Simple Stories to Chapter Books – Four Series Your Kids Will Love

by Patrick on March 22, 2010

Illustration of PatrickOne of the easiest tricks to getting your kid to read and keep reading is finding them a series. Once they find one you’re talking about hundreds, maybe even thousands of unexplored pages. So here’s a list of four series that will keep your kid hooked.

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The story of an unpopular kid’s daily life. Rather than chapters, you’ve got daily entries. It mixes traditional narration, pictures, and comics in a way that catches their attention. Boys seem to like it and it’s a great bridge between simple stories and chapter books.
  • The Fairy Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm, Book 1) (Bk. 1) – Two sisters have to solve mysteries in a modern world where your favorite fairy tale characters live amongst us. Cinderella teaches at school, and the Big Bad Wolf is a Butler. The two girls have a puzzle to solve and the book has action and adventure. A great series, with a lot of surprises.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians Paperback Boxed Set (Books 1-3) – Think Harry Potter meets Greek mythology. Percy Jackson, the son of Poseidon, is sent on quests that will save the world. He’s joined by two great friends-Annabeth, and Grover. A great extended cast, and the books build on one another beautifully.


Queenie March 23, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Patick, mixing up the types of books is a great idea especially for boys. Having a list of series also gives children something to work towards, I can hear children now, “mom they have the third book we’ve been looking all over for”
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Heather March 23, 2010 at 1:16 pm

This is so true. We loved reading the whole set of Franny K Stein. I didn’t love Diary of a wimpy kid. Now we are on the second book of The Lightning Thief set, The Sea of Monsters. Even though at this time Luca isn’t reading on his own reading these kinds of books keeps him interested and I know soon he will be reading them to me.

Jen March 23, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Thanks for the list! The fairy tale mysteries sound great. Sophia’s currently digging Ivy & Bean, Junie B, and the Wimpy kid books.

JenO March 26, 2010 at 11:10 pm

My daughter is 17 months but she loves the Hairy McLarey series—obviously for younger kids, but it’s got a nice rhythm.

Melissa March 27, 2010 at 3:39 pm

She’s taking after her momma’s love of reading at 17 months! I love it, Jen O.

Melissa March 28, 2010 at 6:09 pm

JenO, I also wanted to let you know how amazing it is that you started reading to your baby when she was a newborn-even the books that you were reading, along with children’s books!

I’m reading all of this research right now on how beneficial it is to read to infants. Mem Fox writes, “Reading aloud from birth . . . prevents several reading problems from arising. . . . Children who are read to early and regularly quickly acquire the skill of listening and the desire to hear stories. They understand the immense pleasures waiting for them in books and develop the ability to concentrate and relax.”

Her future teachers are going to thank you!

Joan March 31, 2010 at 12:40 am

When I was a kid, I got most of my books from the school library, but somehow, I ended up with a hardcover copy of “The Adventures of Bob White” by Thorton Burgess. I remember reading it and loving it. Amazingly, my mom kept it all these years and sent it to me last year.

As it turns out, it’s one in a series of books (who knew!?) about forest animals and their lives, written by Burgess, who was a conservationist way back when it wasn’t necessarily fashionable. Elizabeth read “Bob White” recently and really liked it, so I ordered several more in the series and we’re working our way through them now. They were written many, many years ago, so they’re a bit old-fashioned at times and I occasionally have to explain the meaning of expressions that are no longer used, but that just adds to the fun of them.

I like them because they’re sweet and innocent and I think that the old-fashioned cadence makes them a bit of a brain exercise. You can never get too much of that!