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Article  •  14 April 2020

 

Binge-worthy books: the ten best kids' series that will keep on giving

Just like a good TV show, a beloved book series can lift our mood. Here are some of the best for kids.

We all know that feeling of having a favourite TV series we return to again and again: Once we find something we like, we stick to it. When watching a series we enjoy, our brains produce dopamine as a reward, which makes us feel good. Book series can produce that same positive feedback, without the downside of too much screen time and its sleep-wrecking blue light. Try these series today . . .

 

AGES 6–8

WHAT ZOLA DID

Number of books in series: 7

The bestselling YA author of Looking for Alibrandi is back, and this time she's writing for six-year-olds!  It was having her very own precious, intelligent yet reluctant-to-read daughter that inspired Melina to pen a new story filled with humour and mischief using simple language and quick chapters.

 

Aussie Kids

Number of books in series: 8

From a NSW Zoo to a Victorian lighthouse, or an outback sheep farm in WA to a beach in QLD, this junior fiction series celebrates stories about children living in unique places in every state in Australia. Eight characters, eight stories, eight authors and illustrators from all eight states and territories!

 

Ages 911

 

Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Number of books in series: 14    
Spin-off books: Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid, Rowley jefferson's awesome friendly adventure

Without a doubt, Wimpy Kid is one of the world’s most popular series. Kids will love the humour, the relatable situations, the familiar settings and the illustrations peppered throughout giving them something to swim to from every block of text.

 

Alice-Miranda by Jacqueline Harvey

Number of books in series: 18    
Other series by author: Clementine Rose, Kensy and Max

Alice-Miranda is the type of kid everyone wants as their best friend. She’s loyal and fun, forgiving and kind. Her unique way of looking at the world is uplifting and refreshing. Best of all, she manages to stumble across lots of mysteries to solve – who wouldn’t want to immerse themselves in her world?

 

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Number of books in series: 8
Also check out: Artemis Fowl: The GRaphic Novel

With their new covers and the upcoming Disney movie it’s a great time to rediscover this cracking series, which contains magic in the grungiest, bad-ass kind of way. 12 year-old Artemis is a criminal mastermind who takes on more than he bargained for when he kidnaps leprechaun cop Holly Short. Love it!

 

Mr Bambuckle's remarkables by Tim Harris

Number of books in series: 4

Other series by author: Toffle Towers

Imagine a teacher who cooks yummy breakfasts for the students, regales them with crazy tales, builds self-esteem and makes learning so fun the kids don’t even realise it’s educational. That’s Mr Bambuckle. Funny, uplifting and interspersed with kooky chats and asides, this is a winner.

 

 

Ages 1214

 

The Felix collection by Morris Gleitzman

Number of books in series: 6

Other series by author: Toad Rage

What began as a stand-alone tale about a young orphan in World War II, soon become a collection, as award-winning author and 2018–2019 Children’s Laureate Morris Gleitzman was continually drawn back into Felix’s life. Although it’s a confronting subject, it brims with hope, something many kids will relate to right now. Start the journey at Once.

 

Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan

Number of books in series: 13

Spin-off series: Brotherband, The Royal Ranger, Ranger’s Apprentice Early Years

Set in a medieval world not dissimilar to England, young Will dreams of being a knight but is instead apprenticed to a mysterious Ranger. Reluctantly he learns archery, pony wrangling and, importantly, the art of moving unseen. But will he be able to stop an assassination attempt against the king? Gripping!

 

Friday Barnes by R.A. Spratt

Number of books in series: 8

Other series by author: The Peski Kids, Nanny Piggins

When Friday Barnes solves a bank robbery, she uses the reward to attend boarding school. It turns out to be a hotbed of crime and Friday, our girl detective, has her work cut out for her. Full of dry wit, interesting observations and loveable characters – including a heroine who loves to read and think – this series is addictively delicious.

