550+ Delightful Chapter Books & Series for Kids in Grades 2-5


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Here’s a Massive List of over 550 Delightful Chapter Books and Series for Kids reading around the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade levels. These books are not just for girls, boys enjoy many too, but since it’s our daughter who reads and recommends these books, it’s an awesome book list for girls. ☺️

Since I already put in the time to find great chapter books for our daughter to read already, I figured I might as well share with other parents and teachers who are looking for quality books! There are hundreds of book ideas for girls and boys below in alphabetical order below. Happy reading!

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Notes: I look for wholesome books without overly disrespectful characters, impure or frightening content. However, I have not been able to pre-read all of the books (she reads 100+ books per month). I do my best to screen books before they come into our home. Also, she has read many books in the series listed below, but she has not read every book in every series. Since values and expectations are personal, please preview books first if you are concerned about content.

If the books are available on Amazon, they are linked below with affiliate links so you can get a peek at several pages (if provided).


ADVENTURES AT HOUND HOTEL SERIES

by Shelley Swanson Sateren

8 books in this series


AMERICAN GIRL SERIES (Originals)

by various authors *The older original books are Historical Fiction. The newer ones are Contemporary Fiction.*

MANY books in this series


AMERICAN GIRL BEFOREVER BOOKS (Choose Your Own Adventure)

by various authors

MANY books in this series


ANNA HIBISCUS BOOKS

by Atinuke

at least 8 books in this series

Anna Hibiscus
$7.75
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02/18/2024 06:44 pm GMT

A PUPPY TALE SERIES

by W. Bruce Cameron

10 books in this series

Cooper’s Story: A Puppy Tale

BEAR GRYLLS ADVENTURES SERIES

by Bear Grylls

12 books in this series


BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE

by Kate DiCamillo

Because of Winn-Dixie
$6.40
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02/18/2024 06:58 pm GMT

BETSY-TACY SERIES

by Maud Hart Lovelace

4 books in this series (book 1 is definitely my daughter’s favorite)


BLACK BEAUTY

by Lisa Church adapted from Anna Sewell’s original

There’s also this abridged & illustrated version, which is longer.

Black Beauty
$14.05 $12.29
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02/18/2024 07:03 pm GMT

BUTTERFLY WISHES SERIES

by Jennifer Castle

4 books in this series


CHARLOTTE’S WEB

by E. B. White

Charlotte’s Web: A Newbery Honor Award Winner (Trophy Newbery)

DEAD SEA SQUIRRELS SERIES

by Mike Nawrocki

12 books in this series

The Dead Sea Squirrels 6-Pack Books 1-6: Squirreled Away / Boy Meets Squirrels / Nutty Study Buddies / Squirrelnapped! / Tree-mendous Trouble / Whirly Squirrelies

DOG DIARIES SERIES

by Kate Klimo

14 books in this series

Dog Diaries #1: Ginger

DOLPHIN SCHOOL SERIES

by Catherine Hapka

6 books in this series

Pearl’s Ocean Magic (Dolphin School #1) (1)

FAIRY UNICORNS SERIES

by Susanna Davidson

9 books in this Usborne/PaperPie series

Usborne Fairy Unicorns Collection 6 Books Set by Zanna Davidson (Star Spell, Frost Fair, Enchanted River, Wind Charm, Cloud Castle, Magic Forest)

FIVE LITTLE PEPPERS AND HOW THEY GREW (CLASSIC STARTS)

Retold from the Margaret Sidney original

Classic Starts®: Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (Classic Starts® Series)

GOONEY BIRD GREENE

by Lois Lowry

Gooney Bird Greene (Gooney Bird Greene, 1)

GRANDMA’S ATTIC SERIES

by Arleta Richardson

4 books in this series

In Grandma’s Attic (Volume 1) (Grandma’s Attic Series)

HEARTWOOD HOTEL SERIES

by Kallie George

4 books in this series


HELEN KELLER

by Margaret Davidson

Helen Keller

HUMPHREY SERIES

by Betty G. Birney

12 books in this series

The World According to Humphrey

JANETTE OKE’S ANIMAL FRIENDS

by Janette Oke

12 books in this series

The Impatient Turtle (Janette Oke’s Animal Friends)

