I ‘m trying something new for this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival Podcast. Instead of interviewing a guest, I’m chatting with you one-on-one.

Something I hear about a lot is the struggle it can be to make the transition from picture books to chapter books and novels during read-aloud time. It’s something I’ve struggled with in the past, as well, and I’ve got a few ideas about how to make this as seamless and simple as possible.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • some quick tips for making the transition from picture books to chapter books
  • my very favorite first novels and chapter books
  • and tell you my #1 tippy-top recommendation of them all

Nope- not gonna tell ya. You have to listen to find out. ;)

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Episode 23
Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte’s Web

FROM SARAH

By the wonderful E.B. White, a touching tale of friendship, character and love, with charming illustrations by Garth Williams. Your kids will hang on every word—there's a reason this book is a classic! (psst... get out the Kleenex)

FROM THE PUBLISHER

E. B. White's Newbery Honor Book is a tender novel of friendship, love, life, and death that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come. It contains illustrations by Garth Williams, the acclaimed illustrator of E. B. White's Stuart Little and Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series, among many other books.

 

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The Bears on Hemlock Mountain

The Bears on Hemlock Mountain

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Jonathan sets out to get a large pot from his aunt for a family Christening celebration, trekking over Hemlock Mountain. At least he won’t encounter any bears … right?

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The Cricket in Times Square (Chester Cricket and His Friends)

The Cricket in Times Square (Chester Cricket and His Friends)

Animal lovers especially will adore this sweet story about a musical cricket, and his pals -- a mouse and a cat, who share many adventures together including taking in the sights of old New York. A 1961 Newberry Honor book, it features illustrations by Garth Williams and is great for young readers because “intense” animal scenes are pretty minimal. (The first in a series.)

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Sarah, Plain and Tall

Sarah, Plain and Tall

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In the late 1800s, Anna’s father advertises for a wife and mother for Anna and her brother Caleb. Sarah answers the ad describing herself as “plain and tall,” but of course, she is so much more. Great for fans of Little House on the Prairie!

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Favorite Thornton Burgess Animal Stories Boxed Set (Sets)

Favorite Thornton Burgess Animal Stories Boxed Set (Sets)

This is a collection of 6 short books featuring animal characters like Danny Meadow Mouse and Reddy Fox. Kids will love the animal stories, but also learn about nature from these wholesome tales.

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The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook

The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook

This collection of 21 stories is often described as timeless. First printed in 1925, the book takes kids on sweet adventures along with Milly-Molly-Mandy and even includes a map of her town for reference.

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Honey for a Child’s Heart

Honey for a Child’s Heart

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Since its publication in 1969, this has been an essential guide for parents wanting to find the best books for their children. This family favorite is now revised and updated, including an annotated list of books for ages 0-12.

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Pippi Longstocking

Pippi Longstocking

Oh Pippi! Pippi Longstocking lives with her horse and monkey (but without parents) at her home Villa Villekula. She’s always ready for an adventure and soon, neighbors Tommy and Annika are along for the ride. This book is as fun as Pippi’s signature hairstyle.

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The Hobbit

The Hobbit

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The prelude to the Lord of the Rings, Bilbo sets out on a great adventure. Lots of suspense and humor … There’s a beautifully illustrated version available that can make this book a little easier to share with families with a large age gap.

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James Herriot’s Treasury for Children: Warm and Joyful Tales by the Author of All Creatures Great and Small

James Herriot’s Treasury for Children: Warm and Joyful Tales by the Author of All Creatures Great and Small

FROM SARAH:

The lovely stories of country vet James Herriot. Children will love hearing how Mr. Herriot cares for animals and the people who love them. (Note: There are some animals who do not survive, so heads up if you have sensitive readers!)

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Children have always found a delightful friend in James Herriot. His award-winning stories for young readers bring the farmyard world of Herriot's Yorkshire to vibrant life. Featuring a host of adorable animals and colorful townsfolk, each of the stories is narrated by the country vet himself, with all of the warmth, caring, and good humor that have made James Herriot beloved the world over.

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May B.

May B.

May becomes abandoned 15 miles from home on the Kansas Prairie. Fans of Little House will enjoy this fast-paced story and the strong heroine. (A novel in verse.)

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Blue Birds

Blue Birds

Another novel in verse by the talented Caroline Starr Rose, this one set in the 1580s in Roanoke.

