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12 best children's books series for grades 1 to 3

A great series can turn a reluctant reader into a life-long book lover. Here are our top picks to transform your young elementary schooler into a bookworm.

By GreatSchools Staff

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Max and Ruby

By Rosemary Wells

Our favoritesMax and Ruby's Bedtime Book, Bunny CakesMax's Dragon Shirt

Perfect for: Siblings who drive each other crazy.

The hook: Ruby, the older sister, has a leg up on just about everything. Although Max, the baby brother, can't yet speak, read, or write — and is constantly messing-up — in the 25-plus books, he always gets what he wants (much to Ruby's annoyance), be it the coveted chocolate chicken or the dragon shirt.

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