 

Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan

Number of books in series: 8

Other series by author: The Trialls of Apollo

Percy Jackson was just a normal kid: going to school, skateboarding, playing basketball. The usual. Until one day he vaporized his maths teacher. Then he discovered he was the son of a Greek god, a half-blood. When Zeus thinks Percy’s stolen his lightning bolt, things heat up, and the result is an action-packed ride, worthy of legend.

 

 

Want more? Some series are now also available as bind-ups, with multiple books in the one handy cover. Here are some of the best:

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid (BK1) Jeff Kinney

The first book in the phenomenally successful series Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney is now an animated original Disney+ movie.

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Alice-Miranda At School Jacqueline Harvey

Move over, Matilda, and step aside, Madeline, there's a new charming miniature heroine about to make her mark.

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Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer

The explosive first novel in Eoin Colfer's bestselling Artemis Fowl series, now a major Disney film!

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Mr Bambuckle's Remarkables Tim Harris, James Hart

When Mr Bambuckle arrives, laughs, thrills, silliness and imagination are guaranteed to follow!

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Once Morris Gleitzman

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Once And Then Morris Gleitzman

  The bestselling Once and its sequel Then, now published in the one edition for the first time.

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Now Morris Gleitzman

Another compelling chapter in the life of Felix, hero of the award-winning series of books that includes Once, Then, After and Soon.

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Maybe Morris Gleitzman

The next powerful episode in the life of Felix, hero of Morris Gleitzman's multi-award-winning Once, Then, Now, After and Soon.

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Soon Morris Gleitzman

Soon continues the incredibly moving story of Felix, a Jewish boy still struggling to survive in the wake of the liberation of Poland after the end of World War Two.

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Double Down: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (BK11) Jeff Kinney

Book eleven in the hugely popular series of books about an ordinary kid, who thinks way outside the box, navigating his way through family, life and middle school.

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Wrecking Ball: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (14) Jeff Kinney

Book 14 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series — from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney.

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Rodrick Rules: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (BK2) Jeff Kinney

'Unhinging hilarity.'  Kirkus Reviews

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The Last Straw: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (BK3) Jeff Kinney

Book 3 in the phenomenally successful Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (Book 4) Jeff Kinney

'Genre-busting series ... spot-on humour and a winning formula.' Publisher's Weekly

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth (Book 5) Jeff Kinney

Book 5 in the phenomenally successful Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney.

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Cabin Fever: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (BK6) Jeff Kinney

Book 6 in the phenomenally successful series Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney.

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The Third Wheel: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (BK7) Jeff Kinney

Book 7 from bestselling author Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Jeff Kinney's endearingly self absorbed 'paper-son' offers more reflections on life as a stressed-out teen.

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Hard Luck: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (BK8) Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney's 8th book of this hilarious and highly successful series, and Greg Heffley and his friends now have a whole new set of adventures.

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The Long Haul: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (BK9) Jeff Kinney

The Diary of Wimpy Kid series of books, by best-selling author Jeff Kinney, charts the highs and lows of our middle school hero, Greg, as he stumbles and fumbles from childhood to teenhood via school-hood. Sometimes helped by his friends and family, often not helped by himself!

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Old School: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (BK10) Jeff Kinney

Book 10 of the phenomenally bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, by author-illustrator Jeff Kinney, brings the series back to its roots as Greg starts a new school year and faces a challenge he never could've imagined.

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The Getaway: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (BK12) Jeff Kinney

Book 12 in the phenomenal, best-selling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney.

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The Meltdown: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (13) Jeff Kinney

Book 13 in the phenomenal, best-selling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney.

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Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal Jeff Kinney

Get ready for a whole new look into Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid! Introducing the newest Wimpy Kid author—Rowley Jefferson!

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Alice-Miranda On Holiday Jacqueline Harvey

The ever so exciting sequel to Alice-Miranda at School

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Alice-Miranda at Sea Jacqueline Harvey

Mystery and intrigue above deck and below!

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Alice-Miranda In New York Jacqueline Harvey

Alice-Miranda takes a bite out of the Big Apple!

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Alice-Miranda Friends Forever Jacqueline Harvey

Can one tiny girl change a very big school?

