Club : a collection of favorite stories about Jenny Linsky
Averill, Esther Holden.
Jenny Linsky, a black cat who lives with Captain Tinker in New York City, has adventures with the neighborhood cats who belong to the Cat Club.



Poppy Poppy
Avi, 1937-
Poppy the deer mouse urges her family to move next to a field of corn big enough to feed them all forever, but Mr. Ocax, a terrifying owl, has other ideas.



The end of the beginning : being the adventures of a small snail (and an even smaller ant) The end of the beginning : being the adventures of a small snail (and an even smaller ant)
Avi, 1937-
Avon the snail and Edward, a take-charge ant, set off together on a journey to an undetermined destination in search of unspecified adventures.



Ivy + Bean Ivy + Bean
Barrows, Annie.
When seven-year-old Bean plays a mean trick on her sister, she finds unexpected support for her antics from Ivy, the new neighbor, who is less boring than Bean first suspected.



Tumtum & Nutmeg : adventures beyond Nutmouse Hall Tumtum & Nutmeg : adventures beyond Nutmouse Hall
Bearn, Emily.
Wealthy, married mice Tumtum and Nutmeg find adventure when they secretly try to help two human siblings who live in a tumbledown cottage with their absent-minded inventor father.



The Penderwicks : a summer tale of four sisters, two rabbits, and a very interesting boy The Penderwicks : a summer tale of four sisters, two rabbits, and a very interesting boy
Birdsall, Jeanne.
While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four lovable sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother.



The world according to Humphrey The world according to Humphrey
Birney, Betty G.
Humphrey, pet hamster at Longfellow School, learns that he has an important role to play in helping his classmates and teacher.



A bear called Paddington A bear called Paddington
Bond, Michael.
A very small bear found by Mr. and Mrs. Brown at Paddington station becomes one of the family.



The stories Julian tells The stories Julian tells
Cameron, Ann, 1943-
Relates episodes in seven-year-old Julian's life which include getting into trouble with his younger brother Huey, planting a garden, what he did to grow taller, losing a tooth, and finding a new friend.



Ramona the pest Ramona the pest
Cleary, Beverly.
Ramona meets lots of interesting people in kindergarten class, like Davy whom she keeps trying to kiss and Susan whose springy curls seem to ask to be pulled.



Charlie and the chocolate factory Charlie and the chocolate factory
Dahl, Roald.
Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry ticket into Mr. Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way.



The tale of Despereaux : being the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread The tale of Despereaux : being the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread
DiCamillo, Kate.
The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.



The miraculous journey of Edward Tulane The miraculous journey of Edward Tulane
DiCamillo, Kate.
Edward Tulane, a cold-hearted and proud toy rabbit, loves only himself until he is separated from the little girl who adores him and travels across the country, acquiring new owners and listening to their hopes, dreams, and histories.



Mercy Watson to the rescue Mercy Watson to the rescue
DiCamillo, Kate.
After Mercy the pig snuggles to sleep with the Watsons, all three awaken with the bed teetering on the edge of a big hole in the floor.



Half magic Half magic
Eager, Edward.
Faced with a dull summer in the city, Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha suddenly find themselves involved in a series of extraordinary adventures after Jane discovers an ordinary-looking coin that seems to grant wishes.



The last of the really great whangdoodles The last of the really great whangdoodles
Edwards, Julie, 1935-
With help from an eccentric professor who gives their imaginations special intensive training, three children succeed in locating the last of the great Whangdoodles and granting his heart's desire.



The Moffats The Moffats
Estes, Eleanor, 1906-1988.
Relates the adventures and misadventures of the four Moffat children living with their widowed mother in a yellow house on New Dollar Street in the small town of Cranbury, Connecticut.



The Saturdays The Saturdays
Enright, Elizabeth, 1909-1968.
Four New York City siblings decide to pool their resources so that each can do a special thing on the Saturday that is his turn to receive the combined allowance.



A room with a zoo A room with a zoo
Feiffer, Jules.
Nine-year-old Julie loves animals. So much it seems that she's assembling a zoo in her room. But, what she really wants is a dog.



Three tales of my father's dragon Three tales of my father's dragon
Gannett, Ruth Stiles.
A compilation of three tales which relate the fantastic adventures of Elmer Elevator and a baby flying dragon named Boris.



The reluctant dragon The reluctant dragon
Grahame, Kenneth, 1859-1932.
The boy who finds the dragon in the cave knows it is a kindly, harmless one, but how can he convince the frightened villagers and especially St. George the dragon killer that there is no cause for concern?



Emmaline and the bunny Emmaline and the bunny
Hannigan, Katherine.
Everyone and everything in the town of Neatasapin is tidy, except Emmaline who likes to dig dirt and jump in puddles, and wants to adopt an untidy bunny.



Penny and Peter Penny and Peter
Haywood, Carolyn, 1898-1990.
Whenever Penny and his adopted brother Peter decide to help their parents, they usually end up in trouble.



Bunnicula : a rabbit tale of mystery Bunnicula : a rabbit tale of mystery
Howe, Deborah.
Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire.



"E" is for Elisa "E" is for Elisa
Hurwitz, Johanna.
Four-year-old Elisa gets her picture taken, starts learning to read, breaks her arm, and experiences other exciting aspects of growing up.



