Chapter books with colour illustrations

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As a bridge between picture books and longer fiction (or non-fiction), chapter books are crucial for nurturing a love of reading.

Whether the child can read them themselves or prefer to share them with an adult, chapter books, or 'young fiction', are often funny, exciting and full of action. They usually have short chapters or several mini stories in one volume, so that the child can see their progression.

Here is a selection of chapter books with brilliant colour illustrations. (This does not include comic books or graphic novels - see here for young graphic novels.)

  • Claude in the City

    Author: Alex T Smith

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Claude in the City

    Author: Alex T Smith

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 7+

    Claude is no ordinary dog - he leads an extraordinary life! When Mr and Mrs Shinyshoes set off for work, Claude heads for the city…

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  • Midnight Magic

    Author: Michelle Harrison Illustrator: Elissa Elwick

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Midnight Magic

    Author: Michelle Harrison Illustrator: Elissa Elwick

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 6+

    A fabulous and fully illustrated rhyming story about a magical kitten and the family who adopt her. Ideal for newly independent re…

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  • The Hat Full of Secrets

    Author: Karl Newson Illustrator: Wazza Pink

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 6-8

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  • The Hat Full of Secrets

    Author: Karl Newson Illustrator: Wazza Pink

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 6-8

    Henry has a secret and doesn’t want to tell anyone about it. Luckily, Grandad can relate, and gives Henry a special hat where he h…

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  • Carrie and the Roller Boots

    Author: Lisa Thompson Illustrator: Jess Rose

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Carrie and the Roller Boots

    Author: Lisa Thompson Illustrator: Jess Rose

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 7+

    Carrie devises an elaborate roller-skating routine to perform at her school assembly, but she’s never roller-skated before and it’…

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  • Rabbit's Bad Habits

    Author: Julian Gough Illustrator: Jim Field

    Interest level: 6-7

    Reading age: 6-7

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  • Rabbit's Bad Habits

    Author: Julian Gough Illustrator: Jim Field

    Interest level: 6-7

    Reading age: 6-7

    Gentle Bear wakes up early from hibernation one day and decides to build a snowman. Grumpy, know-it-all Rabbit comes along, and th…

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  • Marv and the Mega Robot

    Author: Alex Falase-Koya Illustrator: Paula Bowles

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Marv and the Mega Robot

    Author: Alex Falase-Koya Illustrator: Paula Bowles

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 6+

    This illustrated early reader is fast paced with an inspiring Black superhero and plenty of adventure for young readers just makin…

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  • Mike Falls Up

    Author: Candy Gourlay Illustrator: Carles Ballesteros

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Mike Falls Up

    Author: Candy Gourlay Illustrator: Carles Ballesteros

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 7+

    This quirky, imaginative tale is full of unexpected twists and turns, and is sure to engage young children. Distinctive, full-colo…

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