Best Book Series

What's better than one book to love? A whole series of books! Kids and teens can follow the characters on episodic adventures -- whether they're venturing out on exciting quests or staying closer to home -- and fully immerse themselves in their stories. From the Magic Tree House to the Hunger Games series, here are some of our all-time favorites for kids and teens, with reviews of the first installments or, in some cases, the whole series. Don't forget to check out our Best Book Series for Early Readers list!

Browse Best Book Series

Fancy Nancy Book Poster Image
Supportive family helps girly girl shine.
By Jane O'Connor
(2006)
(2006)
Continue reading
Frog and Toad Are Friends Book Poster Image
Engaging stories spotlight charming, relatable characters.
By Arnold Lobel
(2003)
(1970)
Continue reading
The Field Guide: The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Ideal summer read for the middle elementary crowd.
By Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi
(2003)
(2003)
Continue reading
Ivy + Bean, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Friendship tale a sure hit with kids starting chapter books.
By Annie Barrows
(2007)
(2007)
Continue reading
Judy Moody Was in a Mood Book Poster Image
Wickedly funny take on life in third grade.
By Megan McDonald
(2004)
(2004)
Continue reading
Junie B. Jones Series Book Poster Image
Junie B. Jones brings good fun and laughs to early readers.
By Barbara Park
(2012)
(1992)
Continue reading
Magic Tree House Series Book Poster Image
Fun, educational chapter books have something for everyone.
By Mary Pope Osborne
(2012)
(1992)
Continue reading
Basil of Baker Street: The Great Mouse Detective, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Classic, cute series about Sherlock-like mouse sleuth.
By Eve Titus
(2016)
(2016)
Continue reading
Beezus and Ramona Book Poster Image
The first Ramona book is a treat for all ages.
By Beverly Cleary
(2007)
(2006)
Continue reading
The Boxcar Children Series Book Poster Image
Engaging classic mystery series great for beginning readers.
By Gertrude Chandler Warner
(2013)
(1942)
Continue reading
Little House in the Big Woods Book Poster Image
Beloved classic follows a frontier family for four seasons.
By Laura Ingalls Wilder
(2007)
(1932)
Continue reading
The Magic School Bus Series Book Poster Image
Smart science-based series mixes facts and fun.
By Joanna Cole
(2012)
(1986)
Continue reading
Secrets of Droon Series Book Poster Image
Simple but inventive series great for first fantasy reading.
By Tony Abbott
(2012)
(1999)
Continue reading
All-of-a-Kind Family Series Book Poster Image
Loving stories of a large Jewish family in 1915 New York.
By Sydney Taylor
(2016)
(1984)
Continue reading
DK Eyewitness Books Series Book Poster Image
Great reference books on many topics for young readers.
By Juliette Clutton-Brock
(2016)
(2014)
Continue reading
Dragonbreath Series Book Poster Image
Great banter and adventures for a young dragon and friends.
By Ursula Vernon
(2017)
(2012)
Continue reading
Emily Windsnap Series Book Poster Image
Mermaid-human girl finds friends, family in fun adventures.
By Liz Kessler
(2016)
(2012)
Continue reading
The Goddess Girls Series Book Poster Image
Zeus' students have fun adventures at Mount Olympus Academy.
By Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams
(2016)
(2010)
Continue reading
Goosebumps Series Book Poster Image
Captivating, spooky mysteries can pack an emotional wallop.
By R. L. Stine
(2015)
(2003)
Continue reading
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Book Poster Image
Magical start of the fantastic boy-wizard series.
By J. K. Rowling
(2005)
(1998)
Continue reading
The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom Book Poster Image
Engaging fairy tale spoof is clever and funny.
By Christopher Healy
(2012)
(2012)
Continue reading
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Classic Narnia tale has exciting battles, Christian themes.
By C.S. Lewis
(2005)
(1950)
Continue reading
Little House Series Book Poster Image
Engrossing frontier tales have dated racial attitudes.
By Laura Ingalls Wilder
(2017)
(1932)
Continue reading
The Magic Faraway Tree Series Book Poster Image
Tree filled with silly characters connects to magical lands.
By Enid Blyton
(2016)
(2014)
Continue reading
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle Series Book Poster Image
Woman finds silly cures for bad behavior in whimsical tales.
By Betty MacDonald
(2016)
(1947)
Continue reading
Whatever After Series Book Poster Image
Plot twists in beloved fairy tales make spirited stories.
By Sarah Mlynowski
(2015)
(2012)
Continue reading
Wild Born: Spirit Animals, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Multiplatform magical beast series is a good fantasy intro.
By Brandon Mull
(2013)
(2013)
Continue reading
The Bad Beginning: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1 Book Poster Image
A cliff-hanging orphan adventure wrapped in black humor.
By Lemony Snicket
(2004)
(1999)
Continue reading
Big Nate: In a Class by Himself: Big Nate, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Milder than Wimpy Kid and a sure hit with boys.
By Lincoln Peirce
(2010)
(2010)
Continue reading
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book Poster Image
Laugh-out-loud-funny series start tucks lessons in stories.
By Jeff Kinney
(2007)
(2007)
Continue reading
Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Super-imaginative adventures of girl whisked to elf world.
By Shannon Messenger
(2012)
(2012)
Continue reading
Knights of the Lunch Table Series Book Poster Image
Boy uses brains, heart, and friends to stand up to bullies.
By Frank Cammuso
(2016)
(2008)
Continue reading
