If you want your child to start reading, a wonderful book series can work magic. Finding a series they like will encourage them to keep reading until they finish all the books. Sometimes, reading a good series can prompt them to look for other such stories. This way, pretty soon, a reluctant reader can turn into a bookworm!
Here are some of the best books of all time that are perfect for kids aged between 8 and 16.
Books for ages 8 to 10
The Wind in the Willows
This children’s novel, written by Kenneth Grahame, sets place in a rustic version of England. The book focuses on four talking animals, a mole, a waterwole, a toad, and a badger. The book is full of adventure, morality, friendship and mysticism.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Written by Jeff Kinney, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid follows a middle-school boy Greg Heffley who wants to become popular. This is one of the most popular humorous book series and is very relatable.
All Roald Dahl Books
Roald Dahl has written a wide range of short stories, book series, play scripts and film screenplays during his long career. Some of his most lovable children’s books include Matilda, The Big Fat Giant, James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
A Series of Unfortunate Events
All 13 books in the Lemony Snicket’s series are nuggets of literary treasure. The series follows the Baudelaire children’s attempts to escape the evil Count Olaf. This is a must read for all children and parents alike.
Books for ages 10 to 12
If your child likes swashbuckling pirate fantasies, R.L. Stevenson’s adventure novel is a must read. This coming-of-age story follows the teenage Jim Hawkins, who finds a treasure map. He then sets off on a dangerous quest with his friends pursued by enemies, also in search of the gold.
Anne of Green Gables
The 7-book series by Lucy Maud Montgomery follows an intelligent orphan Anne, who is mistakenly sent to two siblings, looking for help on the farm. Unexpected but welcome, Anne gets into all s of mischief daily. Generations of children have enjoyed this book.
Everyone has heard of the record-breaking fantasy book series Harry Potter. J.K. Rowling’s series follows the young wizard and his two best friends in an adventure to defeat an evil wizard. This is one book your child will have a hard time putting down.
Books for ages 12 to 16
The Hunger Games
Set in the futuristic, dystopian nation of Panem, Suzanne Collins’ book is a story about a 16-year-old girl, whose town is suffering under a totalitarian government. The book is great for older readers.
The Hobbit is written by J.R.R. Tolkien, the writer of Lord of the Rings. The story features the main character on a dangerous adventure to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Dragon. The book is full of imagination and humour.
Murder On The Orient Express
For kids who like mysteries and crime fiction, this book by Agatha Christie is a must read. The novel follows a mysterious murder on board a snowbound train. This book is one of the best crime fictions of all time.
A fascinating book series can be the key to unlocking a world of reading for your child. Hopefully these books can be of inspiration!