Our Favorite Book Series To Help Your Kids Love Reading
If your kids have found themselves with lots of free time and a shelf full of books they’ve already read, turn to a big book series to keep them entertained. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites, many of which are bound to be new to your kids. There’s one here for every age range, from elementary school readers to high school students, and lots have been turned into movies and television series, which make for great family movie nights once your kids have finished reading the books. Some of these book series have so many titles, they promise entertainment for weeks, maybe even months. Get your kids started reading a book series today, and they’ll be engrossed in new worlds in no time at all. It’s a great way to instill a love of reading—and isn’t that one of the most valuable things you can teach them?
The Boxcar Children Series by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The first books in this series were written by first grade teacher Gertrude Chandler Warner and originally published in 1924. The series now has over 150 titles.
To buy: $6.99, booksamillion.com
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
The seven books in this fantasy series by C.S. Lewis were published between 1950 and 1956 and have now been adapted into several films.
To buy: $55.93, indiebound.org
The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories by Franklin W. Dixon
This series about amateur sleuths Frank and Joe Hardy debuted in 1927 and was written by ghostwriters using a collective pseudonym.
To buy: $12.99, barnesandnoble.com
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
The Harry Potter series is made up of seven books by J.K. Rowling that follow the protagonist, Harry Potter, as he enters a wizarding school and learns about magic.
To buy: $26.99, indiebound.org
The Little House Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series was inspired by her life on America’s frontier and includes the book Little House on the Prairie, among seven others.
To buy: $37, target.com
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The fantasy novels of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy were written in the 1930s and 1940s as a sequel to Tolkien’s novel The Hobbit.
To buy: $32.77, walmart.com
Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne
A magical tree house transports Jack and Annie on adventures in this popular series by Mary Pope Osborne.
To buy: $10.17, target.com
Nancy Drew Mystery Stories by Carolyn Keene
Published over 70 years, this mystery series is made up of 175 novels following the amateur detective work of young sleuth Nancy Drew.
To buy: $36.99, indiebound.org
Redwall by Brian Jacques
The Redwall series by Brian Jacques is a collection of twenty-two fantasy books that feature anthropomorphized animals. The series begins with Redwall, first published in 1986.
To buy: $7.99, target.com
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
The fourteen books in the Oz series tell the stories of the Land of Oz. They begin with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which was published in 1900 and finds Dorothy and Toto whisked off to the titular land.
To buy: $13.37, walmart.com