Top Shelf: Kids' Book Series
Today is a bit of a spin on Top Shelf in that we're sharing a few favorite children's series. It's getting to be those "dog days" of summer, and these chapter books may be the perfect way to wrap up those evenings with your kiddos (especially pre-school through elementary)! They've certainly been favorites for my family.
Dragon Masters by Tracey West
The Dragon Masters series is immense. In fact, book #19, Wave of the Sea Dragon, was released just three days ago! This Scholastic series features a group of culturally diverse eight-year-olds who lead their dragons on exciting adventures. Each book consists of approximately 15 cliff-hanging chapters.
Owl Diaries by Rebecca Elliott
Owl Diaries is another substantial series from Scholastic Branches, and features a sweet owl named Eva. The diary-style chapters often focus on school-based activities or challenges with family and friends. A few of the books have seasonal adventures, and Eva at the Beach or Eva's Campfire Adventure might be the perfect end-of-summer read.
Paddington Bear by Michael Bond
I don't know what I expected when I started reading Paddington with my children, but I never expected to be laughing out loud each evening! While these do have some elements that date them, as the original A Bear Called Paddington was written in 1958, the messages and humor are still very relevant. Paddington finds himself in the most ridiculous predicaments, yet he always seems to land on his feet. These books are great for a slightly older elementary reader, and each chapter functions as its own short story.
So, whether it's dragons or owls or bears that sound like a good fit, try picking up one of these stories at bedtime. There are elements of adventure in all three series, and I've enjoyed each of these almost as much as my children!
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