Is your kid ready to transition to chapter books? Already a super fan? We’ve got ’em covered! Here are a few of our recommended reads. Check out the best chapter books on Epic for children 5 and older, and a few other favorite picks, too.
Best Chapter Books on Epic
Mercy Watson Goes For A Ride
Written by: Kate DiCamillo
Illustrated by: Chris Van Dusen
Mr. and Mrs. Watson’s portly pig Mercy loves to hit the road in the backseat of the Watson’s convertible. But one day things go awry when their elderly neighbor Baby Lincoln plops down in the car, and Mercy ends up having to take the wheel. Soon there’s a policeman on her tail, a struggle for the brake and even more hilarious chaos.
The silly illustrations and zany story make this early chapter book a great option for reading out loud together (even if they can read it on their own).
Ivy + Bean (Book 1)
Written by: Annie Barrows
Illustrated by: Sophie Blackall
One of the best chapter books on Epic is “Ivy +Bean.” When 7-year-old Bean plays a trick on her sister, her new neighbor Ivy (who she does not want to be friends with) unexpectedly comes to her aid. This leads to an unlikely friendship between the two, and kicks off a super addictive book series filled with humor and charm. Your kid will love this delightful children’s book, promoting empathy and understanding and proving that sometimes people who don’t like each other can still become friends.
Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure!
Written by: Jeff Brown
Illustrated by: Macky Pamintuan
“Flat Stanley” is one of the best books of all time and is way up there on our list of faves.
Meet Stanley Lambchop: one morning he wakes up to find his brother Arthur yelling. Apparently, while Stanley was sleeping, a bulletin board fell on him, and now his whole body is only half an inch thick! Soon Stanley is getting rolled up, mailed, even flown like a kite. The upside of his transformation is that he gets to help catch two dangerous art thieves, making him a hero. Kids will delight in the silly situations brought to life with goofy illustrations that will keep ’em laughing.
This light-hearted read is great for reluctant readers, and highly recommended by parents and educators.
Diary of a 5th Grade Outlaw: Book 1
Written by: Gina Loveless
Illustrated by: Andrea Bell
Epic Originals alert! The 5th grade has just started for Robin Loxley, and the school bully, Nadia, already rules recess with an unfair Playground Tax. Robin refuses to be pushed around. So she has to stand up to Nadia, face the wrath of Assistant Principal Johnson, and become a legendary outlaw at Nottingham Elementary—all while forming a merry band of new friends along the way.
Kids can’t get enough of this Robin Hood–inspired illustrated novel about defying expectations and writing your own story.
If your kid loves this, check out the entire series on Epic. You can also get acquainted with author Gina Loveless (and main character Robin Loxley) in our post: “Meet Gina Loveless & Robin Loxley!“
Naked Mole Rat Saves the World
By: Karen Rivers
12-year old kit (with a small “k” because her mother says when she was born she was too small for capital letters) has a super-weird superpower: whenever she feels stressed, she turns into a naked mole rat! It first happens after she watches her best friend Clem fall during an acrobatic performance on TV. But then the transformations continue. And she keeps them from Clem because after the accident she hasn’t been the same—she’s sad and angry, and keeping a secret of her own. When the secrets start to come between the friends, kit must save the day.
Young readers will empathize with Clem and kit and their relatable experiences with anxiety, depression, friendship and struggles among families in this heartfelt coming-of-age story.
Camp Nowhere Book 1: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
Written by: Lea Taddonio
Illustrated by: Michelle Lamoreaux
In this illustrated Read-To-Me chapter book, brothers Cooper and Cruz are spending the summer at Camp Nowhere and right away they’re not happy. The camp is rundown, has no Wi-Fi (which is bad enough) and soon the boys hear creepy howls coming from the mountains. The counselors seemed unfazed, but the previous year, four campers disappeared! So the boys and their fellow campers decide to investigate.
Sideways Stories from Wayside School
Written by: Louis Sachar
Illustrated by: Adam McCauley
From the Newbery Medal-winning author of “Holes” comes “Sideways Stories from Wayside School.” This is the first kids’ book in a hilarious series about a wacky 30-story school that was accidentally (oops) built sideways. Filled with laughs for young readers, it’s not just one of the best novels on Epic, it’s one of the top titles in kids’ lit.
