There is still confusion between the Chapter Book genre and the Middle Grade. One year, I won second place for my first chapter book in a series. The second and third year, my second book in the series was dinged for being in the wrong category. The judges felt it should have been entered as middle grade. This year, I entered book three in my series in middle grade to see what happens.
Here's my take on what a chapter book is:
- It's a transition between easy reader and middle grade.
- It has short chapter lengths, about 500 - 750 words.
- Overall, it's approximately 10,000 - 15,000 words.
- Usually, pictures and white spaces break up the page of text.
- Content is suitable for six to ten year olds.
- Protagonist is younger than age twelve.
Great resources for a little more clarity:
The Book Pile
Now, onto our favorites! My two voracious readers helped me pick out favorites off our home shelf. Here's the big bad:
All time favorite: Ivy + Bean (Volumes 1 - 10)
Most funny: Junie B. Jones
Most Interesting: Human Body Theater
Most Scary and Different: Goosebumps #13: Scream of the Evil Genie
Favorite Classic Single: Alice in Wonderland
Favorite Classic Series: My Father's Dragon, Elmer and the Dragon, and The Dragons of Blueland
Just Plain Super Cute: Appleblossom the Possum
Worth a Read: Heidi Heckelbeck and Katie Kazoo Switcheroo
I've not read all the above books, but the ones I have and strongly agree with are Ivy + Bean and Human Body Theater.
According to Goodreads I've read 36 chapter books with my kids. The ones I really enjoyed, that are worth a mention are: