10 children’s chapter books I am reading this year πŸ“š

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One of my goals in 2018 is to read 52 books.  While looking through the books I would like to read, it has been eye opening to realize that there are many children’s classics that I have never read!  I read a lot of fairy tales in elementary school, but it wasn’t until middle school when I read Harry Potter that I really fell in love with reading.  After that, I quickly became the kid who was in trouble for hiding their reading book in class.  As someone who has now taught, I simultaneously roll my eyes and also wish my student’s were look at books instead of smart phones in class πŸ€¦πŸ»πŸ€£.

When I went to high school, I went straight to the heavy stuff like Dune and Atlas Shrugged and I’m kind of like: HEY THERE, where were the classic children’s books that kids normally read?  When people tell me about really basic favorites, my eyes start to glaze over because I have no idea what they are talking about.  Well, I’m changing that!  These are 10 children’s chapter books I am reading this year to put some fun and whimsy back in my life.

10 children's books I am reading in 2018 | via The Spirited Violet

10 children’s chapter books I am reading this year

πŸ“š The Wizard of Oz

I watched this movie a ton with my sister growing up; she had the whole movie memorized by the time she was 3.  I’ve seen all of the different variations of the movies, but somehow, I have never read the book.  I’m excited to see how they compare and I’d love to see if I hear more back story about these loved characters.

πŸ“š Anne of Green Gables

I’ve had so many people tell me that Anne of Green Gables is SO GOOD.  I can kind of pick up on the general plot from what I’ve heard and it sounds a lot like Pollyanna.  I’ve seen a lot of the quotes on Pinterest and Goodreads and I have to admit there is a lot of allure for me there… the books sounds wonderful.  This year, I want Anne Shirley and myself to become friends.

πŸ“š The Bridge to Terabithia

I remember picking this book up in the 3rd grade and my teacher telling me the book was sad and maybe a little difficult for me.  I wistfully wanted to read it the rest of the year, but kind of felt deflated #sensitivechildproblems.  Well, I’m going to read it.  If I can get through a graduate program, I think I can read the book now. πŸ˜‰

πŸ“š Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

I would wake up at 6 AM in elementary school so I could watch The Little Mermaid and the Disney TV show of Adventures in Wonderland.  I thought the show was the best, I loved the characters, and the zany stories.  I’m kind of excited to see what the story is like!

πŸ“š Matilda

I watched the movie Matilda all of the time growing up and decided that Matilda was my spirit animal.  I loved how much she read and I’m surprised I never read this because I read a lot of Roald Dahl books.  Devin was able to see Matilda the musical when traveling in New York and I kind of hated him for it.

πŸ“š The Little House on the Prairie

I remember my Mom reading through these books when I was growing up and we visited Laura Ingall Wilder’s prairie homestead in Kansas.  However, I have not ever read this series.

πŸ“š The Borrowers

I remember little about this movie as a child except that we watched it several times.  All I remember?  There are little people and they live in walls.

πŸ“š The Velveteen Rabbit

I know I am going to love this book already because every time I see a quote from it, I end up crying and snotting.  Bring on the tissues!

πŸ“š Harriet the Spy

This movie came out when I was in the 4th grade and it rocked my world.  I always loved journaling and I told people that I wanted to be a writer or be in the CIA (I wanted to do language work); to be fair, I did end up with a masters in linguistics and I blog.  So, you can kind of say that Harriet was who I decided my best friend for life was going to be.  I ended up making several different codexs for different languages, bought a million spy books, and only wrote in composition books after this movie;  I make no promises how I will respond to this book after reading it as an adult, but maybe Devin is in for a treat.

πŸ“š Tuck Everlasting

I have never seen the movie, but I remember seeing the previews growing up and I thought they looked so good!  I’ve heard the book is really good and that is good enough for me to try it out.

*** I had Beloved listed on here because a list told me it was a children’s book, but several of the comments on my blog said it wasn’t one.  I replaced it with The Little House on the Prairie.


I have a lot of reading to do this year, but I’m so excited because I’m embracing my inner child and going crazy with these (and I’m sure more).  I’m looking forward to making some more book friends and I would love your suggestions of more childhood favorites that I have to read!

What was your favorite book as a child?  Who was your book bestie?

  • Paige Cassandra Flamm

    I have Anne of Green Gables downloaded on my Audible queue right now! Also, if you get a chance, I highly recommend The Wednesday Wars. One of my all time faves!

    • Are you listening to the one narrated by Rachel McAdams?! I have heard that is so good! I am adding The Wednesday Wars now to the list πŸ™‚

  • I was an avid reader as a kid. All of these are great books, but I wouldn’t have categorized Beloved as a children’s book. In addition to the ones you listed, I loved, A Wrinkle in Time, Island of the Blue Dolphins, Where the Red Fern Grows, (although it was sad, I could only read it once) The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, and all the children’s books by Roald Dahl, Shel Silverstein, and E.B. White.

  • I read so many of these as a kid and really loved them all!

  • Crystal Coffee D

    These are a great list and inspiring too!

  • I loved so many of these books as a girl! They’re so great. Enjoy!

  • i love kids books! these are great choices and hope you enjoy!! have you read wonder? it’s so good, so sweet

  • I love this challenge to read more children’s books! Anne of Green Gables was my favorite as a kid, and Anne Shirley still has a special place in my heart. Beloved is probably in my top three books of all time!! Toni Morrison’s writing is phenomenal. (Though I definitely wouldn’t consider it a children’s book… it’s pretty mature.) I hope you love it!!

  • I’ve read all of these except Beloved and Tuck Everlasting. L. M. Montgomery was definitely a favorite childhood author, I think I loved her Emily series even more than her Anne series!

  • Half of my book collection consists of Children’s Books/Young Adult Novels. The storylines are amazing for all ages. It started when I took a Children’s Literature class and my obsession has spiraled from there. Plus, I am a middle school English teacher, so I am required to anyway, I might as well love it while I’m at it. (Shameful side note: I had NO idea that the Wizard of Oz was a book… I have to read it because it is definitely one of my favorite movies.) Also, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a marvelous book… I love it, but I cannot bring myself to watch the movies.