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The Must-Have Series for Children Ages 6 to 12

The list is for the must-have series in a library that children ages 6 - 12 can read for themselves. Since there is seldom a whole series listed in goodreads, the first title showing up when a search is performed will be used. PLEASE DO NOT ADD BOOKS THAT ARE NOT SERIES!!!!
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817 books · 1,423 voters · list created July 31st, 2008 by Roxanne Hsu Feldman (votes) .
Tags: 10, 11, 12, 6, 7, 8, 9, children, eight, eleven, nine, series, seven, six, ten, twelve
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nancy 133 books
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message 1: by Karen (new)

Karen Is this for ages six to 12 or grades 6-12? I know very few 6 year olds who could read and understand most of these. Just want tobe sure before I vote.


message 2: by Roxanne Hsu (new)

Roxanne Hsu Feldman Haha. The range is large, I know.. but I think it will be fine. That's why Captain Underpants and Mortal Engines are both there.... I guess you can think of it as a list for an elementary school library -- the MUST HAVE series in an elementary school library? :) I'll go change the title.


message 3: by Louise (new)

Louise Are picture book series not to be considered? I see Henry and Mudge but not other easy to read books such as Frog and Toad, the Stupids etc. The list would certainly be overwhelming with them and other picture book/ easy to read series yet they are definitely must have. I needed warning as there are so many I can't at the moment think of.


message 4: by Roxanne Hsu (new)

Roxanne Hsu Feldman Feel free to add the picture book and beginning readers series as you see fit! I'm adding Frog and Toad and Miss Nelson for now.


message 5: by Luann (new)

Luann State of Wilderness at number 3 with 5 votes? Very weird. It's not a series and only two people have actually rated the book on its GR page. I don't think it fits this list at all.


message 6: by Kittiya (last edited Jan 23, 2009 12:54AM) (new)

Kittiya My list is based on what my daughter would like. She is four, I'm told she is advanced for her age. She loves to be read to, and is starting to read herself. She has two friends who are 7 and 9 (both girls) they like the same books. so that's what I went with.
I feel the same as Karen and Fairosa, This is quite a large range for kids. There is so many different kinds of books to be read between the ages of 6 and 12. Or even sixth and twelfth grade.


message 7: by Carolyn (last edited Mar 27, 2009 01:53PM) (new)

Carolyn Unfortunately the list needs some maintenance. Some @#&*! added every single title by the author Bruce Coville and there are multiple books in the Cynthia's Attic series listed.
Also, we've got both #1 and #2 books in the Nancy Drew series on here (the first book is The Secret of the Old Clock), although that one was probably just an honest mistake.
Otherwise this is an excellent idea for a list! With two daughters (5 and 18months) I'm just starting to grow our home library for them, so this is a great resource for that.

Edited to add: Thanks to whomever started the cleanup process - I finished the rest of them as of today. 3/27/09


message 8: by Kittiya (new)

Kittiya Carolyn wrote: "Unfortunately the list needs some maintenance. Some @#&*! added every single title by the author Bruce Coville and there are multiple books in the Cynthia's Attic series listed.
Also, we've got b..."


Oh, That was such a good ideal of why to start the list! What does your 5 yr old like so far? I'm just curious because my daughter is always wanting to here something different. This list was also a big help for her as well.




message 9: by Carolyn (last edited Mar 09, 2009 11:03AM) (new)

Carolyn Kittiya wrote: "Oh, That was such a good ideal of why to start the list! What does your 5 yr old like so far?..."

= ) Well, I wish I could take credit for it, but I didn't start this list - I posted my comment about maintenance in hopes that the list owner would see it (and delete those books.)

For my 5 yr old (just turned 5 in December), she's also reading ahead of her level - now we're working on adding to her vocabulary and on reading comprehension. She loves the Magic School Bus books (and they watch the videos in her preschool).

[Sorry, would add the links for you, but I'm getting a GR error message when I try. You can find a bunch of the books I mention in my bookshelves - under kids or tbr-kids)

We've pretty much been vacuuming books up off the shelves of our library - 10-15 a week - we go every weekend to return them and get more. Let's see, she likes the Cowgirl Kate series, and she just 'met' the Madeleine series and is liking them a lot. I also just introduced her to both Amelia Bedelia and Nate the Great and she is liking them as well. She likes the Henry & Mudge series and she's worked her way through most of those. Harry the Dog books by Gene Zion are also good. (Of course, she also likes the books based on cartoon characters - Dora, Angelina, Blues Clues, Curious George, Clifford, etc.) Oh, and I just got her one of the "Pigs" books by Amy Axelrod - they teach math skills through the stories. She really liked it, so we'll be getting the rest of those.

She loves to read on her own, so I let her at it for all of those. In addition I'm moving on to reading books to her that are on the next level. Right now we're reading Donna Jo Napoli's Prince of the Pond, a chapter a night. It's the first of three books, and they are pretty cute. Starts out with the premise of a prince being turned into a frog - what is his life like then? Very entertaining, especially reading aloud the frog prince's words, since he has a pronunciation problem with that long new tongue. = )

After this series, we'll move on to Magic Tree House, Boxcar Children, and I think we'll throw in some Borrowers too. I want to re-read Mossflower to make sure it isn't too violent, then may work through that as well.

