I recently wrote a list of chapter books suitable for grades 1-3, whether that’s to read aloud in your classroom or to have the students read independently to themselves. Now it’s time to give those middle grades some love!
I’m not going to lie, chapter books in the 4-6th grade range are some of my absolute favorites. There are so many great novels and series for this group specifically! Here are just a few of my favorites.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
The first few books in this series are great for kids in this age group, and as they get older and become better readers, the books later in the series are more fitting.
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
This book is a perfect introduction for kids into World War II. The storyline is captivating while still keeping a good reading level for grades 5 & 6.
Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo
The Charlie Bone series is a great one for those who love Harry Potter and want a new fantasy world to read about.
Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
This chapter book is great for those children who might be weary of reading chapter books. It’s easy to read and has a fun storyline.
Frindle by Andrew Clements
It is a classic for a reason! The influence this teacher had on her students! The ending of the book! It’s all incredible. An absolute must-read.
The Pulitzer Prize, what is it? There are multiple categories and mediums that one can win a Pulitzer Prize, but in writing specifically, there are prizes for writing pieces of biography, drama, fiction, non-fiction, history, memoir or autobiography, and poetry.
The Pulitzer Prize started because Joseph Pulitzer, a newspaper publisher, left money to Columbia University in his will to accomplish two goals, create a journalism school, and establish the Pulitzer Prize. In each category, the award focuses on American writers and books about America. For example, a book that wins in the history category for a Pulitzer Prize must be a historically accurate book of the history of the United States. The biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs that win Pulitzer Prizes must be written by American authors.
So when you pick up a book off the bookshelf and see a Pulitzer Prize medal on the front, what does that mean?
It means that you are reading a book by an American writer that is exceptional work, above all of the other applicants who sent in their work.
I’ve been searching for good chapter books to read aloud to my first grader at home and making myself a list on my phone for future reference. So obviously I need to share that list now with all of you! Here’s a tried and true list of good chapter books for grades 1-3 that can be read aloud over time or independently depending on the child’s reading level.
Matilda by Roald Dahl This is our current read because the musical featured on Netflix has been on repeat all summer at our house, so obviously we needed to read the book!
The Magic Treehouse Series by Mary Pope Osborne. Such a classic series and bonus that there are so many books within the series that it’s hard to run out of content.
A to Z Mysteries by Rob Roy. It’s a kid-friendly mystery series that is perfect for hooking kids in and experiencing that “one more chapter!” feeling.
Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar. This book is next on our list to read once we finish Matilda. The humor in this book cannot be beaten, no matter your age!
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White. This was the chapter book we read last spring. It’s such a classic that it would be wrong to not include it on this list! Of course, I cried my eyes out at the ending, even after reading this book dozens of times.
Other notable mentions:
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Beezus and Ramona, Ribsy, and more by Beverly Cleary
Frindle by Andrew Clements
Lisa’s Ugly Glasses and Luna’s Rescue by Erica Richardson
Which chapter books are you going to suggest to your students to read next?
This morning the temperature dipped into the low 60s during our walk to school. Of course, I threw on my best fall sweater and some boots! I am a lover of fall, through, and though. By the time I walked home after dropping my daughter off, I was sweating like crazy in my fall clothes. This cooler weather is nice, but it’s not quite the fall season yet. We’re counting down the days to Autumn Equinox though!
While we all wait for arguably the best season of the year, we can prep ourselves by printing a fall reading bingo chart to work on. I’ve attached below a FREE download for you to use in your classrooms, libraries, and homes.
Our Summer Reading Bingo ended up being so popular that I’ve worked a little harder on our fall bingo page to be more… ahem… aesthetically pleasing. The Summer Bingo was fine and worked well, but it was something I made quickly on a platform not necessarily made for complex work. I’ve also made our fall bingo both in color and black and white format for printing.
Enjoy this free printable and let us know how it goes for you!
Have you ever looked at a book title, noticed an award on the front cover, and wondered what exactly it meant? A shiny gold medal on the front is really cool, but if you don’t know the meaning, what merit does it have?
I’ve fallen victim to this myself! I see library books on the shelves and think, “Oooh this one has an award on the front, it’s probably a great one to read!” and typically, it is! But what does the award even mean? What are the different awards? How do they compare to one another?
Here’s a list of each of the awards, and each week I’ll be doing a deeper dive into each one. I could fit them all into one post, but I feel like each of them deserve plenty of space and their own designated post so that we don’t have to skip out on details! They’re all unique and remarkable in their own way and don’t deserve to be given any less than the best.
The awards I will be covering are:
Pulitzer Prize Award Caldecott Award Newberry Medal Award Booker Prize Goodreads Choice Awards National Book Award Women’s Prize for Fiction PEN/ Faulkner Prize Edgar Award
Is there an award missing on this list that you’d like to see highlighted? Let me know and I’ll add it to my list!
Earlier in the summer I posted a free Summer Reading Bingo printable that I made quickly for my daughter and myself to enjoy over the summer months and shared it with all of you. I also printed out a few copies and put them in our local library for our community to enjoy! Many kids used the bingo chart and the library even generously supplied them with stickers and suckers when they got a bingo!
At our house, the bingo chart was a fun, low-pressure way to promote summer reading. I never offered an incentive, just the idea of getting bingo was incentive enough!
We spent our summer days reading in trees, pulling out books at meal times, and finding new books to hit all of our new genres to try. My child would go for weeks without even acknowledging the bingo page and then she would go several days trying to accomplish as many as possible.
It was all child-led and at her speed. It was a beautiful relationship that fostered her own love for reading!
We’ve had so many friends interested in another reading bingo that we’ll be posting a new fall/back-to-school reading bingo in the coming months! I’ve also started some quick brainstorming for a Christmas reading bingo as well.
Thanks for coming along on this ride with us, here’s to more independent, self-motivated reading kids!