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Get Kids Hooked on Reading with these Fantastic Series for Under 10’s - WHSmith.


Nothing beats the feeling of finding a book that you really love and realizing that there is a whole series after it. There are so many fantasy series for children that allow them to feel this feeling from an early age and draw them to their heads. From such classic works as The Chronicles of Narnia by C. C. Lewis and The Famous Five by Enid Blyton, to new exciting books, we have selected some of the best children's series for children under 10 years of age.

Whether reading aloud to children at bedtime or encouraging them to read on their own, these series will provide hours of entertainment for children under 10 years of age. Read on to find out which series to read to children before they turn eleven, you can even recognize some of your own childhood!

Dork Diaries – Rachel Renee Russell

Rachel Renee Russell’s hilarious, very popular series Dork Diaries feature drawings and doodles chronicling the daily drama of a 14 year old. In the first book we are introduced to Nikki Maxwell who is not popular, in fact Nikki Maxwell is the opposite of popular; she’s a total dork! But Nikki’s hoping that by moving to a new school she might just stand a chance of making some friends and leaving her old self in the past. But life is never that simple! Follow Nikki’s life through sketches and diary entries as she starts her new school, battles with her mum for an iPhone and meets her arch-nemesis, the school’s queen bee, Mackenzie.

Filled with romance, comedy, drama and a fantastic cast of character, Dork Diaries shows children that it’s OK to be different.


The Trials of Apollo – Rick Riordan

Bestselling author of the Percy Jackson series Rick Riordan has written another action-packed series for children. In the first book, The Hidden Oracle, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus having angered his father Zeus. Weak and disoriented, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour. But Apollo has many enemies – gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go …an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

With two gripping books in the series so far and another, The Burning Maze, to be released in 2018, The Trials of Apollo series will keep children captivated for hours.


Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney’s popular series Diary of a Wimpy Kid recalls the growing pains of school life and introduces a new kind of hero who epitomises the challenges of being a kid. In the first book Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into a new year and a new school where he shares the corridors with kids who are taller, meaner and already shaving. Desperate to prove his new found maturity, which only going up a grade can bring, Greg is happy to have his not-quite-so-cool sidekick, Rowley, along for the ride. But when Rowley’s star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend’s popularity to his own advantage. Recorded in his diary with comic pictures and his very own words, this test of Greg and Rowley’s friendship unfolds with hilarious results.

A charming, very funny and quick read, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are perfect for young readers.

Beast Quest – Adam Blade

Action-packed fantasy adventure stories, the Beast Quest series is ideal for children who have just started reading chapter books. In the first book, Ferno the Fire Dragon, we meet Tom who’s village is the victim of strange goings on. The river has dried up, their crops have burnt down and the horses have been attacked. Tom soon learns that his village isn’t the only one in trouble and he embarks on an epic quest to save his kingdom.

Brimming with intrigue and surprise, featuring evil wizards knights and dragons, the Beast Quest series is made up of over one hundred short stories that will capture young imaginations.


Captain Underpants – Dav Pilkey

Fans of superhero stories will love the Captain Underpants books from the imaginative mind of Dav Pilkey. Two school boys who write comic books and love to pull pranks find themselves in big trouble when mean Mr. Krupp, their principal, films George and Harold setting up their stunts and threatens to expose them. The boys’ luck changes when they send for a 3-D Hypno-Ring and hypnotize Krupp, turning him into Captain Underpants, their own superhero creation.

Wonderfully silly stories told alongside fun illustrations, the Captain Underpants series are easy to read chapter books that will leave little ones laughing out loud.


Paddington Bear – Michael Bond

Paddington, Michael Bond’s loveable bear has been capturing the hearts of children in books and on screen for nearly sixty years. In the first Paddington book Mr and Mrs Brown encounter him on a railway platform in London with a sign hanging around his neck saying, “Please look after this bear. Thank you” So that is just what they do. From the very first night when he attempts his first bath and ends up nearly flooding the house, Paddington is seldom far from imminent disaster. Children Jonathan and Judy are delighted with this havoc and even Mr. and Mrs. Brown have to admit that life seems to be more filled with adventure with a bear in the house.

Now a fantastic film with another one being released soon, the adventures of Paddington Bear are fun, exciting and will leave little ones wishing they could adopt a talking bear!

Tom Gates – Liz Pichon

If your little ones enjoy the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books then they’ll love Liz Pichon’s funny Tom Gates series. Tom Gates is the master of excuses for late homework, including dog attacks, spilt water and lightening. Tom’s exercise book is full of his doodles, cartoons and thoughts, as well as comments from his long-suffering teacher, Mr Fullerton. After gaining five merits for his holiday story about how rubbish camping is, Tom’s work starts to go downhill, which is a pity as he’s desperate to impress smart and very nice Amy Porter who sits next to him.

Guaranteed to get kids turning the pages and keep laughing, even the most reluctant readers will enjoy all the books in the Tom Gates series.


