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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