Great Children's Book Series: Introduction

The Evening Hour by George Hardy, 1877

While browsing the Children's Book Week 2012 website, I came across the list of 2012 Children's Book Awards finalists. Many of the books listed were entries in series rather than stand-alone reads, including the picture books Bad Kitty Meets the Baby and If You Give a Dog a Donut, the middle grade books Diary of a Wimpy Kid #6: Cabin Fever and Dork Diaries #3: Tales from a Not-So Talented Pop Star, and the young adult books Passion: A Fallen Novel and Inheritance.

All of the finalists for the 2012 Children's Book Awards are, of course, new books. Since Sparrow Tree Square generally focuses on older books, I thought that it would be fun to feature some children's book series that currently receive less attention. To that end, my family and I have chosen some of our favorite book series for young readers, middle graders, and young adults to share. Our picks contain a mix of older and newer series, but all of the series we've featured had their first books published at least fifteen years ago.

I hope that this article inspires parents and educators to share older books with their children alongside those that are new and popular. After all, any book is new to the child who reads it for the first time, regardless of when the book was first published. By sharing older books with new generations, we ensure that they're remembered and keep their places in homes, classrooms, and libraries for years to come.

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