Young readers are naturally drawn to series, particularly when they have just begun to read independently. It's comforting to follow the adventures of familiar characters, and to know that a group of books are written at a level that makes them feel confident - challenging without being intimidating. With so many different series available, it's difficult to know what might appeal to your child, but here are some excellent choices, whatever your little one's personality.
For kids craving adventure:
The Worst Case Scenario series: These visually-appealing books follow a choose-your-own-adventure format, with numerous possible endings in each title. Titles include: Everest, Mars, Amazon and Deadly Seas.
Maggie Malone series: Sixth-grader Maggie is gifted a pair of magical boots that enable her to spend each day in the life of anyone she chooses. A lot of fun, with a positive message. Titles include: Maggie Malone and the Magical Boots, Maggie Malone Gets the Royal Treatment and Maggie Malone Makes a Splash.
For junior sleuths:
Precious Ramotswe series: From detective-fiction master Alexander McCall Smith comes this excellent series of a mystery-solving little girl who loves to ask questions and get to the bottom of things! A perfect introduction to the whodunit genre for young readers. Titles include: The Great Cake Mystery, The Mystery of Meerkat Hill, Precious and the Puggies, The Mystery of the Missing Lion, Precious and the Zebra Necklace, and the Mischief at Meerkat Brae.
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series: A feisty young governess and her group of spirited charges encounter a series of explained events and are determined to solve the puzzle! Titles include: The Mysterious Howling, The Interrupted Tale, The Unmapped Sea, The Hidden Gallery, and The Unseen Guest.
For little ones who love to laugh:
Shark School series: An enormously silly group of sea creatures solve problems, have adventures and create mischief together! Titles include: Deep Sea Disaster!, Lights! Camera! Hammerhead!, Squid-napped!, The Boy Who Cried Shark and Splash Dance.
Supercat series: Ordinary housecat Tiger morphs into a hilarious superhero whenever he licks toxic socks! Titles include: Supercat vs. the Chip Thief, Supercat vs. the Party Pooper, and Supercat vs. the Pesky Pirate.