A Series! No really. Is there anything better than finding that a book you love, by an author you’ve come to adore, has a follow up book or three?! I sure don’t think so! It means you get to carry on, finding out what happens next, if there’s more to the story, and what becomes of those characters you don’t really want to part with.
And parents, kids are no different. In fact, I think they’re a little more faithful about staying on that repetition train to the end of the line. Seriously. I mean, how many Lion King or Land Before Time movies have they come out with?! Or how about playing peek-a-boo with the baby – after twenty minutes it’s you that’s bringing that game to a halt.
So use that desire of repetition to their advantage. Get them started on a series and they won’t stop reading. It will also eliminating the “I don’t know what to read next” question (which I know has only been asked a handful of times in the entire history of the world; but I wanted to point out this benefit in case you have a child that unfortunately falls into that microscopic percentage).
Some of these are classics that I’m sure everyone on the planet has heard about; but have your kids read them yet? Don’t put them off any longer. There’s a reason they’re on this list. I’ve also sprinkled in a few titles that I gratefully stumbled upon when I was younger that aren’t as well know but that I think should be!
So here’s a shout out to some great series’ in the children’s and young adults genres!
The Moffats by Eleanor Estes Buy them here on Amazon
Meet the Moffats. There is Sylvie, the oldest, the cleverest, and-most days at least-the responsible one; Joey, who though only twelve is the man of the house. . .sometimes; Janey, who has a terrific upside-down way of looking at the world; and Rufus, who may be the littlest but always gets in the biggest trouble.
Even the most ordinary Moffat day is packed with extraordinary fun. Only a Moffat could get locked in a bread box all afternoon, or dance with a dog in front of the whole town, or hitch a ride on a boxcar during kindergarten recess. And only a Moffat could turn mistakes and mischief into hilarious one-of-a-kind adventures.
The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright Buy them here on Amazon
Meet the Melendys! The four Melendy children live with their father and Cuffy, their beloved housekeeper, in a worn but comfortable brownstone in New York City. There’s thirteen-year-old Mona, who has decided to become an actress; twelve-year-old mischievous Rush; ten-and-a-half-year-old Randy, who loves to dance and paint; and thoughtful Oliver, who is just six.
Tired of wasting Saturdays doing nothing but wishing for larger allowances, the four Melendys jump at Randy’s idea to start the Independent Saturday Afternoon Adventure Club (I.S.A.A.C.). If they pool their resources and take turns spending the whole amount, they can each have at least one memorable Saturday afternoon of their own. Before long, I.S.A.A.C. is in operation and every Saturday is definitely one to remember.
Written more than half a century ago, The Saturdays unfolds with all the ripe details of a specific place and period but remains, just the same, a winning, timeless tale. The Saturdays is the first installment of Enright’s Melendy Quartet, an engaging and warm series about the close-knit Melendy family and their surprising adventures.
The Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder Buy them here on Amazon
When Laura Ingalls Wilder first wrote of her experiences growing up in the 1800s, no one could have predicted the impact her stories would have on generations of children to come! Follow Laura’s life from the glorious days spent tucked in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, all the way through to her marriage to Almanzo and the birth of her own little girl in this complete box set.
The Cooper Kids Adventure Series by Frank Peretti Buy them here on Amazon
Teenagers Jay and Lila Cooper and their archaeologist father travel throughout the world solving mysteries in this popular series by Frank Peretti.
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner Buy them here on Amazon
The Aldens begin their adventure by making a home in a boxcar. Their goal is to stay together, and in the process they find a grandfather and solve many mysteries.
The Sugar Creek Gang by Paul Hutchens Buy them here on Amazon
The Sugar Creek Gang series chronicles the faith-building adventures of a group of fun-loving, courageous Christian boys. These classic stories have been inspiring children to grow in their faith for more than five decades. More than three million copies later, children continue to grow up relating to members of the gang as they struggle with the application of their Christian faith to the adventure of life.
The Mandie Series by Lois Gladys Leppard Buy them here on Amazon
This five-in-one volume brings Mandie fans-new and old alike-back to where it all began. Readers will discover anew the charms of the impulsive Mandie Shaw as she faces the ups and downs of first losing her father and then finding her long-lost family in Mandie and the Secret Tunnel. Many more mysteries follow for Mandie and her friends in Mandie and the Cherokee Legend, Mandie and the Ghost Bandits, Mandie and the Forbidden Attic, and Mandie and the Trunk’s Secret.
