This is the third part in the series that Mariel of The Learning Basket wrote. The first is about why it’s great to read chapter books even to young children and the second is about bringing out the diva in you and making stories come to life with the way you read.
To mark the end of the series, Mariel will be giving away two chapter books from her online bookshop!
Our Favorite Chapter Books… so far
I thought that we would stay with picture books for a long time, but was terribly pleased to discover chapter books when my daughter was about three years old. We started off with easy chapter books that were not really far off from picture books and then transitioned to longer, more difficult ones.
We love reading children’s books that are described as classic or have received awards. The accolades make it easier to choose what books to read. Today, I’m sharing with you about the chapter books we are currently enjoying.
Beginning Chapter Books
Frances Books – Frances is a young beaver who faces familiar childhood experiences: getting a new sister, dealing with a friend’s unfairness, listening to her parents in the matter of eating just bread and jam. We love it because we can easily see Little T in Frances, and we love the songs that Frances sings as a way to express her feelings. This is a great beginning chapter book!
Frog and Toad Books – Frog and Toad are friends who do everything together. The stories are sweet and poignant and make me think of days with my childhood best friends. We enjoy the contrast in the two characters’ personalities and the way they face the different situations they are in. This is a classic series that is always in the list of “great children’s books.”
Little Bear Books – Little Bear books usually have four stories or chapters in it that feature Little Bear, his mother, and his friends. We love Little Bear’s adventures and how his mother goes along with his pretend play and is accepting of his feelings – it’s really almost about like any other mother-and-child I know! As an added bonus, its illustrator is none other than the great Maurice Sendak who inked and penned Where The Wild Things Are, one of the top 100 picture books of all time!
Amelia Bedelia – Amelia Bedelia is a housekeeper who takes figures of speech too literally – when instructed to “dress the chicken”, she actually dressed the chicken in a jumper! We have only read the first book in the series because I’m saving the others for future lessons in figures of speech. Amelia is an endearing character that will surely entertain your child.
Longer Chapter Books
Winnie-the-Pooh – I was intrigued to know that Winnie the Pooh is not a Disney original and is instead based on the classic novels of A. A. Milne: Winnie-The-Pooh and The House At Pooh Corner. I buy individual chapter books, which can be read independently from each other, because it’s easier to hold thin books instead of the thicker complete novel. Make sure to buy the original books written by A.A. Milne and illustrated by Ernest Shepard and not just the adaptations.
Higglety Pigglety Pop! Or There Must Be More To Life – Written by Maurice Sendak, this is the story of a dog named Jennie who leaves everything behind to seek stardom. Kids love the familiar nursery rhyme, but will perhaps scare younger kids with the prospect of a lion eating a baby! The story shows Jennie’s transformation from a self-centered dog to someone who learns to care for other creatures.
26 Fairmount Ave – Penned by our favorite author-illustrator Tomie dePaola, 26 Fairmount Ave was awarded the Newbery Honor in 2000. I wanted to read just one chapter at a time but Little T enjoyed Tomie’s early years in the 1930’s so much that we would often read up to three chapters. And yes, we’ve read the book many times over! We love the fact that we encounter familiar characters from Tomie’s other books such as The Art Lesson.
Books by Beatrix Potter – Long before Harry, Beatrix Potter was already making magic with her books. Our absolute favorites are The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck, and Tom Kitten. Like the Winnie-the-Pooh books, make sure to buy only the original versions that were written and illustrated by Ms Potter.
And now, for our giveaway! The winner will get to choose two titles from any of the following: Little Bear books, Books by Beatrix Potter, Frances books, and Winnie-the-Pooh books. Be sure to check out Shop@TheLearningBasket to see what’s available. Just follow Rafflecopter below for the mechanics. The giveaway starts today until June 12! This giveaway is open to anyone to Philippines residents only. Good luck!