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Hello parents! If you're looking to instill a love not just of reading, but also of actual books in your kids, there's nothing better then lovely collections and series box sets. They look and feel wonderful, have great illustrations, and series and sets encourage young readers to keep going after they close one book - and go right into the next! Here are five suggestions for some great book series and collectible sets to gift your young readers this holiday season: 1. Puffin Classics Deluxe Collection Box Set http://goo.gl/L0CqiO I am completely absolutely in love with the Penguin Classics hardcover classics set for myself, but these children's editions might be even more delightful. They are timelessly riveting, magical stories to read with your kids (or for them to curl up with themselves) and they look amazing on the shelves! Here are the titles: - A Little Princess - Anne of Green Gables - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - The Secret Garden - The Wind in the Willows - Peter Pan Anne of Green Gables is a series of its own, so it's possible you want to buy these individually instead of in a set - but it is a lovely way to get them hooked on these stories. 2. Roald Dahl 15-Book Set - "Phizz-Whizzing Collection" http://goo.gl/l4w0Hs There are few things as magical as Roald Dahl's amazing imagination! Don't recognize the name? I'll be you recognize Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox, or even James and the Giant Peach. The set includes: Fantastic Mr Fox, The Witches, The Twits, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, The Magic Finger, The Giraffe and the Pelly and me, Esio Trot, Boy Tales & Childhood, Matilda, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, Danny the Champion of the World, George's Marvellous Medicine and Going Solo. The books are paperbacks and include illustrations by Quentin Blake. 3. The Boxcar Children, 1-12 Box Set http://goo.gl/VfChZ0 I LOVED the Boxcar Children books when I was a kid, and I've been wanting to reread the first ones and read the ones I never got to. I feel like there are about a million of these books - but you're safe to start with the first 12, which are the ones in this particular set. What is awesome about this package is that the "Boxcar" bookcase expands to hold up to 32 books as your child begs for more :) Also, the set includes Boxcar activities, a poster, and an accordion bookmark with title checklist. I can't decide whether to get this for myself or my son! 4. The Chronicles of Narnia box set http://goo.gl/JblLui I'm so pleased that interest in C.S. Lewis' amazing books is still going strong, thanks to the recent movie adaptations. Your kids will love going back to the movies after having read the book series, or they'll be drawn to the books because it's got so much more that they didn't get in the films. This set includes all seven Chronicles of Narnia books: The Magician's Nephew; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; The Horse and His Boy; Prince Caspian; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; The Silver Chair; and The Last Battle. It features the original illustrations by Pauline Baynes. 5. A Series of Unfortunately Events "The Complete Wreck" Set (Vols 1-13) http://goo.gl/qK5MnA Or "The Trouble Begins," Vols 1-3: http://goo.gl/CqScNk I include both the Complete Set 1-13 and the introductory 1-3 because the complete set is kind of a big expense. If you kid hasn't read the books, sometimes it's better to try them out first with a smaller set before making a big investment. I'd say it's a pretty safe bet, though! The Series of Unfortunately Events books by Lemony Snicket are delightful, funny, mischievous, and their tone has shades of greats like Roald Dahl and Edward Gorey. I'm so excited! So many wonderful stories and hours of magic and imagination to be had with these gifts that really do keep on giving... What are your favorite book series or sets for children? @LibraryLady, @timeturnerjones, @greggr, and everyone else - I'd love to hear from you!
@LibraryLady Nothing says Christmas like that, indeed! I can definitely agree that they'll love the Hunger Games series, though. My students begged for a set for our classroom.
@WordDoctor, I would love that Puffin set for myself! For early readers, the Magic Tree House sets are good. A Wrinkle in Time for middle grade readers. I loved The Boxcar Children, too, but I think they expanded the series with a ghost writer so the later ones aren't as good. (And some are very dated. The one where the children play in the uranium tailings is just flat out odd now.) Middle schoolers might like a set of The Hunger Games novels, and nothing says Christmas like children fighting to the death, right?
Great idea, @timeturnerjones! I plan to do another gift ideas card for older young readers as well. I'll definitely include it.
These are great! One thing that might be fun would be to buy the special edition Harry Potter set, too! It might be too complicated for some readers, but they could probably get through one or two a year :)
@WordDoctor, I didn't read A Wrinkle in Time until I was in college! Magic Tree House is great for early readers. Each book involves time travel, so readers learn a bit of history, too. And the author, Mary Pope Osborne, has some great non-fiction read-alongs. I don't have these at my middle school, but I was curious to see if she is still writing. The newest one is titled High Time for Heroes, and there's a nonfiction companion titled Heroes for All Times.
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