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The Best Children's Book Series

Updated March 11, 2021 12.5k votes 1.6k voters 38.7k views51 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 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. K. Rowling's debut novel. The plot follows Harry Potter, a young wizard who discovers his magical...  more

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    #1 of 102 The Best Books for Teens#4 of 171 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read

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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 Osborne. The series consists of two groups. The first group consists of books 1-28, in which Morgan Le Fay...  more
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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 Potter that follows mischievous and disobedient young Peter Rabbit as he is chased about the garden of Mr....  more

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    #24 of 103 The Best Selling Books of All Time#14 of 97 The Greatest Books to Read to Kids

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    Nancy Drew

    Sonja Morris, Terry Munson
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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 cartoonist Jeff Kinney. All nine books are the journals of the main character, Greg Heffley. Befitting a child's...  more
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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 ages, it has been considered a children's novel since the mid-twentieth century. It recounts the...  more

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    #51 of 1,236 The Best Novels Ever Written#30 of 71 Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving

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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 books by Laura Ingalls Wilder that were originally published between 1932 and 1943, and grew to include...  more
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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 written in the voice of 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in the dystopian, post-apocalyptic...  more

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    #78 of 169 Books You'll Never Finish Reading#13 of 72 The Greatest Dystopian Novels

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    Genres (Book)Children's book

    Original LanguageEnglish

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    Goosebumps

    R. L. Stine
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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 Children

    Gertrude Chandler Warner
    The Boxcar Children is a classic children's literary franchise originally created in 1924 by Gertrude Chandler Warner. It tells the story of four orphaned children, Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny,...  more
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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, Straus and Giroux. It won the 1998 U.S. National Book Award for Young People's Literature and the 1999 Newbery...  more
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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 in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. Alcott wrote the books rapidly over several months at the request of her...  more

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    How Louisa May Alcott's Real Life Inspired 'Little Women'#16 of 156 The Greatest American Novels

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    Rainbow Fish

    Marcus Pfister, Sonia Sander
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    The Baby-Sitters Club is a series of novels written by Ann M. Martin and published by Scholastic between 1986 and 2000, that sold 170 million copies. Many of the novels were ghostwritten, including...  more
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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 Quimby is in the third grade, now at a new school, and making some new friends. With Beezus in Jr. High...  more
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    The Hardy Boys

    Angie Peterson Kaelberer
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    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 first of the "Fudge books" and was followed by Superfudge, Fudge-a-Mania, and most recently by Double...  more
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    Encyclopedia Brown

    Donald J. Sobol