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Read Aloud Chapter Books for the Whole Family

May 31, 2016

We get a lot of requests for chapter books appropriate for very young kids. I love this request! It’s such a cozy image to think of a family huddled together at bedtime, reading a chapter or two each night. But it’s a little stressful for library staff. Forgetting one small kidnapping or accidental death in a gentle read, and this cozy image takes a traumatic turn.

The classics are an easy go-to recommendation - times were simpler then! - but here are a few more recently published books that would be great for a whole family read aloud.

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Most of these books are just the first of a series, so if it's a hit - keep reading and follow the adventures of your new favorite characters! (The exception to this rule is Harry Potter - they first book may be safe, but it takes a dark turn quickly! Hold off on the rest until your children are ready.)

What books are a hit with your whole family?

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Lindsay

Lindsay is a librarian in the recently renovated Children’s Department of the Main Library, where there is an actual climbing wall, among a lot of other really great things. While technically an adult, Lindsay prefers reading and talking about children’s books.