3 years old, 3-6 Years, Books, Family life

Do you read chapter books?

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Do you read chapter books with your preschool-aged children?

Around the time that Jasper turned three, we started reading longer “chapter” books at bedtime. The usual routine includes one or two picture books, and then a chapter from the longer book we’ve got on the go. As a (tired) parent, I appreciate the way a chapter or two really mellows out a keyed up kid, and it also moves the concept of books, stories, and reading, beyond the picture book.

We started this routine last fall with Thorton W. Burgess’ “Adventures of” animal series. I (and many other Montessorians) don’t usually delight in the glut of kids’ books featuring talking animals, but hear me out on this one: the animals in Burgess’s books talk to each other, but never become anthropomorphized. They retain all the characteristics of their natural counterparts, and because of that, the books become a really accurate illustration of life in the woods — the predators act like predators, and the beavers and birds are concerned about things that beavers and birds would really be concerned about.

And best of all, the stories are well written and entertaining to read. And there are a lot of them — 170 according to Wikipedia!

We’ve also discovered a love for Bink and Gollie, a series of shorter, semi-illustrated books by the great Kate Dicamillo about two pals with wonderful vocabularies and a silly sense of humour. Next week we are going on a big trip along Canada’s East Coast, so we’ve been reading an abridged version of Anne of Green Gables.

Do you read chapter books? What are your favourites? We’d love some more recommendations!

 

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One thought on “Do you read chapter books?

  1. itsrelly says:

    We like “early readers” for my almost five year old (started just before he was four). They are chapter books that still have some pictures in them. His first series was Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot which is full colour with pictures on almost every page so it was closer to a graphic novel, and was a great intro to chapter books. Since then his favourite series that are more like real chapter books have been: Galaxy Zack, Dinosaur Cove, Eerie Elementary, Dragon Masters, Notebook of Doom, and various standalone books. Now that he has learned to read (he’s in JK but reads at an SK level) he has starting reading levelled readers independently, but we still read the early readers to him at bedtime.

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