What we’re reading: chapter books!


It’s no secret that Claire loves reading. Even at a very young age, she has had patience for quite long books. My mom visited recently and brought a couple of chapter books with her, and Claire loved them!


So far, she seems to really love classic Roald Dahl books. Roald Dahl’s stories are weirdly dark – I wasn’t sure how Claire would handle them. But she doesn’t seem disturbed, despite some of the intense subject matter. We have read James and the Giant Peach together multiple times, and she keeps coming back for more! James, the boy in the story, loses his parents when they are killed by a rhinoceros, and goes to live with his two horrid aunts, Spiker and Sponge. Through magic and fate, one of the peaches on the tree outside their house grows to an enormous size. James meets some life-size insects inside who become his friends when they embark upon an adventure across the Atlantic Ocean.


Since we only have a few chapter books in our collection so far (James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Wizard of Oz, and Heidi), we have read them all multiple times. Next on my list are Charlotte’s Web, Winnie the Pooh, and The Little Prince. My only challenge is cutting Claire off after a few chapters when it’s time for bed!


The Text Book Centre at Junction has a huge selection of Roald Dahl books, amongst others. I’m sure the book shop at YaYa does as well! What chapter books do you read aloud with your kids?

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4 Responses to What we’re reading: chapter books!

  1. tasleem says:

    your sweetpea is so cute! I read Roald Dahl’s Matilda and really enjoyed it. You’re right, his books can be dark and I find that interesting given they’re written for children.

    • Mama Mgeni says:

      I totally agree! I want to get Matilda as well, but it hasn’t been on the shelves at the Text Book Centre the last few times I visited.

  2. CAC says:

    ours loved The Phantom Toolbooth. i find lots of great age-group-based recommendations on commonsensemedia.org I like your blog, which i have just discovered! cheers

    • Mama Mgeni says:

      Thank you so much for the recommendations! Can’t wait to check them out! Sweet pea is currently addicted to Edith Blyton short story books, which aren’t my favorite, but she adores them!

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