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The Best Children's Book Series

Updated November 5, 2020 12.4k votes 1.5k voters 36.9k views50 items

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The absolute best children's book series ever written, ranked by the community and book fans everywhere. This list has the most popular kid's book series and includes release date information, authors, and photos. It can be difficult to encourage kids to read, but the book series on this list will keep them engaged. What are the absolute best children’s book series of all time?

These kids' book series feature magical universes filled with interesting characters, such as The Chronicles of Narnia, and other novels and series that will keep your kids reading all year long. Some kids enjoy the interactive nature of the Choose Your Own Adventure series, while others simply like to follow their favorite characters as they grow and learn, as with the Harry Potter books.

This list features the most successful book series for kids that were ever written, penned by various authors, and includes both modern children's books series and classic favorites such as The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dr. Seuss, Pendragon, Fancy Nancy, The Boxcar Children, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, and The Magic Tree House books. Vote up the best book series for kids below, or add a series that keeps your kids reading, if it isn't already below, and take a look at these books that will change your life

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  • Harry Potter Series1
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    Harry Potter Series

    J. K. Rowling

    First Published1997-06-26

    SubjectsWizards, Education, Adventure, Friendship, Schools

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Fiction, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is the first novel in the Harry Potter series and J....  more
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  • The Chronicles of Narnia2
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  • Magic Tree House Series3
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    Magic Tree House Series

    Mary Pope Osborne
    The Magic Tree House is a series of children's books written by American author Mary Pope...  more
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  • Lemony Snicket's a Series of Unfortunate Events4
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  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit5
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    First Published1902

    SubjectsMedical, Games, Rabbits, Classics, Adventure

    Genres (Book)Picture book, Children's literature, Fiction, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Tale of Peter Rabbit is a British children's book written and illustrated by Beatrix...  more
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  • Nancy Drew6
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    Nancy Drew

    Sonja Morris, Terry Munson
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  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians7
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  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid8
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    First Published2007-04-01

    SubjectsFriendship, Schools, School story

    Genres (Book)Humour, Fiction, Comedy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a series of fiction books written by the American author and...  more
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  • Little House on the Prairie9
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    Little House on the Prairie

    Laura Ingalls Wilder

    First Published1935

    SubjectsUnited States of America, Classics, Literature, Literary criticism, 19th century

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Children's literature, Western

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Little House on the Prairie is a media franchise that started with a series of children's...  more
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  • The Hunger Games10
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    The Hunger Games

    Suzanne Collins

    First Published2008-09-14

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Utopian and dystopian fiction, Alternate history, Young adult literature, Adventure fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Hunger Games is a 2008 science fiction novel by the American writer Suzanne Collins. It is...  more
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    #96 of 331 The Top Must-Read Books of All Time#38 of 179 The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

  • Anne of Green Gables11
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    Anne of Green Gables

    Lucy Maud Montgomery

    First Published1908-06

    Genres (Book)Children's literature, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Anne of Green Gables is a 1908 novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. Written for all...  more
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    #55 of 1,235 The Best Novels Ever Written#31 of 70 Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving

  • Goosebumps12
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    Goosebumps

    R. L. Stine
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  • Keeper of the Realms Trilogy13
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    Genres (Book)Children's book

    Original LanguageEnglish

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  • Junie B. Jones14
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    Junie B. Jones

    Barabara Park

    First Published1992

    Subjectselementary school age girl, first person narrative

    Original LanguageEnglish

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  • The Boxcar Children15
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    The Boxcar Children

    Gertrude Chandler Warner
    The Boxcar Children is a classic children's literary franchise originally created in 1924 by...  more
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  • Holes16
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    Holes

    Louis Sachar

    First Published1998-08-20

    SubjectsLiterature, Classics, Cambodia, Adventure, Friendship

    Genres (Book)Satire, Children's literature, Fiction, Young adult literature, Adventure fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Holes is a 1997 young adult novel written by Louis Sachar and first published by Farrar,...  more
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  • Little Women17
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    Little Women

    Louisa May Alcott

    First Published1868

    SubjectsLiterary, Adolescence, New England, Women, 19th century

    Genres (Book)Coming of age, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott, which was originally published...  more
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  • The Baby-Sitters Club18
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    The Baby-Sitters Club is a series of novels written by Ann M. Martin and published by...  more
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  • Rainbow Fish19
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    Rainbow Fish

    Marcus Pfister, Sonia Sander
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  • Choose Your Own Adventures20
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  • Clifford, the Big Red Dog21
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  • Ramona Quimby22
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    Ramona Quimby

    Beverly Cleary

    First Published1981

    Genres (Book)Children's literature, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary is the sixth book of the popular Ramona series. Ramona...  more
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  • 23
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    The Hardy Boys

    Angie Peterson Kaelberer
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  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing24

    First Published1972

    SubjectsEducation, Classics, Women, Friendship, Family

    Genres (Book)Children's literature, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is a children's novel written by Judy Blume in 1972. It is the...  more
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  • Encyclopedia Brown25
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    Encyclopedia Brown

    Donald J. Sobol
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