Chapter Books for Preschool

chapter books for preschool

I’ve had lots of questions about when to start reading chapter books with kids and what chapter books to start with, so I thought I’d keep a running log of the chapter books I’ve read with L&L.  

Here are the book titles and authors, in order of when we read them.  Each one is linked to the book on Amazon and beside each title is a link to the full post I wrote about the book.  My posts are loaded with our review, descriptions, pictures, notes, and links to any accompanying materials like sequels, videos, or websites (when available) to make your reading experience as full and enjoyable as possible.  
If there were any possible concerns with reading the book to young children (i.e. sensitive subjects, questionable wording, etc.), I also noted those in my blog posts so you could be prepared ahead of time.  It is always my recommendation that you read first for yourself any book you want to use with your child to avoid unnecessary surprises.  While I have read all of these books to my preschool children, I do sometimes omit words that I feel are too strong for their age.  Otherwise, we’ve loved all of these as they are!
Check back often because I will add to the list as we read more! 🙂 

Chapter Books for Preschool

#1: The Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne (see my Magic Tree House post)

#2: Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne (see my Winnie-the-Pooh post)

#3: The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary (see my The Mouse and the Motorcycle post)

#4: Stuart Little by E. B. White (see my Stuart Little post)

#5: Runaway Ralph by Beverly Cleary (see my Runaway Ralph post)

#6: Flat Stanley series by Jeff Brown (see my Flat Stanley post)

#7: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White (see my Charlotte’s Web post)

#8: Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater (see my Mr. Popper’s Penguins post)

#9: James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

#10: The Puppy Place series by Ellen Miles

#11: Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst

#12: Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

#13: Mercy Watson book series by Kate DiCamillo

#14: Lulu Walks the Dogs by Judith Viorst

#15: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

#16: My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

#17: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

#18: Elmer and the Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett (sequel to My Father’s Dragon)

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Which chapter books do you recommend for preschoolers?

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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

  • Great list! My oldest has loved the Fairy series chapter books by Daisy Meadows.

    • Genny Upton says:

      I have heard great things about them and I actually bought them awhile ago waiting for the day my little girl would be ready. Thanks for reminding me to get them out!! 🙂

  • kewkew says:

    Thanks for the list.
    We have read Flat Stanley, but that is the only one for the list. Tried Little House in the Big Woods, but realized it was a little too much for a preschooler. My 6 yr old is reading The Magic Tree House series to herself right now, they weren’t really wanting it when I tried reading it a while ago.
    I have read the first Fairy Series Chapter Books (the color fairies I believe) by Daisy Meadows. I actually stopped reading them because I didn’t like the way the good fairies would do not-so-good things to solve their problems. I just got so I realized I didn’t want my girls having those attitudes/displaying those behaviors. And it has been over a year now, so I really don’t remember details.

  • Tiffany says:

    My preschool-aged son loves the Magic School Bus chapter books.

    • Genny Upton says:

      We got the Magic School Bus video collection for Christmas and my kids love it! I bet they’d love the chapter books, too. We haven’t read any of them!

  • We have been reading a lot of the same books! 7 out of the 10 on your list we have read this school year! We just finished up Little House in the Big Woods! I need to decide what we will read next 🙂 James and the Giant Peach sounds like a good one!

    • Genny Upton says:

      Too funny! We actually started Little House in the Big Woods a month or two ago on a trip, but for some reason we didn’t finish it… I read and loved all the Little House books as a child and we actually have my set of books!

      The kids really liked James and the Giant Peach. If you haven’t read it before and/or you have sensitive children, you might want to preview the first couple of chapters yourself first as the boy’s parents die in the first couple of paragraphs of the book… I say this because one of my two is very sensitive, so I always have to prepare him if a topic is coming up that I know might bother him, so I’m passing on the warning just in case. 🙂

  • Anna says:

    You’ve got to read the Toys books by Emily Jenkins. We just LOVE them (my four and five year old and I)! It makes me wish I were still teaching so I could read them to my class. Toys Go Out, then Toy Dance Party, and finally Toys Come Home (which was written last as a prequel to the other books). The stories are about a plush stingray, a stuffed buffalo, and a ball named Plastic. I could never do justice to them in this comment box. I hope you give them a try!

  • Kim Floyd says:

    I adore the easy to read chapter books about “Mercy Watson,” written by Kate DiCamillo. They are a perfect bridge book, because once children begin reading, the Mercy Watson series can be read independantly, with just a little bit of support. The story lines are fun, and funny, and the illustrations are captivating. Who doesn’t love a story about a pig!

  • Great list – would definitely add Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox.

    I’ve read it now with my 3 year old. Each chapter is nice and short and there’s not too much text on each page. We whizzed through it each time.

    On the back of this we had a go at Charlie & the Chocolate Factory but text was just too dense relative to picture size.

    • Genny Upton says:

      Thanks for the suggestion, Alice! We picked up Fantastic Mr. Fox this weekend along with several other Roald Dahl books. We just love him! I’m really excited as I haven’t read the Fox one myself! 🙂

  • Katrina says:

    I read Junie B. Jones with my preschool class. They absolutely love her! She’s got sass and a mouth on her, but the kids always know and say, “she’s going to get in trouble for saying that!” We will be done with the series though before the end of the year… I’ll have to try one on your list! Thanks!

  • Callie says:

    Thank you so much for this list! I started The Magic Treehouse series with my 3 year old who LOVES to read and he loved it! He also wanted me to read the whole book in one sitting.
    Thanks for the encouragement to try something new!

  • Rebekah says:

    Great list here are some that aren’t on the list that my 3 year old loves. Wizard of Oz the first book,Mary Poppins, and Winn Dixie. Yes I know thatey are all m ovies too. But they were all. books first. And all of them much better then the movies in fact Frank L. Baum put in his introduction to the Wizard of Oz that one of his goals was that it could be loved by pre-readers.

  • Kate says:

    My daughter loves to read chapter books 🙂 We find that Enid Blyton ones are perfect for her, they are relatively simple and she absolutely loves them. The Magic Faraway Tree series and The Wishing Chair series are favourites of hers. I’ll definitely try the Roald Dahl books too.

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