110 Chapter Books | For Ages 4-10

As parents, we ask each other advice on many things. In the early days it is all about sleeping, eating and crying, but as our kids grow, I have found that a lot of us are asking each other what our kids are reading.

While I adore picture books, and I encourage you to read them even as your kids grow, at some point they will read on their own and for some, it can be challenging to know which chapter books are best to start with and where to turn as their reading levels increase.

I have rounded up 110 chapter books that we have read or that have come highly recommended for ages 4-10. The ages have been acquired from researching internet sites and of course may not line up exactly with your child’s reading level but it is a good place to start. Keep in mind too that the age recommendation may change for books in a series, such as with Harry Potter as they become increasingly scary as the series goes on.

I’ve done my best to include a wide range of books and whenever possible included a link to a review from Common Sense Media, it is an amazing resource for parents. If you need suggestions on where to find books, check out our library roundup and discover a new local library along with a new book. Enjoy and happy reading!



Ages 4-5+
Hey Jack! (4+) series-Sally Rippin
Nikki and Deja (4+) series-Karen English
Billie B. Brown (4+) series- Sally Rippin
Magic Treehouse (4+) series-Mary Pope Osborne
Frog and Toad (4+) series-Arnold Lobel
Ready, Freddy! (4+) series-Abby Klein
Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot (4+) series-Dav Pilkey
Mercy Watson (5+) series-Kate DiCamillo
Henry and Mudge (5+) series-Cynthia Rylant

Ages 6+
Junie B. Jones (6+) series-Barbara Park
Judy Moody (6+) series-Megan McDonald
Eerie Elementary (6+) series-Jack Chabert & Sam Ricks
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (6+) Roald Dahl
Freckle Juice (6+) Judy Blume
Matilda (6+)-Roald Dahl
Stuart Little (6+) E.B. White
Ivy + Bean (6+) series-Annie Barrows
Tashi (6+) series-Anna Fienberg
Spiderwick Chronicles (6+) series Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black
Mr. Putty and Tabby (6+) series Cynthia Rylant
A to Z Mysteries (6+) Ron Roy
Nate the Great (6+) series-Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Rosco Riley Rules (6+)  series-Katherine Applegate
The BFG (6+) Roald Dahl
The Stories Julian Tells (6+) series-Ann Cameron
Violet Mackerel (6+) series-Anna Branford
Bink and Gollie (6+) series-Kate DiCamillo
Just Grace (6+) series- Charise Mericle Harper
Frankly Frannie (6+) series-AJ Stern
Stink (6+) series-Megan McDonald
The Kids of Polk Street School (6+) series-Patricia Reilly Giff
The Chicken Squad (6+) series-Doreen Cronin

Ages 7+
Puppy Place (7+) series- Ellen Miles
Beezus and Ramona (7+) Beverly Cleary
Boxcar Children (7+) series –Gertrude Chandler Warner
Geronimo Stilton (7+) series-Geronimo Stilton (Elisabetta Dami)
Wheelnuts (7+) series- Knife & Packer
Zita the Spacegirl (7+) series-Ben Hatke
Your Very Own Robot (7+) Choose Your Own Adventure-R.A. Montgomery
Your Very Own Robot Goes Cukoo Bananas (7+) Choose Your Own Adventure-R.A. Montgomery
The Mouse and the Motorcycle (7+) Beverly Cleary
The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Basil (7+) Wiley Miller
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (7+) series Betty MacDonald
Flat Stanley (7+) series Jeff Brown
Babymouse (7+) series GN-Jennifer L. Holm
Squish (7+) series-Jennifer L. Holm
Sly the Sleuth (7+) series-Donna Jo Napoli
The Adventures of The Baily School Kids (7+) series-Debbie Dadey & Marcia Thornton Jones
Harriet Bean (7+) series-Alexander McCall Smith
Dragons Beware! The Chronicles of Claudette (7+) Jorge Aguirre
Magic School Bus (7+) series-Joanna Cole
Horrible Harry (7+) series-Suzy Kline
Charlotte’s Web (7+) E.B. White
Cobble Street Cousins (7+) series-Cynthia Rylant
Pippi Longstocking (7+) Astrid Lindgren
Kate and Sam Adventures (7+) series-Anne E.G. Nydam
Amazing World of Stuart (7+) Sara Pennypacker
Clementine (7+) series-Sara Pennypacker
Cam Jansen Mysteries (7+) series-David A. Adler
Nim’s Island (7+) Wendy Orr
Franny K. Stein (7+) series-Jim Benton