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Swallows and Amazons

Swallows and Amazons

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A classic summer adventure for a group of siblings, a boat, and wild imagination. This is the first in a series, so if your kids enjoy this one, there are many more!

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The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, No. 1) (The Boxcar Children Mysteries)

The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, No. 1) (The Boxcar Children Mysteries)

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The Aldens begin their adventure by making a home in a boxcar. Their goal is to stay together, and in the process they find a grandfather.

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The Ramona Collection, Vol. 1: Beezus and Ramona / Ramona the Pest / Ramona the Brave / Ramona and Her Father [4 Book Box set]
The Horse and His Boy: The Chronicles of Narnia

The Horse and His Boy: The Chronicles of Narnia

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Narnia...where horses talk, where treachery is brewing, where destiny awaits.
On a desperate journey, two runaways meet and join forces. Though they are only looking to escape their harsh and narrow lives, they soon find themselves at the center of a terrible battle. It is a battle that will decide...

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Read for the Heart: Whole Books for WholeHearted Families

Read for the Heart: Whole Books for WholeHearted Families

**Description from Amazon: Keeping this volume close at hand is like having a child's librarian for a best friend. A great book spurs the imagination in childhood, inspires our dreams in adulthood, and nourishes the soul with depictions of life fully and courageously lived. Among the greatest gifts you can bequeath to a child...

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James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach

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**Description from Amazon: From the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG!After James Henry Trotter's parents are tragically eaten by a rhinoceros, he goes to live with his two horrible aunts, Spiker and Sponge. Life there is no fun, until James accidentally drops some magic crystals by the ol...

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The Wheel on the School

The Wheel on the School

**Description from Amazon: Why do the storks no longer come to the little Dutch fishing village of Shora to nest? It was Lina, one of the six schoolchildren who first asked the question, and she set the others to wondering. And sometimes when you begin to wonder, you begin to make things happen. So the children set out to bri...

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A Bear Called Paddington

A Bear Called Paddington

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When Paddington Bear moves in with the Browns, life changes forever. This classic series of tales about a well-intentioned bear who finds himself in many unfortunate predicaments delights young readers. Especially wonderful if you can read it with a British accent. ;)

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The Mouse and the Motorcycle

The Mouse and the Motorcycle

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It’s a dream come true for Ralph S. Mouse when he get his own set of wheels: a red motorcycle. But when Ralph drives straight into trouble, it’s his human friend Keith who helps him. A Beverly Cleary classic, and the first in a 3-part series!

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My Father’s Dragon

My Father’s Dragon

FROM SARAH

Start with this book, if you haven't read many (or any!) chapter books or novels with your child before. Short chapters, rich narrative, and an engaging story will reel your listeners in.

FROM THE PUBLISHER

When Elmer Elevator tells a stray cat about his dream of being able to fly, he learns of a captive dragon on Wild Island. The dragon has been forced by the jungle residents to serve as their shuttle across a wide river — and anyone who rescues the dragon from its cruel captors might be entitled to a free ride.

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Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

The resident of an upside-down house that smells like cookies, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle just gets kids. She can fix any problem, and her remedies are always effective. Each chapter is like a short story unto itself. Delightful!

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Poppy

Poppy

A young mouse embarks on an adventurous tale and finds bravery where she didn't know it existed. Also wonderful as an audio book. (This is second in a series, but I recommend starting here anyway.) Listen to the author, Avi, in his Author Access replay at RAR Premium.

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McBroom’s Wonderful One-Acre Farm: Three Tall Tales

McBroom’s Wonderful One-Acre Farm: Three Tall Tales

This silly series begins with Josh McBroom getting duped into buying 80 acres of land that are all stacked on top of each other. But never fear -- it isn’t as bad as it seems. These books are laugh-out-loud funny and illustrated by Quentin Blake, who illustrated many of Roald Dahl’s books.

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Farmer Boy (Little House)

Farmer Boy (Little House)

FROM SARAH

The story of the boy who will grow up to marry Laura, Farmer Boy tells the tale of Almanzo and his family, who live on a farm in New York. Based on a true story, of course! (You can read this Little House on the Prairie book out of order- it's a great introduction to the rest of the series, especially for boys.)

FROM THE PUBLISHER

This is Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved story of how her husband, Almanzo, grew up as a farmer boy far from the little house where Laura lived.

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