Must-Read Book Series for Elementary School Students

The Top 10 Book Series That Will Inspire Your Students to Love Reading

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Teachers are always looking for ways to help their students find a love for reading. One of the best ways to do that is to have students choose their own books. In fact, studies have shown that when young readers choose their own literature, they become better readers. The key for teachers is to find out what type of book really motivates their students to read (adventure, mystery, comic strip, etc.). Once teachers find out this information, then they should provide students with a variety of choices in their classroom library.

Here are a few must-read book series that will excite and motivate your young readers.

For the Adventurous Student

These two educational book series are perfect for kids who love fantasy as well as adventure. They encourage children to make connections between their own lives and the events in the book. The I Survived series takes young readers on a historical adventure to some kind of disaster that happened in the past. The Magic Tree House series will take readers on totally different types of adventure, like eating with the Pilgrims or running with the dinosaurs. Whether it's fantasy adventure or historical adventure, young children will be able to discover the world in every single book within each of these series.

- The Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne (ages 6+)

This a book series that revolves around young siblings Jack and Annie. These children discover a magic tree house near their home, and it has the ability to transport them all around the globe to different historical periods of time. Each book in the series sends the siblings on a mission to achieve a specific goal, usually something like retrieving a historical document. This series has something for everyone, whether the child is into pandas or Pilgrims, monkeys or moons.

 - I Survived Series by Lauren Tarshis (ages 9-12)

This is a series of books focusing on different thrilling events in history, told through the eyes of a young boy. Each book in this series takes young readers on a terrifying adventure to places like the Titanic, the Battle of Gettysburg, Hurricane Katrina and the attacks of Sept. 11. Readers get an up-close and personal view of these adventures and how that has left a permanent mark in history.

For the “Relatable” Student

Going through adolescence is not easy for any child. The following two book series is about a young boy that every child can relate to. Each series follows a young boy as he goes through the growing pains of everyday life. From being popular to being an outcast, children will find each of these characters extremely relatable.

 - Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney (ages 9+)

This a hilarious book series about the hazards of growing up. Book one in the series is about an unforgettable kid named Greg Heffley who is beginning middle school and is completely clueless on how to do the right thing or anything for that matter. The series continues with more funny antics and clueless behavior with funny yet difficult situations like sibling rivalry and puberty.

 - Big Nate Series by Lincoln Peirce (ages 9+)

This is another funny and relatable book series that is a bit milder than the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. This amusing series is based on the comic strip “Big Nate” and is in a cartoon style (which young boys seem to love). Throughout the series, Nate faces many challenges a typical sixth-grade boy would face, such as trying to impress his friends while dealing with homework and tests at school.

For the Feisty, Funny and Fierce Student

These two fun book series will help reel in even the most reluctant of readers. Children will get a kick out of the silly mistakes and antics of Junie B. Jones and Amelia Bedelia. These strong-willed girls will never fail to get a laugh, and children will want to read them over and over again.

 - Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park (ages 6+)

The Junie B. Jones series has been at the top of students' favorites list since the first book came out in 1992. As the star of the book series, Junie B. Jones sometimes acts out and starts a fight, but she is still loved by all. This kindergarten student brings a lot of laughs to her readers, and her sassy attitude makes her a very entertaining character.

 - Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish (ages 6+)

Amelia Bedelia is a kindhearted and creative little girl (or adult, in some of the books) who is funny and endearing. Throughout the series, young readers will enjoy her blunders as she makes her way through life. These books take readers through her childhood adventures as she captures and engages children along the way. Children ages six and up will adore her funny antics and her adorable sense of humor.

For the Animal-Loving Student

Going through life as a young child is hard enough, but add an only child to the mix and you have one lonely adolescent. That is until you get a companion like a dog! Children who love animals will get a kick out of this 180-pound dog and the companionship he forms with his owner.

- Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant (ages 5+)

The Henry and Mudge book series is perfect for children who love animals. This series captures the love between a dog and a lonely boy. The young boy finds out that he can get through anything with just the love of his dog. Cynthia Rylant's stories are sweet and simple, and children of all ages will enjoy them.

For the Students Who Love a Mystery

This book series is intriguing and alluring to young readers. Children can easily identify with the main character as he takes readers on a simple adventure in each book in the series. In each book, a small problem is solved in a funny mystery.

 - Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat (ages 6+)

This wonderful series introduces young students to the world of mysteries. This hero for young children acts independently, walking around his neighborhood figuring out his mysteries. Nate the Great must ask the right questions in order to solve each mystery.

For the Students Who Need Self-confidence

It’s important for children to develop and maintain self-confidence and self-respect. Dr. Wayne W. Dyer does just that in his book series for children. Adapted from the adult versions of his books, he helps children maintain positive self-esteem through his powerful positive messages. 

- Incredible You by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

This book is a powerful children’s book that Dyer adapted from his infamous adult book "10 Secrets for Success & Inner Peace." This incredible book in his short series introduces young children to the 10 ways that they can let their greatness shine through. He speaks of concepts such as changing your thoughts to good and finding what you love, which are powerful messages for young readers to learn. Children will love reading these rhyming verses that will help them realize how incredible they really are.

- Unstoppable Me by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

"Unstoppable Me" is yet another book in his series of powerful messages for children that dives even deeper toward teaching children that there is more to life than just fitting in. In this book, children will learn 10 important lessons that will help them deal with stress, as well as learn to enjoy each moment in their lives.