Book Reviews For Category: First Chapter Book

These simpler books are a transition to independent reading for first and second grade readers.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Mr Popper's Penguins Children's Book

Published: 1938
Theme: Dream Big
Best for: all ages

“Mr. Popper soon found it was not so easy to take a penguin for a stroll. He tied one end of the clothesline to the penguin’s fat throat, and the other to his own wrist.” Here’s a delightful, simple, amusing book with nothing possibly true in it. Purely entertaining, with some sweet morals at the end..

Posted in Ages 5-8, Classics, First Chapter Book, Read-Aloud

Amelia Bedelia Means Business

Amelia Bedelia children's book

Published: 2013
Theme: Daily Life
Best for: 6 and up

“You can’t pick flowers in the park. They’re for everyone who lives here to enjoy.!” “I live here,” said Amelia Bedelia. “So does my mom. I picked these for her.” For children struggling with the English language, especially if they are second language learners, words can be confusing. And no one demonstrates this better than Amelia…

Posted in Ages 5-8, Contemporary, First Chapter Book

A Bear Called Paddington

Children's Books Paddington Bear

Published: 1958
Theme: Coping with Circumstances
Best for: age 5 and up

“You know, Henry,” said Mrs. Brown as they watched Paddington go up the stairs to bed, looking rather sticky and more than a little sleepy, “it’s nice having a bear about the house.” This is a real chapter book, perfect for young readers who have just learned to read, with a few choice illustrations to keep it moving.

Posted in Ages 5-8, Classics, First Chapter Book, Read-Aloud, Waldorf-Aligned

The Frog and Toad Collection

Frog and Toad Children's book

Published 1970
Theme: Friendship; Easy Reader
Best for: 5- 8

This is one of those books that is important not because it is great literature, but because it is possible for children to read it on their own, love it, remember it, imitate it, and feel the magic that comes from learning to read…

Posted in Ages 5-8, Contemporary, First Chapter Book, Read-Aloud, Waldorf-Aligned

Now We Are Six

nowwearesix

by A. A. Milne, first published 1927 “I found a little beetle, so that Beetle was his name, And I called him Alexander and he answered just the same” This second children’s book of poetry by Milne is actually my favorite. If I were to pick one of the two

Posted in Ages 5-8, Classics, First Chapter Book, Read-Aloud

When We Were Very Young

when we wer very young

by A. A. Milne, first published 1924 “A bear, however hard he tries, Grows tubby without exercise…” At first glance, one might think that this, the very first children’s book by A. A. Milne, would be more appropriate for much younger children. However, one of the criteria for great literature

Posted in Ages 5-8, Classics, First Chapter Book, Read-Aloud

The World of Pooh

Winnie The Pooh

by A. A. Milne, First published 1926. “Sing Ho! for the life of a Bear! Sing Ho! for the life of a Bear”Who among us doesn’t know the world of Winnie-the-Pooh? To read it is to be a child again, seeing the world with utter innocence and simplicity.

Posted in Ages 5-8, Classics, First Chapter Book, Read-Aloud, Waldorf-Aligned
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