Have I written yet about my obsession with early reader chapter books? (I have – and I will again. Because I am obsessed.)
I love reading to my kids, always. But this spring, when Edgar and I started to regularly read beginner chapter books together, was oh-so-awesome. We had tried a few chapter books before – books like the Magic Treehouse books and the Mercy Watson series – and Edgar enjoyed them. However, when my friend Emma heard that we liked the movie How To Train Your Dragon and recommended the Dragon Masters series – that was when Chapter Book Life really took off for us.
The Dragon Masters books have been great for us because:
- They have a great storyline and plot – lots of action, but not so much that it’s hard for a four- or five-year-old to follow.
- There are illustrations on every page. (Edgar liked the Magic Treehouse books, but he kept trying to turn to a page with an illustration – in that series, I believe there’s a picture every two or three pages.)
- There are DRAGONS. We love dragons!
We definitely still read picture books regularly, but we’ve tried out a bunch of different chapter books since entering this new phase. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Dragon Masters series by Tracey West.
- Princess In Black series by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale.
- Once Upon A Fairy Tale series by Anna Staniszewski.
- Kingdom Of Wrenly series by Jordan Quinn. (Full disclosure, Edgar is not as into these ones; I’m not really sure why. It could just be the timing of when they were presented, as we were in the middle of the Dragon Masters series at the time; I’m going to try again at some point!)
- Olive and Beatrix series by Amy Marie Stadelmann.
- Pixie Tricks series by Tracey West.
- James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl.