Thematic Reading List: Series books for Non-book Lover
According to several media outlets, the best-selling books for children in 2017 were books with funny themes, characters, or situations. You will find several series books that meet these criteria while other books present mysteries to be solved or situations that need to be resolved. If you find that the child is a non-book lover due to being a struggling reader, provide the child with books that have realistic characters and compelling storylines. The child can connect with these themes. Each book listed is the first book in the series.
|Sammy Keyes series
Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief
By: Wendelin Van Draanen
Thirteen-year-old Sammy’s penchant for speaking her mind gets her in trouble when she involves herself in the investigation of a robbery at the “seedy” hotel across the street from the seniors’ building where she is living with her grandmother
By: Mary Norton
The miniature world of the Clock family–Pod, Homily, and Arrietty–who live beneath the floor of a country house in a home furnished with objects they have borrowed from the humans who live above them.
|Captain Underpants series
The Adventures of Captain Underpants
By: Dav Pilkey
When George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking that he is the superhero Captain Underpants, he leads them to the lair of the nefarious Dr. Diaper, where they must defeat his evil robot henchmen.
|Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: George Heffley’s Journal
By: Jeff Kinney
Greg records his sixth-grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship.
|Ivy + Bean series
Ivy + Bean
By: Annie Barrows
When seven-year-old Bean plays a mean trick on her sister, she finds unexpected support for her antics from Ivy, the new neighbor, who is less boring than Bean first suspected.
Bunnicula: a rabbit tale of mystery
By: Deborah and James Howe
Harold, the Monroe’s dog, tells of Chester the cat’s suspicions that the baby rabbit that one of the Monroe boys finds in the movie theater, takes home, and names Bunnicula is a vampire.
|Hank Zipzer series
Niagara Falls, or Does It? (Hank Zipzer #1)
By: Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver
Fourth-graders Hank, Ashley, and Frankie are excitedly preparing for a magic show at the Rock ‘N Bowl when Hank’s creative alternative to an English essay lands him in detention and grounded the week of the show.
|Magic Treehouse series
Dinosaurs Before Dark
By: Mary Pope Osborne
Eight-year-old Jack and his younger sister Annie find a magic treehouse, which whisks them back to an ancient time zone where they see live dinosaurs.
|A Series of Unfortunate Events
The Bad Beginning
By: Lemony Snicket
After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to steal their fortune.
|Inheritance Cycle series (Young Adult)
By: Christopher Paolini
In Alagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters.
|Hunger Games series (Young Adult)
By: Suzanne Collins
In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss’s skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place.