The great american read

Source: PBS

As a mother, I want my kids I want my kids to read. It opens up the mind and works the imagination. It helps with spelling, vocabulary, understanding and critical thinking. As a writer, I know the worlds that are open to them if they read. They are magical and wondrous and informative. The book list I am sharing with you is book series that either my kid’s love or kid’s close to me love. I have included the links to the authors’ pages and Amazon link so you know where to get those books.

The first books I want to share with you are the Warrior Series by Erin Hunter. The Warrior Series is about warrior clans of cat who have lived and shared the forest by the laws laid down by their ancestors. Things have started to change. The Shadowclan Cats have become more powerful and the Thunderclan Cats are dying. Rusty, an ordinary house cat comes in and may be the hero they need. The first book in the series is Warriors Into The Wild. Erin not only writes the Warrior Series but the Seekers Series about three bears, the Survivors Series about dogs, and the Bravelands Series about the jungle. My daughter loves this series.

Here is the link to the author’s site and Amazon link

The next set of books is the Sister’s Grimm by Michael Buckley. The series follows Daphne and Sabrina Grimm who have gone through a series of foster homes after the disappearance of their parents. They have been mistreated, ignored and made into a servant until they go to live with their grandmother who was thought to be dead. The town they move to is called Everafters and they get into the family business of being detectives. They must protect the world from the Scarlet Hand, villains from the fairytales who want to take over the world.

Here is the link to the author’s site and Amazon link.

The next series is the Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell. The first book in the series is Dork Diaries 1: Tales From A Not-So-Fabulous Life. The series is similar to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid but for girls. It is the diary of a middle school girl named Nikki and she was transferred to a private middle school that is filled with snobs. This book series even has a diary for your little girl to write in with questions all about her. My daughter loved this book probably more than the rest of the books.

Here is the link to the author’s site and Amazon link.

Of course, the next series is the popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. The first book in the series is Diary of a Wimpy Kid. My son is currently reading this series along with another I will share soon. Like the Dork Diaries, this series has a do-it-yourself diary book. In fact, it has a few. The books follow Greg and his adventures and misadventures through middle school. My son isn’t quite middle school age but they are written in a manner that even a 4th grader can read easily.

Here is the link to the author’s site and Amazon link

The next series is Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. The first book in the series is Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief. This series follows Percy Jackson who thought he was an ordinary kid but finds out that he is actually a demigod like Hercules. Not only is he a demigod but he is Poseidon’s son. This makes him a bit more powerful than say a child of Ares. Through his adventures, he must decide to stand with the Olympian God or with the Titans. Rick Riordan writes more than just the Percy Jackson Series. He also writes The Heroes of Olympus Series, The Kane Chronicles (Egyptian Gods), The Trials of Apollo Series and the Magnus Chase Series (Norse Gods). My son is reading the Magnus Chase series.

Here is the link to the author’s site and Amazon link

The last books I want to share are technically a series but don’t have a name like the prior series that I presented. These books are near and dear to my heart as I read them as a little girl. They are by Madeleine L’Engle. The books are A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters and An Acceptable Time. The books follow Charles Wallace and Meg Murry and their friend Calvin O’Keefe. In A Wrinkle in Time Charles Wallace, Meg and Calvin go through a wrinkle in time to a distant planet to save their father. They must battle a computer called IT to break their dad out of the prison and escape back home. I love these books and though I am a long way from being a child anymore, they are still in my personal library.

Here is the link to the author’s site.

I hope you read some of the books I suggested. Do you have a favorite book from childhood? Does your child have a favorite character in a book or series? I would love to hear about it in the comments below.