KITTY CORNER SERIES

by Ellen Miles

4 books in this series

Otis (Kitty Corner)

IF YOU LIVED…SERIES

Scholastic (these look like picture books, but they have 60-80 pages of history information)

Many books in this series

If You Lived in Colonial Times – Tells What It Was Like to Live in the New England Colonies During the Years 15665 to 1776 – First Scholastice Paperback Edition, 5th Printing 1993

IMAGINATION STATION SERIES

by Paul McCusker and Marianne Hering

at least 32 books in this series (Adventures in Odyssey)

Imagination Station Books 3-Pack: Voyage with the Vikings / Attack at the Arena / Peril in the Palace (AIO Imagination Station Books)

LITTLE HOUSE SERIES

by Laura Ingalls Wilder *These are on the more challenging reads than many on this list

9 books in this series (but many others have been added for various reading levels)


LITTLE HOUSE SEQUEL

by Roger Lea MacBride

8 books in this series

Little Farm in the Ozarks (Little House, The Rocky Ridge Years)

LITTLE PILGRIM’S BIG JOURNEY SERIES

by Tyler Van Halteren *These are beautifully illustrated & adapted for kids based on The Pilgrim’s Progress. They’re large hardcover books, not small, softcover books like most chapter books.

3 books in this series currently

Little Pilgrim’s Big Journey: John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress Fully Illustrated & Adapted for Kids

LOUIS BRAILLE: THE BOY WHO INVENTED BOOKS FOR THE BLIND

by Margaret Davidson

Louis Braille: The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind

MAGIC SCHOOL BUS CHAPTER BOOKS

by various authors

20 books in this series

The Search for the Missing Bones (The Magic School Bus Chapter Book, No. 2)

MAGIC TREE HOUSE SERIES

by Mary Pope Osborne

38 and counting books in the original Magic Tree House series


MAGIC TREE HOUSE FACT TRACKER BOOKS

by Will Osborne, Mary Pope Osborne, and Natalie Pope Boyce

World War II: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House Super Edition #1: World at War, 1944 (Magic Tree House (R) Fact Tracker)

MAGIC TREE HOUSE: MERLIN MISSIONS

by Mary Pope Osborne

27 and counting books in the Merlin Missions series

Magic Tree House Merlin Missions Books 1-25 Boxed Set (Magic Tree House (R) Merlin Mission)

MISTY OF CHINCOTEAGUE SERIES

by Marguerite Henry

8 books in this series

Marguerite Henry Stable of Classics (Boxed Set) Misty of Chincoteague; Sea Star; Stormy, Mistys Foal; Mistys Twilight; Justin Morgan Had a Horse; King of the Wind;

MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS

by Florence and Richard Atwater

Mr. Popper’s Penguins (Newbery Honor Book)

MRS. PIGGLE-WIGGLE SERIES

by Betty MacDonald

8 books in this series

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

MY AMERICA SERIES

by various authors *Historical Fiction* The ‘MY America’ books are geared toward younger readers compared to the ‘DEAR America’ books, which are more challenging.

Many books in this series

My America: Westward to Home: Joshua’s Oregon Trail Diary, Book One

MY SECRET UNICORN SERIES

by Linda Chapman

22 books in this series

Moonlight Journey (My Secret Unicorn)

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS CHAPTER BOOKS

by National Geographic

Many books in this series

National Geographic Kids Chapters: Best Friends Forever: And More True Stories of Animal Friendships (NGK Chapters)

OG THE FROG SERIES

by Betty G. Birney

3 books in this series

Life According to Og the Frog

OWL DIARIES SERIES

by Rebecca Elliott *These are easier & shorter reads than most on this list

At least 19 books in this series

Trip to the Pumpkin Farm: A Branches Book (Owl Diaries #11) (11)

PATHWAY READERS (by Grade Level)

by Pathway Publishers

Typically each grade level has 3 readers

New Friends Grade 3 (Pathway Reading Series)