Ages 8+
Harry Potter (8+) series- J.K. Rowling
Scary School (8+) series-Derek the Ghost
The Chocolate Touch (8+) Patrick Skene Catling
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (8+) Judy Blume
Clarice Bean (8+) series-Lauren Child
Little House in the Big Woods (8+) series-Laura Ingalls Wilder
Shiloh (8+) Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
The Tale of Despereaux (8+) Kate DiCamillo
Nathanial Fludd, Beastologist (8+) series R. L. LaFevers
The Year of Billy Miller (8+) Kevin Henkes
Lunch Lady (8+) series-Jarrett J. Krosozka
The One and Only Ivan (8+) Katherine Applegate
Cleopatra in Space (8+) Book 1 & Book 2-Mike Maihack
No Flying in the House (8+) Betty Brock
Three Tales of My Father’s Dragon (8+) series-Ruth Stiles Gannett
Warriors (8+) series-Erin Hunter
Flora & Ulysses (8+) Kate DiCamillo
Wayside School (8+) series-Louis Sachar
Encyclopedia Brown (8+) series-Donald J. Sobol
Igraine the Brave (8+) Cornelia Funke
According to Humphrey (8+) series-Betty G. Birney
The Map to Everywhere (8+) series-Carrie Ryan, John Parke Davis
Frank Einstein (8+) series-Jon Scieszka
Ruby Lu, Brave and True (8+) Lenore Look

Ages 9-12+
Because of Winn-Dixie (9+) Kate DiCamillo
Wrinkle in Time (9+) Madeleine L’Engle
Bridge to Terabithia (9+) Katherine Paterson
A Series of Unfortunate Events (9+) series-Lemony Snicket
Percy Jackson (9+) series-Rick Riordan
The Secret Garden (9+) Frances Hodgson Burnett
Sarah, Plain and Tall (9+) Patricia MacLachlan
Where the Red Fern Grows (9+) Wilson Rawls
Goosebumps (9+) series- R. L. Stine
Fablehaven (9+) series-Brandon Mull
The 39 Clues (9+) series-Rick Riordan
The Books of Elsewhere (9+) series-Jacqueline West
Harriet the Spy (9+) Louise Fitzhugh
Gregor the Overlander (9+) series-Suzanne Collins
Wildwood Chronicles (9+) Colin Meloy
Frindle (9+) Andrew Clements
Island of Blue Dolphins (10+) Scott O’Dell
Hatchet (10+) Gary Paulsen
Holes (10+) Louis Sachar
Brown Girl Dreaming (10+) Jacqueline Woodson
Wonder (10+) R. J. Palacio
Something Wickedly Weird (10+) Chris Mould
The Enchanted Forest Chronicles (10+) series-Patricia C. Wrede
Esperanza Rising (10+) Pam Munoz Ryan
Song of the Lioness (12+) series-Tamora Pierce

Jessica is a DONA International trained postpartum doula and owner of Fourth Trimester Madison, www.fourthtrimestermadison.com. She has been married for over 10 years to someone who makes her laugh every day and reminds her not to take herself too seriously. Together they have three children- Logan (2006), Liam (2008) and Kate (2011). She grew up in northern Wisconsin but has called the Madison area home since college. She can be found reading cookbooks but not cooking, saying yes to more volunteer work than she has time for (and loving it), on a Netflix binge, or with her nose in a book.


  1. Thank you for putting this list together. You clearly put a lot of time and effort into it! I have three kids and my oldest two are just starting to be interested in chapter books so this is really helpful. In looking up the books, however, this list is woefully deficient in books/series featuring children of color. Out of 110 books, only a handful feature non-white children, which is truly unfortunate. All children benefit from reading stories about characters from a variety of ethnicities, cultures, backgrounds and experiences. And, non-white or biracial children need to see characters who look like them and share their experiences. Please consider updating your list with multicultural books.

    (If you need help getting started, the following books came up on several lists when I did a google search: Zapato Power, Jackson Friends, Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel, Nikki and Deja, Ruby and the Booker Boys, Song Lee, Akimbo, Clubhouse Mysteries and STAT books.)

    • Kim, you are absolutely correct! I will agree that this list is lacking in that area. Many thanks for your comment and for the recommendations. I will definitely be checking those out and would love to do another round-up with even more suggestions based on what you shared. Thank you again for reading and sharing!

  2. I love this!! My six year old is very into chapter books now, so I’m excited to add a bunch of these to our summer reading list! And I second a previous commenter’s suggestion of The Indian in the Cupboard series; those are fantastic!


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