A Listmania! list by Mamma Ro(Chico, CA United States)
The list author says: "I was eager to begin "chapter books" with my 3 and 4 year old daughters but wasn't sure what would be appropriate and had a hard time finding suggestions. At this age they still want a lot of illustrations (ideally one on every page) and it's best if there isn't too much text per page. These are some suggested chapter books that have worked for my girls. Once kids are 5, their attention span opens you up to a whole lot more chapter books. But at age 3 & 4, it's still limited."
"Raggedy Ann stories are not very long and usually have a picture on every page. But the stories are long enough, with enough text on a page, to familiarize a young child with the concept of a longer story. The concept is classic and one that appeals to kids around age 3: dolls/toys that come to life and interact while humans aren't looking."
"A lovely illustrated re-telling of the classic Pinocchio story. Holds a young child's attention though a lot of text on each page. The entire book could be read aloud in about an hour or less but chapters make it ideal for reading a couple chapters per evening before bedtime. Have read this numerous times with my daughters, age 3 and 4, and even when my younger daughter was less than 2.5 yrs old."
"This book has fantastic illustrations that dominate the page with the text nestled in between tree roots, snowy forests, & river banks. This "Young Reader's Edition" retold retains the flavor of the original classic but is a little shorter and more accessible to little ones."
"A great read-aloud with lots of pics on each page. Story is quick, simple, and funny, with mild adventure and suspense. Get the Big Book for reading aloud as each story is like a new chapter. Or individual books for early readers to not be intimidated."
"This book is very short (almost like a paperback picture book) but it has several chapters. The story moves quickly and develops the characters (4 flying kittens), has a story arc and a heartwarming conclusion."
"Colorful pics on each page make this more like a picture book - yet it has chapters and might take a few sittings to read it all. Delightfully playful language and a heartwarming story with themes rooted in ecology, questioning rigid authority, and seeking out love and happiness."
"Four short stories about two young twins (age 3 or 4?). Plenty of pictures, stories are funny and little kids can relate to them. My kids didn't love this book or beg for the next chapter. But it worked as an early chapter book."
"Has nice illustrations on most pages. Story is about a boy who goes to an imaginary land and frees a dragon who has been been imprisoned by wild jungle animals. Chapters and pacing are good for young ones. My girls loved this trilogy."
"A wonderful classic because it's beautifully written and tells a captivating story. My 4.5 year-old was sucked into this story while her just-3-yr-old sister sampled the story in 15-minute doses, then wandered off. But within days of finishing the story, they were both requesting to read it again!"
"Simple story that has enough suspense to keep the kids eager for more at the end of the chapter. Every page has a decorated border, most pages have illustrations. Silly/funny parts make the kids laugh out loud."
"There are several sets of these "Rainbow Magic" fairy book series. They are simple but appealing to kids. Small illustrations and not a lot of text on each page. Not great literature but a good intro to chapter books. Prob only appeals to girls."
"Despite the nasty character traits of Mr & Mrs Twit, kids will get a laugh out of the tricks they play on each other. Plenty of pictures and less text per page makes this a good one for younger kids. Once you get past the first half, the birds and monkeys bring levity, hope and justice to the storyline."
"A small book with pictures on every page. One caution is that the story is about nasty men who go to great lengths to kill a fox and his family. The fox also has questionable character traits. But it's a fun story that's very accessible to young kids."
"Most pages have illustrations, the story moves quickly and is easy to get hooked on. Classic theme of "living toys" with interesting juxtaposition between antique china dolls and modern plastic dolls. Older kids will get more of nuanced elements but younger kids will still love this story."
"This is the 1st story in the Little House series & takes place when Laura is 4 years old. The chapters are a bit long and the narrative is a little slow, going into a lot of detail that may be challenging for the attention span of little ones. But ultimately my daughter really enjoyed this and is now eager to start the next book."
"This is not exactly a children's book but I read it over and over as a child when I was first learning to read and LOVED it. There are pictures on every page, minimal text per page, and it's about caterpillars and butterflies.
The story is a parable about life: seeking success, personal happiness, falling in love, finding oneself. Yet the concepts and storyline can still appeal to kids."
"Good for kids age 4-6. short content on pages, quick paced story with a little suspense. Good character development of the fairy and animal characters. Beautiful full-page color photos here and there."
"A short chapter book with illustrations around the edges of the page. Not too much text on a page. The story has some complexity (about discrimination, teasing someone for being different) that older kids will be better able to understand. But little ones will probably enjoy it and understand enough."
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The Adventures of Pinocchio
THE CLASSIC TALE OF THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
Little Bo: The Story of Bonnie Boadicea
The Weather Fairies Complete Set, Books 1-7: Crystal the Snow Fairy, Abigail the Breeze Fairy, Pearl the Cloud Fairy, Goldie the Sunshine Fairy, Evie the Mist Fairy, Storm the Lightning Fairy, and Hayley the Rain Fairy (Rainbow Magic)
Little House in the Big Woods Book and Charm (Charming Classics)
Hope for the Flowers [With Recorded by Trina Paulus]