Book Series: One Way to Hook a Reader
by Susanne Loring Children’s Literacy Foundation
Have you ever noticed that just starting something is the hardest part? I often battle with myself over going to the gym or not going to the gym, takeout or a more healthy homemade meal, do the dishes or leave them in the sink. But when I finally just get up and do whatever it is I’m delaying, I find that I’m glad I put in the effort and even get excited about the activity. Once I get into the rhythm, the activity feeds on itself, and it’s easier to do on a daily basis.
This struggle can strike with reading as well, for both the reluctant reader and the eager bookworm. If your child is having trouble getting the reading started, you may consider getting them hooked on a book series.
There are countless trilogies and other series for kids of all ages, so there is bound to be a set of books that can grab – and hold – your child’s attention. You may just find that once he/she reads the first book of the series and gets to know the characters he/she will want to know what happens to them next. Your child will be begging you to head to the library to snag book two (and three and four…)!
Your public library is a great place to start when looking for a new series. From magic to adventure to the trials of preteen life, you can find series that cover all topics of interest, and your librarian is a great resource in finding one your child will enjoy. Hopefully the first book will be so enticing that reading the rest of the series will come naturally!
Here are a few suggestions of very popular children’s books series:
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy
Big Nate by Lincoln Pierce
Bone by Jeff Smith (Graphic Novel)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park
Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborn
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan
Shadow Children Series by Margaret Haddi