It’s the time of the year that my students know that bringing up three Harry Potter books to check out at one time is not going to fly with me. We have talked about getting a good variety of books. “Get a nonfiction, folklore, and a chapter book or a magazine, chapter book, and biography or…” and then they start to talk out loud about what else would be a good mix.
They are also tired of me talking about brain food. “Your brain needs food. Feed your brain with books. You would not eat only candy all day, right? You need to have a variety to be healthy.” There are fifteen fiction series that the students just gobble up all year long.
- The Drama, Smile, and Sisters graphic novel trilogy by Raina Telgemeier is in high demand with the third, fourth, and fifth graders.
2. The Amulet graphic novel series of seven by Kazu Kibuishi seems to never get reshelved with the fifth graders. It goes out the same day it comes in.
3. The Harry Potter series of seven by J.K. Rowling is still circulating with strong followers. I am always replacing them as they tear in half when a student drops them in the hallway.
4. Geronimo Stilton series, Geronimo Stilton and the Kingdom of Fantasy series, and the Thea Stilton series by Italian writer, Elisabetta Dami , seem to be most popular with second and third graders although they are written at a higher level for other grades.
5. The Spirit Animals series of seven are written by various authors and popular with the intermediate students.
6. I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis makes historical fiction a hit with the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders.
7. The Judy Moody series always in the brown covers by Megan McDonald is loved by the second and third graders.
8. The Humphrey books with the cute classroom hamster by Betty G. Birney has been a hit with all grades.
9. The Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park is often the series first and second graders like to read as their first chapter books. Both boys and girls love the humorous antics of Junie B. Jones.
10. The A to Z Mysteries series by Ron Roy is an oldie but still a goody with the second and third graders.
11. The Land of Stories series of six by Chris Colfer is eagerly sought by the fifth graders.
12. The Sideways School trilogy by Louis Sachar is still going strong in our library. There is often one that magically disappears at the end of each school year.
13. The My Weird School series by Dan Gutman has many readers who will read the ENTIRE series.
14. Goosebump series by R.L. Stine still are giving shivers to young readers. The pages are yellowing but still go out every day.
15. Jake Maddox’s Sports Stories series are super popular with boys and now with the girls since I bought the ones with female athletes.
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