What is a chapter book? A chapter book is a book long enough to be split into chapters, yet not long enough to be a novel.  Chapter books are often illustrated, but not nearly as much as picture books.

What ages are chapter books appropriate for? Chapter books are popular with 7-10 year-olds as transitional books between beginning reader books and novels.  Chapter books also tend to appeal to reluctant readers of all ages.  Some children younger than 7 who are advancing with their reading skills would likely enjoy chapter books as well.

Here is a list of Beginner chapter books: Great for those children just starting to read chapter books.

  • Andy Shane by Jennifer Jacobson
  • Andrew Lost on the Dog by J.C. Greenburg
  • Bones and the Rollercoaster Mystery by David Adler
  • Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
  • Cam Jansen by David Adler
  • Cork and Fuzz: Finders Keepers by Dori Chaconas
  • Don’t Call me Beanhead! By Susan Wojciechowski
  • Emmett’s Pig by Mary Stolz
  • Geronimo Stilton by Geronimo Stilton
  • Going Quackers by Bonnie Worth
  • Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry
  • Henry and Mudge: The First Book of their Adventures by Cynthia Rylant
  • Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon
  • Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park
  • Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo by Nancy Krulik
  • Little Horse on His Own by Betsy Byars
  • Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride by Kate DiCamillo
  • Minnie and Moo, Wanted Dead or Alive by Denys Cazet
  • Mouse Tales by Arnold Lobel
  • Nate the Great by Marjorie Sharmat
  • On the Road by Lucy Nolan
  • Pain and the Great One by Judy Blume
  • Rainbow Magic by Daisy Meadows
  • Roscoe Riley Rules by Katherine Applegate
  • Sailing for Gold by Deborah Hopkinson
  • The Best Seat in Second Grade by Katharine Kenah
  • Tiger Turcotte Takes on the Know –It-All by Panise Hart Flood
  • Time Warp Trio by Jon Scieszka
  • Upstairs Mouse, Downstairs Mole by Wong Herbert Yee
  • Wildfire! By Elizabeth Star Hill
  • Here is a list of Next Step Chapter Books:  Great for those that are advancing past beginner chapter books.
  • Annabel the Actress, Starring in Hound of the Barkervilles by Ellen Conford
  • Abby Takes a Stand by Pat McKissiack
  • Board Rebel by Jake Maddox
  • Clementine’s Letter by Sarah Pennypacker
  • Curse of the Bologna Sandwich by Greg Trine
  • Dude, Where’s My Spaceship? By Dan Greenburg
  • Goldie by Ellen Miles
  • How to Fish for Trouble by Valerie Wesley
  • In Aunt Lucy’s Kitchen by Cynthia Rylant
  • Keeker and the Sneaky Pony by Hadley Higginson
  • Only Emma by Sally Warner
  • Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Make a wish! By Miranda Jones
  • Martin Bridge on the Lookout! By Emily Jenkins
  • Maybelle Goes to Tea by Katie Speck
  • Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Bruce Coville
  • Miss Daisy is Crazy by Dan Gutman
  • Monster in the Third Dresser Drawer and Other Stories about Adam Joshua by Janice Smith
  • Mr. Docker is Off his Rocker by Dan Gutman
  • Sly the Sleuth and the Pet Mysteries by Donna Jo Napoli
  • Smarter than Squirrels by Lucy Nolan
  • Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid by Megan McDonald
  • The Blue Ghost by Marion Dane Bauer
  • The Class Trip From the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler
  • That Crazy Eddie and the Science Project of Doom by Judy Cox
  • The Dragon of Doom by Bruce Coville
  • The Principal’s on the Roof by Elizabeth Levy
  • The Secret of the Painted House by Marion Dane Bauer
  • Tooth Trouble by Abby Klein
  • Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins