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First Chapter Books For Children

How do you make the transition from short picture books to the first chapter books for children? Here are our top recommendations...

5-7 years

Norman the Norman from Normandy

Philip Ardagh, Tom Morgan-Jones

Norman the Norman from Normandy

Little Norman the Norman from Normandy loves fighting. All Normans do. When he inherits the broad sword that belonged to his father, Great Big Norman, after he is killed in battle, Little Norman is Little no more and so he ...

£6.99

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5-7 years

Cowboy Pug

Laura James, Eglantine Ceulemans

Cowboy Pug

Meet the brilliant, the wonderful, the courageous ... Cowboy Pug! The second book in a joyful new illustrated series for fans of Claude and Squishy McFluff. Pug and his faithful companion, Lady Miranda, are going to be cowboys for the day ...

£5.99

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7+ years

Dougal Daley, it's not my fault!

Jackie Marchant

Dougal Daley, it's not my fault!

In this first book, football-loving Dougal Daley finds himself at risk from the mysterious creature living in the garden shed. Nobody believes him but as a precaution, he sets upon writing his will - rewarding those who help him and disinheriting ...

£6.99

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5-8 years

Good Dog Mctavish

Meg Rosoff, Grace Easton

Good Dog Mctavish

The Peachey family is in crisis. No one cooks dinner, no one picks up the dirty washing and the kids are always late for school. All because Mum has resigned from being Mum and taken up yogainstead. She's in ...

£6.99

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5-7 years

Trouble Next Door

Chris Higgins, Emily MacKenzie

Trouble Next Door

From much loved author Chris Higgins and acclaimed illustrator Emily MacKenzie comes a charming new young fiction series about friendship. Bella has just moved into a new house. It's old and dark and she's sure there's a ...

£4.99

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6-9 years

Dory Fantasmagory

Abby Hanlon

Dory Fantasmagory

Meet Dory - an irresistible rascal with a huge imagination. Dory's the youngest in her family, which STINKS because it means everyone's always too busy to play with her. Or worse! They call her too little to join in ...

£6.99

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5-8 years

A Piglet Called Truffle

Helen Peters, Ellie Snowdon

A Piglet Called Truffle

The first in a fantastic series of animal stories for younger readers by Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-shortlisted author Helen Peters, with beautiful black-and-white illustrations by Ellie Snowdon. Jasmine’s dad is a farmer, and her mum is a large-animal ...

£5.99

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OUR FIRST CHAPTER BOOKS FOR KIDS 

First chapter books for kids might seem intimidating for your little ones. Maybe they think that they are "boring" without all the fun pictures and rhymes. It's important to get your children reading, but also that they grow a love of reading too. With these first chapter books, you can share the love of reading with your child.