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Some great chapter books for readers in Grades 3 through 6

Rachel A. Hickson
The list author says: "I started this list when my nephews were starting elementary school. All of these are wonderful, straightforward books that will engage children. Most are chapter books that will appeal to budding readers."
Farmer Boy (Little House)
Farmer Boy (Little House)
"From the classic "Little House" series, this one focuses on the 9-year-old boy who would eventually marry Laura Ingalls.  It is a sweet, funny and informative book.  Of course anything in this series is great, but this one is boy-focused."
Rowan of Rin (Rowan of Rin #1)
Rowan of Rin (Rowan of Rin #1)
"All of the books in the Rowan series are fantastic.  Imaginative, sensitive and somewhat dark, they depict a boy hero who is brave and lovable."
Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 1-4: Dinosaurs Before Dark, The Knight at Dawn, Mummies in the Morning, and Pirates Past Noon
Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 1-4: Dinosaurs Before Dark, The Knight at Dawn, Mummies in the Morning, and Pirates Past Noon
"Anything in this series is fun and informational."
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
"My mother read these to us when we were kids.  I have never forgotten the stories.  Mrs. Piggle Wiggle is wonderful and really understands people."
Emma's Rug
Emma's Rug
"All of Allen Say's books are interesting, meaningful, and feature beautiful artwork."
Grandfather's Journey
Grandfather's Journey
"A compelling immigration story."
Crow Boy (Picture Puffins)
Crow Boy (Picture Puffins)
"This surprising picture book turned out to be one of my children's favorites.  It is extremely interesting, rather stark and rough in its style.  A great story about a resourceful boy."
The Philharmonic Gets Dressed (Reading Rainbow Books)
The Philharmonic Gets Dressed (Reading Rainbow Books)
"This is a wonderful book about music, about work, and about people -- kids will enjoy reading this to themselves, to their parents, or to their younger siblings."
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, 10th Anniversary Edition
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, 10th Anniversary Edition
"The first book in the Harry Potter series is surprisingly accessible.  Read it with a parent if it doesn't make sense right away.  It is worth the effort."
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1
"Recommended by my friend's son, age 6.  There is a whole series and all are funny."
Mr. Putter & Tabby Pour the Tea
Mr. Putter & Tabby Pour the Tea
"All of the books about Mr. Putter and Tabby are easy to read and wonderfully sweet stories that help us understand and respect older people."
Redwall (Redwall, Book 1)
Redwall (Redwall, Book 1)
"Chilren who like stories of bravery and conquest will enjoy the animal heroes of the Redwall story now or in a few years."
The New Captain Underpants Collection (Books 1-5)
The New Captain Underpants Collection (Books 1-5)
"My daughter loved Captain Underpants.  It is very silly and many words are misspelled, but that's kind of the point."
The Complete Peanuts 1963-1966 Box Set
The Complete Peanuts 1963-1966 Box Set
"I loved Peanuts and so did my children and their cousins.  You don't need to buy this expensive collection! -- any Peanuts book is funny, sweet to read, and deals with sophisticated ideas in a simple way."
The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury
The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury
"Calvin and Hobbes can be enjoyed on one level now and on another level later on.  Very entertaining and insightful."
All-of-a-Kind Family
All-of-a-Kind Family
"Interesting story of Jewish life on the Lower East Side early in the 20th century.  I found all of the books in this series fascinating."
James and the Giant Peach
James and the Giant Peach
"All of Roald Dahl's books are amazing.  This was one of my favorites as a child."
The Trouble With Jenny's Ear
The Trouble With Jenny's Ear
"I LOVE this book.  Very creative, appealing to both boys and girls.  Also like The Enormous Egg by this same author."
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (Puffin Modern Classics)
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (Puffin Modern Classics)
Horrible Harry in Room 2B
Horrible Harry in Room 2B
"This series was recommended to me by a local elementary school teacher."
Caddie Woodlawn
Caddie Woodlawn
"Another excellent book on 19th century life, from a girl's perspective."
Ballet Shoes (The Shoe Books)
Ballet Shoes (The Shoe Books)
"All books by this author are interesting mid-century tales of children in the professional performing arts system in England.  I found them fascinating growing up and I still re-read them."
The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden
"Classic, classic, classic."
Esperanza Rising
Esperanza Rising
The House on Mango Street
The House on Mango Street
Summer of My German Soldier (Puffin Modern Classics)
Summer of My German Soldier (Puffin Modern Classics)
Up a Road Slowly
Up a Road Slowly
"As a preteen I returned to this book over and over.  It has been reissued, thankfully -- it was not available for a while."