If your child has a particular interest, try and match a book series to it or in the very least, choose a stack of books along that theme. For instance, as a young girl, I’d read anything that featured horses, needless to say my mom made sure I had a stack of Flicka books to hand at all times!
Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park (ages 6+)
Junie B. Jones is one of the funniest kindergarteners around! This series chronicle’s her adventures as she gets herself into some trouble and hilarious situations at school. Elementary schoolers everywhere will find her accurate descriptions humourus.
Judy Moody by Megan McDonald (ages 6+)
Share the humorous adventures of third-grader Judy Moody with your independent reader. Judy Moody doesn't have high hopes for third grade. But she does have an abundance of individuality and attitude, and when Mr. Todd assigns the class a special Me Project, she really gets a chance to express herself!
Stink by Megan McDonald (ages 6+)
Every morning, Judy measures Stink, and it's always the same: 3 feet, 8 inches tall. Stink feels like even the class newt is growing faster than he is. Then one day, the ruler reads--3 feet, 7 and three-quarter inches! Can it be? Is Stink shrinking? Stink tries everything to look like he's growing, but wearing up-and-down stripes and spiking his hair don't seem to be fooling anybody into thinking he's taller. What would James Madison, Stink's hero (and the shortest person to ever serve as President of the United States) do?
Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew by Carolyn Keene (ages 7+)
Join eight-year-old Nancy and her two best friends George and Bess as they help solve mysteries around their hometown in this illustrated series that’s perfect for the youngest fans of Nancy Drew.
Knights of the Lunch Table by Frank Cammuso (ages 7+)
Artie King just wants to ease into life at Camelot Middle School. He’s got new lunch buddies, Percy and Wayne, and his science teacher, Mr. Merlyn, is pretty cool. But then there’s scary Principal Dagger and big bad Joe and The Horde, a bunch of brawny bullies who rule the school.
Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce (ages 8+)
Big Nate follows the adventures and misadventures of Nate Wright, an incompetent, spirited and rebellious sixth-grader, along with his best friends, Francis and Teddy. Other characters include a variety of teachers at Public School 38 and other people and animals in the fictional town of Rackleff, Maine. Nate hates social studies teacher Mrs. Godfrey, whom he considers his nemesis. Peirce also focuses on Nate's home life and friendships.
Swindle by Gordon Korman (ages 8+)
A dream team of kids performs blockbuster-movie-style operations – from stealing back a million-dollar baseball card, to breaking mistreated animals out of a cheesy zoo, to hiding a lovable but unstable and occasionally vicious Doberman from his unscrupulous former owner.
Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi (ages 8+)
When siblings Emily and Navin’s dad passes away, they move with their mom to the home of her dead great-grandfather. But the house holds secrets. One day, a sinister creature lures Emily, Navin and their mom into the basement which turns into an underground world full of demons, robots, and talking animals and their adventure begins.
Ramona by Beverly Cleary (ages 8+)
Life with sisters can be fun, rowdy and interesting, but life with little sister Ramona is all that and more. Follow all the trials and tribulations Ramona causes for her older sister Beezus in the first installment of the series.
Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger by Tom Angleberger (ages 8+)
Dwight is a sixth grader at McQuarrie Middle School who is considered quite weird. One day, Dwight folds an origami finger puppet of Yoda, a popular Star Wars figure. Through an imitated voice, Dwight offers advice to his classmates through Yoda. Some students at McQuarrie soon become convinced that Origami Yoda has a special connection to the Force, while others remain skeptical. A fellow sixth-grader named Tommy decides to write a case file to prove if Origami Yoda is real. He convinces a number of students to write about their experiences with Origami Yoda. However, Harvey, who has always been cruel to Dwight and is skeptical about Origami Yoda's wisdom, attempts to disprove Origami Yoda's connection to the Force.
Dear Dumb Diary by Jim Benton (ages 8+)
Read the hilarious, candid (and sometimes mean) diaries of Jamie Kelly, who promises that everything in her diary is true...or at least as true as it needs to be.
