Favorite Books in Series

When children begin reading chapter books independently, they often love to read books in a series. The familiar characters and storylines can help them build confidence and speed as they read. Most of the books listed here are the first book in the series. You’ll find these books in the Children’s Fiction collection by the author’s last name.

Favorite Early Chapter Books in Series







The Stories Julian Tells     Julian’s World by Ann Cameron
Julian has a big imagination. And he is great at telling stories. He can make people—especially his younger brother, Huey—believe just about anything. Like the story about the cats that come in the mail. Or the fig leaves that make you grow tall if you eat them off the tree. But some stories can lead to a heap of trouble, and that’s exactly where Julian and Huey end up!

Dragons and Marshmallows     Zoey and Sassafras by Asia Citro
Zoey discovers a glowing photo and learns an amazing secret. Injured magical animals come to their backyard barn for help! When a sick baby dragon appears, it’s up to Zoey and Sassafras to figure out what’s wrong. Will they be able to help little Marshmallow before it’s too late? Each story in the Zoey and Sassafras series features a new magical animal with a problem that must be solved using science.

Owl Diaries by Rebecca Elliot
Introduce her to Owl Diaries, a series from Scholastic’s Branches line that stars a little owl named Eva Wingdale. Throughout the series, Eva Windale, learns a number of valuable — or owl-uable — lessons, from overcoming jealousy and apologizing to friends she’s hurt, to learning to ask for help when she needs it. The Owl Diaries series features vibrant illustrations, easy-to-read text, fascinating owl facts.

Rise of the Balloon Goons   The Notebook of Doom by Troy Cummings
Alexander Bopp has just moved to a new town where he uncovers all sorts of monsters.

Mercy Watson by Kate Dicamillo
To Mr. and Mrs. Watson, Mercy is not just a pig — she’s a porcine wonder. And to the portly and good-natured Mercy, the Watsons are an excellent source of buttered toast, not to mention that buttery-toasty feeling she gets when she snuggles into bed with them. This is not, however, so good for the Watsons’ bed.  Welcome to the wry and endearing world of Mercy Watson.

Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon
Danny Dragonbreath can’t breathe fire, but he has no fear. Ursula Vernon introduces an irresistible set of characters that will have readers laughing until smoke comes out of their noses!

Favorite Laugh Out Loud Series


Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
Dwight, a loser, talks to his classmates via an origami finger puppet of Yoda. If that weren’t strange enough, the puppet is uncannily wise and prescient. Origami Yoda predicts the date of a pop quiz, guesses who stole the classroom Shakespeare bust, and saves a classmate from popularity-crushing embarrassment with some well-timed advice. Dwight’s classmate Tommy wonders how Yoda can be so smart when Dwight himself is so clueless.

Nikki and Deja by Karen English
Meet Nikki and Deja, who live next door to each other and are best friends. They do everything together watch Saturday morning cartoons, play jacks, jump double Dutch at recess, and help each other with their homework for Mrs. Shelby’s third-grade class. These books bring out the humor in realistic situations.

13-story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths
This treehouse has thirteen stories, a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool, a secret underground laboratory, and marshmallow machine that follows you around and automatically shoots marshamallows into your mouth whenever you are hungry. Life would be perfect for Andy and Terry if it wasn’t for the fact that they have to write their next book, which is almost impossible because there are just so many distractions, including thirteen flying cats, giant bananas, mermaids, enormous gorillas, and dangerous burp gas-bubblegum bubbles.

Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon
As the youngest member of her family, Dory is often left to her own devices—including her wild imagination, untiring energy, and a whole host of imaginary friends. With plenty of pictures bursting with charm and character, this hilarious series about an irresistible rascal is the new must-read for the chapter book set.

Alvin Ho by Lenore Look
Alvin Ho is a second grader who’s afraid of everything, especially school. He’s so afraid of school that, while he’s there, he never, ever, says a word. But at home he’s a very loud superhero named Firecracker Man, a brother to Calvin and Anibelly, and a gentleman-in-training, so he can be just like his dad. These stories feature funny realistic stories and characters.

My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish by Mo O’Hara
When Tom’s big brother decides to become an Evil Scientist, his first experiment involves dunking Frankie the goldfish into toxic green gunk. Tom knows that there is only one thing to do: Zap the fish with a battery and bring him back to life! But there’s something weird about the new Frankie. He’s now a Big Fat Zombie Goldfish with hypnotic powers, who has appointed himself Tom’s bodyguard, and together, with a little help from their friends, they thwart Mark’s Evil Scientist plans.

Favorite Sport Series






The Fenway Foul-Up    Baseball Park Mysteries by David A. Kelly
Thanks to Kate’s mom, a sports reporter, cousins Mike Walsh and Kate Hopkins have tickets to the Red Sox game and All Access passes to Fenway Park. But as they’re watching batting practice before the game, the lucky bat of Red Sox star slugger Big D is stolen . . . right in front of dozens of people.  Can Kate and Mike figure out who pinched the bat before Big D and the Sox chalk up a loss?

Hot Hand   Comeback Kid Series by Mike Lupica
It’s simple. All Billy Raynor wants to do is shoot. After all, he is one of the best shooters in the league. But with his dad as his coach, and his parents newly separated, somehow everything’s become complicated. His brother Ben hardly talks anymore. His mom is always traveling on business. And his dad is always on his case about not being a team player. But when Ben’s piano recital falls on the same day as the championship game, it’s Billy who teaches his dad the meaning of being a team player.

Board Battle   Jake Maddox Sports Stories
Conner and Hannah are friends who love to go to the skateboard park on Saturdays, so when a bully named Hank shows up and starts pushing them out of the way, they need to find a creative way to practice for the upcoming tournament.

Ghost   The Track Series by Jason Reynolds
Running–that’s all Ghost (real name Castle Cranshaw) has ever known. But Ghost has been running for the wrong reasons. It all started with running away from his father, who, when Ghost was a very little boy, chased him and his mother through their apartment, then down the street, with a loaded gun, aiming to kill. Since then, Ghost has been the one causing problems–and running away from them–until he meets Coach, an ex-Olympic Medalist who sees something in Ghost: crazy, natural talent. If Ghost can stay on track, literally and figuratively, he could be the best sprinter in the city. Can Ghost harness his raw talent for speed or will his past finally catch up to him?

Kickoff!   Barber Game Time Books by Tiki and Ronde Barber

Tiki and Ronde’s twelfth summer is winding down — the nights are getting shorter and the evenings cooler. That means two things: The first day of junior high is just a few days away, and it’s almost the  start of football season at last. With two championships and an 8-2 season last year, Tiki and Ronde are  ready to graduate from the Peewee League and hit the field as starting players for the Hidden Valley Eagles.

Favorite Animal Series






Warriors by Erin Hunter
Martha Speaks by Jamie White
The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney
The Buddy Files by Dori Hillestad Butler
Magic Ponies by Sue Bentley
Ponies of Chincoteague by Catherine Hapka
Dog Diaries by Kate Klimo
The Puppy Place by Ellen Miles
Magic Animal Friends by Daisy Meadows
Pet Rescue Club by Catherine Hapka