My Favorite Chapter Books?

HandslapIllo cropThere are a zillion great books in the world. Here are a few of my favorites, well known and unknown. Some of them are so old they’re out of print—books that as a kid I read until the covers fell off.  (You might be able to find a used copy.) Some of them are new discoveries. They’re just the tip of the reading iceberg.


If you’re at least eight years old, try:

L. M. Boston:
The Children of Green Knowe
The Treasure of Green Knowe
An Enemy at Green Knowe
Frances Hodgson Burnett: The Secret Garden
Christopher Paul Curtis: Bud, Not Buddy
Norman Dale: The Casket and the Sword
Edward Eager: Half Magic
Elizabeth Enright:
The Four-Story Mistake

Then There Were Five
Gone-Away Lake
Return to Gone-Away
Adam Gidwitz: A Tale Dark and Grimm
Elinor Lyon: Run Away Home
George MacDonald: The Princess and the Goblin
Barbara Park: Mick Harte Was Here
Kate Seredy:
The Good Master
The Singing Tree
Virginia Euwer Wolff: Bat 6

If you’re a bit older, but not yet elderly, try:

Jane Gardam: The Hollow Land
Alan Garner: The Stone Book
Ursula K. Le Guin: The Tombs of Atuan
William Mayne:
A Year and a Day
Rosemary Sucliff:
The Eagle of the Ninth
Warrior Scarlet
The Shield Ring
Virginia Euwer Wolff:
The Mozart Season

If you’re really ancient, say thirteen or more, try:

Brock Cole: The Goats
Diana Wynne Jones: Fire and Hemlock
Ursula K. Le Guin: The Beginning Place
Margaret Mahy:
The Tricksters
The Catalogue of the Universe

May you read and write amazing worlds!


All material on this site, both text and graphics, is © Betsy James, and may not be used commercially without her permission.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Betsy James on Writing, Art, and Walking in the Desert

%d bloggers like this: