The Appeal of Chapter Books

Chapter books are a great way to reach children AND parents. A child’s first experience with a chapter book may occur when parents or other adults read these books to their kids, but many children keep these books and return to them again and again when they become independent readers. They’re also a great way to jump start conversations in a family about all sorts of topics.

Here’s a great story from NPR about Mary Pope Osborn, the author of “The Magic Tree House” series, who found her own unique calling as a chapter book writer for children, some of whom are reluctant readers and others who may never have owned a book of their very own.