We like to select books for children that are not only fun to read but educational as well. They are usually written in story form with colourful and engaging illustrations. The following series of books teach children about a variety of subjects with entertaining stories.
- Basher Books teaches children about science, math, punctuation and grammar, and music.
- The Cat in the Hat Learning Library – helps children learn to read in an entertaining way while teaching them about a variety of subjects.
- The Magic School Bus – fun and zany adventures about a school teacher and her class teaching children about science and nature (original classics, TV tie-ins)
- DK Reader – general knowledge
- Math Quest
- Horrible Science
- Horrible Histories
- Murderous Maths
- Quirkles – teaching science with the A, B, Cs…
- The Magic Tree House – teaches children about history through entertaining, fictional stories.
- Berenstain Bears Series – teaches children about various life topics and character development
Fiction – Our Picks
Before the movie, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third had his own series of books. In the original bestselling series, How to Train Your Dragon, your child can read all about the adventures and misadventures of reluctant Viking hero Hiccup and his dragon, Toothless. This series has been a huge hit with our oldest boy who is hanging out for each book and pre-orders them as soon as they become available.
- How to Train Your Dragon
- How to be a Pirate
- How to Speak Dragonese
- How to Cheat a Dragon’s Curse
- How to Twist a Dragon’s Tale
- A Hero’s Guide to Deadly Dragons
- How to Ride a Dragon’s Storm
- How to Break a Dragon’s Heart
- How to Steal a Dragon’s Sword
- How to Seize a Dragon’s Jewel
“Jack and his little sister Annie are just two regular kids from Frog Creek, Pennsylvania. Then they discover a mysterious tree house packed with all sorts of books…and their lives are never the same! Soon they are traveling through time and space in the magic tree house and having amazing adventures.”
Join Jack and Annie as they travel through time to save history from being altered. Although not quite as captivating as Enid Blyton’s books or the How to Train Your Dragon series, they offer an easy read that is imaginative and educational at the same time.
The Harry Potter series has been hailed as “one for the ages” by Stephen King and “a spellbinding saga” by USA Today. Get ready to embark on the series that has changed so many young readers’ lives.
This is a really amazing series that I have enjoyed as an adult reader. Although the content – especially in the later books – can be a bit scary for young readers, this is a series you should keep on the bookshelf at home for when your child is ready for it.
Although she has been criticised for being old-fashioned and politically incorrect, Enid Blyton’s books have and still are a huge hit with children.
…as writer and former Children’s Laureate Anne Fine puts it: “Though Enid Blyton’s work is still just as easy to criticise on grounds of literary quality, we have become infinitely more grateful for sheer readability in our children’s authors. In times of falling reading levels and limitless other distractions, we grasp at any author who has that turn-the-page quality. And for reasons that may remain entirely mysterious to reading adults, she certainly has that.” – The Telegraph
With over 700 books in publication, here are some of the titles that have captivated our son:
- Amelia Jane Series
- The Wishing Chair Collection
- O’Clock Tales
- The Brer Rabbit Collection
- The Magic Faraway Tree
- The Magic Folk Collection
- The Famous Five
- The Adventure Series
- The Mystery Series
- The Secret Seven
Aside from the fact that this is a delightful series to have on your children’s bookshelf at home, the clean, white pages, simple illustrations, and neat print make it a great series of books for helping young children learn to read.
Who could forget the adventures of Christopher Robin and all the inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood?
“Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends–blustery old Owl, bouncy Tigger, clever Christopher Robin, glum Eeyore, and the rest – have been a staple of children’s literature for over 70 years.” – Amazon.
This popular series of “touchy-feely” books are a terrific way to introduce young children to the wonderful world of literature.
Written by Mo Willems, author of the equally popular Pigeon Books, Elephant and Piggie Books will be a winner for your children – young and old – and a real delight to read over and over and over again.
“A person’s a person, no matter how small,” Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, would say. “Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted.”
Brilliant, playful, and always respectful of children, Dr. Seuss charmed his way into the consciousness of four generations of youngsters and parents. In the process, he helped millions of kids learn to read.
Having grown up loving Roald Dahl books, it’s hard not to get sentimental about his books. They are still as enjoyable as I remembered, although you may want to be on hand to discuss some of the issues from the stories, especially if you have a precocious young reader.
- Matilda‘s father has a lot of unpleasant things to say to his daughter, spurning the reading of books, while he and his wife promoted the practice of TV dinners…
- In George’s Marvellous Medicine, George mixed a whole concoction of poisonous chemicals for his grandmother.
- The Twits were always playing nasty tricks on each other.
The original stories of Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends at the railway as written by Rev W Awdry.
- Thomas’ Engine Shed: The Classic Library
- Thomas the Tank Engine Story Collection – Rev W Awdry
- Thomas the Tank Engine: The New Collection – Christopher Awdry
- Geronimo Stilton
- Hari Child Safety Awareness
- Graeme Base
- Lerner Books
- Happy Reading – Our Book Recommendations (we write about new books we discover through the boys’ literary adventures here)