By Karen DeGroot Carter • December 07, 2020
For readers of all ages, the promise of multiple books that continue a story from one tome to the next can't be beat. And since young and young adult readers often connect emotionally with the characters in the books they love, book series that speak to their targeted age groups quickly become fan favorites. As you compose your holiday gift list this year, tap into the plethora of gift sets available from some of the most popular series written for these unique age groups.
Second-graders Ivy and Bean couldn't be more different, and they never expected to become friends—much less best friends! Fans of this unique dynamic duo are glad they did, though, and can't get enough of the hijinks that ensue in each of these delightful books. A bonus treasure found within this box set is also sure to please!
In my post Riveting Reads to Enjoy with the Whole Family, I mentioned the first book in this series, Dragons and Marshmallows. While introducing young readers to scientific research (and even the scientific method), this series follows a spunky girl and her cat as they explore science and magic—with the help of a few friends.
Science takes a bizarre turn in the My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish series when a goldfish is exposed to some toxic gunk but then revived—in a slightly different form!
My three young nephews loved attending a recent socially distanced yet incredibly silly and fun outdoor event with Jeff Kinney, author of their favorite series of all time, Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Kinney's innovative approach to exploring the many challenges faced by kids through the eyes of a particularly insightful and creative middle-school boy has garnered him zillions of fans like my nephews.
Print and audio versions of the hilarious adventures of the one and only Junie B. Jones abound! Whether she's a party animal, (almost) a flower, a one-man band, or just her one kooky self, Junie B. never fails to delight her young fans!
Another wildly popular series of books for young readers with a plethora of box sets available, Magic Tree House was a huge hit with my daughters when they were in grammar school. Kids love to follow the brother-and-sister duo who star in this series as they travel through time to experience history as it happens—and somehow find their way back home despite all sorts of surprises along the way!
Readers who enjoy the Little House on the Prairie books also love getting a glimpse of history from the beloved Anne of Green Gables classics. Since the first novel in this series was published in 1908, these stories of cheerful Anne and how she impacts those around her have charmed generations.
In my Celebrating Banned Books During Banned Books Week post, I mentioned that my son loved the Captain Underpants series even after he'd decided reading wasn't much fun anymore. With their humor, sassy language, and bright graphics, these books are full of silly adventures that even readers older than the targeted eight-to-ten-year-old age range find hard to resist.
I'm fairly certain if the books in this series had been available when my son was in third grade or so, he would've read every one of them over and over. Fans relish these action-packed stories featuring all sorts of video game creatures with bizarre powers!
Internationally renowned bestselling author Christopher Paolini has been thrilling his loyal readers with book after book in his Inheritance Cycle series since author Carl Hiaasen discovered the self-published first title in the series, Eragon, and recommended it to his own publisher.
Teen sci-fi fans celebrated when each book of the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth was published?and when they were made into movies! This box set even includes the bonus title Four, a companion volume featuring pre-Divergent stories as well as three additional Divergent scenes.
In my post Riveting Reads to Enjoy with the Whole Family, I mentioned the first book in the blockbuster Olympians series, The Lightning Thief. This box set includes all five bestselling titles as well as a poster that celebrates these compelling adventures fueled by Greek mythology.