Computers are great…when they work. A glitch in my WordPress account prevented me from posting last week. So today, take a look at some terrific book series that appeal to kids in the intermediate grades.
Remember that there are two different kinds of book series. Sequential book series have the same main characters and basic setting. Through a sequential series, readers develop a close relationship with the characters, which can become a great motivating factor. On the other other, some book series use the same basic structure and are built around a theme, but the characters and plot change, adding a new twist to each book. Both kinds of book series have value, it simply depends on your child preference. Here are some recommendations to get you started…
The I Survived Series by Lauren Tarshis
This series of books uses various historical events as the setting of the story. For example, there are is a book set on the Titanic, a book that takes place on 9/11, even a book about the shark attacks of 1916. The plot of the story is how the main character “survives” these catastrophes. Easy to read, packed with action and appealing to boys and girls alike, this is the perfect series to engage your reluctant reader. The nature of these books will interest strong readers in third grade, all the way up to struggling readers in eighth grade.
Dog Tags Series by C. Alexander London
If your son (or daughter) love dogs and loves adventure, this series is for him. Each book can stand alone and tells the story of a soldier’s relationship with his dog in the midst of a military adventure. Recommended for youngsters from grade 4 to grade 8.
Dear America Series
If you’re looking for a unique way to help your child learn about the history of America from 1600 to 1900, reach for this series. Using a diary-entry structure, each book tells the tale of a boy or girl living at some point during this time. This interesting and relatable series will appeal to most girls (and some boys) from grades four to seven. Also check out My Name is America, a book series featuring the journals of young men through various points in history.
Vet Volunteer Series by Laurie Halse Anderson
Each book in the series is told in the voice of one of the eleven-year-old volunteers at Wild Heart Animal Clinic. If your child loves animals, this series will reel him/her in as they experience the challenges, rescues, and emergencies of a veterinary clinic.
The 39 Clues Series by Rick Riordan
Popular author, Rick Riordan has created an unusual mystery series for readers from grades four to seven. This unique series mixes mystery, power, and famous people as two orphans compete with members of the Cahill family to untangle the clues leading to a mysterious serum.
The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley
In this clever series, peopled by famous fairytale characters, two orphans, Sabrina and Daphne discover they are descendants of the Brothers Grimm. They are charged with keeping the Everafters (a race of magical beings) in line. For kids who love fantasy, enjoy wry humor, mystery and adventure, this series is sure to please.
Your older youngsters probably have many more suggestions. Please add to this list. Enjoy!
Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli, Touchblue by Cynthia Lord, Out of my mind, All Capone does my shirts (Alcatraz series), Fish in a Tree, wonder, and Auggie and Me.
Great suggestions. Kaitlin. Thanks for contributing!