The Famous Five – Enid Blyton

Enid Blyton’s classic series of books about the adventures of four children and their dog have been entertaining children for over fifty years. The stories take place in the holidays when Julian, Dick, Anne and George have returned from boarding school. Each time they get caught up in an exciting adventure, often involving criminals or lost treasure. In the first book, Five on a Treasure Island, they are staying at George’s house in Dorset when one day, they are exploring nearby Kirrin Island and make a thrilling discovery which leads them deep into the dungeons of Kirrin Castle.

A series of delightful stories set in the British countryside and complete with lashings of ginger beer, The Famous Five series will encourage children to explore outdoors.

Goosebumps – R. L. Stine

The classic 90’s Goosebumps books by R. L. Stine are back with an equally spooky new series. Goosebumps Most Wanted features the return of the original series’ most infamous villains. In the first book we meet the mischievous Jay Gardner who’s always in trouble. Having moved to a new neighbourhood, Jay is given a chance for a fresh start but there’s something odd about his new town. Everyone has gnomes in their front gardens and people are scared to go out at night, which makes Jay wonder if they come to life after dark. He soon learns that mischief can quickly turn to horror.

With over sixty books in the original series and numerous extra new books, the Goosebumps books provide hours of suspenseful, scary fun!

A Series of Unfortunate Events – Lemony Snicket

Now a compelling Netflix show, Lemony Snicket’s melancholic tales of three orphans, A Series of Unfortunate Events, are eccentric and intriguing. When the three Baudelaire children lose their parents in a fire, they are sent to live with a distant relative, Count Olaf. However, it becomes clear that he has only taken the children in because of the vast fortune they are set to inherit. On learning that the inheritance will be withheld until Violet is of age, he punishes them repeatedly and Violet, Klaus and Sunny use their respective talents in inventing, reading and biting to save themselves.

Quirky and darkly funny, Lemony Snicket warns children from the very beginning that their lives would be much more enjoyable if they started another story, which only makes them wants to read A Series of Unfortunate Events more!


The Chronicles of Narnia – C. S. Lewis

For more than fifty years, C.S Lewis’ enchanting series of seven fantasy books have been transporting children to a land where magic meets reality and anything is possible. Set in Narnia, where there are mythical beasts and talking animals, the series narrates the adventures of children who discover this wonderful world and are called upon a magnificent lion called Aslan to help protect it from evil.

Spanning the entire history of Narnia, from its creation in The Magician’s Nephew to its eventual destruction in The Last Battle, the Chronicles of Narnia are perfect for reading aloud to little ones or for encouraging older children to read independently.


The Treehouse Books – Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton’s wacky treehouse adventure stories are told through a combination of laugh-out-loud narration and fantastic cartoons. In 13-Storey Treehouse Andy and Terry live in a treehouse. But it’s not just any old treehouse; it’s the most amazing treehouse in the world! This treehouse has thirteen stories, a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool, a secret underground laboratory, and a marshmallow machine that follows you around and automatically shoots marshmallows into your mouth whenever you are hungry.

Each book in the Treehouse series is silly, funny and captivating from beginning to end. They can be read in any order for numerous absurd, action-packed adventures.


The Bolds – Julian Clary

Comedian-turned-author Julian Clary’s series of popular children’s books centre around The Bolds, a family of hyenas living a normal life in Teddington. Mr and Mrs Bold and their two twins Bobby and Berry do everything they can to keep up the appearance of being human. In their first adventure the nosy man next door smells a rat (or a hyena), and a trip to the local wildlife park, and the brilliantly wacky heist that results, could be the end of Teddington’s best-kept secret.

Filled with quirky illustrations by David Roberts, The Bolds on Holiday is so funny your little one will be left laughing like a hyena!


Horrid Henry – Francesca Simon

Horrid Henry has been wreaking havoc in Francesca Simon’s fantastic books for over twenty years. Lacking in manners and always up to mischief, Horrid Henry is every parent’s worst nightmare, which only makes children love him more! In the first book in the series, Henry tries to be perfect for one day but it doesn’t last long! Alongside Perfect Peter and Moody Margaret, Horrid Henry gets up to plenty of hilarious monkey business in the four short stories, each brought to life by Tony Ross’ energetic illustrations.

Henry’s antics and naughtiness will make children laugh out loud but also hopefully helps them realise how not to behave!


Flying Fergus – Chris Hoy

Olympic gold medal winner Sir Chris Hoy has shared his passion for cycling in a series of children’s books. Flying Fergus is an action-packed series of cycling adventures featuring nine-year old Fergus Hamilton and his friends as he travels back and forth to a parallel universe called Nevermore, where cycling is banned and his dad is trapped by the evil King Woebegot. When Fergus gets up and speeds the pedals backwards on his bike, he can fly through time and space with his dog, Chimp, and land wherever he imagines. Thrilling but also a little bit crazy, he meets some amazing character and does tricks that are out of this world.

The Flying Fergus series inspires and excites children, opening their eyes to the freedom and adventures cycling can offer and shows them that with hard work and determination, you can accomplish your dreams.

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