Do you have a chapter book worm in your family? I do, and she’s seven! Holy hana does she breeze through books in a week.
The major problem, (if we should even label this a problem) is: my daughter is such an advanced reader for her age and reads so fast that I can’t throw age-appropriate chapter books at her fast enough! Have you ever had this “problem”?
I decided to do some research to find the best chapter books for little girls that teach values like: honesty and kindness. And avoid books with the high-school drama, catty-behavior and teenage lingo not appropriate for an elementary reader. (No thanks, my daughter excels in the drama department without needing more ideas from the books she reads.) I know there are chapter books out there for my advanced elementary reader, but where to start?
Where I Began My Search: My Parent’s Home
Some people collect spoons from the countries they have visited while others collect flags or mug souvenirs and store them in random places in their house. Well not our family. We collect books, lots and lots of books.
In fact, we have a room dedicated to our obsession and call it a library- imagine that! When we visited my parent’s house for the weekend I sat in the library and pulled out all of the chapters books I read in elementary.
The Classic Books
These were the first chapter books my mother gave me when I turned eight. The Box Car Children series introduced a new mystery every book fueling my wild imagination. Once all of my books were complete I borrowed many others books from the public library. Oh how I still love reading a good mystery novel!
These chapter books are fantastic, classic children’s books. The best part? If you have a child that enjoys watching movies (like who doesn’t have that kid?) You can encourage your child to read these books with or without you. Then, watch the movie together.
Little Girl Books
We discovered the fun world of Junie B Jones. Lexie adsorbed these chapter books rapidly in a month. When I asked Lexie what she enjoyed about this series the most she said, “Junie B is silly and talks like me!”
Another darling book series your daughter might enjoy is Ivy and Bean. These two girls are constantly solving mysteries in their own backyard. Their wild imagination might get them in trouble or just might solve a mysterious case too! Lexie loved that these girls were her age and could relate to them.
Easy Comic Book Turned into a Movie
I remember my little sister reading these “chapter” books all day and night and giggling in her book. This potty-talking, comic book filled with all sorts of hilarious child-like humor is a fast read. I remember telling my mother that it wasn’t fair that my little sister got to read comic books and it “counted” for reading. My mother’s response is something I still believe: “As long as she’s reading, what does it matter if it’s a comic book?”
Lexie read all ten of the book series in a week! As a reward, we saw the movie in the theater and you guys… I laughed sooo hard! What a funny show. No wonder she read the books so quickly.
Although these books are not in the 7-9 age group category, my daughter and I have enjoyed reading these books together.
CS Lewis- The Chronicles of Narnia
Lexie is not ready to read these advanced chapter books on her own yet. One summer we read “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe” together. Later, we had a date night and watched the movie. My daughter loved seeing the characters we read about come to life and even corrected the movie when it strayed from the book. -That’s my girl!-
Mystery, magic and fantasy all rolled up into a great adventure- what’s not to love about Harry Potter? For Christmas my husband gave me the illustrated Harry Potter books and as a family we have already finished the first book and watched the movie. My kiddies are hooked on Harry Potter- and it’s awesome. I love reading together as a family!
Books are an inexpensive way to travel around the world. By reading with your child you are encouraging learning which is the best and might I add- free gift to give! If you have a book worm in your family, give them harder books to devour and read with them!
If your child is struggling to read, choose a book that interests them and read it with them using silly voices. My son loves super heroes. I make sure when we leave the library there are several super hero books in our bag. Even if they are comic books, a book is a book! Encourage the love of opening the book and emerging in the imaginative written word with whatever interests them!
Encourage reading with small and big rewards. Our library had a fantastic summer reading program that encouraged the kids to read and rewarded them with small prizes. My kids love going to the movies. So, we made a goal to read several books then once the goal was met, each was rewarded with a movie ticket.
Books open a child’s mind and help their imagination take flight. With the right book, your child’s life could be changed! Best of luck mamas. I hope you find the perfect chapter book for your child soon!