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20 Book Series To Get Your Students Hooked on Reading

November 9, 2021 by Korryna Sanchez

Read alouds, silent reading time, and group reading projects are just a few of the ways students are introduced to reading. But it is when they fall in love with their favorite book series that they learn what it means to love a story, its characters, and to follow a plot-line. Making reading fun is hard, especially because it isn’t up to as much as it is up to the book series itself. 

With that in mind, we asked teachers from our FaceBook Groups Fearless KindergartenFearless First Grade Teachers,  and Fearless Second Grade Teachers what books they are reading in their classrooms and did a little research ourselves to find out what book series students are really loving. 

Book Series to Get Your Students Hooked on Reading:

Book Series for Students 1 – Pete the Cat by Kimberly and James Dean

Pete the Cat storybooks are an excellent choice to share with your beginning reader. It’s a fun way to learn, read and have that first ‘I love this book’ experience.

Book Series 2 – The Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne

Spark imagination and let your students learn that books can transport you to new places and other times. Jack and his younger sister, Annie, are just regular kids. But when they discover a treehouse in the woods, something magical happens. Jack and Annie are whisked back in time to the Age of Dinosaurs, a medieval castle, ancient pyramids, and treasure-seeking pirates.

3 – Ninja Life Hacks by Mary Nhin

In this series, our superhero Ninja will learn what kindness, self-regulation, listening, and much more means and understand what it is like to practice those types of behaviors.

Book Series for Students 4 – The Pigeon Series by Mo Willems

The Pigeon Series is funny and relatable. Pigeon goes through things your students may also be going through. Things like wanting a puppy or not liking to take baths.

Series for Students 4 – Mercy Watson Series by Kate DiCamillo 

Another very funny series that is almost guaranteed to have your students laughing and enjoying reading time.

5 – Zoey and Sassafras by Asia Citro and Marion Lindsay

Each story in the Zoey and Sassafras series features a new magical animal with a problem that must be solved using science. There isn’t a set formula for each book; Zoey sometimes needs to run experiments, while other times she needs to investigate a mystery, and yet other times she needs to do research. This series is big on science and even includes a glossary.

Book Series for Students 6 – Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows 

This series is so cute. It is funny and has characters your students can relate to.

Series for Students  7 – Ready Freddy by Abby Klein

We all know and love the classic Junie B. Jones books well, watch out, Junie B., there’s a new kid on the block! It’s Freddy Thresher, a 1st grader who knows it’s a jungle out there. Here’s the fourth in a new series by an elementary teacher who’s seen it all.

8 – Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park  

“The B stands for Beatrice, but I just like B.”  This classic intro is a nostalgic way to get your students to love this reading with a hilarious and relatable series that has been able to maintain its relevance since it was first published over 20 years ago.

Book Series for Students 9 – Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish  

This series is ideal for introducing new readers to the literal-minded maid’s hilarious adventures. Keep them engaged with the bright colors descriptive language and hilarious narration of the series and get them to learn what it means to learn about the traits and characteristics of their favorite book characters.

Book Series 10 – Katie Woo by Fran Manushkin

Katie Woo loves playing with her friends JoJo and Pedro. They do everything together, from losing teeth to looking for ghosts. Even when they argue, they always make up in the end. After all, there’s nothing like a good friend.

11- Jigsaw Jones by James Preller 

Featuring friendship, school, family, and a diverse community, these early illustrated chapter books from James Preller have it all. Got a mystery to solve? Jigsaw Jones is on the case! This is such a fun series that really encourages curiosity and problem-solving.

Book Series for Students 12 – Jada Jones by Kelley Starling Lyons and Vanessa Brantley-Newton 

The early chapter book bridges between leveled readers and chapter books for fluent readers adjusting to the chapter book format. At about 5,000 words, with short chapters and two-color art on almost every page, it will appeal to this unique reader. The two-color art throughout will help readers transition from the familiar four-color art of leveled readers and ease them into black-and-white chapter books.

Series for Students 13 – Keena Ford by Melissa Thomson 

This is a book written by an NYC teacher, specifically written so that teachers can read it to their students and they can see themselves in the characters.

14 – Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

This is a mystery book series if there ever was one! Students will be so excited to try and help Nate solve the mysteries presented in this series!

Book Series for Students 15 – Goosebumps by R.L. Stine 

This series is for kids a little older than any of the other previous series. We are talking like 3rd – 7th grade but I still felt like it should be thrown in because this series is tired and true. It has proven to be a series that can get students hooked on reading. A little bit of mystery, a little bit of thriller, and a touch of scary, this series can captivate students and really get them hooked on the feeling of loving a book series.

16 –Jaden Toussaint by Marti Dumas

This is a series of chapter books following a (super smart) 5-year-old African American boy bursting with confidence and some ninja dance moves. All kids will love watching him solve real kid problems, like convincing his parents he needs more TV time and less time reading.

17 –Black Lagoon Series by Mike Thaler

Oh, no! It’s the class trip from the Black Lagoon. The kids have no idea where they’re going but they imagine a day full of ferocious animals, maniacal monsters, and scary aerial acrobatics. And their teacher, mean Mrs. Green, is going to quiz them on everything! When the kids stop letting their imaginations run wild they soon realize that they’re going to a very cool zoo. But that won’t change the fact that there’s never a dull moment in the Black Lagoon!

Book Series 18 – Clubhouse Mysteries by Sharon Draper

Ziggy and his friends Rico, Rashawn, and Jerome call themselves The Black Dinosaurs and share exciting adventures. In The Buried Bones Mystery, the boys build a clubhouse in Ziggy’s backyard, where they uncover a box of bones while digging to bury their secret treasures. But when the boys try to hide their treasures, they’re swept up in a mystery more intriguing—and scary—than anything they could have imagined. Who could have buried a box of bones behind their clubhouse?

19 – Sofia Martinez by Jacqueline Jules

Sofia Martinez is a stubborn, mischievous young girl. These stories also include Spanish words and phrases, highlighted in pink, that expose readers to another language while offering ESL students an opportunity to feel included. The book also has some stop and think moments where readers can guess what ideas Sofia may be coming up with as she problem solves through her adventures.

Book Series for Students 20 – The Frog and Toad Series by Arnold Lobel

Part of the I Can Read book list, The Frog and Toad Series is a classic for first graders. It has stood the test of time with its beautiful illustrations. Life lessons about friendship and loyalty are evident in each story.  With simple and easy-to-follow plot lines, students will feel accomplished as they finish each chapter book with ease.

Pro Tip:

You can also watch Kids Time Story Time on YouTube. It is a YouTube Channel specifically for children’s read-alouds! 

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Written By – Korryna Sanchez

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