Writers Read Children’s Chapter Books

Today I’m fulfilling PART of a promise I made to you weeks ago, a list of children’s chapter books covering the topics of science fiction, fantasy, and mental health. Several of them, i hope you agree, are lucky enough to have strong female characters that inspire.

As my kiddo(s) are still quite young, and I participated in a bit of a “strike against books” during this age range, I haven’t actually read most of these. I do have quite a large “to read” list in this age range. Hopefully they’ll be read along with my kiddos as they grow.

*This list was created on my own time, with my own resources. Library resources (my place of work) were not used in this creation. The list here is my own property and subject to change at any time.*

My Recommendations:

  1. Harry Potter series (seriously, no list is complete without it anymore. This could go on the YA or Adult list too, honestly.) by J.K. Rowling — Fantasy, Strong Female Character
  2. BFG by Roald Dahl — Fantasy, Strong Female Characters
  3. The Door in the Dragons Throat by Frank E. Peretti — Fantasy, (part of a series, but I have only read this book in particular)

On My Radar (they should be on yours too):

  1. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende — Fantasy, Portal Fantasy
  2. Matilda (and every other book ever written) by Roald Dahl — Fantasy, Strong Female Characters
  3. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White — Fantasy, Strong Female Characters
  4. The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman — Science Fiction
  5. Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand — Fantasy, Depression
  6. Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart — Depression, Intersectionality
  7. Rangers Apprentice series by John A. Flanagan — Fantasy
  8. The Giver series by Lois Lowry — Science Fiction
  9. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle — Science Fiction
  10. Whatever After series by Sarah Mlynowski — Fantasy
  11. The Familiars series by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson— Fantasy
  12. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis —Portal Fantasy and Strong Female Characters
  13. Space Case by Stuart Gibbs — Science Fiction
  14. The Kidnap Plot (The Extraordinary Journeys of Clockwork Charlie) by Dave Butler — Science Fantasy, Intersectional Characters,
  15. Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne — Fantasy, Strong Female Characters
  16. Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony Diterlizzi and Holly Black — Fantasy
  17. Friends for Life by Andrew Norriss — Depression
  18. Amulet series (Graphic novel, this might be out of my comfort zone) by Kazu Kibuishi — Fantasy

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