Toys go out : being the adventures of a knowledgeable Stingray, a toughy little Buffalo, and someone called Plastic Toys go out : being the adventures of a knowledgeable Stingray, a toughy little Buffalo, and someone called Plastic
Jenkins, Emily, 1967-
Six stories relate the adventures of three best friends, who happen to be toys.



Martin Bridge ready for takeoff! Martin Bridge ready for takeoff!
Kerrin, Jessica Scott.
Meet Martin Bridge - a boy whose well-meant plans sometimes go awry. In three illustrated stories, Martin encounters two bus drivers with very different ways of relating, makes a tough decision about a friend's pet and takes on an extremely competitive model rocket project that almost costs him a friendship.



Three terrible trins Three terrible trins
King-Smith, Dick.
Three mice brothers, ignoring the class system separating the four clans of rodents in their farmhouse, befriend a lower class mouse and form a team to fight cats.



The year of the dog : a novel The year of the dog : a novel
Lin, Grace.
Frustrated at her seeming lack of talent for anything, a young Taiwanese American girl sets out to apply the lessons of the Chinese Year of the Dog, those of making best friends and finding oneself, to her own life.



Alvin Ho : allergic to girls, school, and other scary things Alvin Ho : allergic to girls, school, and other scary things
Look, Lenore.
A young boy in Concord, Massachusetts, who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, wants to make friends, but first he must overcome his fear of everything.



Ruby Lu, brave and true Ruby Lu, brave and true
Look, Lenore.
"Almost-eight-year-old" Ruby Lu spends time with her baby brother, goes to Chinese school, performs magic tricks and learns to drive, and has adventures with both old and new friends.



Betsy-Tacy Betsy-Tacy
Lovelace, Maud Hart, 1892-1980.
There are lots of children on Hill Street, but no little girls Betsy's age. So when a new family moves into the house across the street, Betsy hopes they will have a little girl she can play with. Sure enough, they do-a little girl named Tacy. And from the moment they meet at Betsy's fifth birthday party, Betsy and Tacy becoms such good friends that everyone starts to think of them as one person-Betsy-Tacy.



See you around, Sam! See you around, Sam!
Lowry, Lois.
Sam Krupnik, mad at his mother because she won't let him wear his new plastic fangs in the house, decides to run away to Alaska.



Gooney Bird Greene Gooney Bird Greene
Lowry, Lois.
A most unusual new student who loves to be the center of attention entertains her teacher and fellow second graders by telling absolutely true stories about herself, including how she got her name.



Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
MacDonald, Betty Bard.
From her upside-down house, the eccentric Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle issues to parents her marvelous cures for such common children's diseases as Won't-Put-Away-Toys-itis, Answerbackism, and Fighter-Quarrelitis.



Sarah, plain and tall Sarah, plain and tall
MacLachlan, Patricia.
When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.



The doll people The doll people
Martin, Ann M., 1955-
A family of porcelain dolls that has lived in the same house for one hundred years is taken aback when a new family of plastic dolls arrives and doesn't follow The Doll Code of Honor.



The Quigleys The Quigleys
Mason, Simon, 1962-
The adventures and misadventures of the four members of the Quigley family--Mum, Dad, Lucy, and Will.



How Oliver Olson changed the world How Oliver Olson changed the world
Mills, Claudia.
Afraid he will always be an outsider like ex-planet Pluto, nine-year-old Oliver finally shows his extremely overprotective parents that he is capable of doing great things without their help while his class is studying the solar system.



Homer Price Homer Price
McCloskey, Robert, 1914-2003.
Six episodes in the life of Homer Price including one in which he and his pet skunk capture four bandits and another about a donut machine on the rampage.



Judy Moody Judy Moody
McDonald, Megan.
Third grader Judy Moody is in a first day of school bad mood until she gets an assignment to create a collage all about herself and begins creating her masterpiece, the Me collage.



Stink : the incredible shrinking kid Stink : the incredible shrinking kid
McDonald, Megan.
The shortest kid in the second grade, James Moody, also known as Stink, learns all about the shortest president of the United States, James Madison, when they celebrate Presidents' Day at school.



Winnie-the-Pooh : the color edition Winnie-the-Pooh : the color edition
Milne, A. A. (Alan Alexander), 1882-1956.
The adventures of Christopher Robin and his friends, in which Pooh Bear uses a balloon to get honey, Piglet meets a Heffalump, and Eeyore has a birthday.



Clementine Clementine
Pennypacker, Sara, 1951-
While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.



The best Christmas pageant ever The best Christmas pageant ever
Robinson, Barbara.
The six mean Herdman kids lie, steal, smoke cigars (even the girls) and then become involved in the community Christmas pageant.



Some good news Some good news
Rylant, Cynthia.
Nine-year-old cousins Rosie, Lily, and Tess make a neighborhood newspaper celebrating all their friends on Cobble Street.



Rootabaga stories Rootabaga stories
Sandburg, Carl, 1878-1967.
A newly-illustrated edition of Sandburg's fanciful, humorous tales peopled with such characters as the Potato Face Blind Man, the Blue Wind Boy, and many others.



Charlotte's web Charlotte's web
White, E. B. (Elwyn Brooks), 1899-1985.
Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer's Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him.



Love, Ruby Lavender Love, Ruby Lavender
Wiles, Deborah.
When her quirky grandmother goes to Hawaii for the summer, nine-year-old Ruby learns to survive on her own in Mississippi by writing letters, befriending chickens as well as the new girl in town, and finally coping with her grandfather's death.



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