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It’s a New Year, How About a New Series?

January 6, 2011

Thanks to all of our awesome readers who commented on our 12 Days of Books posts here or on Facebook! We entered all of your names on an excel sheet and assigned a number to them and then drew a winner using and the lucky winner of all 12 books is Jennifer Rayment! Jennifer, please e-mail us your mailing address and we will send the books your way!

A friend recently told me that her first grader is “starting to read!” As someone who has worked in bookselling and publishing for many years this is one of the most exciting things I can hear—I immediately start recommending books of course. I still remember my early trips to the library with my Mom and siblings when we got to pick out our own books, for me it was Ten Apples Up on Top and The Berenstain Bears and the Big Honey Hunt (is it any wonder I ended up working for Random House?). When I got to series books I gravitated to mysteries, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Trixie Belden and Encyclopedia Brown.

So, while I was telling my friend about all of the books I loved and love to hand sell I thought what better way to begin 2011 but with a new series? You know you and your kids are looking for something new, so here are some suggestions for the Early Chapter Book readers, some small and some much larger series to fill you hours with fun and your mind with stories:

Nate the Great, by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, ages 7+
Nate is a young detective, solving mysteries near and far, he’s a great friend to have when something, or someone, in your life goes missing. He’s even got a few holiday themed mysteries too!
And not to be missed are the four Olivia Sharp Mysteries, also by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, featuring Nate the Great’s cousin!

The Magic Tree House Books, by Mary Pope Osborne, for ages 7-10:
Who knew when the first MTH title Dinosaurs Before Dark was published in 1992 that this series would go on to include 45 titles—Crazy Day with Cobras will be in bookstores on 1/1/11—with more to come, too. These books are a delight, readers can join Jack and Annie in the tree house filled with the books that transport them on their adventures through history, geography, biography and science.
And of course there are the Magic Tree House Research Guides for readers who want to learn more about the story behind the story, 23 volumes available. And to add to the fun, check out Games & Puzzles from the Magic Tree House, too!

Junie B. Jones, by Barbara Park, age 7+
Junie is a bit like the Lucille Ball of the young chapter set—she gets herself in and out of trouble with her trademark sass and always leaves us laughing and wanting to hear more from her. Twenty-eight stories take us through Kindergarten and into First Grade with our young heroine, plus Junie B’s Top-Secret Personal Beeswax: A Journal AND Junie B’s Essential Survival Guide to School. And to whet your appetite for more Junie fun—Junie B’s These Puzzles Hurt My Brain! will be coming out on 5/24/2011.

The A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy, age 7+
Complete from A to Z, no waiting for the next volume, join Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose on some great adventures and help them solve the mysteries. In addition to the original 26 mysteries there are 4 “Super Editions” Detective Camp, The Mayflower Treasure Hunt, Sleepy Hollow Sleepover and White House White-Out.

The Calendar Mysteries also by Ron Roy, age 6+:
Features the younger siblings of our main characters from the A to Z Mysteries, currently January through April are available, May and June will be in stores on March 22, 2011.

Ballpark Mysteries—The Fenway Foul-Up #1 and The Pinstripe Ghost #2, by David A. Kelly
Sports & Mysteries, what reader could ask for more? These are the first two titles in a mystery series that will take place in ball parks around the US, fun whodunits! These two books will be in stores on February 22, 2011.

These are of course just a few of the series that our publisher Random House publishes, please let us know about your favorite series, from any publisher, we’re always looking for more books to read and share!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 6, 2011 8:40 am

    Nate the Great was without a doubt one of my son’s favorite series.

  2. Heather permalink
    January 6, 2011 10:54 am

    From a teacher’s and Reading Specialist’s perspective, all of those series you posted are super popular with the first-second or third graders! And they are all great for beginning readers. Series books get kids interested and they keep reading because they liked the first story so much. Definitely something you want to get your new reader into.

  3. January 6, 2011 8:52 pm

    My sons both loved Magic Tree House and Nate the Great – both wonderful series! My younger son also really enjoyed the Horrible Harry series, which is good for younger readers’ first chapter books.


  4. gail permalink
    January 6, 2011 10:13 pm

    Cam Jansen series is great, Bailey School series and the Boxcar children are good series that we all liked at my house.


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