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10+ Kid-Approved Series Titles For Advanced Readers (Lower Primary)

Is your child an advanced reader? It can be hard to keep up with the voracious reading appetite of an advanced reader, as well as to find new books to keep him or her engaged. 

Below, a mother of two advanced readers shares some of the series books that her younger son, now eight, has thoroughly enjoyed. There are enough books on this list to keep an avid reader occupied for months! Stay tuned for a follow-up post, with her recommendations for upper primary kids.

Kid-Approved Series Titles

Percy Jackson, Heroes Of Olympus, Trials Of Apollo, Magnus Chase (Series)

Author: Rick Riordan

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Background: These fantasy adventure and mythological series books first took shape when author and former teacher Rick Riordan began telling his son bedtime stories based on Greek mythology. Riordan’s son has dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which inspired him to create a protagonist (Percy Jackson) who also deals with these conditions while fighting monsters at the same time. Riordan’s objective was not only to entice children to read, but also to motivate children to rise beyond their circumstances and aspire to greatness.

Recommended Age: 9+

Commonsense Media Rating: 

(Book 1) Percy Jackson And The Olympians series: Mild to moderate warnings for violence, consumerism, sex, and drinking/smoking. 

(Book 1) Heroes Of Olympus series: Mild to moderate warnings for consumerism, violence, and sex. 

(Book 1) Trials Of Apollo series: Mild to moderate warnings for consumerism, violence, and sex — Apollo remembers past loves, male and female, with talk of how one of his present children has two fathers. 

(Book 1) Magnus Chase And The Gods Of Asgard series: Mild to moderate warnings for violence, language, consumerism, drinking, and sex. 

Additional Info: View series details here.

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Shapeshifter (Series) 

Author: Ali Sparkes

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Synopsis: In the first book of this series (titled Finding The Fox), Dax Jones turns into a fox, and is whisked away by the government to a remote college where other children his age have also suddenly developed paranormal powers. He soon makes new friends — Gideon, who can move things with his mind; Mia, who can heal people; and Lisa, who is sick and tired of getting messages from the dead. As these children begin to develop their powers, they wonder if the college is there to protect them, or to control them.

Recommended Age: 9 to 11 years

Commonsense Media Rating: N.A. 

Additional Info: View series details here

Find It At The Library: Print editions available.

Septimus (Series)

Author: Angie Sage

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Synopsis: In the first book of this series (titled Magyk), Septimus Heap disappears the night he is born, pronounced dead by the midwife. That same night, the baby’s father, Silas Heap, comes across an abandoned child in the snow — a newborn girl with violet eyes. The Heaps take her into their home, name her Jenna, and raise her as their own. But who is this mysterious baby girl, and what really happened to Septimus?

Recommended Age: 8 to 12 years

Commonsense Media Rating: Mild warnings for drinking and violence. 

Additional Info: View series details here

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The Inheritance Cycle (Series) 

Author: Christopher Paolini

Awards: View details here.

Synopsis: The Inheritance Cycle is the saga of one boy, one dragon, and a world of adventure. When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon’s simple life is shattered, and he and his dragon, Saphira, are thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. 

Recommended Age: 10 to 12 years

Commonsense Media Rating: (Book 1) Moderate warnings for violence and smoking. 

Additional Info: View series details here

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George (Series) 

Author: Lucy and Stephen Hawking

Synopsis: Join George and Annie as they explore the galaxy in this cosmic adventure series from acclaimed scientist Stephen Hawking and his daughter Lucy Hawking. In the first book of this series (titled George’s Secret Key To The Universe), take a rollercoaster ride through the vastness of space. Discover the mysteries of physics, science, and the universe with George, his friends next door, and a super-intelligent computer called Cosmos, which can take them to the edge of a black hole and back again. 

Recommended Age: 8 to 12 years

Commonsense Media Rating: (Book 3) Mild warnings for violence and language.

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Horrible Science, Horrible Histories, Horrible Geography (Series)

Authors: Various authors including Nick Arnold, Terry Deary, and Anita Ganeri.

Awards: View details (Horrible Science, Horrible Histories, Horrible Geography).

Background: This popular children’s non-fiction series aims to tell it as it is — with humour and all the not-so-pretty details that will get kids hooked on learning more about the world around them. 

Recommended Age: 9 to 12

Commonsense Media Rating: N.A.

Additional Info: View series details (Horrible Science, Horrible Histories, Horrible Geography). 

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Redwall (Series)

Author: Brian Jacques

Synopsis: Redwall Abbey, tranquil home to a community of peace-loving mice, is threatened by Cluny the Scourge — an evil-one-eyed rat warlord — and his battle-hardened cronies. Cluny is certain that Redwall will fall easily to his fearsome army but he hasn’t bargained for the courage and strength of the Redwall mice and their loyal woodland friends.

Recommended Age: 9 to 11 years

Commonsense Media Rating: (Book 1) Mild-to-moderate warnings for sex, violence, language, and drinking.

Additional Info: View series details here

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Beyonders (Series)

Author: Brandon Mull

Synopsis: In the first book of this series (titled Beyonders: A World Without Heroes), Jason Walker wishes his life could be less predictable, until a routine day at the zoo ends with Jason teleporting from a hippo tank into a strange, imperiled world known as “Lyrian.” Here, the inhabitants live in fear of their malicious wizard emperor, Maldor. Those who have resisted have been bought off or punished, leaving a realm where fear and suspicion prevail. In order to find his way home, Jason will first need to defeat the emperor…

Recommended Age: 8 to 12 years

Commonsense Media Rating: (Book 1) Mild-to-moderate warnings for violence and drugs. 

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