Chapter Book Read-Alouds to Kick Off the School Year


As the school year begins, teachers and parents alike are looking for engaging and educational chapter books to read aloud to children. A well-chosen read-aloud can spark children’s imagination, improve their listening skills, and foster a love of reading. Here, we present a list of chapter book read-alouds that cater to various interests, age groups, and classroom themes.

1. ‘Charlotte’s Web’ by E.B. White

This classic tale of friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a spider named Charlotte never fails to enchant readers. With its charming characters and heart-warming message, ‘Charlotte’s Web’ is an excellent choice to start the school year.

2. ‘The BFG’ by Roald Dahl

This whimsical story follows Sophie, a young girl who befriends a Big Friendly Giant (BFG) who collects dreams. Perfect for fueling the imagination of young learners, ‘The BFG’ encourages students to consider the magic and wonder that surrounds them.

3. ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’ by Norton Juster

When Milo finds a mysterious tollbooth in his room, he embarks on an unforgettable journey through realms like Dictionopolis and Digitopolis. This engaging chapter book combines elements of fantasy with lessons about the importance of curiosity and learning.

4. ‘Wonder’ by R.J. Palacio

This powerful novel tells the story of Auggie Pullman, a boy with facial differences attending school for the first time. ‘Wonder’ offers valuable lessons about empathy, acceptance, and the power of kindness — making it an important read for any classroom.

5. ‘The One and Only Ivan’ by Katherine Applegate

Inspired by the true story of a gorilla who spent 27 years living in a shopping mall, this touching novel is told from Ivan’s perspective as he longs for a better life. Alongside themes of friendship and hope, ‘The One and Only Ivan’ encourages readers to consider the importance of treating animals responsibly.

6. ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ by Madeleine L’Engle

This imaginative science fiction novel follows Meg Murry, her brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin as they embark on a quest to save Meg’s father from evil forces. With its exciting plot and themes of love and perseverance, ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ is an excellent choice for a classroom read-aloud.

7. ‘The Lemonade War’ by Jacqueline Davies

When siblings Evan and Jessie start competing to sell the most lemonade, they quickly escalate from friendly competition to all-out war. As a read-aloud, ‘The Lemonade War’ can spark discussions about teamwork, entrepreneurship, and sibling rivalry.

8. ‘Frindle’ by Andrew Clements

After learning about the power of language from his teacher, fifth-grader Nick Allen comes up with a new word for “pen”: frindle. This fun story invites students to think about the nature of language and the power of creativity.


As you kick off the new school year with these compelling chapter book read-alouds, remember that one of the most powerful tools for cultivating young readers is sharing stories they can connect with. So gather your young learners and explore these enchanting tales together — you might just be setting them on a lifelong path of reading enjoyment.

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