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10 best children's book series for grades 4 to 6

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

By GreatSchools Staff

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Peter and the Starcatchers

Ages: 7-10

By Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Our favorites: Peter and the Starcatchers, Peter and the Shadow ThievesPeter and the Secret of Rundoon

Perfect for: Pirate-lovin' kids looking for swashbuckling on the high seas.

The hook: The first three books in the series chronicle the spellbinding prequel of how a boy named Peter became the Peter Pan of J.M. Barrie's classic tale. Each page — particularly in the first book — is riveting. All along the way, Peter and his friends encounter an incredible cast of characters, including flying crocodiles, vicious mermaids, and even Zeus and Michelangelo.

Comments from GreatSchools.org readers

06/27/2012:
"I love these Goosebumps books they are cool. I could literally read them all. "
04/23/2012:
"great book! everybody should read it! "
02/22/2012:
"Read until I finished misarble mill "
01/30/2012:
"I find it surprising that there are no "real life: types of adventure stories for boys, such as the "You Were There" series, or the "Story Of ---" series. In the first series, kids were present -- on the Chisolm Trail, -- at the Battle of Lexington, -- at the Battle of the Bulge, etc. In the Story of Series, you learned about Michelangelo, George Washington, Beethoven, etc. In 4th thru sixth grades, our son was captured by these books and became a very good reader, while learning a lot about real history. I heartily recommend them. Our son is now 57. The books were exciting. How do the kids learn history today, and I am not talking about just learning dates? "
08/22/2011:
"I will suggest the series of The 39 clues as a source of adventure for the kids. They are on their 11th book right now and they are great for kids, teens, and adults! "
05/9/2011:
"Students of grades 4-6 might also enjoy the Brandon Mull books."
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