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Tweens and Teens Favorite Book Sets

Updated on August 18, 2014

Rediscovering the World of Reading

Finding the right books for our tweens and teens to be interested in may take some effort on the part of every parent. Why not give them what they already like to read so they will develop a good habit of reading?

When my nephews were growing up they would spend many weekends with us. They knew that we were avid readers and encouraged reading. Being a teacher made it possible for me to keep up with the reading materials children needed for each grade level, and so I stocked up on those kinds of books.

I have highlighted some of the books that are very popular with children in their tweens and teens, from silly to serious. Often times when a child likes a particular book they will follow along with a series, which promotes a healthy reading lifestyle.

Let's face it; in order for our youth to be able to function in this world, they need to know how to read. Provide an environment in your home that will help your children establish a pattern for daily reading.

Select several sets and encourage your kids to read more with these proven favorites among children.

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Getting the Kids to Read - Leading by Example

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Every night before going to bed we have a tradition of reading. So when our nephews began spending oodles of time with us, especially on weekends, we encouraged them to do the same.

Our home has always had a library - one for children and one for adults. It was filled with our favorites from childhood through adulthood. To help encourage reading, we stocked the shelves with books in all different categories and interests so that each child would find something fascinating enough to actually read.

We started off with my husband primarily reading from the Bible story book when they were really young, and eventually branching out to some of his favorites. When he got to the more scary stories I slipped out of the room with them laughing as I made my exit.

The range of materials was vast leading from history to present, classic to prehistoric, sad to funny. When they didn't feel like reading something heavy, they would at least do word finds, fill in the blanks, finish the story and crossword puzzles. One of the favorites was to finish a story adding nouns, verbs, adverbs or adjectives. We would do them together and make up the funniest stories and read them to one another. So, in reality, they still read!

Whatever method you choose to get your kids to read, encourage them with a variety of things to chose from in your own reading library. Turn off the television, turn off the radio, Internet or video game and turn them on to good old fashioned reading - it will never go out of style.

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The World of Narnia

Every year I assigned my students eight book reviews to complete. They could be in video, play, hanging mobile, report or diorama form.

Some of my classes selected the books from the Narnia Chronicles series. Even though they could only do one report on the series, many of them continued reading through the entire line of books by writer and scholar C.S. Lewis.

Each of his stories have an underlying theme that wars against good and evil. Although the books are based on fiction and fantasy, Lewis uses biblical theory in getting the message that good will overtake wrong doing in the end.

Get involved with your child's learning and read with them. Discover The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, where the children climb into the clothes wardrobe entering the fantasy world of Narnia. The adventures continue on in this fictitional land for the entire series.

The Chronicles of Narnia Videos - If you are not familiar with what your kids love, take a quick look and see.

The full movie of the Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe. Where animals talk and good overtakes evil.

Items that are included in the gift box sets that go along with the Chronicles of Narnia Book series..

Character Lucy's episodes in the Chronicles series.

Trailer for the new movie from the Chronicles of Narnia series. The adventure continues on the open sea.

Review of all the books in the series ending with the final battle.

Master Replicas of the Narnia Series - Each gift set comes with their own pieces that coincide with the storyline.

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Narnia Susan's Christmas GiftsThe Chronicles of Narnia: Lucy's Gift ReplicaMaster Replicas Chronicles of Narnia The Lion The Witch & The WardrobePeter's Gifts from The Lion The Witch & The Wardrobe
Narnia Susan's Christmas Gifts
Narnia Susan's Christmas Gifts
The Chronicles of Narnia: Lucy's Gift Replica
The Chronicles of Narnia: Lucy's Gift Replica
Master Replicas Chronicles of Narnia The Lion The Witch & The Wardrobe
Master Replicas Chronicles of Narnia The Lion The Witch & The Wardrobe
Peter's Gifts from The Lion The Witch & The Wardrobe
Peter's Gifts from The Lion The Witch & The Wardrobe

Chronicles of Narnia Prop Replica Gift Sets - Not for young children. Contains small parts.

If you are familiar with the C.S.Lewis books, you know that there have been dolls, toys, games and other items made to bring out the characters in his books. Many have bought these items for their Barbie, My American Girl or American Girl dolls. However, because they are delicate, I would not encourage these replica items for "play", but to be used as display props for a collectors series.

Each set has a different miniature replica set that is fashioned after the story and comes in an attractive gift box. Help bring the characters and story to life using these gifts with the books.

Master Replicas Peters Gifts From The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe
Master Replicas Peters Gifts From The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe
In Peter's Gift Box you will receive the miniature version of his shield and trusty sword.
Narnia Susan's Christmas Gifts
Narnia Susan's Christmas Gifts
Susan's gift box set includes her magical ivory horn, bow and arrow.
The Chronicles of Narnia: Lucy's Gift Replica
The Chronicles of Narnia: Lucy's Gift Replica
Lucy's gift set includes a copy of the set she received from Father Christmas. It includes her magical dagger and vial like she used to save the life of her brother.
Master Replicas Chronicles of Narnia The Lion The Witch & The Wardrobe Susan's Christmas Gifts
Master Replicas Chronicles of Narnia The Lion The Witch & The Wardrobe Susan's Christmas Gifts
Help build your child's imagination as they read the stories from the Chronicles of Narnia.

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J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien Books - The Histories of Middle Earth, Fantasy, The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings Books

It may seem funny, but I was first introduced to these books by one of my tenth grade students named Gary. Every month the classes would have the opportunity to purchase books from the Scholastic or Troll Book clubs. He couldn't wait for the next volume to come out, and would pester me until his selections came in that month. Over time his interest in the series enticed some other students, and he was the one that got the boys reading.

