Chapter Books for Toddlers

Monday, September 12, 2016

You might wonder when a good time to start chapter books is, especially if you have kids in the two to five-year-old range. While all families are different, I'd say your child should be able to sit still for some amount of time. We've had particular success reading chapter books aloud during dinner. We started a couple months before my daughter turned two. Now it has become a family ritual that either me or my husband will read-aloud as the rest of the family finishes eating.

Over the last couple months we've read all three of the Lulu books and Three Tales of My Father's Dragon. In addition, I selected a handful of chapter books back in July to read as part of a vetting exercise and I'm happy to report I enjoyed reading each of these books. With short chapters and simple sentence structure, chapter books help children with memory retention, imagination, and reading readiness. If you're just starting out with chapter books at your home (either to read aloud or for beginning readers to read solo), this is a great place to start.

- The Adventures of Sophie Mouse
- Lulu Walks the Dog
- Bink & Golly
- A Pig, A Fox, and a Box
- Monkey and Elephant
- Henry and Mudge & the Happy Cat
- Mercy Watson to the Rescue
- Mouse and Mole


  1. Ha! I totally agree, criteria #1 is that your child is able to sit still (totally not where we are at, currently). For now, if we do grab a chapter book (very seldom) I'll read a few pages each time we sit to read. I love your recommendations, they all sound so fun.

  2. Thanks for the recommendations. We checked out Lulu and the Brontosaurus from the library and Evelyn (2.8 y.o.) couldn't get enough of it. We finished it in 2 days, and she immediately asked to read it again. She enjoyed Lulu Walks the Dogs, too. I'm looking forward to working through your chapter book list with her.


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