PEGASUS PRINCESSES SERIES

by Emily Bliss

6 books in this series

Pegasus Princesses 1: Mist’s Maze

PONY PALS SERIES

by Jeanne Betancourt

44 books in this series

The Wild Pony (Pony Pals No. 9)

PRINCESS PONIES SERIES

by Chloe Ryder

12 books in this series

Princess Ponies 1: A Magical Friend

RANGER IN TIME SERIES

by Kate Messner

12 books in this series

Rescue on the Oregon Trail (Ranger in Time #1) (1)

RASCAL

by Sterling North

Rascal (Puffin Modern Classics)

SADAKO AND THE THOUSAND PAPER CRANES

by Eleanor Coerr

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (Puffin Modern Classics)

SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL

by Patricia MacLachlan

5 books in this series, but my daughter only read the original book

Sarah, Plain and Tall: A Newbery Award Winner (Sarah, Plain and Tall, 1)

SHELTER PET SQUAD SERIES

by Cynthia Lord

3 books in this series

Merlin (Shelter Pet Squad #2)

SQUANTO, FRIEND OF THE PILGRIMS

by Clyde Robert Bulla

Squanto, Friend Of The Pilgrims

THE ADVENTURES OF PIPPI LONGSTOCKING

by Astrid Lindgren

The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking

THE ADVENTURES OF SOPHIE MOUSE BOOKS

by Poppy Green

At least 20 books in this series

The Adventures of Sophie Mouse Collection (Boxed Set): A New Friend; The Emerald Berries; Forget-Me-Not Lake; Looking for Winston

THE CABIN FACED WEST

by Jean Fritz

The Cabin Faced West

THE CAMPGROUND KIDS SERIES

by C.R. Fulton

10 books in this series

Grand Teton Stampede (The Campground Kids: National Park Adventures)

THE CHILDREN OF NOISY VILLAGE SERIES

by Astrid Lindgren

4 books in this series

The Children of Noisy Village

THE COURAGE OF SARAH NOBLE

by Alice Dalgliesh

The Courage of Sarah Noble

THE HORSESHOE TRILOGIES SERIES

By Lucy Daniels

9 books in this series

Last Hope (Horseshoe Trilogies #2)

THE KINDNESS CLUB SERIES

by Courtney Sheinmel

2 books in this series

The Kindness Club: Designed by Lucy

THE MILLY-MOLLY-MANDY STORYBOOK

by Joyce Lankester Brisley

The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook

THE PETSITTERS CLUB SERIES

by Tessa Krailing

10 books in this series

Jilly the Kid (Petsitters Club)

THE SECRET OF THE HIDDEN SCROLLS SERIES

by M. J. Thomas

9 books in this series

The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: The Complete Series

THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON (CLASSIC STARTS)

Retold from the Johann David Wyss original


THE TRUE GIFT

by Patricia MacLachlan

The True Gift

THE TWENTY-ONE BALLOONS

by William Pene du Bois

The Twenty-One Balloons (Puffin Modern Classics)

THE VANDERBEEKERS OF 141ST STREET SERIES

by Karina Yan Glaser *These are some of the more challenging reads on this list

At least 6 books in this series

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street (The Vanderbeekers, 1)

THE WHITE STALLION

by Elizabeth Shub

The White Stallion

THE YEAR OF THE BABY

by Andrea Cheng

*I just discovered this is part of a series! My daughter will be so excited because she said she loved this book so much she wished it was part of a series. Yay for more delightful book ideas for our book-loving girls! The series is called the “Anna Wang Series” and it includes 5 books. 📚

The Year of the Baby (An Anna Wang novel) (An Anna Wang novel, 2)

TIME JUMPERS SERIES

by Wendy Mass

4 books in this series


UNICORN PRINCESSES SERIES

by Emily Bliss

10 books in this series


WINNIE: THE EARLY YEARS

by Dandi Daley Mackall *These are an easier version of the next Winnie horse series*

4 books in this series


WINNIE THE HORSE GENTLER SERIES

by Dandi Daley Mackall

8 books in this series


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