Kids – and adults – love book series. For parents with avid young readers, keeping up with the demand for quality literature poses a happy but sometimes challenging predicament. That’s why this year our recommended gift list focuses on trilogies and series – old and new – that we believe will appeal to children of all ages. Just follow the links for details. A big thank you to Jane Fagan and Jocelyne Freundorfer for their input!

Preschool/Picture Books

Billy and Blaze by C.W. Anderson

Curious George by H.A. Rey and Margret Rey

Little Tim by Edward Ardizzone

Journey by Aaron Becker

Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola

Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne

Beginner Readers/Easy Chapter Books

Betsy and Eddie series by Carolyn Haywood

Cam Jansen by David Adler

Cody Series by Tricia Springstubb

The Field Trip/Museum Mysteries by Steve Brezenoff

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

My Father’s Dragon (trilogy) by Ruth Stiles Gannett

Nate the Great by Marjorie Sharmat

Sprout Street Neighbors by Anna Alter


Middle Grade Readers

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

The Black Stallion by Walter Farley

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Children of Green Knowe by L.M. Boston

First Farm in the Valley by Anne Pellowski

The Five Little Peppers by Margaret Sidney

Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Littles by John Peterson

Mister Max (trilogy) by Cynthia Voigt

Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

The Patria Trilogy by Daniel McInerny

Rowan of Rin by Emily Rodda

The Star of Deltora by Emily Rodda

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (trilogy) by Joan Aiken

Pre- and Young Teens

The 100 Cupboards (trilogy) by N.D. Wilson

Crispin (trilogy) by Avi

Lad, a Dog by Albert Payson Terhune

The Land of Elyon by Patrick Carman

Little Women (Little Men, Jo’s Boys) by Louisa May Alcott

The Hornblower Saga by C.S. Forester

My Side of the Mountain (trilogy) by Jean Craighead George

The Narnia Series by C. S. Lewis

The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander

The Ranger’s Apprentice by John A. Flanagan

The Shadow Children by Margaret Peterson Haddix

The Vesper Holly Series by Lloyd Alexander


The Eagle of the Ninth Trilogy by Rosemary Sutcliff

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Matilda Saga by Jackie French

The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

Seven Series – Orca Book Publishers (various authors)

Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis

New Series – Having read the first, we anxiously await the sequel!

Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick (sequel to be released in January 2017)

The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon

The Styx Trilogy by Rose Corcoran

A former teacher, Jennifer Minicus is currently a full-time wife and mother.

Jennifer Minicus

Jennifer Minicus lives in New Jersey with her husband and son. A former French, Latin and mathematics teacher, Jennifer currently enjoys the responsibilities of a "domestic engineer", particularly making...