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9 Best Kids Book Series For K-5th Graders (Series = Extra Summer Reading)

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We all have memories of sitting down as a kid and reading and rereading our favorite books (after lights out in our childhood bedroom by nightlight of course!). Books like If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and Corduroy are childhood favorites that have expanded into a book series because the characters and stories are so lovable. Early children’s book series create an easy setup for getting our young readers into reading series on their own since they’re used to familiar characters and continuing storylines.

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We know reading to kids helps vocabulary development, sharpens the function of the brain, and improves memory. The same is true for young readers as they work to sharpen their new skills. So when our kids grasp onto a book series, this can have a powerful impact on creating lifelong readers. We know we’re not the only ones who devoured Magic Tree House, Nancy Drew, and Babysitters Club books in our youth! In an instant gratification world, getting hooked on a series can drive us nuts as our LOs clamor for the next one (they so don’t get how publishing works) before it comes out. Choosing a well known kids book series that has a lot of volumes is wise to save our sanity. But matching the topic to stage of development and the interests of our child is equally as important. Part of the hook of a good book is that it’s in some way relatable to the reader. We’re all a little bit narcissistic aren’t we? This is certainly true for our kiddos!

Choosing a good book series is no easy task with so many options out there. Our list of best book series options for ages 4-10 is in no way exhaustive, but these tried and true favorites are a great place to start. Each of these book series are beloved by millions and either have plenty of volumes, or are continuing to release new ones (aka saving the mamas the hassle of finding a new series before the end of summer).

Let’s get started on our poolside reading for summer— inflatable pools and sprinklers count!

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Dragon Masters by Tracey West Series Set Books 1-14

Bestselling author of more than 300 books for children and young adults, Tracey West knows a thing or two about how to enthrall our kiddos. Her series, Dragon Masters with its brief chapters, large print, and intense action makes every kid want to be a Dragon Master (like they don’t already want to anyway?). One of our favorite features is the beautiful illustrations by Matt Loveridge. Most childrens books feature pastel watercolor images, but Loveridge and West take on a different kind of approach with black and white sketches. From the content to the images, this series makes a perfect transition away from picture books into chapter books. Each book is an exciting read with cliff hangers so good, our littles will surely be ready for the next book by dinner time.One mama commented, “My 7-year old daughter LOVES these books! She brought home book #12 from a book fair and read it cover to cover in 2.5 days! Yet, getting her to read other books was like pulling teeth, so I ordered the entire series. She is now on book #5. As soon as she finishes a book I give her the next one. I’ve no idea how Tracey West has managed to captivate my daughter with Dragons, but she’s reading an entire chapter book in 3 days! I hope there will be 50 of these books.”The newest book, Dragon Masters #17, Fortress of the Stone Dragon is due out in October, but we know several mamas who have already placed their preorder. According to Scholastic, “An evil wizard named Astrid is plotting to become the most powerful wizard in the world. She is collecting ingredients for a dangerous spell, and it is up to the Dragon Masters to stop her from casting it. Drake and Mina travel to the Fortress of the Stone Dragon to warn the Stone Dragon’s Dragon Master, Caspar, that Astrid is on her way there. But will the evil wizard’s dark magic overpower the Dragon Masters?” We can’t wait to find out this fall!

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Dragon Masters by Tracey West Series Set Books 1-14

Bestselling author of more than 300 books for children and young adults, Tracey West knows a thing or two about how to enthrall our kiddos. Her series, Dragon Masters with its brief chapters, large print, and intense action makes every kid want to be a Dragon Master (like they don’t already want to anyway?). One of our favorite features is the beautiful illustrations by Matt Loveridge. Most childrens books feature pastel watercolor images, but Loveridge and West take on a different kind of approach with black and white sketches. From the content to the images, this series makes a perfect transition away from picture books into chapter books. Each book is an exciting read with cliff hangers so good, our littles will surely be ready for the next book by dinner time. One mama commented, “My 7-year old daughter LOVES these books! She brought home book #12 from a book fair and read it cover to cover in 2.5 days! Yet, getting her to read other books was like pulling teeth, so I ordered the entire series. She is now on book #5. As soon as she finishes a book I give her the next one. I’ve no idea how Tracey West has managed to captivate my daughter with Dragons, but she’s reading an entire chapter book in 3 days! I hope there will be 50 of these books.” The newest book, Dragon Masters #17, Fortress of the Stone Dragon is due out in October, but we know several mamas who have already placed their preorder. According to Scholastic, “An evil wizard named Astrid is plotting to become the most powerful wizard in the world. She is collecting ingredients for a dangerous spell, and it is up to the Dragon Masters to stop her from casting it. Drake and Mina travel to the Fortress of the Stone Dragon to warn the Stone Dragon’s Dragon Master, Caspar, that Astrid is on her way there. But will the evil wizard’s dark magic overpower the Dragon Masters?” We can’t wait to find out this fall!

$87

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