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. For more series to hook young readers, check out our Best Book Series for Early Readers and Best Book Series for Tweens.

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Frog and Toad Are Friends Book Poster Image
Engaging stories spotlight charming, relatable characters.
By Arnold Lobel
(2003)
(1970)
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The Princess in Black Book Poster Image
Fun tale of monster-fighting princess who leads double life.
By Shannon Hale, Dean Hale
(2014)
(2014)
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Ada Lace Series Book Poster Image
Third-grader uses science to solve problems and mysteries.
By Emily Calandrelli
(2018)
(2017)
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Ivy + Bean, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Friendship tale a sure hit with kids starting chapter books.
By Annie Barrows
(2007)
(2007)
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Judy Moody Was in a Mood Book Poster Image
Wickedly funny take on life in third grade.
By Megan McDonald
(2004)
(2004)
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Junie B. Jones Series Book Poster Image
Junie B. Jones brings good fun and laughs to early readers.
By Barbara Park
(2012)
(1992)
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Magic Tree House Series Book Poster Image
Fun, educational chapter books have something for everyone.
By Mary Pope Osborne
(2012)
(1992)
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Mindy Kim Series Book Poster Image
Warm series about Korean American girl's life in new town.
By Lyla Lee
(2020)
(2020)
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Nate the Great Series Book Poster Image
Nate solves neighborhood mysteries in fun new-reader series.
By Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
(2016)
(2016)
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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)
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Beezus and Ramona Book Poster Image
The first Ramona book is a treat for all ages.
By Beverly Cleary
(2007)
(2006)
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The Boxcar Children Series Book Poster Image
Engaging classic mystery series great for beginning readers.
By Gertrude Chandler Warner
(2013)
(1942)
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The Field Guide: The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Siblings discover a fairy world in charming fantasy tale.
By Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi
(2003)
(2003)
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The Magic School Bus Series Book Poster Image
Smart science-based series mixes facts and fun.
By Joanna Cole
(2012)
(1986)
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Secrets of Droon Series Book Poster Image
Simple but inventive series great for first fantasy reading.
By Tony Abbott
(2012)
(1999)
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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)
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DK Eyewitness Books Series Book Poster Image
Great reference books on many topics for young readers.
By Juliette Clutton-Brock
(2016)
(2014)
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Dragonbreath Series Book Poster Image
Great banter and adventures for a young dragon and friends.
By Ursula Vernon
(2017)
(2012)
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Goosebumps Series Book Poster Image
Captivating, spooky mysteries can pack an emotional wallop.
By R. L. Stine
(2015)
(2003)
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Book Poster Image
Magical start of the fantastic boy-wizard series.
By J. K. Rowling
(2005)
(1998)
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The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom Book Poster Image
Engaging fairy tale spoof is clever and funny.
By Christopher Healy
(2012)
(2012)
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The Last Kids on Earth Series Book Poster Image
Post-apocalyptic romp has humor and heart, kids and zombies.
By Max Brallier
(2019)
(2015)
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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)
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Little House Series Book Poster Image
Engrossing frontier tales have dated racial attitudes.
By Laura Ingalls Wilder
(2017)
(1932)
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Ralph S. Mouse Series Book Poster Image
Lovely classics have adventure, empathy, a talking mouse.
By Beverly Cleary
(2020)
(1965)
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Tom Gates Series Book Poster Image
Homework-dodging 10-year-old brings laughs, heart, doodles.
By L. Pichon
(2019)
(2015)
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Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky: Tristan Strong, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Teen connects with African folklore in exciting fantasy.
By Kwame Mbalia
(2019)
(2019)
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Wild Born: Spirit Animals, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Multiplatform magical beast series is a good fantasy intro.
By Brandon Mull
(2013)
(2013)
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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)
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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)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Laugh-out-loud-funny series start tucks lessons in stories.
By Jeff Kinney
(2007)
(2007)
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Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Super-imaginative adventures of girl whisked to elf world.
By Shannon Messenger
(2012)
(2012)
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Knights of the Lunch Table Series Book Poster Image
Boy uses brains, heart, and friends to stand up to bullying.
By Frank Cammuso
(2016)
(2008)
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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)
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The Mysterious Benedict Society Book Poster Image
Suspenseful mystery with a Lemony Snicket vibe.