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The Eternity Code Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin, Eoin Colfer And Andrew Donkin

Artemis Fowl is going straight . . . as soon as he pulls off the most brilliant criminal feat of his career.

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Artemis Fowl and The Arctic Incident Eoin Colfer

The second novel in the extraordinary Artemis Fowl series, now with a brand-new cover look!

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Artemis Fowl and the Eternity Code Eoin Colfer

The third novel in the extraordinary Artemis Fowl series, now with a brand-new cover look!

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Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex Eoin Colfer

The seventh novel in the extraordinary Artemis Fowl series, now with a brand-new cover look!.

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Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox Eoin Colfer

The sixth novel in the extraordinary Artemis Fowl series, now with a brand-new cover look!

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Artemis Fowl and the Opal Deception Eoin Colfer

The fourth novel in the extraordinary Artemis Fowl series, now with a brand-new cover look!

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Artemis Fowl and the Lost Colony Eoin Colfer

The fifth novel in the extraordinary Artemis Fowl series, now with a brand-new cover look!

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Mr Bambuckle's Remarkables on the Lookout Tim Harris, James Hart

Australia's favourite teacher is back - but has Mr Bambuckle met his greatest challenge yet?

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Mr Bambuckle's Remarkables Go Wild Tim Harris

Australia's funniest new author for kids is back with a fresh batch of stories about the mysterious Mr Bambuckle and the class of room 12B.

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Mr Bambuckle's Remarkables Fight Back Tim Harris, James Hart

Australia's funniest new author for kids is back with a fresh batch of stories about the mysterious Mr Bambuckle and the class of room 12B.

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Ranger's Apprentice 1: The Ruins Of Gorlan John Flanagan

The New York Times and Australian mega-bestselling series about Will and his friends from Castle Redmont starts here!

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Ranger's Apprentice 2: The Burning Bridge John Flanagan

One man may be deceit. Two can be conspiracy. Three is the number I trust.

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Ranger's Apprentice 3: The Icebound Land John Flanagan

The Ranger’s apprentice is about to be sold into slavery - but help can arrive from the most unexpected places . . .

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Ranger's Apprentice 4: Oakleaf Bearers John Flanagan

Can sworn enemies fight side by side to save their lives and their kingdoms?

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Ranger's Apprentice 5: Sorcerer In The North John Flanagan

On his first top-secret mission, can the Ranger Will save a new ally from a terrible curse?

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Ranger's Apprentice: The Royal Ranger John Flanagan

The next generation of Ranger's Apprentice is here.

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Ranger's Apprentice 8: The Kings of Clonmel John Flanagan

One Ranger can stop a riot, but this time two Rangers may not be enough . . .

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Ranger's Apprentice 7: Erak's Ransom John Flanagan

There is one adventure from Will’s time as a Ranger’s Apprentice that is yet to be told...

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Friday Barnes 1: Girl Detective R.A. Spratt

Imagine if Sherlock Holmes was an eleven-year-old girl!

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Friday Barnes 2: Under Suspicion R.A. Spratt

Who knew boarding school could be this perilous!

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Friday Barnes 3: Big Trouble R.A. Spratt

Friday Barnes has a new case, and this time it’s personal!

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Friday Barnes 4: No Rules R.A. Spratt

What if every clue points in the wrong direction?

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Friday Barnes 5: The Plot Thickens R.A. Spratt

Friday Barnes is being attacked on all fronts!

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Friday Barnes 6: Danger Ahead R.A. Spratt

School camp . . . what could possibly go wrong?

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Friday Barnes 7: Bitter Enemies R.A. Spratt

Headmasters behaving badly!

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Friday Barnes 8: Never Fear R.A. Spratt

Friday's time at Highcrest is running out!

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Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (Book 1) Rick Riordan

The first bestselling book in Rick Riordan's phenomenally successful Percy Jackson series.

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Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters (Book 2) Rick Riordan

New edition to tie-in with the star-studded and eagerly awaited Percy Jackson film from Twentieth Century Fox.

