Best Book Series for Kindergartners

As kids start to move from picture books to chapter books, these engaging series will help ease the transition. And once they're hooked on the characters and setting in Book 1, kids will be hungry to keep going with book after book, building vocabulary and reading comprehension. Humor, action, mystery, and stories of friends, family, and animals make these hits with early readers. In some cases, we've done a series review. In others, we've reviewed the first or a later book in the series. For additional surefire picks, check out our Funny Books for Kids and Best Book Series lists.

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Henry and Mudge Series

age 5+

Simple, sweet stories about a boy and his beloved dog.

By: Cynthia Rylant (1987)
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I Spy Fly Guy!: Fly Guy, Book 7

age 5+

Fun, fast tale great for early and reluctant readers.

By: Tedd Arnold (2009)
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Juana & Lucas, Book 1

age 5+

Colombian girl learns English in fun early chapter book.

By: Juana Medina (2016)
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Katie Woo Series

age 5+

Relatable stories in short chapters have good life lessons.

By: Fran Manushkin (2011)
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Mercy Watson to the Rescue: Mercy Watson, Book 1

age 5+

Funny, silly pig story great for early readers.

By: Kate DiCamillo (2005)
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The Princess in Black

age 5+

Fun tale of monster-fighting princess who leads double life.

By: Shannon Hale, Dean Hale (2014)
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Rainbow Magic Series

age 5+

Friends' fairy adventures are fun intro to fantasy.

By: Daisy Meadows (2005)
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A to Z Mysteries Series

age 6+

Good-hearted kids solve mysteries in fun, short chapters.

By: Ron Roy (1997)
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A Bear Called Paddington

age 6+

Delightful classic about a bear adopted by a London family.

By: Michael Bond (1958)
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Calendar Mysteries Series

age 6+

First-graders solve suspenseful mysteries month by month.

By: Ron Roy (2009)
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Dory Fantasmagory: Book 1

age 6+

Funny, relatable tale of 6-year-old with wild imagination.

By: Abby Hanlon (2014)
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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, Book 1

age 6+

Inspiring, kid-friendly tales of extraordinary women.

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Ivy + Bean, Book 1

age 6+

Friendship tale a sure hit with kids starting chapter books.

By: Annie Barrows (2007)
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J.D. and the Great Barber Battle: J.D. the Kid Barber, Book 1

age 6+

Superb, fun, nuanced story of family, friends, Black hair.

By: J. Dillard (2021)
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Judy Moody Was in a Mood

age 6+

Funny take on third grade life and friendships.

By: Megan McDonald (2004)
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Junie B. Jones Series

age 6+

Junie B. Jones brings good fun and laughs to early readers.

By: Barbara Park (1992)
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Magic Tree House Series

age 6+

Fun, educational chapter books have something for everyone.

By: Mary Pope Osborne (1992)
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Masterpiece Adventures: The Marvin & James Series

age 6+

A beetle and a boy share a friendship in sweet stories.

By: Elise Broach (2015)
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Nate the Great Series

age 6+

Nate solves neighborhood mysteries in fun new-reader series.

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The Rescue Princesses Series

age 6+

Four princesses save animals using brains and bravery.

By: Paula Harrison (2012)
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