There seems to be a little habit forming on this website and I admit that I am 100% totally to blame! It’s very strange because I never planned to do lots of these, but it’s certainly turning out that way…. and no I don’t mean baking stuff thats literally dripping in chocolate (but yes that happens too)! I’m talking about all the ‘Top 5’ posts that seem to rear their lovely heads on this blog! Yeah you know what I mean… top 5 ways to use chalkboard paint, 5 quick and easy ways to learn the alphabet, top 5 sandwich fillings, 5 fun maths games with a deck of cards and lots more! So yep, it seems a little trend is beginning to form!
But the main reason why this is another ‘Top 5’ post is quite simply because I absolutely could not possibly choose just one book series for kids to be crowned the best of the best! I know I’m massively indecisive even on a good day, but there really are so many amazing book series out there that to choose just one would be a crime against… well awesome books! Anyway, now that Term 4 has started here in Victoria, what better time to get your child reading a great book series!
So here are my picks for 5 fantastic book series that kids will totally fall in love with!
1. The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
This series totally deserves the number one spot on any ‘best book series for kids’ list! If you’re not familiar with ‘The Enchanted Wood’, don’t worry because I’m sure you know ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’ which is the sequel to ‘The Enchanted Wood’. And don’t forget ‘The Folk of the Faraway Tree’ which is the third book in the series. I have literally read this series to my class every single year that I have been teaching and year after year the kids absolutely love it. Who couldn’t love characters like Moonface, Silky, Saucepan Man and Mr Whatisname. And what kid could possibly resist places like ‘The Land of Goodies’, ‘The Land of Birthdays’ and ‘The Land of Do-As-You-Please’! The most amazing thing about this series is that I remember reading it myself as a kid and loving it too! As the saying goes… it’s an oldie but a goodie (actually an awesomie!).
2. Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
You know I never quite got into this series myself, but I know that I’m in the minority when it comes to not being in the Harry Potter fan club and considering this blog isn’t ALL about me, me, me, I thought I better include it in this list! It doesn’t seem to matter if you are a boy or a girl, old or young, the Harry Potter series sucks everyone in… maybe it’s the magic wand? It’s certainly not Harry’s glasses that do it. I kid, I kid!
3. Unreal, Unbelievable, Uncanny etc by Paul Jennings
If you have a son then you absolutely must read this series by Paul Jennings to them… in fact if you have a daughter she will love them too! The books are gross, disgusting, awful, horrendous and exactly what kids love! Each chapter is a short story so they are a great before-bed read! They will have you in fits of laughter, while totally cringing at the same time!
4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Surely any book that is good enough to be made into a movie is going to be pretty awesome right? Well the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series really is fantastic! The books are based on the struggles of a kid at school and are written in a really funny and easy-to-read manner. Kids will have a laugh while also being able to relate to some of the key issues that crop up in the stories!
5. Classic Seuss Series by Dr Seuss
If you have been reading this blog for a while you will know that I am a big, huge, ENORMOUS fan of Dr Seuss! I loved his books as a kid and I appreciate them even more now as a teacher! Classics like Yertle the Turtle, Green Eggs and Ham, The Lorax, The Sneetches and Horton Hears a Who are absolutely brilliant for teaching kids about rhyming words, spelling patterns, common words and so much more! You cannot possibly go wrong with Dr Seuss!
Ahhh it was hard choosing only five book series… The Famous Five, Nancy Drew, The Babysitters Club (hehe was it just me who read every single one of those books as a kid?) and a few others were right up there with my top five! Oh fine, and while it’s confession time I was totally in love with the Sweet Valley High series too!
What was your favourite book series as a kid and what series do you love to read to your own kids?