Here are 10 (plus a bonus pick) of the best Chapter Books and series we read in 2017.
Some of these books I read aloud with one or all of my children (ages 11, 9, 7, and 3). Some of them I read on my own and then passed along to one or more of my children to read. All of the books on this list are phenomenal.
In addition to these favorite chapter books that we loved this year, our absolute favorite series to read aloud right now is the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place. I adore them with all my heart – we made it to the last available book in the series in 2017 and are now waiting most anxiously for the final book to be released.
For more of our favorite family read aloud books, check out this earlier post.
If you’re on GoodReads you can find all the books in this post in a GoodReads List here so you can easily add them to your “to read” shelf. Follow along on GoodReads to see more of what we’re reading throughout the year.
Best Chapter Books We Read in 2017
There are three books in this series, Chains, Forge, and Ashes. They were some of my very favorite books last year. I read them all and then pushed them on my 11 year old daughter, who, thankfully, loved them just as much as I did.
The series begins in 1776 at the start of the American Revolution and ends in book three with the American victory. What makes these books unique and wonderful is that they are told from the perspective of the slaves. The first book, Chains, is narrated by 13 year old Isabel. She was promised her freedom upon the death of her owner, but finds that promises to slaves mean nothing. Following Isabel’s experience, Anderson takes us through a revolution being fought for freedom, but not freedom for everyone. All three books are complex, emotional, gripping, and brilliant.
These are the books that I keep recommending lately. Given the subject matter, I’d say they are best for 10 and up. But they are just as wonderful for adult readers as they are for kids. And if you have a teen that is obsessed with Hamilton, you could probably talk them into reading these pretty easily too. They are just So Good. I want you to read them. If you have any interest at all in well executed historical fiction, please read these books. …