Wayside School (especially in Mrs. Jewls’ class on the 30th floor) has some of the wackiest classes in town. Not to mention some of the oddest students!
These zany characters include “quickest draw in class” Bebe who could draw a cat in under 40 seconds, John, who only reads upside down and Myron, the best class president ever. Kids will love these silly but relatable quick-read stories.
If your kid likes these, they can listen to the audio version of other books in the series for free on Amazon via Audible, including “Wayside School Is Falling Down” and “Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger.” There’s also a new book as of 2020: “Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom: Book 4.”
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Book 1)
By: Jeff Kinney
Boys don’t keep diaries—or do they?
Greg Heffley does (it’s a journal, though, if you ask him). And as the new school year starts, he’s got plenty to write about. He shows up to his first day of middle school, along with his sidekick and best friend Rowley—only to discover he now has to share the halls with boys who are taller, meaner and already shaving. When Rowley starts to become more popular, Greg tries to use it to his advantage, triggering a series of events that test their friendship.
In this first graphic novel in the hugely popular Wimpy Kid series, young readers can share in his relatable experience of growing up before one’s ready, through the hilarious words and drawings Greg records in his diary.
With extremely wide appeal, even 12-year-olds continue to devour the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. If your kid’s a fan, they can also find Book 2: “Rodrick Rules” on Epic.
Hi! Fly Guy (Audiobook)
By: Tedd Arnold
Ages: 5 – 7
Another one of the best chapter books on Epic is this silly and hilarious story.
When Buzz meets an not-so-ordinary fly, it kicks off a glorious friendship in this slapstick story.
It all starts when Buzz is hunting for a smart pet for The Amazing Pet Show, and he catches a fly in a jar. When the angry fly says “Buzz!” the young boy is so impressed that the insect knows his name, he decides he’s found his pet, and names him Fly Guy.
But the judges at the pet show insist flies are pests, not pets. So Buzz opens the jar to release him. Fly Guy then surprises them all by doing amazing tricks that impress the judges.
If your kid enjoys the audiobook, we also have the animated picture book on Epic.
National Geographic Readers: Weird Sea Creatures
By: Laura Marsh
Explore the strangest creatures under the sea—like anglerfish with their attached fishing rods, and eight-foot tube worms! Your kid can get up close and personal with these wacky creatures and more in this brilliantly illustrated book.
This accessible children’s book brings together amazing images from National Geographic and a wealth of fun facts to keep curious kids captivated. Plus it’ll introduce them to tons of new vocab about deep-sea life.
The 39 Clues: The Cahill Files, Book #1: Operation Trinity (Audiobook)
By: Clifford Riley
For 500 years, the Cahills have been the most powerful family in the world, carefully and secretively guarding their source of their power. And that source is the 39 Clues (ingredients to a serum that can create the most powerful person on Earth). But the Cahills have finally opened their vault to reveal the story of the most coveted work of art in the world, and the many attempts through the centuries to steal it.
This first book in the extraordinary children’s book series chronicles the very first attempt in the 1600s. Then it moves forward to young Grace Cahill’s efforts to save the precious artwork from the Nazis during WWII.
Here are a couple additional popular picks off our platform!
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
By J.K. Rowling
Few parents nowadays are unfamiliar with this contemporary classic series, but we felt it deserved a mention for it’s enduring themes of hope, belonging and the power of friendship.
Find it for free of Amazon Audible.
Magic Treehouse Book 1: Dinosaurs Before Dark
By Mary Pope Osborne
In this first installment of one of the best-selling chapter book series of all time, we meet siblings Jack and Annie, who discover a magical treehouse that lets them travel to different periods in history. Dinosaurs Before Dark, will transport your kid all the way back to the Cretaceous period, in this fantastical journey.
Find books 1-4 on Amazon Audible.
That’s our list of best chapter books on Epic! We hope you enjoy these great books. And for more, check out another one of our book lists, like “Best Classic Books on Epic” or “Best Nonfiction Books for 1st Graders on Epic.”