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"Serie-ous" reading for Kids

June 14, 2017

I grew up reading - and loving it.  My four children?  Not so much.  One of them even admitted to not having read through an entire book in high school.  How is that possible!?  Somebody by the name of Cliff helped them with their reports.  It was a sad day.  I read to them upon my knee and they are all very bright.  Thankfully, my grandkiddos enjoy reading!  How did this literary love skip a generation?  My daughter found a very social bookclub - I think books are involved or mentioned. 

Here are a few series the fam really like.

They even sound good enough for me to read!

Children's Fantasy/Family

Mirror, mirror, on the basement wall . . .

Once upon a time my brother and I were normal kids. The next minute? The mirror in our basement slurped us up and magically transported us inside Snow White's fairy tale.

I know it sounds crazy, but it's true.

But hey -- we're heroes! We stopped Snow White from eating the poisoned apple. Hooray! Or not. If Snow White doesn't die, she won't get to meet her prince. And then she won't get her happy ending. Oops.

Now it's up to us to:
- Avoid getting poisoned
- Sneak into a castle
- Fix Snow White's story

And then, fingers crossed, find our way home.  (Amazon)

Fantasy Series/Action & Adventure

Author Brandon Mull won a gold medal at a pudding-eating contest in the park behind his grandma's house. His long-standing love affair with sweets continues to this day.

Welcome to the Sweet Tooth Ice Cream & Candy Shoppe, where the confections are a bit on the . . . unusual side. Rock candy that makes you weightless. Jawbreakers that make you unbreakable. Chocolate balls that make you a master of disguise.

Four young friends - Nate, Summer, Trevor, and Pigeon meet the grandmotherly Mrs. White, owner of the Sweet Tooth, and soon learn about the magical side effects of her candies.
In addition, the ice cream truck driver, Mr. Stott, has arrived with a few enchanted sweets of his own. But what about the mysterious man in the dark overcoat and fedora hat? Why are all these "magicians" trying to recruit Nate and his friends? Who should they trust?
The mystery deepens and the danger unfolds as the four youngsters discover that the magical strangers have all come to town in search of a legendary, hidden treasure; one that could be used for great evil if it fell into the wrong hands. The kids, now in over their heads, must try to retrieve the treasure first. And so, the war begins . . .  (Amazon)

Adventure series/Children

If your son doesn't like to read, he hasn't found the right book yet.  Try these!

The Kidd siblings have grown up diving down to shipwrecks and traveling the world, helping their famous parents recover everything from swords to gold doubloons from the bottom of the ocean. But after their parents disappear n the job, the kids are suddenly thrust into the biggest treasure hunt of their lives. They'll have to work together to defeat dangerous pirates and dodge the hot pursuit of an evil treasure hunting rival, all while following cryptic clues to unravel the mystery of what really happened to their parents--and find out if they're still alive.  (Amazon)

Fantasy Series/Friends & Family

An extraordinary robot signs up for an ordinary fifth grade class ... 

and elementary school will never be the same!

It was never easy for Sammy Hayes-Rodriguez to fit in, so he's dreading the day when his genius mom insists he bring her newest invention to school: a walking, talking robot he calls E--for "Error". Sammy's no stranger to robots--his house is full of a colorful cast of them. But this one not only thinks it's Sammy's brother... it's actually even nerdier than Sammy. Will E be Sammy's one-way ticket to Loserville? Or will he prove to the world that it's cool to be square? It's a roller-coaster ride for Sammy to discover the amazing secret E holds that could change family forever... if all goes well on the trial run!  (Amazon)

Do you have any recommendations?

Thanks for stopping by!  I enjoy reading with friends.


  1. For one reading assignment, my son read a bit of the book, but then listened to the rest of it on tape. His book report was a series of questions from the teacher. The last question was something like, "How much of the book did you read?" or "Did you really read this book?" My son responded truthfully that he did not read it, but he listened to the complete book on tape. He got an A on that book report!!

  2. Everything counts! Teachers get tired of lame excuses and love honesty.


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