This series features fun illustrations, a handwritten font and an easy conversational style of writing that make this a great series for kids!
The Diary of a Wimpy Kidbooks are a cross between a comic book/graphic novel and a journal. Even kids that don't normally love to read will find themselves flying through the pages and laughing along with Greg Heffley and the rest of the gang!
Fabulous books for kids that go in for funny reads, graphic novels/comic books and want a story that moves along at a quick pace!
This is an incredible book series that is a great way to get your kid excited about reading!
Jack and Annie are a brother and sister team that travel throughout time, meet historical people, mythical creatures and characters, and experience everything you could just about think of! Young readers will turn page after page to see what happens next!
There's something for everyone with this series! Culture, history, magic, space, sports, dinosaurs and ninjas are just a few of the adventures that Jack and Annie experience in the Magic Tree Housebook series!
Perfect for young readers, The Magic Tree House series of beginning chapter books are high-interest reads that provide both quick-paced stories and plenty of follow ups to keep the adventures coming!
A Magic Tree House Series Bonus:Many of the Magic Tree House books have 'Fact Tracker' companion bookslike this onewhich are fabulous non-fiction additions to learn more about the subject!
Age: Young Kids (6-9)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by Roald Dahl
Willy Wonka, the eccentric owner, is finally opening the doors to his highly secret factory! Five lucky winners will find a golden ticket in the Wonka chocolate bar and be able tour the Wonka Chocolate Factory!!
Whether it's the Oompa Loompas, Willy Wonka, or Charlie and the golden ticket holders, there's no shortage of crazy fun characters, a great story line and fantastic setting which is everything you need to make this a book that's fun for kids and adults alike!
This is a terrific book series for all those kids who are into spies and adventure!
This fast-paced series is great for reluctant readers and has plenty of hold-your-breath moments that will keep kids glued to the book page after page!
Thing Tom Cruise and Mission Impossible, but British!
Click herefor some fun things to do and cool ideas to go along with Stormbreaker!
Age: Mids, younger teens
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
by J.K. Rowling
The Harry Potter book series goes without needing an intro! Just in case your kid hasn't read it yet, though- let me assure you, this is an incredible series that has it all!
Magic, quests, humor, friendship, drama and surprises are woven into a compelling story line that have solidified it's spot as the best-selling book series in history!
Harry Potter has some of the best movie adaptations we've ever seen as well! However, you definitely need to read the books first!
Age: older Kids, Mids, Teens+
The Mysterious Benedict Society
by Trenton Lee Stewart
Four kids pass a series of challenging tests and puzzles that bring them to the next step - to go undercover on a secret mission.
Arriving (undercover) as students at an educational institute located on a nearby island, Reynie, Sticky, Kate and Constance must work together to thwart the attempts of a criminal mastermind!
Far from your average kids' book, The Mysterious Benedict Society has an intricately woven plot with clever twists, fantastic characters and worthy surprises that will capture and hold your attention to the very end!
Age: Kids & Mids, (Teens and adults like it too! It's a fantastic book with great follow-ups!)
13-year-old Brian Robeson survives a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness and has only his wits and a simple hatchet to survive!
This award-winning survival adventure has been thrilling readers since Hatchet was first released in 1987! A modern classic with plenty of follow up books for when you've finished the last page!
Read our review for Hatchet and find some fun things to do here!
Age: Older Kids, Mids, Teens
Follow up Books/Series
by Stuart Gibbs
This book draws you in from the first sentence! Funny, fast-paced writing + spy stuff = perfection!
12-year-old Ben Ripley finds himself in a spy school trying to survive misadventures, maintain his cool and impress the girl!
A popular series with tons of fans, there are plenty more books waiting when this one is finished!
(Above is a copy of Spy School from our public library; you can tell it's a hit with kids based on its well-read condition!)
Age: Kids & Mids
by Jason Reynolds
Recommended by both kids and adults, this high-interest series grabbed the world by it's first installment, Ghost and fortunately has follow-ups to keep the energy going!
Written by an author whose main goal is to write books for boys who aren't into reading, this series starts out with the award-winning book, Ghost.
Ghost, Patina, Sunny and Lu are the diverse members of an elite track team. Each with their own set of challenges (focused on in their own stories), they come together to face and overcome their own issues and work to prove themselves both on and off the track.
