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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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Cirque Du Freak

By Darren Shan

Our favorites: A Living Nightmare, The Vampire's Assistant, Tunnels of Blood

Perfect for: Kids ages 10 and up drawn to dark, twisted tales filled with eccentric characters.

The hook: Macabre, funny, and action-packed, this series follows a traveling freak show with wolf-man, snake-boy, Larten Crepsley, and a giant spider.

Comments from readers

"I love these Goosebumps books they are cool. I could literally read them all. "
"great book! everybody should read it! "
"Read until I finished misarble mill "
"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? "
"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! "
"Students of grades 4-6 might also enjoy the Brandon Mull books."