Top 10 Chapter Book Series for Elementary Students

Series books for kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, fifth grade

Why series books?


Students love to read books in a series. I have found it is one of the best ways to encourage a reluctant reader to read. Why do students love series books? There are a number of reasons.
  • Series books make students feel comfortable. Each book in a series usually has the same characters and format and follows similar plot lines. Also the students become invested in the characters and want to read more about them. 
  • Children know what to expect when they pick up the next book in a series. This gives them confidence. They successfully read book one and two so they know they will be able to read book three. They will begin to see themselves as a reader and will want to continue reading. This confidence in themselves is vitally important for students who struggle with reading. 
  • Students feel less pressure when they are reading a book series. It can be very challenging choosing a book to read from the thousands that are available on the library shelves. Students become overwhelmed and may decide not to choose anything. Or they grab a book that has a cool cover even though it is too hard for them. Too many choices can be a bad thing.

Which book series to buy?

Book publishers know that series books are very popular and very lucrative. Take the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series for example. After the first couple books became so popular it was almost guaranteed that each subsequent book would be a huge success. This is a good thing but it can make it hard as a librarian or teacher to decide which book series to invest in. So I came up with a list of some of my favorites to help make your decision easier.

There are 2 different lists. The first list is for younger students and includes beginning chapter books. The second list is for older elementary students. The criteria I used to come up with my lists was very simple. The books have to be interesting to students and they have to be books students will want to read.  I also only chose books that are not part of well-known and popular series. We all know that we need to have the latest Dork Diaries, Magic Tree House or Captain Underpants book. 

You can download the complete list here or by clicking on the image below. What are your favorite book series? What would you add to this list? Leave a comment and let us know.

Series books for kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, fifth grade

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