Best Book Series for Kids Ages 6 to 12]

One way to increase reading time for kids is to get them to read book series. Books in a series keep kids reading more books without taking too much time pondering what to read next. What they’ll read next is the next book in the series!

With so many grades, ages, and interests, which book series will hit the spot for your readers? I’ve divided my book series recommendations by age and genre to help you find exactly what your child or student will love.

Ready to find a good series for kids ages 6 to 12?

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Best Early Elementary Book Series (ages 6 – 8)

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As a teacher and parent, I just love recommending book series. Why? Because once a child finds a book they like, there are lots more to read in the series. This takes away the “what to read next” conundrum that can inhibit daily reading.

Kids like series because there’s a familiarity with characters and sometimes plot structure. From an education standpoint, this is hugely beneficial to growing readers.

Read how predictable book series benefit beginning readers.

Ready to find some great books to read?



Book Series for Grades 1, 2, & 3

> 1st Grade Books (Age 6)

> 2nd Grade Books (Age 7)

> 3rd Grade Books (Age 8)

*All the lists include a free printable option for your convenience.

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Upper Elementary (ages 9 – 11)

Once you can get kids hooked on a good middle grade book series, it can keep them reading for months.

Adults call this binge reading.

Binge reading is a great goal for our kids, too.

Hopefully, children will also be reading for longer hours each day because the books are just too good to put down.

Find your next favorite on one of these lists.

Book Series for Grades 4, 5, and 6

> 4th Grade Books (Age 9)

> 5th Grade Books (Age 10)

> 6th Grade Books (Age 11)

*Yes, you’ll see familiar book series choices like the Warriors and Harry Potter, but these lists feature books in all genres, including science fiction, dystopian, paranormal, historical fiction, fantasy, mystery, adventure, and realistic fiction with stories about all kinds of people, including BiPOC main characters.

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Middle School (ages 12 – 13)

Don’t you hate when you start book one in the series, and the rest of the books decline in quality?

Don’t worry!

The books on these lists continue to be good throughout the series and will keep your readers enthralled.

You’ll notice that these middle school lists are shorter than some elementary lists.

I’ve found that books for this age are often single books. Have you noticed that as well?

Here is the middle school book list.

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