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Percy Jackson and the Titan's Curse (Book 3) Rick Riordan

The third book in the most exciting commercial fantasy adventure series since Artemis Fowl. Now with a thrilling new cover look.

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Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth (Book 4) Rick Riordan

The fourth incredible adventure in the bestselling series. Now with a thrilling new cover look.

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Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian (Book 5) Rick Riordan

The fifth awesome adventure in the top-ten bestselling Percy Jackson series. Now with a thrilling new cover look.

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Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes Rick Riordan

If you like poisonings, betrayals, mutilations, murders and flesh-eating farmyard animals, keep reading . . .

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What Zola Did on Monday Melina Marchetta, Deb Hudson

From the author of Looking for Alibrandi comes this gorgeous series to engage and entertain newly independent young readers.

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What Zola Did on Tuesday Melina Marchetta, Deb Hudson

From the author of Looking for Alibrandi comes this gorgeous series to engage and entertain newly independent young readers.

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What Zola Did on Wednesday Melina Marchetta, Deb Hudson

From the author of Looking for Alibrandi comes this gorgeous series to engage and entertain newly independent young readers.

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What Zola Did on Thursday Melina Marchetta, Deb Hudson

From the author of Looking for Alibrandi comes this gorgeous series to engage and entertain newly independent young readers.

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What Zola Did on Friday Melina Marchetta, Deb Hudson

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What Zola Did on Saturday Melina Marchetta, Deb Hudson

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What Zola Did on Sunday Melina Marchetta, Deb Hudson

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Aussie Kids: Meet Mia by the Jetty Janeen Brian, Danny Snell

Aussie Kids is an exciting new series for emerging readers 6-8 years. From a NSW Zoo to a Victorian lighthouse, or an outback sheep farm in WA to a beach in QLD, this junior fiction series celebrates stories about children living in unique places in every state and territory in Australia. 8 characters, 8 stories, 8 authors and illustrators from all 8 states and territories! Come on an adventure with Aussie Kids and meet Mia from South Australia.

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Aussie Kids: Meet Eve in the Outback Raewyn Caisley, Karen Blair

Aussie Kids is an exciting new series for emerging readers 6-8 years. From a NSW Zoo to a Victorian lighthouse, or an outback sheep farm in WA to a beach in QLD, this junior fiction series celebrates stories about children living in unique places in every state in Australia. 8 characters, 8 stories, 8 authors and illustrators from all 8 states and territories! Come on an adventure with Aussie Kids and meet Eve from Western Australia.

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Aussie Kids: Meet Dooley on the Farm Sally Odgers, Christina Booth

Aussie Kids is an exciting new series for emerging readers 6-8 years. From a NSW Zoo to a Victorian lighthouse, or an outback sheep farm in WA to a beach in QLD, this junior fiction series celebrates stories about children living in unique places in every state and territory in Australia. 8 characters, 8 stories, 8 authors and illustrators from all 8 states and territories! Come on an adventure with Aussie Kids and meet Dooley from Tasmania.

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Aussie Kids: Meet Zoe and Zac at the Zoo Belinda Murrell, David Hardy

Aussie Kids is an exciting new series for emerging readers 6-8 years. From a NSW Zoo to a Victorian lighthouse, or an outback sheep farm in WA to a beach in QLD, this junior fiction series celebrates stories about children living in unique places in every state in Australia. 8 characters, 8 stories, 8 authors and illustrators from all 8 states and territories! Come on an adventure with Aussie Kids and meet Zoe and Zac from New South Wales.

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Aussie Kids: Meet Katie at the Beach Rebecca Johnson, Lucia Masciullo

Aussie Kids is an exciting new series for emerging readers 6-8 years. From a NSW Zoo to a Victorian lighthouse, or an outback sheep farm in WA to a beach in QLD, this junior fiction series celebrates stories about children living in unique places in every state in Australia. 8 characters, 8 stories, 8 authors and illustrators from all 8 states and territories! Come on an adventure with Aussie Kids and meet Katie from Queensland.

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