Recommended Reading for English Learners
These are popular chapter books for young readers. Many of these can be enjoyed by all ages and are fun to read aloud.
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
A small group of children win an adventure into the mysterious chocolate factory. Their chaperones are shocked by the eccentric tour guide.
- Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
A young girl adopts a baby pig and becomes attached to her barnyard friends.
- Dear Dumb Diary (diary series) by Jim Benton
Jamie Kelly tells her diary everything about middle school.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid (diary series) by Jeff Kinney
Greg Heffley is a middle schooler who is always getting into trouble. He confesses his worst experiences to his trusty diary.
- Fudge (series) by Judy Blume
A funny series about a young family. The main character starts out in fourth grade. His classmates are memorable characters.
- Goosebumps (mystery) by R. L. Stine
A children's horror fiction series. Features the supernatural world.
- Harry Potter series (fantasy) by J. K. Rowling
A fantasy series about a wizard and his friends and foes.
- James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
A funny adventure about a child who finds a family in the most unexpected place.
- Journey Through Oz by L. Frank Baum
An adventure of a young girl who gets swept away in a tornado. The story features Dorothy's imaginary friends, including the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion.
- Little House on the Prairie (series) by Laura Ingalls Wilder
A series about a young American family living on a farm in Minnesota. Set in the 1870s and 80s.
- Magic Treehouse (series) by Marie Pope Osborne
A fantasy series about two young American children who go on adventures, missions, and quests. They often travel back in time and learn interesting history.
- Nancy Drew (mystery series) by Carolyn Keene
A series about a young female detective who solves mysteries.
- Ramona (series) by Beverly Cleary
A funny series about a young elementary school girl and her friends and family.
- Stuart Little by E. B. White
Adventures of a talking mouse who is born to human parents.
- The BFG by Roald Dahl
A funny tale about an illiterate giant who befriends a young orphan. Lots of word play. Fun for pronunciation and sentence structure practice.
- The Dragon’s Egg by Alison Baird
Ai Lien's special stone from China turns out to be a dragon's egg. The girl and the dragon enjoy some fun adventures together.
- The Hardy Boys (mystery series) by Franklin W. Dixon
American teenage boy detectives work together to solve mysteries.
- The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White
A swan is born with a voice. His life changes when he learns to play the trumpet.