By Trenton Lee Stewart
(2007)
(2007)
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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)
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The Sisters Grimm Series Book Poster Image
Fascinating fractured fairy tales grow darker, tenser.
By Michael Buckley
(2012)
(2005)
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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)
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Virals: Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting story of murder-solving heroine with superpowers.
By Kathy Reichs
(2011)
(2010)
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Warriors Series Book Poster Image
Cat clans mirror human issues in exciting fantasy saga.
By Erin Hunter, Cherith Baldry, Kate Cary, Tui T. Sutherland
(2012)
(2003)
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"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)
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Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting enchanted forest adventure to save baby brother.
By Colin Meloy
(2011)
(2011)
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The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Book Poster Image
Myth-based, modernized fantasy is nonstop fun.
By Michael Scott
(2007)
(2007)
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Ghost: Track, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Poignant, smart look at track star running from his past.
By Jason Reynolds
(2016)
(2016)
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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)
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The Outcasts: Brotherband Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Fun underdog tale starts high-seas series.
By John Flanagan
(2011)
(2011)
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The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Percy Jackson author tackles more complex Egyptology.
By Rick Riordan
(2010)
(2010)
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Redwall: Redwall, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting tale promotes peace in the face of war.
By Brian Jacques
(2005)
(1986)
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Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made Book Poster Image
Offbeat imagination rules in funny, poignant graphic novel.
By Stephan Pastis
(2013)
(2013)
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The Unwanteds, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Magical fantasy has peril, battles, positive messages.
By Lisa McMann
(2011)
(2011)
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Al Capone Does My Shirts: A Tale from Alcatraz, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Boy stands up for sister with autism in compassionate tale.
By Gennifer Choldenko
(2005)
(2005)
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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)
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The Screaming Staircase: Lockwood & Co., Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting ghost-hunter series start is very, very scary.
By Jonathan Stroud
(2013)
(2013)
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Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer Book Poster Image
Series starter about teen lawyer teaches Courtroom 101.
By John Grisham
(2011)
(2010)
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Cinder: The Lunar Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Cinderella as a futuristic cyborg. Pretty cool.
By Marissa Meyer
(2012)
(2012)
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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)
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Dust Girl: The American Fairy Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Intricate historical novel contrasts Dust Bowl, fairy world.
By Sarah Zettel
(2012)
(2012)
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The Fellowship of the Ring Book Poster Image
Spectacular fantasy classic is where Frodo's journey begins.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(2003)
(1954)
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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)
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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)
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The Hunger Games, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting, provocative tale of lethal reality show.
By Suzanne Collins
(2008)
(2008)
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Legend, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Stylish dystopian thriller in a not-so-future Los Angeles.
By Marie Lu
(2012)
(2011)
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Shadowshaper: The Shadowshaper Cypher, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Art-filled urban fantasy has outstanding Afro-Latina hero.
By Daniel Jose Older
(2016)
(2015)
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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Book Poster Image
Popular series start shows positive girl friendships.
By Ann Brashares
(2003)
(2001)
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Divergent, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting, violent dystopian thriller is original, addictive.
By Veronica Roth
(2011)
(2011)
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Matched Book Poster Image
Fun, provoking start to dystopian series for teens.
By Ally Condie
(2011)
(2010)
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The Name of the Star: Shades of London, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Macabre modern Ripper meets hip Brit boarding school.
By Maureen Johnson
(2013)
(2011)
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The Raven Boys:The Raven Cycle, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Imaginative, twisty tale explores magic, friendship, money.
By Maggie Stiefvater
(2012)
(2012)
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The Scorpio Races Book Poster Image
Bloodthirsty horses star in thrilling coming-of-age tale.
By Maggie Stiefvater
(2011)
(2011)
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To All the Boys I've Loved Before, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Sassy sisters steal the show in well-told romantic read.
By Jenny Han
(2014)
(2014)
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Clockwork Angel: Infernal Devices, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Victorian-era fantasy series starts with plenty of violence.
By Cassandra Clare
(2011)
(2010)
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Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Dynamic writing sets intense angel romance apart.
By Laini Taylor
(2011)
(2011)
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The Diviners, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Swell start to a spooky but fabulous Prohibition-set series.
By Libba Bray
(2012)
(2012)
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