Series books to ignite reading

Boy lying on rocks reading

Series books can be a great way to get your kids hooked on reading, and there's no better time to read than the long, lazy hours of  school holidays.

Reluctant readers and children who struggle with comprehension can also find series books easier to enjoy, as once they've finished one they're familiar with the characters, the locations and the style of writing. This makes reading the second book easier.

Here are some of the most popular series books chosen by kids during the Premier's Reading Challenge. The age range is just a guide - let your child choose the books they find most engaging.

Kindergarten to Year 2 series books

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by Rosemary Wells

These brother and sister rabbits may already be familiar faces thanks to the successful cartoon series, making them instantly interesting to young readers.

Little Bears Visit cover

by Else Holmelund Minarik
Lovely short stories about Little Bear and his family, and friends - featuring ink drawings.


Dr Seuss - The Bippolo Seed

by Dr Seuss
Kids still love these crazily creative stories that encourage wordplay and rhyme. 

See also:

Mrs Honey series Pam Adams
Mr McGee Pamela Allen
The Lighthouse Keeper series Ronda & David Armitage

Years 3 - 4 series books


Dinosaur cove


by Rex Stone

Popular with boys and girls. These fast-paced adventure stories are well researched and full of interesting facts about dinosaurs. Kids will also enjoy the website which has games, quizzes and printables.


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by Sally Rippin

This series features Billie, a feisty tom boy and her best friend Jack. Author Sally Rippin said she wanted to create a series that was perfect for little girls tired of princesses and fairies.

Animal Rescue - Gorilla Grab

by Jackie French

The adventures of Mozz, Leo and the Skytiger. Although each book is fiction,comprehensive notes at the back tell of the real plight of the endangered animals in the books.


See also:

Alice-MirandaJacqueline Harvey

EJ12 girl hero Susannah McFarlane

Little Princesses Katie Chase

Madeline Ludwig Bemelmans

Brownies Caroline Plaisted

Pony TailsBonnie Bryant

Gibblewort the Goblin Victor Kelleher,

Hey Jack Sally Rippin

Horrid Henry Francesca Simon

Astrosaurs Steve Cole

Boy vs Beast Mac Park

ToocoolPhil Kettle

Zac PowerH.I. Larry 

Jack Russell Dog Detective  Darrel & Sally Odgers & Janine Dawson

Tashi  Anna & Barbara Fienberg, & Kim Gamble

Years 5- 6 series books

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by Emily Rodda
Jessie is amazed when she discovers in her grandmother's garden a secret door leading to a magical world of fairies, water sprites, gnomes, unicorns and other fantastic beings.



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by Andy Griffith & Terry Denton 

Andy and Terry live in a treehouse with a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool, a tank full of sharks, a library full of comics and more.

Mission Survival Bear Grylls

by Bear Grylls
A gripping story about teen Beck Granger  who battles ravenous crocodiles and cunning villains as he searches for clues of his parents' death.Fiction packed with real survival details and dangers at every turn.



See also:

Max Remy Super Spy  Deborah Abela

Sisters Grimm Michael  Buckley & Peter Ferguson

Chronicles of Narnia C.S. Lewis

Battle BoyCharlie Carter & Russell Jeffery

Percy Jackson Rick Riordan

Diva series  Sue Lawson

Kingdom of Silk  Glenda Millard & Stephen Michael King

Emily Eyefinger  Duncan Ball

Horse Mad Kathy Helidoniotis

Deltora Quest Emily Rodda

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney

Harry Potter(Books 1 - 3) J.K. Rowling

Holes  Louis Sacher

Indian in the Cupboard Lynne Reid Banks,

Selby Duncan Ball

Series of unfortunate eventsLemony Snicket

Spiderwick Chronicles Holly Black, & Tony Di Terlizzi,


Years 7- 12 series books


Twilight book cover

by Stephanie Meyer

Very few teens will not have heard of this series, or seen the movies about star-crossed vampire Edward and smart, human girl Bella. Read the books and compare how they've been translated into film.

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by John Flanagan
Spin off from the Rangers Apprentice series. Epic seafaring voyages based on Vikings, for boys and girls who love action-packed adventure.


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by Michael Grant

Suddenly it's a world without adults and normal has crashed and burned. When life as you know it ends at 15, everything changes. There are no adults, no answers. Sam and Astrid now must find a way to survive.


See also:


Alex Rider Anthony Horowitz

The Bartimaeus Sequence Jonathan Stroud

Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer

Children of the Lamp P B Kerr

The City of Orphans trilogy Catherine Jinks

Conspiracy 365 Gabrielle Lord

The Dark Materials Phillip Pullman

The Deucalion trilogy Brian Casswell

The Edge Chronicles Paul  Stewart & Chris Riddell

George's secret key to the universe Lucy & Stephen Hawking

The Gallagher Girls Ally Carter

Keys to the KingdomGarth Nix

Maze Runner James Dashner

Parvana  Deborah Ellis

Power of Five Anthony Horowitz

The Ranger's Apprentice John Flanagan

Raven Lucas Christine Harris

Secrets of the immortal Nicholas FlamelMichael Scott

The Debt Phillip Gwynne

Wind on Fire trilogy Williams Nicholson

The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins

The Ender Quintet Orson Scott Card

Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle) Christopher Paolini

The Mortal Instruments Cassandra Clare

The Sisterhood (of the traveling pants)  Ann Brashares

Maximum Ride James  Patterson

100 Cupboards N.D. Wilson

The 39 Clues Rick Riordan and others



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