The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Greek myths meet fast-paced adventure in boy-demigod tale.
By Rick Riordan
(2005)
(2005)
Continue reading
The Mysterious Benedict Society Book Poster Image
Suspenseful mystery with a Lemony Snicket vibe.
By Trenton Lee Stewart
(2007)
(2007)
Continue reading
The Shadows: The Books of Elsewhere, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Smart series starter for kids who love haunted houses.
By Jacqueline West
(2012)
(2010)
Continue reading
The Sisters Grimm Series Book Poster Image
Fascinating fractured fairy tales grow darker, tenser.
By Michael Buckley
(2012)
(2005)
Continue reading
Sky Raiders: Five Kingdoms, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Fast-paced adventure, slow storytelling in series opener.
By Brandon Mull
(2014)
(2014)
Continue reading
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda: Origami Yoda, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Funny, charming tale of middle school crushes, friendships.
By Tom Angleberger
(2012)
(2010)
Continue reading
Virals: Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting story of murder-solving heroine with superpowers.
By Kathy Reichs
(2011)
(2010)
Continue reading
"Who Could That Be at This Hour?": All the Wrong Questions, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Snicket in fine form as a 12-year-old solving noir mystery.
By Lemony Snicket
(2012)
(2012)
Continue reading
Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting enchanted forest adventure to save baby brother.
By Colin Meloy
(2011)
(2011)
Continue reading
The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Book Poster Image
Myth-based, modernized fantasy is nonstop fun.
By Michael Scott
(2007)
(2007)
Continue reading
The Lost Hero: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Percy Jackson series spin-off is almost as delightful.
By Rick Riordan
(2010)
(2010)
Continue reading
The Outcasts: Brotherband Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Fun underdog tale starts high-seas series.
By John Flanagan
(2011)
(2011)
Continue reading
The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Percy Jackson author tackles more complex Egyptology.
By Rick Riordan
(2010)
(2010)
Continue reading
Redwall: Redwall, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting tale promotes peace in the face of war.
By Brian Jacques
(2005)
(1986)
Continue reading
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made Book Poster Image
Offbeat imagination rules in funny, poignant graphic novel.
By Stephan Pastis
(2013)
(2013)
Continue reading
The Unwanteds, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Magical fantasy has peril, battles, positive messages.
By Lisa McMann
(2011)
(2011)
Continue reading
A World Without Heroes: Beyonders, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Overly long start to fantasy series is heavy on violence.
By Brandon Mull
(2011)
(2011)
Continue reading
Al Capone Does My Shirts: A Tale from Alcatraz, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Boy stands up for autistic sister in compassionate tale.
By Gennifer Choldenko
(2005)
(2005)
Continue reading
The Ruins of Gorlan: The Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1 Book Poster Image
1st in popular series has positive characters, some battles.
By John Flanagan
(2010)
(2006)
Continue reading
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer Book Poster Image
Series starter about teen lawyer teaches Courtroom 101.
By John Grisham
(2011)
(2010)
Continue reading
Cinder: The Lunar Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Cinderella as a futuristic cyborg. Pretty cool.
By Marissa Meyer
(2012)
(2012)
Continue reading
City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting start to teen fantasy series in urban setting.
By Cassandra Clare
(2008)
(2007)
Continue reading
Dust Girl: The American Fairy Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Intricate historical novel contrasts Dust Bowl, fairy world.
By Sarah Zettel
(2012)
(2012)
Continue reading
The Fellowship of the Ring Book Poster Image
Spectacular fantasy classic is where Frodo's journey begins.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(2003)
(1954)
Continue reading
The Girl of Fire and Thorns: Book 1 Book Poster Image
Plus-size princess turns leader in spiritually tinged tale.
By Rae Carson
(2011)
(2011)
Continue reading
The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two Book Poster Image
September goes on a moon mission in compelling installment.
By Catherynne M. Valente
(2013)
(2013)
Continue reading
The Hunger Games, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting, provocative tale of lethal reality show.
By Suzanne Collins
(2008)
(2008)
Continue reading
Legend, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Stylish dystopian thriller in a not-so-future Los Angeles.
By Marie Lu
(2012)
(2011)
Continue reading
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Book Poster Image
Popular series start shows positive girl friendships.
By Ann Brashares
(2003)
(2001)
Continue reading
Divergent, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting, violent dystopian thriller is original, addictive.
By Veronica Roth
(2011)
(2011)
Continue reading
Matched Book Poster Image
Fun, provoking start to dystopian series for teens.
By Ally Condie
(2011)
(2010)
Continue reading
Clockwork Angel: Infernal Devices, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Victorian-era fantasy series starts with plenty of violence.
By Cassandra Clare
(2011)
(2010)
Continue reading
Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Dynamic writing sets intense angel romance apart.
By Laini Taylor
(2011)
(2011)
Continue reading