What is your daughter liking?



message 10: by Allison (new)

Allison this is a big range and there were a few that I was a little iffy about but i guess its okay for elementary to middle. The only book i think that is inappropriate is Ender's Game. I know a lot of Middle schoolers are reading books above there level, but this is a High school level book and I really don't think its appropriate for 12 or even 13 year olds. The book is so violent, all its about is war and war schemes-not something a 7th grader needs to read!


message 11: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn Whereas I think Enders Game is fine for the 10-12 group, no need to wait until High School. It has battles and stuff, but the battles are mostly conducted as laser tag - no actual violence except for two or three instances, and they are very well written and no real details of the violence. If anything, Ender's story is one in which he constantly seeks to avoid violence. He isn't a pacifist, by any means, but he chooses the most direct path to the quickest end to each battle.
It's a story with a lot of excellent discussion points - themes of population control, isolation and loneliness, right and wrong, strategy and tactics, family relationships, xenophobia, and ultimately, taking responsibility for one's actions. There are probably more I could list, but it's 1am here and I'm tired.

Ender's Game is a book with a lot of complexity and I would say it is an excellent book for the 10-12 group. I first read it at 13, I think, and it is still one of my favorite books ever (35+ years and literally thousands of books later.)



message 12: by Janna (new)

Janna Where the Sidewalk Ends is not a series.


message 13: by Allison (new)

Allison yes however it is a book. there are some single books here like Miss Nelson is Missing and Charley and the Chocolate Factory.


message 14: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn Allison wrote: "yes however it is a book. there are some single books here like Miss Nelson is Missing and Charley and the Chocolate Factory. "

No one is contesting that it is a book, but Janna is right, it isn't part of a series. (The title of this list is "Must-Have Series..."

The two examples you name are both part of series, though. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator is the sequel to Chocolate Factory and there are several more Miss Nelson books, (Miss Nelson Is Back and Miss Nelson Has a Field Day for example.


message 15: by Janna (new)

Janna Thanks, Carolyn... that's just how I was going to reply. :)


message 16: by Allison (new)

Allison oh BTW Where the Side Walk Ends does have a sequel its called Falling Up



message 17: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn Allison wrote: "oh BTW Where the Side Walk Ends does have a sequel its called Falling Up
"


They are both books of poems. While Falling Up is a second book of poems, it isn't a sequel - all the poems in each book pretty much stand alone.


message 18: by Allison (new)

Allison whatever i don't want to argue w/ u


message 19: by Janna (new)

Janna They are two poetry books by the same author, that's all.


message 20: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn Went in and did some maintenance on the list - removed a bunch of duplicates, multiple books for the same series, and WtSWE as well.


message 21: by Janna (new)

Janna Cool... "Wayside School is Falling Down" can also be removed as it is the second book in the series. "Sideways Stories" is already on here.


message 22: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn Fixed.


message 23: by Carol (last edited Nov 02, 2009 10:12AM) (new)

Carol Neman RE: Must Have Series for 6-12 year olds --Does 'Harriet The Spy' have a sequel? If not, darn. Also, I'd like to say that it's been a long time since I read to my son at bedtime (he's now 43) but we used to like the Dr. Doolittle series by Hugh Lofting. Each night was a chapter, with a 'preview' of the next chapter. Those memories are among my most precious. And I have no problem reading children's books or YA for my own pleasure, some of them are quite entertaining. But nothing beats reading to a child...in fact I think I'm gonna see if they'll let me read to the grandkid before he goes to sleep...maybe he'll appreciate that these are the same stories I read to his daddy long years ago.


message 24: by Allison (new)

Allison why is Ender's game on here? isn't tat a High school book? like in context... i think i remember reading that in my freshman year


message 25: by Lily (new)

Lily 6-12?! While I would definitely approve of reading The Chronicles or Narnia to a six year old, there is so much they won't appreciate about this wonderful series.

Madeline L'engle's Wrinkle in Time Series are brilliant as well, but they would be even harder for a small child to understand.

And then Harry Potter! I love those books, and Ive read them to death, but theres no way I would EVER let a six year old read them! No, I am not even sure 12 is quite old enough, but surely 12 is more reasonable.

These series are intended for "young adults" but i think adults can appreciate them just as much, if not more! :)


message 26: by Glenn (new)

Glenn Wood Shameless self promotion - I put my own book The Brain Sucker on here - Does that make me a bad author? In my defence it has had good reviews and it's really hard for new authors to get noticed - also it will be a series - book two out soon.


message 27: by Victoria (new)

Victoria Mchael This is for grade 6-12,and only few of them can understand


message 28: by Victoria (new)

Victoria Mchael This is for grade 6-12,and only few of them can understand


message 29: by Katie (new)

Katie I liked this list, voted for a few of my favorites, all in all, It's a pretty good list. But you should probably range it 8-12.


message 30: by Cassandra (new)

Cassandra I'm pretty sure Matilda, unfortunately, isn't a series. Should I take it off?


message 31: by Anna (new)

Anna Troyer Cassandra wrote: "I'm pretty sure Matilda, unfortunately, isn't a series. Should I take it off?"

Awww, bummer. None of the Dahl books are part of a series, I don't think.


message 32: by Tiffany (new)

Tiffany Well who knows about these reading levels. Are they like 77.100?


message 33: by Tiffany (new)

Tiffany By the way MATILDA is a great book so I woulden't take it off!!!!!!


message 34: by Elaine Cook (new)

Elaine Cook Added David and the Phoenix which is not part of a series so needs to be deleted. In my defense I was prompted by "what childhood book started your love of reading" and only later found the "please don't...not a series". I'm sure I read others that would qualify but many on the list were Way after my childhood (doesn't mean I haven't read them). No children so not qualified to vote on what is appropriate for this age.


message 35: by Roberta (new)

Roberta Clean up in aisle two! I notice that Harry Potter #7 and Mrs. Piggle Wiggle #3 as well as Ivy and Bean #4 have gotten on the list when their #1s are already there. I'm pretty sure that I saw 5 Little Peppers more than once.


message 36: by Bob (new)

Bob I think that the underlaid chronicles should be a lot higher than 88, they are one of/the best book series ever written in my opinion. Also I didn’t see the Kane chronicles or Magnus chase which both should be on this list.


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