Friday, November 23, 2012

Three More Book Series For Kids Who Think They Don't Like to Read

I love this time of year at school.  This is the time of year that many students really "take off" with their reading.  Even students who did not think they liked to read have discovered something that interests them.  Here are a few more books/series that have my students hooked.

The Amulet Series by Kazu Kibushi

Ages 8 and up from the publisher

This a a graphic novel series that has my students begging for more.  Currently there are 5 books in the series.  We just got the 5th book and there is a waiting list for it.  Students who love adventure, monsters, and missions will enjoy these books.  

 The Origami Yoda series by Tom Angleberger

This year my class loves this series. So far there are three books, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, Darth Paper Strikes Back and The Fortune Wookie.  Although I have only read the first book, I found it to be very funny and accessible to a wide audience including "dormant" readers grade 3-6. 

The Popularity Papers Series  
by Amy Ingatow

Ages 9 and up (From the publisher)

This series has been a blessing to many of my 4th grade girls.  Currently there are 4 books in print with the much anticipated number 5 coming out in March 1213.  The students love the situations the girls find themselves in and the unique format of the diary-style books. They even have a Facebook Page.  These books appeal to students in grades 3-6 who think they don't like to read and those who already do.

What books or series do you use to "hook" readers?


  1. My whole class loves (especially my middle readers) Lunch Lady and Franny K. Stein series.

    Chickadee Jubilee

  2. Great choices Laurie. I have a bin of Franny books that my students have not accessed much. I'll have to be sure to point them out.

  3. My daughter (Cailyn) loves graphic novels. I just got her the Babysitters Club graphic novel series for Christmas since she enjoyed Smile and Drama so much. I think I will try the Lunch Lady series. I'd love any other suggestions to continue to encourage her to read!

  4. Long reply, but here is a list of Graphic novels up for The Nerdy Book Club Award: Amulet #5: The Prince of Elves by Kazu Kibuishi
    Babymouse #16: Babymouse for President by Jennifer L. Holm and Matt Holm
    Bird & Squirrel on the Run by James Burks
    Cardboard by Doug TenNapel
    Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony & Rodrigo Corral
    Drama by Raina Telgemeier
    Earthling! by Mark Fearing
    Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks
    Giants Beware! by Jorge Aguirre
    Hades: Lord of the Dead (Olympians) by George O’Connor
    Legends of Zita the Space Girl by Ben Hatke
    Little White Duck: A Childhood in China by Na Liu and Andres Vera Martinez
    Lunch Lady #7: Lunch Lady and the Mutant Mathletes by Jarrett Krosoczka
    Lunch Lady #8: Lunch Lady and the Picture Day Peril by Jarrett Krosoczka
    Mal and Chad: Food Fight! by Stephen McCranie
    Squish #3: The Power of the Parasite by Jennifer L. Holm and Matt Holm
    Squish #4: Captain Disaster by Jennifer L. Holm and Matt Holm
    Teen Boat by John Green and Dave Roman
    A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle and Hope Larson
    The Year of the Beasts by Cecil Castellucci and Nate Powell