Relatable, high-interest and edge of the seat writing will keep your reader turning page after page and reaching for the next book in the Track Series!
Kids, parents and teachers alike all have given these the Track Series an enthusiastic thumbs-up!
Age: Mids, Teens
by Roland Smith
A fantastic read! After getting into trouble, 14-year-old Peak Marcello is given a choice. It's either off to juvenile detention or to go live with his dad who runs a climbing company in Thailand.
The teen with attitude makes his choice and gets recruited by his dad to climb Mt. Everest!
With amazing and descriptive writing this is an excellent book for those who go in for adventure! Peak is sure to keep you cool in the summer heat!
Enjoyed Peak? There are two follow up books in the Peak Marcello Adventures! Ascent and Descent will keep your cup filled with adventure and page-turning excitement!
Roland Smith is the author of more than 20 novels, a New York Times bestselling author and also both a former zoo curator and research biologist!
His books are filled with action, adventure and every necessary ingredient that will keep the pages turning!
Age: Mids, but think Teens would like it for the adventure and identifiable lead character.
Theodore Boone - The Accomplice
by John Grisham
Theo's parents are both lawyers and his goal is to follow in their footsteps!
In the small city where Theo lives, he sees himself as the next big courtroom attorney and even though he's only in middle school, he finds himself with plenty of clients and cases!
The Accompliceby John Grisham is the latest in this series of legal thrillers for kids where Theo must help his good friend, Woody, who has been accused of armed robbery.
With plenty of page turning suspense, theTheodore Boone booksare great for road trips or kicking back on the porch or beach!
Age: Kids & Mids
by James Patterson
Being that this blog is run by a mom & daughter, we like to consult with the brothers/sons/boys that we know or bump into occasionally to have a well-rounded perspective when we write certain posts, such as this one!
A few months back, we asked a 13-year-old boy in the library for some of his fave reads and in his exact words were: "Anything by James Patterson."
Here's one title for fans of action and adventure!
Ali Cross, the son the bestselling James Patterson character, Alex Cross, is eager to follow in his father's footsteps as a detective and find out what happened to his missing friend.
Age: Kids & Mids
Among the Hidden
by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Book 1 of the Shadow Children Series
Families are only allowed to have two children. Luke is the third. He has lived all of his 12 years on a farm without ever having gone to school or seeing other kids other than his two siblings.
A housing development replaces the woods near his home, and now he can't even go outside. One day, he sees a girl's face in a window of one of those new houses that he knows has two other kids!
The Shadow Childrenis a fantastic series geared toward kids and middle grade readers that brings up great questions and is filled with page-turning intrigue and adventure!
Age: Kids & Mids
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
by Brian Selznik
The Invention of Hugo Cabretis a fantastic novel that is super fun to read and ‘figure out’ via the numerous illustrations that fill the book. The story is told in both words and pictures!
Hugo is an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station in Paris during the early 1900's. He tends to the clocks and manages to keep his life secret.
His life takes a turn, however, when a mysterious note from his deceased father puts him on the trail to a mystery that will keep the reader fascinated to the satisfying conclusion!
Unhappy with his life in New York City and living with his big family, Sam Gribley runs away to live by himself in the Catskill Mountains. With a few basic tools and forty dollars, he intends to survive on his own!
This book series is a huge hit with boys! The Goosebumps Book seriesis the perfect choice for those readers that are looking for some serious thrills and chills!
This best-selling series has been scaring kids for a few decades and I'm sure will be around for many more! Thanks to Julian for the recommendation!
Age: older Kids & Mids
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Marty Preston meets Shiloh, a beagle living behind his house, and they become fast friends! The problem is Shiloh belongs to Judd Travers- a man who not only abuses his dogs, but also has a nasty temper to go with his drinking habit and gun.
Shiloh runs away and Marty aims to protect this dog that he cares about above all else, but secrets can be mighty difficult things. To make it worse, angry Judd wants his dog back.
I readShilohaloud to a class years ago having a lot of fun using different voices and accents. This award winning novel had the kids sitting on the edge of their seats begging for just one more page!
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Treasure Island is a classic that continues to delight readers of all ages!