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70 Series of Books for Kids with a Voracious Appetite

By Deborah Maclaren on 11th September 2020

Is there anything better than a child finding a character they love, or a world they are bewitched by, and voraciously gobbling up all of the books in the series? My daughter did it with Tom Gates; she was obsessive about getting the next book as soon as it came out, and we even went to see Tom Gates Live (Dog Zombies Rule – if you know, you know!) She read every book about 20 times cover to cover and I loved hearing her chuckle away as she was consumed by the stories. I know people sometimes worry about their children reading books that aren’t quite at the right age range, or perhaps challenging enough but I must say that Tom Gates is responsible for cementing her love of reading. The humour, the illustrations, the words per page, the fun adventures all served to build her confidence and help her fall in love with books.

My son was not as keen on Tom but he did absolutely love reading about the adventures of Greg Heffley in the Wimpy Kid series. Even now, aged 12 he can sometimes be seen picking up a Wimpy Kid book for comfort when he wants a break from the amazingly brilliant Noughts & Crosses series he’s powering through.

So, if our children find a series they love, one of our biggest challenges is what to read next after they’ve finished a much-loved series. What comes after the lull? And that’s where we come in.

Below is a wonderful list of 70 books for children aged 5-15, all of which are the beginning of a series. They are all chapter books, and most of them are middle grade fiction (suitable for children aged 8-12), that age when we really have the opportunity to encourage reading for pleasure and foster that lifelong love of reading.

Some of them are classics, books we adored growing up, books that are as wonderful today as the decade they were published. Some personal faves are The Magic Faraway Tree and Pippi Longstocking, and we also feature some of our most well-known and popular characters like Horrid Henry and Tracy Beaker. But of course, one of our most important roles here at LoveReading4Kids is to find the latest and greatest fabulous fiction for kids, books that really talk to the children of today. And there are some gorgeous series in here that we love to shout about. We adore PG Bell’s The Train To Impossible Places series and Vashti Hardy’s Brightstorm series also deserves a shout out.

We hope you enjoy this list. And of course, do let us know if there are any series that you think we should have included.

If you are looking for other hints and tips to support your child’s reading, do take a look at our blog here on encouraging reading for pleasure.

Go on, dive in…

Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball

Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: Laura Ellen Anderson Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Amelia Fang - a little vampire with a big heart! And this is the first in the series of the book where we meet her. Amelia lives with her parents Count Drake and Countess Frivoleeta, and her pet pumpkin Squashy, in Nocturnia - a city in the Kingdom of the Dark, where glitter is terrifying and unicorns and sparkly fairies are the stuff of day-mares. Amelia and her best friends Florence the yeti (NOT a beast!) and Grimaldi the reaper may want to spend their time watching Deathflix at Fang Mansion, munching on Unlucky Arms cereal or toe-jam on toast, but they can’t help falling into the most gripping and ghoulish adventures. Whether it is saving Squashy from spoiled Prince Tangine, travelling to the petrifying Kingdom of Light to rescue Queen Fairyweather or finding the ancient yeti treasure in Yeti Mountain, the friends’ adventures are always howlingly hilarious and fang-tastically exciting. Books in The Amelia Fang Series: 1. Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball 2. Amelia Fang and the Unicorn Lords 3. Amelia Fang and the Memory Thief 4. Amelia Fang and the Half-Moon Holiday 5. Amelia Fang and the Lost Yeti Treasures 6. Amelia Fang and the Naughty Caticorns 7. Amelia Fang and the Trouble with Toads

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Five on a Treasure Island

Five on a Treasure Island

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Enid Blyton Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

First published in 1947, these books have been a regular feature on bookshelves across the land since then. I grew up with them, and couldn't put these adventures of this family and their dog down, as I was pulled in chapter by chapter.  There eponymous gang are siblings Dick, Anne and Georgina (or should I say George!), cousin Julian and Timmy the dog.. Follow them on dozens of adventures by the wonderful Enid Blyton, with 22 in the series, there are plenty to keep you busy! Books in The Famous Five Series: 1. Five on a Treasure Island  2. Five Go Adventuring Again  3. Five Run Away Together  4. Five Go to Smuggler's Top  5. Five Go Off in a Caravan  6. Five on Kirrin Island Again  7. Five Go Off to Camp 8. Five Get into Trouble  9. Five Fall into Adventure 10. Five on a Hike Together  11. Five Have a Wonderful Time  12. Five Go Down to the Sea  13. Five Go to Mystery Moor  14. Five Have Plenty of Fun  15. Five on a Secret Trail  16. Five Go to Billycock Hill  17. Five Get into a Fix  18. Five on Finniston Farm  19. Five Go to Demon's Rocks 20. Five Have a Mystery to Solve 21. Five Are Together Again 

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