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Top 10 Children's Book Series

Updated on March 12, 2012

A list of the Top 10 Children's Book Series'

Here we have a list of what I believe to be the top 10 young adults book series'. A book series is a sequence of books usually written by the same author which tend to either follow on from one another, or have the same characters.

I am here to discuss which book series is the best for a young adult to read. This is the age where we begin to develop a feel for what genre we prefer, which authors we like, and what writing style suits us best. Many people prefer short chapters, with changing scenes and narrators similar to Dan Brown's style whilst others like a more continuous approach with a constant point of view such as JK Rowling's Harry Potter series.

Below are the book series' that I believe to be the best for a young adult to start their long and winding road of book reading. These are only my thoughts of course and I feel it would benefit greatly if any of you reading this would contribute your likes and dislikes.

1. The Lord of the Rings - by J.R.R. Tolkein

The Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings

Although intended as one giant book, the publishers decided it would be more economic (or perhaps ergonomic) for the book to be split into 3 volumes. The Lord of the Rings is the second highest selling book of all time, behind Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities. Preceded by the Hobbit, it was first published in 1954, the story follows a young Hobbit (small sized man with big, hairy feet) by the name of Frodo Baggins on his journey to destroy the one Ring of Power. An epic series, it is well known for its exquisite detail, and although it begins slowly, the book soon becomes impossible to put down.

Harry Potter
Harry Potter

2. Harry Potter

by J.K. Rowling

Noted by many as one of the most important book series of all time, it has been hailed thanks to its part in restoring young people's interest in reading. The first book was publised in 1997 and follows the life of a young wizard by the name of Harry Potter on his quest to save the wizarding world by defeating the Dark Lord, Voldemort. For those of you who think you are too old for it or simply won't read it because of the hype, you are seriously missing out. J.K. Rowling shows just how much of a genius she is with her twisting plots which seem to fit together like a huge jigsaw puzzle.

Everyone who has read a fantasy novel should have read these books

Lord of the Rings vs Harry Potter - Oh yes, not Twilight vs Harry Potter (that's quite insulting to HP fans)

An epic battle of one fantasy world against another, sure to be greater and more memorable than the Battle of Helm's Deep or the Battle for Hogwarts. Lord of the Rings has been around longer for sure, and has stood more of a test of time when compared to Harry Potter. However, with the shear extent of the Harry Potter Fanworld, one must assume that Harry Potter shall overcome time's test too! So which do you think is better, from a literary point of view as well as an emotional.

Which do you think deserves the number one spot?

Chronicles of Narnia
Chronicles of Narnia

3. The Chronicles of Narnia

by C.S. Lewis

Published from 1950-56, The Chronicles of Narnia are a series of seven novels which follow the lives of four children from London who discover a magical world. In this magical world they are royalty and are worshipped by the majority of Narnia's inhabitants, most of which are talking animals. The books have sold more 100 million copies worldwide making them one of the highest selling book series of all time. A must read, the stories offer an adventure for everyone.

A must buy in my opinion - It's something that you may read once, and then read again 5 years later but enjoy just as much

4. Goosebumps - R.L. Stine


Perhaps a controversial addition to this list, there is no denying the longevity of this series. With 63 installments written from 1992-97, the Goosebumps series has sold over 350 million copies making it the 2nd highest selling book series of all time, only the Harry Potter novels have sold more. Thats right, more Goosebumps books have been sold than Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit combined! One of the only horror books series made for children and young adults, Goosebumps offers a new an exciting story in each book.

One of my favourite of the Goosebumps Series

His Dark Materials
His Dark Materials

5. His Dark Materials

by Phillip Pullman

A well-known book series, first published in 1995, they follow the life and adventures of Lyra Belacqua. The story brings to life the idea of souls as animals that live along side their human counterparts. The story is also set in a multi-universe, with Lyra travelling to other universes after the first book. Although slow in nature, the books have a great story line offering something for everyone, and are a must read if you enjoy witches, philosophy and armoured bears.

The first of 3 in the Dark Materials Novel series

6. James Bond - by Ian Fleming

James Bond
James Bond

Starting with Casino Royale in 1953, the James Bond franchise has grown exponentially, with the majority of the novels being made into films. Even the death of the creator, Ian Fleming, wasn't enough to stop it growing with more writers continuing the epic adventures of the charismatic secret agent. With 14 installments in the series, just try one, and if you like it, you've got something to do for the next month!

A Franchise of epic proportions

7. Percy Jackson and the Olympians - by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Percy Jackson and the Olympians

This is a set of 5 novels that follow the life of Perseus 'Percy' Jackson, a demi-god whose father was the greek god of the Sea, Poseidon. The novels begin with him going to regular mortals school, being bullied, almost killed, and then moved to Camp Half-Blood, a training camp for demi-gods. First published in 2005, the first novel, The Lightning Thief, has been made into a motion picture. Although perhaps not the most well known in this list, they are a fantastic read, offering all the necessary mythical creatures to deserve a place in fantasy novel history.

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

8. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

by Douglas Adams

First published as a novel in 1979 and has since become a cult favourite. It's unusual characters and story line have made it famous, with the funny yet gloomy robot, Marvin. The story follows the life of Earthling Arthur Dent and his adventures into space. I must admit I find the books very difficult to describe and put into words and so can only say, just read them!

The first in the comedic talking robot series

Twilight Saga
Twilight Saga

9. Twilight

by Stephanie Meyer

A love or hate novel series, the Twilight Saga has got a lot going for it. Whilst I must admit, the films have been made to appeal to just women, the books are a good read for both sexes. First published in 2005, the books have grown phenomenally fast in popularity, with all four novels being made into a motion picture. The stories follow the life of Isabella Swan, a 16-17 year old girl who falls in love with a vampire by the name of Edward Cullen. As you can see, it sounds like a romantics dream, and it is, but with a great deal of humour and action thrown in too. I especially enjoyed the entire overhaul of the vampire - werewolf paradigm, with Meyer removing many known concepts such as death by sunlight and garlic, as well as introducing the "powers" that alot of the vampires seem to have developed during their transformation. A very imaginative set of novels, which if you can get past the "puke-bucket" moments (unless you like them of course), is most enjoyable.

Definitely worth a read, even if you don't believe the hype

What Am I missing?

Obviously I am missing some very popular and influential book series, some of which perhaps may not have a place in a Young Adults Book List but deserve a mention none the less.

Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene (many authors)

The Hardy Boys by Franklin W Dixon (many authors)

Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne

Noddy by Enid Blyton

The Railway Series by Wilbert and Christopher Awdry

Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann Martin

Mr Men by Roger and Adam Hargreaves

Perry Mason by Erle Gardner

Robert Landon Novels by Dan Brown (not written as a series)

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The DemonWars Saga by R.A. Salvatore

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If you have any additions that you feel deserve a place, please leave a comment, and if enough people agree I will add it to the list

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    • Lynn Savitsky profile image

      Lynn Savitzky 

      3 years ago from New Jersey

      The Ramona series by Beverly Cleary should be on every top kids' book list.

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      5 years ago

      Interesting how all my FAVORITE series are here....HARRY POTTER and GOOSEBUMPS are the BEST BEST BEST EVER .....i'll try the others too!

    • Liveliferead LM profile image

      Liveliferead LM 

      7 years ago

      Love your choices of book series!!! Harry Potter is by FAR my favorite!!!

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      7 years ago

      As a person getting over the hill, I think the Bond series is still having a charm!

    • RetroMom profile image


      7 years ago

      The book here are amazing. So amazing that some have been made into movies. Great job!

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      7 years ago

      Quite excellent selections!


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