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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Popular Kids Book Series

Popular Kids Book Series Are Great For Kids. They Encourage Kids To Read. The open ended books from popular chapter books make kids want to read on to find out the rest of the story. Here are some.

Popular Kids Chapter Books

My son is 7 and my daughter is 9. They both love to read. In this post I will highlight the popular children's books series that they both enjoy. I will build upon them as my children grow. Chapter books are great to encourage a reluctant reader. They have turned both my kids into book worms.

I love my bookworms. Whenever we go, all I have to do is to hand them a book each and they will be well and truly occupied. No handheld devices for them. It is sad to see how many children are being handed mobile phones and other small devices to occupy their time while parents shop, have a meal or are out with friends. The only 'hand held' device I think children should be constantly holding on to are books.

With that in mind, I am highlighting many chapter books or popular kids book series to get kids into the habit of reading. The kids book series highlighted are for children within the age of 6-12

Why Read Series Books?

Series books are great for encouraging the reluctant reader.

Chapter books encourage reading because the child will look forward to reading the next book in the series.

How to encourage children to read

Both my children are bookworms. They can't stop reading. They reach for a book the first thing they wake up and the last thing before they go to bed. They read while waiting and they even want to read at the dining table. Of course, that is prohibited but it just goes to show how much they love to read.

I have made used of most of the sites I listed on this lens to get my children to start off their lifelong love for books and reading.
Another way, we use to inculcate the habit of reading and love for books is by visiting the book store every weekend. We normally go shopping for groceries every weekend and we will usually stop at the book shop before that. Then everyone picks a book he or she likes and they get to read that book.

It does not matter what book it is. A comic or magazine is fine as long as it gets your child to start reading. He or she may then move on to read a series of books. Though series are a bit expensive on the pocket, it is a great way to encourage reading as the child looks forward to collecting the next book in the series.

Usually, I will encourage my children to read different books from different authors so that they get to read different styles of writing.

Chapter Books are a great way to encourage a reluctant reader to read

What are book series?
A series of books are a collection of books. There are basically two types of series books.

1. The stories within the series books may be continuous or
2. The stories within the series books have the same characters but the stories are independent of each other. In each story, the characters within will embark upon a new adventure.

I prefer the second kind. In the second type, it is okay if you skip titles within the series. Kids can still follow the story. However, in the first kind, you will need to have every book within the series, otherwise you miss part of the story. The first type of series books are usually shorter as a result so you can collect them all. For example, the Harry Potter book series or The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, both of which have been made into successful movies.

Mr Men Boxed Set Series - Easy to read and tickles the funny bone

Mr Men Boxed Set (Mr Men)

My kids love the Mr Men book series. They love to read it over and over again. Quite often, they will ask me to read along because they want to share the funny parts with me.

After all, good things are meant to be shared.

Mr Men and Little Miss

The Mr Men and Little Miss book series are fun and easy to read and colorfully illustrated. The size of the books are small and easy for little fingers.Be warned that your kids may want to collect the whole set. I have a boy and girl. As a result I have both the Mr Men and Little Miss sets at home.

Little Miss Box Set Book Series - Little Miss is the little girl's equivalent for Mr Men book series

Little Miss Boxed Set (Little Miss)

I would often tease my girl and remind her not to be Little Miss Stubborn or Little Miss Late while she would say that I am Little Miss Forgetful and Little Miss Busy.

If chosen carefully, books can be a great way for children to learn about feelings, emotions and helps them to see the world from their perspective. These Little Miss book series can be used to remind children about good or bad characteristics in a person.

Use books to teach

You can use books to teach kids about manners, about feelings, about daily life, about the world around them and a host of other subjects.

Help Me Be Good Box Set - includes 28 bestselling titles from the Help Me Be Good series together with a triple CD of read-alongs and songs, plus bonus Parent's Guide.

Help Me Be Good Series Box Set

The Help Me Be Good Book Series as the title suggests teach kids how to deal with conflicts, emotions and situations like bullying, lying, being rude, being wasteful etc. I love this series! Whenever there is an issue I need to discuss with the children, I just need to pull out a book, read and discuss!

Read poetry and rhyming stories
Rhyming books are great for a beginner reader plus they are funny too.

