I think of chapter books for kids in terms of two basic categories. Quick readers and Commitment readers. Quick readers are chapter books that can easily be read in 2-3 hours and have a few pictures. Commitment readers are chapter books that take more time, sometimes a month, to complete. They have less pictures, if any, and their chapters are quite a bit longer. Both types of books have their place and we enjoy switching back and forth between them.
I wanted to share some of the books that M, M and I have enjoyed over the last couple of years. (Good thing to because a lot of you asked for suggestions!) I’ll divide this in to two posts, you can expect to find the commitment reader chapter book review this afternoon!
Quick Reader Chapter Books for Kids
Magic Tree House series
by Mary Pope Osborne
I could write an entire post on how much I love the Magic Tree House series. Oh wait I already did. 😉 For this review and a really fun activity to match click on over to Magic Tree House.
Cam Janson series
by David A. Adler
illustrated by Susanna Natti
My sister’s girls were hooked on the Cam Jansen series first. Lucky for us they handed over an entire stack of these fun mystery books all at once. Little M seems even more drawn to these than any of the other quick readers. We actually read two in one day while Big M was at school. I think it’s because the character is a strong, smart and funny little girl. The mysteries are full of adventure, but they are not scary. Cam is the type of kid you want as a neighbor, and I love reading books about kids like that!
Nancy Drew Notebooks series
The Nancy Drew Notebooks series is similar to Cam Jansen. The main character is a wonderful role model for little girls. The stories are full of mystery and adventure and they are aimed at young kids. What I really love about this series is that it’s followed up by the Nancy Drew and The Clue Crew series. It will allow my kids to grow with the main characters. We go back and forth between the books now. (There might even be another series after that, but we’re not there yet.) 😉
Which quick reader chapter books for kids are you reading?