Book list for early readers

The following Book list is comprised of chapter books which we have enjoyed as read alouds and autonomous reads since Lily was 7, and some for the future. They are presented in no particular order so don’t worry if you can’t decode my book list progression. Enjoy, share with your kids and everyone’s children. Reading is a lifetime enjoyment and a precious skill.


Please mail me your favorites if they don’t appear here!

Little House on the Prairie series (particularly Little House in the Big Woods) Laura Ingalls

Farmer Boy also by Laura Ingalls

Enid Blyton Books

the children of cherry tree farm

the children of willow farm

Mr galliano’s circus series

come to the circus

the birthday kitten

Astrid Lindgren books

Pippi Longstockings

The children of noisy village

happy times in noisy village

Mardies adventures

Ronia the robbers daughter (older children)

Australian authors {I would love more Australian books if you know any}

Horse Crazy -Allison Lester

Kingdom of silk series-glenda millard(i have read first only so far, older kids10+)

the secret world of Wombats-jackie French

a cat called penguin -Holly Webb

Isabel Wyatt books

The seven year old wonder book-Isabel Wyatt

the eight year old legend book -Isabel Wyatt

the book of fairy princes-Isabel Wyatt

King Beetle tamer-Isabel Wyatt

other Waldorf type stories

The last little cat-Meindert DeJong

The tales of Tiptoes Lightle-Reg Down

The Voices of Nature-Anne Spotts

The secret Pet-Shelley Davidow

a mixed bag…

The worst witch series-Jill Murphy


Dr Doolittle

Cloudberry castle series {grounded ballet adventures in an old castle}

mr Popper’s penguins {book immensely more fantastic than the film} i have my mama’s worn beautiful loved copy of this to cherish.

the secret garden-Frances Hodgson Burnett oh my what a delightful tale. though i still skip the early dramatic part of everyone dying of cholera in India and begin as she is travelling to her new home.

The Little Princess-Frances Hodgson Burnett

anne of green gables {older children}

the sheep pig Dick King-Smith

Heidi-Johanna spyri

Little women-Louisa May Alcott {older readers]

Unlikely friendships -Jennifer S Holland

Roald Dahl books



Charlie and the Chocolate factory

james and the giant peach

Little Fur series-Isobelle Carmody {older readers}

The Growly books -Phillip and Erin Ulrich brilliant first book (begin) (favorite! awaiting release of book two!)

Some titles I’ve been recommended or want to check out next are
Mrs Pepperpot series
Milly Molly Mandy ( my childhood but can’t clearly remember)
The owl who was afraid of the dark

Elsa Beskow books {lovely illustrations and good for pre-chapter book readers}

Pelle’s new suit

emily and daisy

the curious fish

the sun egg

peter in blueberry land

Hazel woody and pip

mother earth and her children

the flower festival

well did you click on any links? i painstakingly made a lot!! so much spare time obviously!! (LOL)

I confess I don’t mind abridged versions of some of the classics. It can make them more appealing and digestible for newer readers who may then later want to read the originals. I also unashamedly occasionally  edit as I read aloud. sometimes to keep it appropriate or sometimes to make it easier to understand for the listener.

when i say older readers i am thinking 12+ but you should discern for your own children. Lily is still sensitive so we still avoid  more suspenseful books. nurturing that precious childhood bubble by carefully editing the books she reads; while I still can. that is why you will not see a lot of mainstream popular books on my list currently.

I buy books from good bookstores when i can find one. Many Waldorf Steiner supply stores have books also, or natural toy stores. I also buy online from The Book Depository, Floris books or Amazon.

The more that you read

the more you will know

the more that you learn

the more places you’ll go

Dr Seuss


ps you wouldn’t believe how long this blog has taken me! I told myself I couldnt post it without lots of beautiful photographs with all those lovely moments of bed, couch, outside, toilet, haircutting, garden, bus, hammock glimpses of reading nooks,but here it is.

simple and packed with ideas just in time for Christmas!!

peace and reading

7 thoughts on “Book list for early readers

  1. Riverboat Bill by Cliff Green
    Gretel wants to tell you that they shoot tins of tomato soup out of the canon.
    Based on the Murray River

  2. Fab list 🙂 I also liked famous five, little miss pepperpot, some judy blumes I also read sweetdreams and sweet valley high when alittle older. I could go on and on but I won’t bore you. Happy reading Lily

    • Thanks Emma. Lily has this week been gobbling famous five! she says they are creepy and exciting and always turn out ok in the end!
      ps thanks for your latest letter! I am endeavoring to reply before 2014 xx
      happy advent

      • Glad Lily is enjoying.them, glad letter got to you ok. Hope you have a nice christmas/advent time planned wherever you guys are bus/house! Pancakes look.lush I’m trying to sort out my youngest sweet intake he has such a sweet.tooth snd a picky.picky eater.xxxx

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