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren (ages 8+)
Pippi is red-haired, freckled, unconventional and superhumanly strong – able to lift her horse one-handed. She is playful and unpredictable. She often makes fun of unreasonable adults, especially if they are pompous and condescending. Her anger comes out in extreme cases, such as when a man ill-treats his horse. Pippi, like Peter Pan, does not want to grow up. She is the daughter of a buccaneer captain and has adventure stories to tell about that, too. Her four best friends are her horse and monkey, and the neighbours' children, Tommy and Annika.
The Baby-Sitters Club by Raina Telgemeier (ages 8+)
Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey are best friends and founding members of The Baby-sitters Club. Whatever comes up — cranky toddlers, huge dogs, scary neighbors, prank calls — you can count on them to save the day. Baby-sitting isn't always easy, and neither is dealing with strict parents, new families, fashion emergencies, and mysterious secrets. But no matter what, the BSC have what they need most: friendship.
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart (ages 9+)
ARE YOU A GIFTED CHILD Looking for special opportunities?
When this peculiar ad appears in the newspaper, dozens of children enroll to take a series of mysterious, mind-bending tests. (And you, dear listener, can test your wits right alongside them.) But in the end just four very special children will succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and resourceful children could complete.
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall (ages 9+)
This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise: a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon they are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel’s sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts. But the best discovery of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel’s owner, who quickly proves to be the perfect companion for their adventures.
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (ages 9+)
Set in the late 19th century, the novel recounts the adventures of Anne Shirley, an 11-year-old orphan girl, who is mistakenly sent to two middle-aged siblings, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, who had originally intended to adopt a boy to help them on their farm in the fictional town of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island, Canada The novel recounts how Anne makes her way through life with the Cuthberts, in school, and within the town.
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling (ages 9+)
Harry Potter is a series of fantasy novels written by British author J. K. Rowling. The novels chronicle the lives of a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Little House on the Prairies by Laura Ingalls Wilder (ages 9+)
Laura Ingall’s story begins in 1871 in a little log cabin on the edge of the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Four-year-old Laura lives in the little house with her Pa, her Ma, her sisters Mary and Carrie, and their trusty dog, Jack. This series is a classic that I'm sure we've all read and it is important to pass down our love for this book.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan (ages 9+)
Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is on the most dangerous quest of his life. With the help of a satyr and a daughter of Athena, Percy must journey across the United States to catch a thief who has stolen the original weapon of mass destruction — Zeus’ master bolt. Along the way, he must face a host of mythological enemies determined to stop him. Most of all, he must come to terms with a father he has never known, and an Oracle that has warned him of betrayal by a friend.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (ages 9+)
This hilarious series of graphic novel follows Greg Heffley, a diary-keeping middle-schooler who’s just trying to navigate through hallways of undersized weaklings, kids who grew into giants over summer and those who’ve already started shaving.
39 Clues by Rick Riordan (ages 9+)
Amy and Dan Cahill know their family is big, but they don't realize how big until their grandmother Grace's funeral. Relatives arrive from all over the world by special invitation. In Grace's last will, she issues this challenge: For your inheritance, you may have the first of thrity-nine clues. The first team to successfully put together the clues, which are scattered across the world, will discover the secret of Cahill power and become the richest, most important people in history. Or you may take one million dollars in cash right now and walk away.
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (ages 9+)
If your kid’s not keen on happy-go-lucky tales, this series is definitely the series for them. The books follow orphans Violet, Claus and Sunny as they try to escape the treachery of Count Olaf, a villian after their wealth.
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (ages 9+)
One cruel night, Meggie's father reads aloud from a book called INKHEART-- and an evil ruler escapes the boundaries of fiction and lands in their living room. Suddenly, Meggie is smack in the middle of the kind of adventure she has only read about in books. Meggie must learn to harness the magic that has conjured this nightmare. For only she can change the course of the story that has changed her life forever.
Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey (ages 7+)
This illustrated chapter book series is filled with hilarious moments as a team of bad guys try to take on missions for the good side. Kids will love the antics of Mr. Wolf, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Snake, and Mr. Shark as they try to do good despite their bad guy looks.
The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi (ages 7+)
When siblings Jared, Simon and Mallory move into an old mansion, they discover that there’s a magical—and potentially dangerous—world of fairies living there, too. The Grace siblings want to share their discovery, but what happens if the fairies don’t let them?
We hope you and your little one enjoys our list and discovers a new world within these series!
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