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Genre Guide: Chapter Books

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Welcome to another installment in our Genre Guide series! This month is chapter books.

Chapter books are written for an audience of children, but they can be enjoyed by people of all ages. They can include lots of illustrations or just a few, can range from around 80 pages to 300+ pages, and cover any and all subgenres you could possibly hope to read about. Some people choose to categorize chapter books as only the transitional books that are between children's readers and children's novels, but here at FRVPLD, if it has chapters and is aimed at children, it's a chapter book.

Obviously, since the category of chapter books is so huge, this list will just scratch the surface of what we have to offer. Narrowing it down this far was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do while working here. If you're looking for more (or are prepared to hear me talk up all my favorites), stop by the library for personalized recommendations from our staff!


Top 5 Classic Authors

Roald Dahl Judy Blume Beverly Cleary Kate DiCamillo Walter Dean Myers


Top 5 Up-and-Coming Authors

Kelly Barnhill Kwame Alexander Frank Cottrell Boyce Robin Stevens Lauren Tarshis


Top 5 Classic Books

Charlotte's Web by E. B. White

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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

cover of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

cover of Pippi Longstocking

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

cover of Harriet the Spy

Top 5 New Titles

The End of the Wild by Nicole Helget

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Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

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Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry by Susan Vaught

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The Best Man by Richard Peck

cover of The Best Man

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look

cover of Alvin Ho


My Favorite 5

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling

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Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

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Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

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Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

cover of Dealing with Dragons

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

cover of The Little Prince