If your child has enjoyed one book they might enjoy the rest of the series. Patsy from Tara Book Company gives us some tips for choosing good book series for kids:
There has been a big increase in series fiction and non-fiction over the past 10 years, and not all of it for the good.
The trend with publishers in the United States and Canada seems biased in favour of series and this is reflected in the bookshops. Series are strongly branded, age graded and a parent can easily track what they’re children have read by the numbering system. The marketing of series books has made it easy for children and parents to choose age appropriate books.
However, many of these series are written by a team of writers and written to a formula. They lack originality, the characters are often not developed and the language used doesn’t always challenge the child. This trend also leaves less room for individual authors to get published and narrows the choice on offer. In their favour they can keep the reluctant reader reading .
An example of this is the Goosebumps series by RL Stine. The author is a pseudonym for a team of writers and not an individual. There were over 70 of these published, so some children were “stuck” on the series for over a year. Even if children are fans of a particular series they should be encouraged to read other more challenging books.
Series by English and Irish publishers are either by a variety of named authors or just one author, very few use teams of writers under a pseudonym or formula writing. These series are better because you get a variety of writing styles, and they don’t generally run in to large numbers so your child won’t be “stuck” for a period of time..
So Tell Us What is a Good Book Series for Kids
The list is long but here are some of the better series are:
Good Series Books for Ages 4 to 6
Panda Cubs, various authors, published by O’Brien Press
Green Bananas, various authors, published by Egmont
Leapfrog, various authors, published by Franklin Watts
Reading Corner Phonics, various authors, published by Franklin Watts
Hopscotch, various authors, published by Franklin Watts
Good Series Books for Ages 6 to 8
Pandas, various authors, published by O’Brien Press
Chimps, various authors, published by Childrens Press
Chameleons, various authors, published by A & C Black
Blue Bananas, various authors, published by Egmont
Sprinters, various authors, published by Walker Books
Good Series Books for Ages 8 to 10
Flyers, various authors, published by O’Brien Press
Spiderwick Chronicles, author Holly Black, published by Simon & Schuster
Walker Stories, various authors, published by Walker Books
Judy Moody, author Megan McDonald, published by Walker Books
Skylarks, various authors, published by Evans
Good Series Books for Ages 10 to 12
Harry Potter, author J.K. Rowling, published by Bloomsbury
Alex Rider, author Anthony Horowitz, published by Walker Books
Scream Street, author Tommy Dombavand, published by Walker Books
Skulduggery Pleasant, author Derek Landy, published by Harper Collins
My Sister the Vampire, author Sienna Miller, published by Egmont
Tara Book Co. are based in Kilcolgan, Co. Galway, Ireland, Visit them online at www.tarabookco.ie or tel: (091) 777005
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