Five Little Peppers by Margaret Sidney Buy them here on Amazon
The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew tells how the Peppers live, learn, and play in their little brown house. They are poor, and Mamsie must work constantly to keep the wolf from the door, but their lives are unexpectedly happy. They make do with whatever they have and the older children help the youngest ones. Though bad times may befall them, they bear it as best they are able and make the most of the good.
The Young Underground by Robert Elmer Buy them here on Amazon
For eleven-year-old Peter Andersen and his twin sister Elise, living in the city of Helsingor, Denmark during World War II means German soldiers in the streets, German patrol boats in the harbor, and German fighter planes in the sky. Everyone is nervous, especially their Jewish friend Henrik and his parents. Follow them on their adventures during the War.
The Accidental Detectives by Sigmund Brouwer Buy them here on Amazon
Join Ricky Kidd and his younger brother Joel on mysteries that they, well, just accidentally stumble into.
Trailblazer Books by Dave and Neta Jackson Buy them here on Amazon
This giftbox collection of colorful trailblazer stories makes a perfect present that will delight young minds. Features some of the great Christian evangelists and pioneers who will inspire young and old alike. This edition includes Billy Graham, the great evangelist who has preached to over 80 million people in over 185 countries and Joni Earekson Tada, whose tragic accident speaks of God’s power to transform lives.
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket Buy them here on Amazon
Are you made fainthearted by death? Does fire unnerve you? Is a villain something that might crop up in future nightmares of yours? Are you thrilled by nefarious plots? Is cold porridge upsetting to you? Vicious threats? Hooks? Uncomfortable clothing?
It is likely that your answers will reveal A Series of Unfortunate Events to be ill-suited for your personal use. A librarian, bookseller, or acquaintance should be able to suggest books more appropriate for your fragile temperament. But to the rarest of readers we say, “Proceed, but cautiously.”
Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene Buy them here on Amazon
Nancy Drew is a fictional 18-year-old amateur sleuth, living in the town of River Heights with her father, attorney Carson Drew, and their housekeeper, Hannah Gruen. Nancy spends her time solving mysteries, some of which she stumbles upon and some of which begin as cases of her father’s. Nancy is often assisted in solving mysteries by her two closest friends, Bess Marvin and George Fayne, and also occasionally by her boyfriend, Ned Nickerson.
The Hardy Boys by Franklin W. Dixon Buy them here on Amazon
Follow to brother sleuths, Frank and Joe, as they untangle clues.
Grandma’s Attic by Arleta Richardson Buy them here on Amazon
In these refreshed classics for girls ages 8 to 12, Arleta Richardson weaves tales of a simpler time, stories that have touched more than two million lives. A young girl’s discovery of her grandmother’s keepsakes inspires heartwarming tales of her grandmother’s childhood and the lessons learned on a nineteenth-century farm.
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis Buy them here on Amazon
C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia has captivated readers of all ages for over sixty years, enchanting them with a magical realm where worlds come and go at the toss of a ring, where boys and girls become kings and queens, where there are more talking creatures than people.
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart Buy them here on Amazon
“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 reader, 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. To accomplish it they will have to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery Buy them here on Amazon
Favorites for nearly 100 years, these classic novels follow the adventures of the spirited redhead Anne Shirley, who comes to stay at Green Gables and wins the hearts of everyone she meets.
Betsy-Tasy Series by Maud Hart Lovelace Buy them here on Amazon
The first four books in the beloved Betsy-Tacy series are ready to delight a new generation of readers—and to bring a grownup generation of readers back to the engrossing stories of their youth. Following the childhoods of Betsy Ray and her friends in the late 1800s and early 1900s, these books will make readers of all ages feel at home in the imaginative life of young Betsy Ray as she awakens to the challenges and triumphs of her home in quaint Mankato, Minnesota.
All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor Buy them here on Amazon
Together they share adventures that find them searching for hidden buttons while dusting Mama’s front parlor and visiting with the peddlers in Papa’s shop on rainy days. The girls enjoy doing everything together, especially when it involves holidays and surprises.
The Bobbsey Twins by Laura Lee Hope Buy them here on Amazon
The Bobbsey Twins are the principal characters of what was, for many years, the longest-running series of children’s novels. The books related the adventures of the children of the middle-class Bobbsey family, which included two sets of fraternal twins: Bert and Nan, who where 12 years old, and Flossie and Freddie, who where six.
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan Buy them here on Amazon
Set in the late nineteenth century and told from young Anna’s point of view, Sarah, Plain and Tall tells the story of how Sarah Elisabeth Wheaton comes from Maine to the prairie to answer Papa’s advertisement for a wife and mother. Before Sarah arrives, Anna and her younger brother, Caleb, wait and wonder. Will Sarah be nice? Will she sing? Will she stay?