6 Read Aloud Book Series My Boys and I Love and Recommend

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Do you read aloud to your kids? We read together every night, and it’s such a great way to connect and calm down at the end of the night. Our favorite read aloud books to read are book series, and these are some of our favorites we’ve read together!


This is why I read aloud to my boys every night

Reading aloud to my boys before bed is one of my very favorite things. In the last few years I’ve only missed a handful of nights.  I love how it connects us and calms us. Plus it always ends our day on a really happy note every night.

Not every day is great and happy during the day, but I go to bed feeling like I’ve been a good and happy mom if we read together for 15-30 minutes.


Book series are our favorite option for children’s read aloud books

We read a lot of different books, but book series are some of my favorite. You get a much deeper story and learn to love the characters, and I love seeing my boys fall in love with characters.

I also wrote about some of our favorite non-series read aloud books RIGHT HERE!

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These are some of the best read aloud book series

Half Magic

Half Magic is a fun series about four children — two boys and two girls — who discover magical objects and creatures that give them wishes. In each book they use this object or communicate with the creature to go on magical adventures. They often get in sticky situations since they’re just a bunch of kids who don’t really think through their wishes very thoroughly. 

My boys loved this series, and I love that it’s a little old fashioned so the children are very polite, and the content is very clean.


Little House on the Prairie

I read many of the books in the Little House on the Prairie Series when I was a little girl, and I was so excited to introduce my boys to them. We started with Farmer Boy, but plan to read more in the series. I love that they portray hard working children who live normal, simple, happy lives.


Boxcar Children

The Boxcar Children series was one of the first series I read with B. The author, Gertrude Warner, wrote the first 19 books in the series before she died. Then some other authors have continued the series and now there are hundreds of Boxcar Children mysteries. But I personally think the original 19 are the very best.

They’re about four children whose parents die, so they run away so as not to be found by their Grandfather, who they think is mean. They discover an abandoned train boxcar in the woods, and make it their home until their grandfather, who turns out to be very kind, finds them and takes them to live with him. Each book has a different mystery that they work to solve, and each of the characters are so sweet and hard working.


How to Train Your Dragon

We actually didn’t read the How to Train Your Dragon Series aloud – we listened to the entire thing on audiobook. Honestly, I recommend that over reading it, cause the narrator David Tennant is unreal talented. 

It’s such a fun series about Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, a little viking boy who is heir to the chief, but much too scrawny to be a viking chief. He has the sweetest little heart, and he and his friends go on all sorts of adventures to help people, save the archipelago where they live, and protect the dragons. You might have seen the movies, but honestly the books are so much better.

note: these books are very clean, but there is a chief of the all women’s viking tribe named Big-Boobied Bertha. She’s not a main character, but her name shows up occasionally, and her “ample bosoms” are mentioned one or two times. I’ve just sort of breezed over those parts 😉


Harry Potter

You all know about the Harry Potter series, of course! It’s such a fantastic series, and in the past year we’ve read the first two books. We actually read the illustrated versions, which are gorgeous. I highly recommend them for reading with little kids who love book visuals.

BUT, we don’t plan on continuing the series for a while. My boys are 6 and 8, and as the series continues Harry gets older and the themes get more mature with death, evil, and also relationships. I don’t feel like those are appropriate for my young kids to read quite yet, so we plan to read book #3 at the end of 2019, and then read one book in the series every year after that. I know we run the risk of spoilers, but that’s a risk I’m willing to take in order to keep our reading content at an appropriate age level.


Green Ember

We read the first book in the Green Ember series a few months ago and we loved it. It’s about a rabbit brother and sister who are on a quest to fight the wolves, find a new home after theirs was destroyed, and discover who they truly are.

I found that the first half of the book was a little confusing for an adult who is looking for plot clues.  They gave a lot of hints about the green ember and the king, but it was much later in the book that any of it made any sense. But for two little boys listening, they didn’t notice and just enjoyed the adventurous story of these two bunnies.  After we got halfway through, the plot came together and we ended up loving the rest of the book! Also I loved how sweet the characters were.  We’ve heard amazing things about the second Green Ember book and we’re planning to read that soon.


Next on our list is Fablehaven, which so many of you have recommended. Also we’d love to read the Redwall series.  My mom read to me when I was young, but I don’t really remember anything about it.

If you have other favorites you can recommend, leave a comment below or over on my Instagram!

6 fantastic read aloud book series for kids


  1. EMMA says:

    Hi merrick! Just wondering what age you Started reading SERIES style books with the boys? My daughter just tUrned 3 and i would love to do an audio book or start a series (She picks the same 3 books everynight lol). Any feedback would be great!

    • Merrick says:

      I’d recommend with early reader series, like Amanda Pig series, Little Bear, Mercy Watson, or Frog and Toad. These are all fantastic series, and some of them are on audiobook! My 3 year old loves all of these.

  2. Gina says:

    Thanks for the suggestions! I didnt even know How to Train Your Dragon was a book series! A fun series we have been reading (well, listening to) lately is the Henry Huggins books by Beverly Cleary. I discovered that you can get the entire series as a “collection” on Audible for only one credit! My 3 oldest kids, ages 9, 7, and 4, have all been loving them. Even my husband and i think they are so much fun. 🙂

    • Merrick says:

      Oh yes! We did the Henry Huggins series a couple of years ago — totally forgot about those! Such a fun series.

  3. Erica says:

    We love the Eleanor Estes MOFFATS series. I love their ordinary but fun adventures

    • Merrick says:

      Oh, we read the first one a couple of years ago! We never read the rest though – we’ll have to get back into them!

  4. Heidi Beck says:

    Thank you for your suggestions. My kiddos are 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9, and we love reading aloud. A few suggestions for you from us are; The Wingfeather saga, The Incoragable children of Ashton place, The Vanderbeekers of 141st street, and The Penderwicks series. Enjoy!

  5. Anna says:

    Elizabeth Enright’s Melendy books are lovely (the first one is called “The Saturdays”). It’s a family with four kids, they have adventures not unlike the Boxcar children. The Ramona books by Beverly Cleary are perfect for the ages of your boys. Also if they like fantasy, the Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander are a forgotten treasure and a favorite of mine from childhood.

  6. Alison says:

    Its not super easy to find, but the “SCout” Series by Piet Prins is a great mystery series about a german shepherd dog and 3 boys. Very clean and good morals in an exciting mystery. Also, The Knights of Arrethtrae books are excellent.

  7. Jessica says:

    For the series, would you say ages 6 and up or are any okay for younger kids? Thanks!

  8. Lindie Patterson says:

    Thank you for sharing the suggestions! We homeschool, and my very favorite part of it is our read-aloud time. I was also wondering, where did you find the double chair/loveseat in the picture of your boys’ room? I recently decided I want to find a piece we can all sit in together in our boys’ bedroom, and that looks like a good option! 🙂

  9. monica says:

    Yes, I completely agree with you, every child should know about these books! Since childhood, I remembered how my mother read me books about Harry Potter and how interesting it was. My childhood imagination painted unforgettable pictures and situations for me and I remembered it for the rest of my life! So do not deprive your children of such joy, read interesting books to them, and teach them to read on their own. This way your child will have a love of books for the rest of his life!

  10. Amanda says:

    I love story time with my kids too! If you havent read “Hank the Cowdog” then add it to your list. Your boys will love it and its very funny to adults as well. There are wuite a few stories in the series and they are also available as audiobooks.

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