Top Ten Favorite Children’s Chapter Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish.  It’s a freebie for today’s TTT.  Since the TTT I did a few weeks ago about picture books was so popular, I thought I would list some of my favorite children’s chapter books today.  These aren’t my childhood favorites, but my favorites now as an adult.  I read a lot of them since I’m a children’s librarian.    You’ll notice that many of my favorites of Newbery honor winners.  I almost always perfect the honor winners to the actual Newbery winners.  I’m not sure what that says about me.  These aren’t in any particular order.






1.  The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling.  Obviously!
2.  Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin.  You guys, this book is gorgeous!  A review for its companion novel, Starry River of the Sky, will be up in the next week or so.
3.  Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool.  For once, I agree on the Newbery winner!  I loved this one so much.
4.  The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly.  Such a wonderful work of historical fiction.






5.  Matilda by Roald Dahl.  I haven’t read all of Dahl’s books, but I can’t imagine liking any more than Matilda.
6.  Hoot by Carl Hiaasen.  Hiaasen at his best!  It’s hilarious!
7.  Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery by Deborah and James Howe.  Seriously, this one kicks major butt!
8.  The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy.  This is one of my favorite books I’ve read this year.






9.  Love That Dog/Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech.  These books are so sweet.
10.  Ivy & Bean by Annie Barrows/Clementine by Sara Pennypacker.  Okay, these are two separate series, but they are very similar, in a way, so I’m counting them as one entry.  And they are adorable!

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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16 Responses to Top Ten Favorite Children’s Chapter Books

  1. readerbuzz says:

    I’m all about children’s books, so I think you for this lovely post!

    (Moon Over Manifest is new to me, btw. I didn’t know it was a Newbery.)

    Some of the best books I’ve ever read are short books you can read in a night. Here’s my Top Ten Best One-Night Reads!

  2. I work in the children’s department part of the week and I love the books – even though I work in a science library. Love Bunnicula!

  3. Liesel Hill says:

    Great list! I’m especially all about Harry Potter and Matilda. Awesome topic! 😀

  4. Love Hiaasen’s books! I’ve heard so many good things about Ivy & Bean, I’ll have to add it to my reading list! My TTT is: Top Ten Characters (and Literary Figures) That I’d Name My Pets After:

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  5. Lucy says:

    Great list! Matilda and Bunnicula are two I read with my daughter and we loved them. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate is one I’ve had my eye on so I’m glad to see it made the list. Thanks for sharing your MG recs!

  6. Katie says:

    These are all so great! Harry Potter, Calpurnia Tate, Ivy and Bean, LOVE THEM! And Matilda is, without a doubt, my favorite Roald Dahl book.
    Excellent top ten idea!

  7. Love it, OBVIOUSLY Harry Potter 😉 I’ve been meaning to do The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate for awhile now. And Bunnincula and Matilda…what wonderful memories…Love that you’ve mixed oldies and new stuff for the list!

  8. Cute topic! Although I’ll admit I haven’t read many of them. I love Harry Potter. Have heard good things about Moon Over Manifest. I’ve read a number of Dahl books and they’re all fun, but Matilda is definitely the best protagonist and easiest to relate to. 🙂

  9. Siiri says:

    Hermione FTW, really! She is so freaking awesome! Love love love her 🙂 So glad to see her on different lists this week 😉

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