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Kristen Howerton is a professor of pyschology and mom of four children within four years via birth and adoption. She's been blogging at Rage Against the Minivan as a coping skill since 2006. In the spring of 2010, Kristen lost her long and passionate battle against the minivan. It now sits in her driveway covered in crushed cheerios and remnants of her self-esteem.

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10 Book Series to Read Aloud with Your Kids

By Kristen Howerton |

I fail at a lot of things as a parent, but one thing I think Mark and I have done well is teach our kids to be voracious readers. (Here’s an earlier post about raising kids who love to read). Our kids’ beds are regularly hidden under piles of books. And while all four of our kids have regular early bedtimes, we let them stay up as late as they want—as long as they are reading. Mark and I also try to model this behavior for our kids, and make a point to be reading in front of them often.

One thing we are trying to do more of is read together, aloud, as a family. There’s something about all of us sitting around the table or on the couch together getting immersed in a story for the first time. Of course, it can be a challenge to find a book that appeals to our spread of ages and—this is important—a book that also captures our attention as parents. Our kids are ages 4 through 9 – so we’ve got a challenge in coming up with books everyone will appreciate. We’ve found, however, that there are plenty of old and new book series for kids that have appeal for all of us. With Christmas break coming up and lots of potential family time in store, I thought I’d share some of those series with you. Maybe carving out 15-20 minutes a day to read aloud to your kids would be a fantastic New Year’s resolution for 2014.

10 Book Series to Read Aloud with Your Kids

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

So. I'm not the biggest fan of wizards and dwarves and hobbits, which means this series may be Mark's territory. But, still, the Lord of the Rings is a classic. At least for the guys. If Mark wants to lead Jafta and Kembe down into Middle Earth—or wherever the elves and dragons are—then I won't stop him.

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6 thoughts on “10 Book Series to Read Aloud with Your Kids

  1. Dave says:

    I can’t believe there’s no mention of the Kingdom Keepers books-awesome for Disney fans.

  2. Sara says:

    Wow, it was great to see a list with so many of our favorite series! We have read and loved all of these series but the Lemony Snicket books and the Infinite Ring ones — I’m going to go put those on my Wish List right now.

    A couple other series we have enjoyed have been the Theodosia books by R. L. LaFevers and the Tillerman books by Cynthia Voigt.

    We are big fans of audiobooks and listen to many of these series during our commute.

  3. Jolayne says:

    Try the Fablehaven series and the Beyonders series by Brandon Mull. They are probably the first series’ I’ll read to my now 4 and 2 year olds when they’re ready. Great for boys and girls and full of adventure and values without being overbearing.

  4. Don’t forget Villain School! ;) Great list, BTW! Have to agree that Fablehaven should make the cut, too! Also, Ranger’s Apprentice!

  5. Camille says:

    The Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull and The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins are also both fantastic series!

  6. Seth says:

    I’m a teacher and love to read. We also love listening and reading along with audiobooks :) My kids have loved the 39 Clues series and we just started the Artimis Fowl series. Thank you for some new ideas from your list and other’s suggestions.

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