Good things come in threes. Or maybe in fives, sevens, or more! In honor of Children's Book Week, we're exploring books in series.
Some books have magic. Settings feel like real places and action makes us hold our breaths. When we love characters so much we never want to let them go, it's great to discover other books in the same series.
Series like the Harry Potter books or the Chronicles of Narnia follow the same characters from book to book. Others, feature new characters but use similar plot situations in each book. Here are some examples of series that are waiting to captivate your kids' imaginations:
The Oz Series
Only a few of the residents of the Land of Oz were in The Wizard of Oz movie. The 14 books in L. Frank Baum's series introduce you to amazing characters with all sorts of talents. Another advantage: You can download these books for free from Amazon Kindle or Project Gutenberg.
The Borrowers by Mary Norton / The Littles by John Peterson
Find out what we “human beans” are missing! These richly developed series feature families of tiny people who struggle to live in the world of "big" people. Both series have inspired movies and TV versions, but the original books are still the most endearing.
The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids
In this series of over 50 books, strange beings may show up anywhere. “Vampires Don’t Wear Polka Dots” was the first of the series, published in 1991! Since author Debbie Dadey is a former teacher, many of the plots reflect kids' school experiences.
The Middle School Series
Follow the adventures of lovable, hard-luck-seeking Rafe Khatchadorian in James Patterson's popular series. Reading some of the books first will make Patterson's interactive website even more fun.
Visit your library or bookstore to find these and other series kids have enjoyed, adults still read, and we all still can love.
Tell us about your favorite book series the next time you visit The Literacy and Language Center.