Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Dessert Series my Kids are Reading

My kids love to read what I call 'dessert' books as well as 'main course' books. In the summer I have to remember how important it is for them to read dessert books.  Yesterday at the library S, checked out a Stink book by Megan McDonald which he finished by the time we got home from the library.  Definitely a dessert book, but we all know how nice to read a book and not have to think at all!

I could do without the series books that churn out a new title each month, but I understand why kids love the predicability of these types of books.  This summer we are reading dessert books right along side our main course books and enjoying both!

Some dessert book series my kids are reading this summer:

The Rainbow Fairy Series by Daisy Meadows- a very popular early reader series for girls that never seems to end. Not great literature,  but my daughter loves them and has been reading about one a day.

The Perfectly Princess Series by Alyssa Crowne - An easy reader series for girls printed on purple paper! Another series my daughter loves.
Usborne Fairy Tale Series - A cute easy reader series retelling basic fairy tales with humor and lots of  kid friendly pictures.
Geronimo Stilton - a VERY popular series that seems to go on and on and on. Tells the story of a mouse who runs a newspaper and has crazy adventures with his nephew, sister and cousin.  Lots of bright fun illustrations and quirky use of fonts within the text.
The Time Warp Trio by Jon Sciezka - a great series about three boys who travel back in time.  A lot more fun than The Magic Tree House series.
Dragon Slayers Academy by Kate McMullen - An easy reader series that reminds me of How to Train Your Dragon.  A young boy leaves his family to go learn to fight dragons and become a hero.  Lots of quirky characters and cartoon like drawings highlight the story.


  1. Oh! I'll have to check out the Perfectly Princess series. Who could resist purple paper! My Lily would LOVE that! :-)

  2. Hi, I'm looking for some books for my 11 year old son. I'm running out of ideas! He outgrew Magic Treehouse/School Bus books some time ago & we've done all the Narnia books, Harry Potter, & most of the Lemony Snicket books. Any ideas? He likes science fiction & mystery.

  3. How about: How to Train Your Dragon (fantasy)--Cressida Cowell, The Lightning Thief Series (fantasy/mystery/adventure) by Rick Riordan, 39 Clues (mystery) by Rick Riordan, Gordan Korman, Jude Watson, and other authors, The Secret Series (mystery) by Psuedonymous Bosch, The Ember Series (mystery/sci fi) by Jeanne DePrau, Tangerine (mystery) by Edward Bloor, A Wrinkle in Time (a classic sci fi) by Madeleine L'Engle. Hope this helps!

  4. Ha ha. It does but it doesn't. lol! He's already read most of the Lightning Thief series, he loves 39 Clues, & he read A Wrinkle in Time just recently. Funny - you know exactly what he likes! I will have to check out The Secret Series, though. That sounds like something he may be interested in. Thanks! Jennifer