I love reading these read-aloud chapter books for kindergarteners to my kids. They are some of my favorite books for young kids. It doesn’t matter if your child is in kindergarten or first grade. They are the perfect age to start reading simple read-aloud books. These early chapter books have some pictures in them, but they aren’t as picture-heavy as picture books. When they get older, they will read traditional chapter books instead of picture books. These are the perfect bridge between picture books and those.
Read Aloud Chapter Books for Kindergarten
It’s a great list of read-aloud chapter books for kids of all ages. These stories are easy to follow and will keep kids of all ages interested and excited to keep reading. There are a lot of things these books teach kids about emotions, friendship, and so much more! Neither of these are mine. You can tell me all about it in the comments.
Dragons and Marshmallows (Zoey and Sassafras) by Asia Citro
This is a great book! I can’t wait for the next book in the series to come out, so I can read it. The book is about Zoey and her cat, Sassafras. They use science to solve mysteries about magical creatures and learn new things. To figure out what a baby dragon eats, Zoey has to do some tests. It’s a great book, and the books teach kids about science while having a strong female lead. All your kids will want to read this again and again. People have been raving about this game for a long time now, and I personally think everyone should play it because my kids love it.
The Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne
In these fun and easy-to-read aloud chapter books, siblings Jack and Annie go on adventures around the world and in different times. They meet new people and go on new adventures. Like any other siblings, the siblings can get on each other’s nerves from time to time. This is how each book takes the siblings on a journey. They solve mysteries and learn about the world. As long as they have their magic tree house, these two can go anywhere!
Princess in Black by Shannon Hale
Is this even possible? A princess who is also a superhero? Having both is the best of both worlds! This book is great for kids who like princesses and superheroes who can solve problems. We have a lot of books in this series, and my kids love them all! My kindergartner can read parts of this book on her own, but even my preschoolers love it as a read-aloud book because it’s so funny. In this book, the text is long and there are only a few chapters. The story is interesting and the photos are well done. I think it’s great.
The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
You may have seen this author on our list of must-have picture books. He also wrote this great chapter book! During Billy Miller’s second grade year, the book shows how he grows and changes over the year. Having a stay-at-home dad in a read-aloud chapter book isn’t something you usually see. I like that this book has one. Billy has to deal with things that all kids in early elementary school have to deal with, from school projects to fighting with their siblings, all year long. I think the story is well done, and my kindergarteners always enjoy reading it.
Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Nate the Great is the best detective in the world! He looks for clues and solves some hard problems! What’s more fun? This story is great for kids who are just learning to read. It helps them use their problem-solving skills. Then, have kids read along with Nate and try to solve the mysteries with him. There are a lot of books in this series. We’ve read a few and I think they’re great. As a bonus for kids who like to solve a little mystery.
The Bad Butterfly (Billie B. Brown) by Sally Rippin
There are a lot of great little chapter books for people who are just learning to read. This is the first one. The text is big and spread out a lot so kids can read it. All the books have fun and realistic stories that talk about things kids deal with, like friendship and how to deal with big emotions. In this book, The Bad Butterfly, Billie B. Brown wants to be a beautiful dancer, but it’s not as easy as she thought. You should read this book. I’ve read the whole series to my preschool class and they all love it! If you want to buy these books from Usborne, you should buy them from your favorite local Usborne consultant. You can also buy them on Amazon.
One of the things that goes along with this is a show called “Hey Jack” that is about Billie’s best friend and his own adventures.
My Explosive Diaryby Emily Gale
This is a good book for kids who like to make things. This series of early chapter books is about Eliza Boom, who is both an assistant inventor and a junior spy. The books are written in a diary-style. This book tells the story of Eliza as she makes and builds things, fights bullies, makes friends, and solves a problem. I like to read this book with my preschoolers and kindergarteners because it has a lot of interesting images, well-spaced text, and a fun storyline that they enjoy. My kindergartener can read parts of it on her own, and so can my first-grade-aged daycare kids.
Clementine Series by Sara Pennypacker
Clementine is a third-grader who is always up to some mischief. She sometimes gets into trouble with her parents or the school principal, but these stories have a great message. When I see this, it makes me think of the Ramona series. Clementine, on the other hand, is very much her own person and has very different views on the world around her. The stories are always fun and make people laugh. These books make my kids laugh the most.
The Critter Club by Callie Barkley
For kids who love animals, this is a great book! This show is about little Amy and her friends, who help solve mysteries, learn about pet ownership, and even help animals along the way. In addition to being pet-friendly, this book talks about a lot of things that happen to kids every day. Things like doing chores, going to school, making friends, and a lot more. Follow Amy and her friends on these fun trips! As you read through each book, you will find easy-to-read text and great pictures. You should read this book if you want to learn more about animal stories, but you don’t want to read a picture book.
The Magical Ms. Plum by Bonny Becker
Weird things happen when Ms. Plum is in her class! There is a lot of magic going on in her supply closet. People open it to get more chalk or pencils and find an animal that fits their personality. Children love this story because it has a fun, wacky twist. Try reading it with your kids if you haven’t.
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Okay, so this isn’t your typical chapter book. It’s a graphic novel, and the main character is in middle school, not in early elementary school like the other books on this list, so it’s a little different. However, I had to add it to this list because my kindergarten and first graders love this book so much! During the story, Astrid, a 12-year-old girl, is having problems that many kids have. Issues like trying new things, breaking up with friends, and overcoming fears. Things that kids of any age can understand. She’s into roller derby, didn’t I tell you? It’s pretty cool. There are many people who love this book. It won a Newbery Honor Award and was a New York Times best seller.