I just finished reading my younger daughter her first chapter book! It was Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary, the very same first chapter book I read to my older daughter. It was a hit both times. I picked it because Beverly Cleary gets real kids so right (Ramona thinks growing up goes so slowly, Beezus confronts the fact that while she loves Ramona, she doesn't always like her), it is funny (I mean, really, what is better than a kid who takes one bite out of every apple or bakes her doll inside her sister's birthday cake because she is pretending to be Gretel), and it is timeless (the lack of computers, cellphones and other gadgets just doesn't matter). And of course, there is what it is not: scary, boring, or sad.
What's the first chapter book you read to your children? Why did you choose it?