Children's Book Excerpt Archives

Here you will find excerpts and first chapters from the latest children's books. You can use the genres below to navigate to genre-specific titles. Click on the title to read an excerpt of the book.

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You can also find book excerpts by using the Look Inside feature on Amazon Books. Here are the available children's book excerpts, plus links to reviews and more.


Abarat
by Clive Barker (Joanna Cotler Books)

Avalon High
by Meg Cabot (HarperCollins)

Beyond the Deepwoods
by Paul Stewart, Illustrated by Chris Riddell (David Fickling Books)

Black Water (Pendragon Series #5)
by D.J. MacHale (Aladdin Books)

The Blue Djinn of Babylon (Children of the Lamp)
by P.B. Kerr (Orchard Books)

The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak (Knopf)

Boy Meets Girl
by Meg Cabot (Avon)

City of the Beasts
by Isabelle Allende (HarperCollins)

Coraline
by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)

Eldest
by Christopher Paolini (Knopf)

Endymion Spring
by Matthew Skelton (Delacorte Books)

Flipped
by Wendelin Van Draanen (Knopf)

Fly by Night
by Frances Hardinge (HarperCollins)

The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)

A Great and Terrible Beauty
by Libba Bray (Delacorte Press)

Inkheart
by Cornelia Funke (The Chicken House/Scholastic)

Jinx
by Meg Cabot (HarperTeen)

Magyk: Septimus Heap, Book One
by Angie Sage (HarperCollins)

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
by Jeanne Birdsall (Knopf)

Peter Pan in Scarlet
by Geraldine McCaughrean (McElderry/Simon & Schuster)

The Prophecy of the Stones
by Flavia Bujor (Hyperion)

Rebel Angels
by Libba Bray (Delacorte Books)

The Secret of Castle Cant
by K.P. Bath (Little, Brown)

Seeker (Book 1 of The Noble Warriors)
by William Nicholson (Harcourt)

A Series of Unfortunate Events #10: The Slippery Slope
by Lemony Snicket, Illustrated by Brett Helquist (HarperCollins)

A Series of Unfortunate Events #12: The Penultimate Peril
by Lemony Snicket, Illustrated by Brett Helquist (HarperCollins)

Shadowmancer
by G.P. Taylor (Putnam Juvenile)

Silverfin (Young James Bond, Book 1)
by Charlie Higson (Miramax)

Sir Thursday (The Keys to the Kingdom Book 4)
by Garth Nix (Scholastic)

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
by Anne Brashares (Delacorte)

The Sorceress
by Michael Scott (Random House)

Sweet Sixteen Princess: A Princess Diaries Book
by Meg Cabot (HarperCollins)

Trickster's Choice
by Tamara Pierce (Random House)

What's Happening to Grandpa?
by Maria Shriver (Little, Brown)