If your kid loved one of these books…

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve searched google for

  • What to read if my kid loves Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • What to read if my kid loves Harry Potter
  • What to read if my kid loves Rangers Apprentice
  • What to read if my kid loves Big Nate
  • What to read if…

It seems like I am constantly looking for more book suggestions for my kids.  Sometimes Amazon is good about making recommendations, but occasionally for these big series, all of the recommended books are just more books in the series, and what I really want to know about are OTHER series.

So here is my list of book series that your kids might like if they like any of the books listed above!  My kids are both boys, with an affinity for humor, spies, animals, and adventure, so you’ll see those themes appear a lot.

For kids who like the familiar, books series are a great choice. These are all excellent choices!For kids who like the familiar, books series are a great choice. These are all excellent choices!Excellent books for science fiction and animal loving pre-teens

On the Younger Side

  • Snarf Attack (4 in the series)
  • My Weird School
  • Encyclopedia Brown
  • Anything  by Andrew Clements, start with Frindle
  • Beezus and Ramona (and all of the related books)
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (and all the related books)
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • Warriors
  • Spy School (and related books)
  • FunJungle books

A Little Older

Series (these are all the first book in a series – I recommend the whole series for all of them!)
  • Harry Potter
  • Percy Jackson
  • Ranger’s Apprentice
  • Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Gregor the Overlander
  • Stormbreaker
  • H.I.V.E.
  • The CHERUB series
  • The Giver
  • The City of Ember
Comics/Graphic Novels
  • The Amulet series
  • Origami Yoda
  • Fox Trot
  • Calvin & Hobbes
  • Big Nate

Books My Pre-Teens Loved

  • Ready Player One
  • The Martian
  • Ender’s Game
  • Hatchet
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • My Side of the Mountain
  • Because of Winn Dixie
  • Dewey the Library Cat
  • The Hobbit
  • The Hunger Games
  • BOMB (non-fiction)

If your kids have similar taste and you have recommendations for ME, please leave them in the comments section below!  I am always looking for more good books for my kids to read.

If you want tips for finding more great books for your kids, or encouraging them to read, try my post about Summer Reading.

2 responses to “If your kid loved one of these books…”

  1. […] Let them read whatever they want. Never turn off a reluctant reader by telling them they’re not reading the right things. My kids’ kindergarten teacher loved to say that ALL reading counts – even comic books – and summer is the time to encourage any reading that a reluctant reader wants to do. There are also some great comic-based books available that have gotten many a reluctant reader going! (see some examples on this list). […]

  2. […] If you need more ideas to get you started, try these: […]

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