Dr. Seuss's Beginner Book Collection - includes Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, Fox in Socks

Dr. Seuss's Beginner Book Collection

Dr Seuss's funny rhymes makes the beginner reader want to read them over and over again. There is something about rhyming that just makes my kids want to read the Dr Seuss book series repeatedly.

Read, not Collect

While it is great to collect series books, you must make sure that your child actually reads the books. Don't allow them to collect the books for the sake of collecting and adding to their collection.

Geronimo Stilton Set - Books 1-41

Geronimo Stilton Set

The Geronimo Stilton Books are my girl's favourite. I must admit I enjoy it too. I love how the book is written with different colored and styles of fonts. It makes reading the book so much more interesting.

My boy of 7 does not quite understand some of it but my girl who is 9 enjoys reading Geronimo Stilton tremendously.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Set of Books - Includes A Novel in Cartoons, Rodrick Rules, The Last Straw, Dog Days, Do-It-Yourself, Movie Diary, The Ugly Truth etc.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 7 Hardcover Books

Another one of my daughter's favorite series is the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books series.

Written in the form of a "Dear Diary" style together with lots of doodles, this fun series is sure to captivate the young reader. I especially love the Wimpy Do It Yourself Book because it encourages creativity and writing skills by allowing the child to fill in the diary entries and complete the comics within the book. At first I thought it was a bit pricey to have a book with little inside but after seeing what my daughter has written and drawn in hers, I think it is well worth it.

A to Z Mysteries Book Set - Complete 26-Book Set

A to Z Mysteries Complete 26-Book Set

The A to Z Mysteries series is yet another favorite of my daughter. She wanted to collect and read every book in the series.

My thoughts about series and collections is that while it is a good thing to encourage your child to read by buying them books from a series, you must make sure that they actually read read the book, instead of merely collecting for the sake of collecting them!

The Chronicles of Narnia - Movie Tie-in Box Set [Paperback]

Chronicles of Narnia Movie Tie-in Box Set The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

A classic for children and adults this 7 book Chronicles of Narnia Movie Tie-in Box Set includes the complete series from the Chronicles of Narnia with titles in the following order 1. The Magician's Nephew; 2. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe; 3. The Horse and His Boy; 4. Prince Caspian; 5. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; 6. The Silver Chair; 7. The Last Battle.

Harry Potter Books Box Set - 7 books in all

Harry Potter Paperback Box Set

My children are currently watching the 5th Movie in the Harry Potter series. When they are done watching them all, I shall buy them the Harry Potter Books.

This Harry Potter Hardcover Boxed Set: Books includes books #1-7.

However, I shall wait till they are a little older, probably when they are in their teens. Though the stories are full of wizardry and magic which all children love, I think this series has a dark side which is not so suitable for very young children. So this one, will have to wait for now but for later, I think they are great and a must have for any kid.

Enid Blyton Books

In any Children's Popular Books Series collection, we certainly must not miss out the Enid Blyton, stories which we grew up with.

Famous Five by Enid Blyton - Paperback Books 1 - 7

I think I want to read these Famous Five by Enid Blyton books all over again. I had so much fun reading them as a child.

Five on a Treasure Island, Five Run Away Together, Five Go Adventuring Again and more. It will certainly raise the adventurous spirit in any child.

Secret Seven by Enid Blyton - Slip Case 1-10 [Hardcover]

Secret Seven Slip Case 1-10

Secret Seven Books by Enid Blyton is just as much fun and adventurous as the Famous Five Series.

The Secret Seven books have a brand new look now but they are a good read as always.

Gift of Reading

A book is a gift you can open again and again.

It is a gift towards a lifetime love for reading.

Hardy Boys Starter Set

Hardy Boys Starter Set

The Hardy Boys starter set is a good introduction and indeed a treasure and an excellent read for boys and girls alike. Though these books have been around for a long time, I don't think children will find the Hardy Boys Books old fashioned. Adventure is never old fashioned.

Nancy Drew Books - Girls may prefer this set to the Hardy Boys set

Nancy Drew Starter Set

Secret of Red Gate Farm, Secret of Shadow Ranch, Mystery at Lilac Inn, Bungalow Mystery, Hidden Staircase, Secret of the Old Clock .... with these titles, you can be sure the Nancy Drew Books won't be short of adventure.