If you have a young man that doesn't have an inkling as to what good literature is, try giving them one of these books. These are not easy reads, but will take them to places in their imagination that is beyond their everyday thinking. I can assure you that they will not be disappointed.

The Histories of Middle Earth, Volumes 1-5
The Histories of Middle Earth, Volumes 1-5
These books are not for the occasional reader and are somewhat difficult to follow at times. By the time you get to the end though, it all makes sense. Really for the Tolkien fan and a good introductory set to his works.
Tolkien Fantasy Tales Box Set (The Tolkien Reader/The Silmarillion/Unfinished Tales/Sir Gawain and the Green Knight)
Tolkien Fantasy Tales Box Set (The Tolkien Reader/The Silmarillion/Unfinished Tales/Sir Gawain and the Green Knight)
If you are looking to go beyond the Hobbit or Lord of the Rings books, this is the set to consider. You will get four books in the Fantasy Tales set: The Tolkien Reader, The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
Probably the most popular of Tolkien’s books among young teens, especially boys. This set contains four master piece works: The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King, and the all-time favorite, The Hobbit.


The Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew Starter 5 Volume Set - Individually you'd pay over $5.00 each. Save by getting the set.

When my sister was a young girl she would read so many books that were part of a series. I can remember her reading mysteries, romances, fiction, non-fiction and practically anything. One series that stood out in my mind was Nancy Drew.

I cannot really speak for the boys, but I know that they like the Hardy Boys mysteries as much as the girls like Nancy Drew. As we grew older, our tastes in reading may have matured, but our love for the classics that got us hooked on books hasn't changed.

Hardy Boys Starter Set - Books 1-5 (The Hardy Boys)
Hardy Boys Starter Set - Books 1-5 (The Hardy Boys)
What boy doesn’t like a mystery? This five volume set comes in a gift slipcover box for easy storage. Many of the covers have been redesigned but they are the same reading material. Titles include: The Tower Treasure, The House on the Cliff, The Secret of the Old Mill, The Missing Chums, and Hunting for Hidden Gold.

Tales of the Boxcar Children

The story of orphan children who live in a red boxcar as they try to keep the family together.

The Boxcar Children Bookshelf - The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Books 1-12

I remember purchasing some of this set for my classroom and home children’s library. At the time many of my 7th graders were reading these books, mainly because they were introduced to them back in their lower grades through reading programs.

The first book is a heart-warming story of orphan children who run away from their horrible grandfather, in order to stay together as a family. They finally find solace in lowly red train box car, and that’s where it all begins. From there we are invited to engage in their travels, escapades, troubles and celebrations along their mystery trail in life.

In celebration of their 70th year in print, the first six books have had a facelift – an attractive redesign of their covers.

The Boxcar Children Bookshelf (The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Books 1-12)
The Boxcar Children Bookshelf (The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Books 1-12)
This is a deluxe paperback set that has 12 books. I like that the expandable book holder can hold up to 32 books. Included are activities, a poster and accordion bookmarker with a title checklist you can fill in as you add to the set.

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In Search of Waldo

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When my nephew was first learning about words and picture associations to those words, he discovered the Waldo books. Learning to read was difficult for him, so finding this series made books fun, because they were mostly interactive with few words on a page.

Any child will like this set, but it is a good introduction to books for kids that really don’t like reading. The pictures are fun, trying to find Waldo isn’t always easy either. It’s a perfect series for several reading levels (and even adults like them).

This is the only series that has these titles in one boxed set. You will get these titles in a slipcase cover, making it easy to house the books in one place.

Where’s Waldo; Where’s Waldo Now?; Where’s Waldo? The Wonder Book; Where’s Waldo? In Hollywood and Where’s Waldo? The Great Picture Hunt.

Where's Waldo? The Complete Collection
Where's Waldo? The Complete Collection
Oversized paperback edition set of Martin Handford’s artwork. Nice collection for any age really and for those who love finding Waldo.

Comics Come to Hollywood - Watch an episode of what your kids are reading.

Hagar the Horrible: "Hagar Knows Best"

Phineas and Ferb-Unfair Science Fair

Archie's Funhouse Episode # 1

Follow the typical adventures in the life of teens.

Have fun with music, stories, jokes and riddles with America's favorite comic strip teens.

What happens when a science project goes really wrong and Candice is launched in Mars?

Laughter - Medicine for the Soul in Books - Favorite comic books for tweens and tweens.

Phineas and Ferb Chapter Book Box Set (Books 1-3)
Phineas and Ferb Chapter Book Box Set (Books 1-3)
If your kids like the television series, introduce them to the books of their favorite characters. Included here are the first books in the series: Speed Demons, Runaway Hit, and Wild Surprise. There is a bonus gift of stickers of the characters that comes with this set. Easy bedtime reading and has 338 pages.
Hägar the Horrible: The Epic Chronicles: The Dailies 1977-1978
Hägar the Horrible: The Epic Chronicles: The Dailies 1977-1978
Vikings have never looked better and the family is still intact! Even today, people have said that this is one of the funniest comics strips they have ever read. Explore the life of a Viking with Hagar, Helga, Hamlet and Honey. A great gift for comic book history buffs. It is a hardback reprint edition of the daily strip. Two comics per page in this 248 page edition.
Archie 1000 Page Comics Jamboree (Archie 1000 Page Digests)
Archie 1000 Page Comics Jamboree (Archie 1000 Page Digests)
America’s favorite teens are about to become senior “citizens” in theory. The comic strip celebrates 70 years in print with this collection of 1,000 pages, including 100 full color stories. Included in this set are behind the scenes exclusives from the creators of the comic strip. Root beer, pick-up lines, rivals, romance, friendship and comedy are what this group of kids are all about. No matter the decade, some things never go out of fashion.

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