Series Books for Boys 5-9 years old

My oldest child, who is now 9 years old and in the 4th grade of our homeschool, has become a pretty voracious reader over the years.  In kindergarten he started reading a beginning chapter book series, and from there he was hooked.  He has read tons of books over the past four years, and a good number of them have been books from a series.  He will read and reread them over and over.  He loves the anticipation of knowing there are more books ahead with the same characters or setting or overall plot.  So I have compiled for you a list of series books for boys 5-9 years old, or roughly series books for the elementary years of K-4/5.  These are books my son has used for self-selected independent reading.  Sometimes he would also listen to them on audiobook as well.

Of course this list is based on MY SON’S interests and he is only ONE BOY, so use your own judgement on whether your son or male students will enjoy these.  And, yes, your daughters and female students are invited to enjoy these just as much as any boy!!!  This list is simply designed to give moms and teachers a starting place for finding books that might appeal to their boys.

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Series Books for Boys

…in roughly the order my son read them between the ages of 5-9, or kindergarten through 4th grade.

1. The Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo –

Funny stories with colorful pictures about a pig who loves buttered toast!


2. The Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osborne –

Join Jack and Annie on a series of magical adventures that start in their treehouse.  The stories have lots of actual historical and scientific information contained within high-action fiction.


3. Puppy Place series by Ellen Miles –

Truly one of my son’s most favorites; he has read some of these 10 times each!  This series features a family with children who foster a different breed of dog in every book.  Children will learn lots about raising puppies, dog training, and types of dogs in these exciting fiction books!  If your child prefers cats to dogs, he may like Miles’ other series, Kitty Corner.


4. My Father’s Dragon series by Ruth Stiles Gannett –

A trilogy of the magical tales of Elmer and his flying baby dragon.


5. The Bad Kitty series by Nick Bruel –

The title pretty much says it all.  Seriously silly stuff!


6. The Bunnicula series by Deborah and James Howe –

Tales of a vampire bunny and his companions!


7. The Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis –

The most popular book is The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, but the entire set is worth the read!  Also fabulous on audiobook for the whole family!


8. The Mouse and the Motorcycle series by Beverly Cleary –

The adventures of Ralph S. Mouse and his toy motorcycle.


9. The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner –

A sibling group who have adventures and face mysteries in every book.


10. The I Survived Series by Lauren Tarshis –

Each book features an exciting or terrifying historical time period and weaves a story where a child character lives to tell the tale.


11. The Superfudge series by Judy Blume –

I remember loving these as a child and my son loved them as well.  These are laugh out loud funny at times!


12. Beverly Cleary series books by Beverly Cleary –

My son loved getting to know Beverly Cleary’s characters and seeing how they interacted throughout her books.  This set actually includes the Ralph S. Mouse trilogy I mentioned above, too.


13. The Who is, Who Was… series by various authors –

These are biographies of famous people written in a highly engaging way that draw’s kids in, especially if they have any interest in history!


14. The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder –

These tell the story of Laura’s real childhood as an American pioneer.  Only one is told from a boy’s point of view, but my son loved them all.


15. The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling –

Follow Harry Potter and his friends from the muggle world into the wizarding world.  Books 1-3 can be appropriate for younger readers at your discretion, while books 4, and especially 5-7 get into darker themes (and higher reading levels), so please preview for yourself.  I planned to only let my son read the first few, but he was hooked and with much persuasion on his part, he convinced us he was ready for the final books.  Being a more sensitive child, I was concerned this wasn’t the best plan for him at his age, but he actually did great with them.  We are holding off on the later movies though until he is older.


16. The Redwall series by Brian Jacques –

Another of my son’s most very favorite series.  He is on the next to the last book now.  The reading level on this is fairly high and there is a good amount of violence, so please preview.  The series reminds me somewhat of the Lord of the Rings, but with all animal characters.  The audiobooks are read by the author and they are superb!  My son listened to every book on audio first, and then followed up by reading the book on his own.  He has listened to and read each book at least 4 times, he loves them so much.


If I have one goal as a teacher and a parent, it’s to raise readers.  Kids who read will become adults who read, and people who read can learn just about anything.  Besides math, reading is the key to just about every educational door.  I firmly believe that many kids who “don’t like to read” just haven’t found the right book yet.  If you have a reluctant reader, here’s to hoping one of these book series will spark his/her reading flame!

series books for boys

I hope your children enjoy our series books for boys from ages 5-9 (grades k-4) as much as my son has!


series books for boys

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