Monday, November 15, 2010

Kids love reading books in a series

In Sunday's paper, the Australian writer John Marsden (author of the 'Tomorrow when the war began' series) said that he, 
"has no doubt about why children are entranced by book series. 
 'It is very comforting to read a series; it is like going to bed with a security blanket'".

This is indeed very true in my experience.  Two years ago I just randomly picked a 'Ranger's Apprentice' book off the shelf for Aidan and he told me recently that he was very thankful that I picked that book for him because it was the beginning of a WHOLE series.  Much happiness abounded in the last school holidays as the girls enjoyed the 'Malory Towers' series and they keep rereading 'Harry Potter' over and over again.

Kids love that sense of reading a book, loving it and knowing that there are many more of the same to come.  Authors now have websites that tell the kids when the next book in a series is due out (puts a lot of pressure on those authors though).

Here are some of our favourite series (in no particular order):


A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (9+)
The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (8+)
Selby, the wonder dog by Duncan Ball (7+)
Unseen, Unreal, 'Un' Series by Paul Jennings (8+)
Emily Eyefinger by Duncan Ball (7+)
Tintin by Herge (8+)
Asterix (9+)
The Floods by Colin Thompson (11+)
Rainbow Magic books by Daisy Meadows (6+)
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling (8+)
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (10+)
Dairy of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (9+)
Clementine by Sara Pennypacker   (7+)
Audrey of the Outback by Christine Harris (6+)
Zac Power (6+)
Deltora Quest by Emily Rodda (8+)
Key to Rondo by Emily Rodda (10+)
Malory Towers by Enid Blyton (8+)
Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan (10+)
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (11+)
Naughtiest Girl by Enid Blyton (7+)
Dragonkeeper by Carole Wilkinson (10+)
The Phoenix Files by Chris Morphew (11+)
Pearlie by Wendy Harmer (6+)
Geronimo Stilton (7+)
Judy Moody by Megan McDonald (7+)
Clarice Bean by Lauren Child (9+)
Stormbreaker (Alex Rider Series) by Anthony Horowitz (10+)
Conspiracy 365 by Gabrielle Lord (11+)
Once, Then, Now by Morris Gleitzman (11+)
Milly, Molly, Mandy by Joyce Lankester Brisley (7+)
How to train your dragon by Cressida Cowell (8+)
The Adventures of Nanny Piggins by R. A. Spratt (8+)
Tashi by Anna Feinberg, Barbara Feinberg and Kim Gamble (7+)


3 comments:

Pip said...

Thanks for this I'm going to print of the list : )

Anonymous said...

Another series your children might enjoy, if they haven't read them already, are the Jungle Doctor stories by Paul White, The Australian doctor who went to Africa in the middle of the 20th century:
http://www.christianfocus.com/series/show/60/-/e_42
The publishers say that they can be read to 5 to 7 year olds and by those 8+.


Linda

Jenny said...

Great idea - I used to love those books when I was younger. Apparently I 'met' Paul White when Mum was pregnant with me!