Read Widely!

Encourage children to read books from different authors to experience different styles of writing, views and perspective.

Second Hand Books - Pass on the Love for Books and Reading

I accept second hand books and hand down my children's old books to a relative or friend with a younger child. Teach your children to love their books and treat it with love and care.

Magic Tree House - For the Inquisitive Child

Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 1-28

The Magic Tree House Series is surely to satisfy the inquisitive child who always wants to know WHY?! This Magic Treehouse Boxed Set, Books 1-28 is a wonderful collection for fans of the Magic Tree House Series. It will make the perfect gift for the reader as well as the reluctant reader.

Little House Set by Laura Ingalls Wilder - The Little House Set Is One Of The Most Popular Chapter Books From This Lens. That Shows That Old Is Really Gold. Boo

Little House by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Little House by Laura Ingalls Wilder is a great set of series books that has brought reading pleasure to many children for generations. It gives a good description of American History.

The Complete Anne of Green Gables Boxed Set - by L.M. Montgomery

The Complete Anne of Green Gables Boxed Set

The Complete Anne of Green Gables Boxed Set is truly a series book that can be enjoyed by girls especially those in the range of 9 to 12 years. The stories are poignant and charming. Anne of the Green Gables is a classic yet it continues to be enjoyed by children today.

This box set include Anne of Green Gables, Anne of the Island, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of Windy Poplars, Anne's House of Dreams, Anne of Ingleside, Rainbow Valley, and Rilla of Ingleside.

Chapter Books from Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl 15 Book Box Set

Roald Dahl the children's fantasy book writer with best selling titles like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach has been referred as one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th Century usually writes short stories with a surprising twist at the end.

I got this for my son's eight birthday and he loved it.

The Boxcar Children

The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Books 1-12

Old is Gold!

They say old is gold and it is especially true for books. I love the old fashioned writings for some books. They are classic and can never be replaced by computer games and many of the handheld devices of today. We just have to teach our kids the beauty of reading and being brought into a whole new world through books and words.

The Box Car Children Mysteries are one of those timeless books used to be enjoyed by children from years ago and can be enjoyed by children of today.

Ladybird Box Sets

Ladybird Books have different levels for children to progress in their reading

Some books series have different levels for children to progress in their reading. Ladybird Read It Yourself Series does just that, starting from level 1 for children who need help with reading up to Level 4 for independent readers. I was fortunate to have almost the whole set passed down to me by a relative.

Do you accept hand me down books? I do, and I hand down my books to the next younger child of a relative or friend to pass on the love for reading.

The first level in the Ladybird Read it Yourself Series has are great for the beginner reader with classic titles like The Billy Goats Gruff, The Ugly Duckling, The Little Red Hen, The Magic Porridge Pot, Goldilocks and The Three Bears and The Enormous Turnip. Little ones will love being able to read for themselves these timeless tales they have probably heard from their parents and caregivers.

Though not really considered a chapter book because the stories do not continue, however they come in a set which makes it ideal for a gift to encourage reading.

Magic Ballerina Box Set

Magic Ballerina Book Set For the Little Princesses in your life

Little Girls who love to dance and play pretend princess especially those who attend ballet classes will love the Rainbow Magic Sepcial Edition: Magical Holiday Boxed Set: (Includes four sparkly special editions!)

The Magic Ballerina series is the perfect chapter book set for the little girl who loves ballet.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians 5 Book Paperback Boxed Set
Percy Jackson Book Set

This book is enjoyed by many of their friends who enjoy reading adventure book series, according to my kids who are now 11 and 13. (If you read from the beginning and arrived all the way to the end, you will notice that I first wrote this post when they were 7 & 9. This post was originally written as a Squidoo lens. When this post was a Squidoo lens, many comments and suggestions were left and I have incorporated all of them to build on the book list suggestions for kids. Sadly, there were many more that I could not include. Squidoo has since shut down and I didn't want to waste such an extensive list of good book recommendations for kids. That is why I am posting it here now. Thank you for reading.


  1. Hi, May I know where to buy the Help Me Be Good series online or in Malaysia?

    1. Hello M.L. Thank you for reading my post. I was fortunate enough to have a hand me down set a few years ago. I will try to check around and if I do find out, I will let you know. :)


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