Ten Book Series to Inspire the Young Reader

Published: September 22, 2014

While there are some kids who are born with a hunger for the written word. Others need a little push and inspiration to find something that interests them.

Books can open doors and can provide a vocabulary boost. Fictional characters can become like friends, and reading can also help ease stress. 

Being a reader can even help you become a successful wirter should you so choose :)  

  1. Ramona by Beverly Cleary

    The Ramona series included 10 books centered around young Ramona Quimby. The first book, Beezus and Ramona, is actually written from the perspective of Ramona's older sister, Beezus. 

    Throughout the series, Ramona has many adventures and sometimes gets herself into trouble. She has experiences that many young children can relate to. 

    Ramona is a complex character and learns how to navigate the world through interactions with her family, friends, and even bullies.

  2. Babysitter's Club by Ann M. Martin

    The Babysitter's Club includes over 200 books in the series. These books are marketed towards young girls and help to teach entreprenuership, teamwork, and problem solving.

    The books feature a group of middle school friends who offer babysitting services to parents in their neighborhood. The kids deal with various issues including divorce and autism. 

    The series also inspired three spin-off series: Baby-Sitters Little Sisters, The Kids in Ms. Colman's Class, and California Diaries. While the first two titles are geared toward a slightly younger audience, the latter's target audience is older girls as it addresses issues such as eating disorders, racism, and death.

  3. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

    While it's probably a safe bet that everyone has seen at least ONE movie in the Harry Potter franchise, that are some who have not read the novels. From the existence of the Squibbs to the omission of characters the Potter books can inspire a movie fan to read and discover secrets the movies don't include. 

     

  4. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

    To date, there are 16 novels included in this series. The main character, Ender Wiggin, comes from a family of geniuses.

    This book is geared towards older kids and included complex themes such as manipulation, identity, and warfare. The settings in this book include both Earth and space.

    Any fan of space-themed media would enjoy these books.

  5. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

    If you've been following the Marvel Cinematic Universe's development, you may recall a plot which revolves around the tesseract. Well...Stan Lee may have been a fan of these books!)

    The story follows a young girl whose father goes missing while working on a mysterious project called the tesseract. The tesseract allows for traveling through time and dimensions. 

    If you have a superhero or comic book fan they will love this series.

  6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

    Written as copied from the pages of a middle schooler's diary, the Wimpy Kid series is delightful, charming, and humorous.

    The main character, Greg Heffley, struggles to find his place. Unlike most books with lovable main characters, Greg is sometimes selfish, which is a relatable trait. The trouble that Greg gets himself, and often his best friend, into provides valuable life lessons that a young reader can learn from. 

  7. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

    This series features a strong, femal protagonist named Katniss Everdeen. The nation is divded into districts with each district offering a yearly tribute to participate in the HUnger Games. During the year of the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss bravely volunteers as tribute in order to save her younger sister. 

    Not to provide any spoilers, but Katniss later becomes the nation's sweetheart due to her bravery, intelligence, and kindness.

     

  8. Fourth Grade is a Jinx by Colleen O'Shaughnessy McKenna

    The books in this series surround the Murphy family and mostly center around the main character, Collette Murphy. Collette deals with family issues (she doesn't get enough attention being the oldest child) and school bullies. 

    Young kids will enjoy immersing themselves in the world of a young girl who is very much like them. 

     

  9. Goosebumps by R.L. Stine

    Love things that go bump in the night? Turn on your flashlight and hide under the blanket. The Goosebumps series is sure to please young, horror enthusiasts. While the books will give you 'goosebumps', they add enough humor into the stories to balance the level of fear for a young reader.

  10. Fear Street by R.L. Stine

    For the older thrill seeker who finds Goosebumps not scary enough, there's the Fear Street series. This series features teenagers and include more blood, more gore, and more fright than the Goosebumps series. All of the books share the same setting, the town of Shadyside, Ohio with many of the main characters crossing over into other books as secondary characters.

     

  11. Fudge by Judy Blume

    Farley Drexel Hatcher, better known as Fudge. The books in this series follow Fudge and his older brother, Peter. Peter often becomes infuriated with the antics of his younger brother. Peter has to deal with Fudge at home and once Fudge is old enough for school and starts kindergarten, Peter is horrified to have to deal with him at school too!

    You will fall in love with Peter, Fudge, and their friends. The stories are fun and will make the Hatchers one of your favorite families.

  12. Alexander by Judith Viorst

    One of the best loved children's books, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, is enjoyable and funny and will quickly become a favorite for anyone who picks it up. Like the other books in this series, although there is humor there is also a lesson to be learned. In this case, Alexander learns that everyone has a bad day, but each new day is an opportunity for a good day.

     

  13. Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan

    Percy Jackson is the demigod son of Poseidon. Each book in the series features figures from Greek mythology which may be recognizable to any middle schooler studying the subject in school. Percy is adventurous and along with his friends, triumphs time and again against foes. This is a perfect series to start a lover of fantasy off with.

  14. Miss Nelson by Harry Swamp

    The most popular book of this series is probably Miss Nelson is Missing!. When Miss Nelson's class becomes unruly and takes advantage of her kindness, she decides to take a vacation. Enter Miss Viola Swamp, a no-nonsense substitute who quickly gets the kids inline. 

    The theme of this story? Yon never know what you miss 'till it's gone!

    Like Missing the other books in the series feature stories that include both Miss Nelson and Miss Swamp. The stories and illustrations will be a treasure to all who pick up the books. 

With so many titles to choose from and so many genres to browse I hope that this list will be helpful in inspring a young person (or anyone!) to become a more avid reader. Reading can spark imagination and creativity. You never know - one day you may find inspiration to create your own books series.