I’ve been lucky so far in that both my children love to read and be read to, but these books will charm even the most reluctant reader. Best of all, with characters and settings continuing across more than one book, series books provide a comforting familiarity even when the child is tackling new text for the first time.
Here are four series my own kids can’t get enough of:
- Little Blue Truck
Now that my son is an independent reader I’d thought maybe he’d outgrown these, but when Little Blue Truck’s Christmas came out of storage as part of our Advent Calendar of books he snatched it up happily. We also have the original Little Blue Truck and Little Blue Truck Leads the Way, and I was excited to see there’s a Halloween book coming out this summer.
2. Fly Guy
There are about a billion of these. Okay, I’m exaggerating, but we have at least eleven on our shelves. Some of our favourites are Hi, Fly Guy; Fly Guy and the Frankenfly; Fly Guy vs. the Flyswatter. My son also really enjoyed Fly Guy Presents: Insects and Fly Guy Presents: Dinosaurs. Scholastic have a parent’s guide here.
3. Elephant and Piggie
We already knew and loved Mo Willems from the Pigeon books when we discovered these. My children think they’re HILARIOUS, and I have to admit, I enjoy them a lot too. Some of our favourites: We Are in a Book; I Really Like Slop!; I Broke my Trunk.
4. Llama Llama
Always gentle and so, so easy to relate to, these are tender stories of a llama (and his llama mama) encountering trials such as the first day of preschool, an over-long shopping trip, and too much holiday excitement. We also really like Llama Llama Home with Mama and Llama Llama and the Bully Goat.