Reading with your kids is an amazing experience that will enrich both of your lives. It should be super fun. A lot can go wrong, though. It’s hard to find kid’s books that are both exciting enough to keep a kid’s attention, and not make you want to gouge your own eyes out.
Here are four series (and two stand alone books) that both you and your kids will love!
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
I know, I know, everyone is talking about these. I promise the rest of the list will be a little more obscure.
The series surrounds the Baudelaire children, who have recently lost their parents. They now bounce from guardian to guardian, while seemingly every aspect of their life goes awry.
These books are hilarious for adults and children alike. The kids are adventurous, intelligent kids (I think we can all agree we’d like our kids to see more protagonists like this). The antagonist, Count Olaf, is also just genuinely great.
The books are super short, and it’s a plus that the show just came out on Netflix. Finish the books, then watch it together! Compare and contrast the differences with your kids.
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl II is a 12 year old criminal mastermind. The first book in the series entails his capturing a fairy and holding her ransom to exploit the Fairy People.
These are smart reads, I recommend them for kids in the 10-12 range. They are so fun, and you will love them too.
The covers are also gorgeous, if that matters to you. (No judgement; I appreciate a beautiful cover.)
The Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch
I died the first time I stumbled upon these. No seriously. Pseudonymous Bosch. That kills me. (For everyone who is not a super art history nerd, Hieronymus Bosch was an old school, super weird painter.)
The Secret Series involves three kids in a secret society. Each book is centers around one of the senses. For instance, This Book Is Not Good For You is all about chocolate, which is obviously taste.
The 39 Clues by Rick Riordan (and others)
Everyone knows Riordan for the Percy Jackson series, which is also fantastic. This, I think, is aimed at kids a little younger.
The Cahill children, a brother and sister, have been invited to participate in a treasure hunt that their deceased grandmother explained in her will. The children race around the world, looking for the 39 clues.
These books are witty, which is fun for adults. The adventure, travelling, and treasure-hunting is fun for the kids.
And two stand-alone novels worth mentioning:
The Egypt Game by by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
The Egypt Game is about two girls who realize they’re both obsessed with Ancient Egypt. The girls set up a meeting place, and hold the Egypt game.
I’m all for any book that can help a kid’s interest in a subject that could be considered educational. My kid did sooo much research on Ancient Egypt after having read this!
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Milo travels to the Kingdom of Wisdom, and goes on a quest to help two princesses, Rhyme and Reason.
I mean! SO fun. This book is so punny and delightful for everyone involved.
What About You?
What books do you like reading with your kids?