Sometimes, finding a book that tweens will enjoy reading can be hard. For many children, it takes time to develop the reading skills needed to focus on longer chapter novels and to develop a love for literature (especially with all the other electronic entertainment and distractions life can throw at your tweens).
However, any well-read parent will know once you’ve found an author or series you connect with, its impossible to stop turning those pages!
The best series authors know how to build their characters and take your child on a journey they never want to leave.
From modern day life stories tweens can relate to, fantasy adventures to classics that should be a must-read on any family’s bookshelf, here are our favorite tween book series to introduce your child to when they hit their pre-teen years.
You will definitely want to bookmark this list of the best book series for tweens!
20 Best Tween Book Series
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By J K Rowling – Reading Age 8 years and up
It is hard not to start a tween book series list without mentioning Harry and his friends from Hogwarts. A magical coming of age adventure, full of suspense and imagination.
We love that your younger reader can grow in reading confidence over the series, and also grow with the characters. Confident readers can start as young as 6 or 7, the final books growing in length, complexity and subject matter for your more mature tween.
Unsurprisingly, this favorite book series of the 21st century is also the best selling series of all time, with over half a billion books sold .
By Gertrude Chandler Warner – Reading Age 7 to 10 years
If you have a young tween who hasn’t really taken to reading much yet, The Box Children can be the perfect introductory tween book series.
These classic chapter books have been turning children into readers for years as they follow the adventures and solve the mini mysteries.
By Jeff Kinney – Reading Age 8 to 12 years
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid has become a favorite for many tweens and preteens. A very approachable 12-book series for your young hesitant reader because it is presented in a handwritten, diary style format with cartoon graphics.
There are a lot of stories, feelings, and frustrations that the tween age group can relate to as they humorously follow Greg Heffley growing up through his Middle School years.
Now also a movie, but honestly, stick with the books they are waaaay better!
By Shannon Messenger – Reading Age 8 to 12 years
Tweens will love following along with this action-packed adventure series, currently with 5 novels.
Sophie, a young girl with secret telepathic powers sets out to find home. Home to her is a place where she can fit in. Through her journey, Sophie finds out that telepathy isn’t the only secret that will be revealed.
A New York Times best seller and California Young Reader medal-winning series the imaginative tween wont want to put down.
By Max Braillier & DOuglas Holgate – Reading Age 8 to 12 years
Fun and spooky, The Last Kids on Earth is all about zombie fighting and monster-slaying… something imaginative tweens can definitely find interesting.
Set in a post-apocalyptic world, Jack is armed with a Louisville slugger and is ready to take on anything dangerous that comes his way.
A really fun book series for tweens that will have them giggling along with every adventure.
By Dustin Brady – Reading Age 8 to 12 years
Most kids who love playing video games have probably wondered or thought about what may happen if they were to get stuck in the game they were playing. It’s just natural curiosity, right?!
This series is all about a 12-year-old boy gamer, Jesse that finds out just how dangerous video games are when the game starts turning on him.
This can be the perfect introductory series for your tween growing rather attached to their gaming to take a screen-free break while still enjoying their favorite hobby!
By Liz Kesler – Reading Age 8 to 12 years
Emily Windsnap is a mermaid who loves going on magical adventures and exploring the big blue sea.
Young tweens will love going on adventures with her and experiencing the world of a mermaid through her eyes. They’ll love becoming a mermaid themselves as they delve into the magical stories, told only like Liz Kesler can!
By Patricia C. Wrede – Reading Age 8 to 12 years
Enter into a magical world with this 4-book fantasy series. The main character is Cimerone, a princess who doesn’t want to act like a princess and refuses to be proper.
Instead, Cimerone loves going on adventures and is always looking for and finding interesting things to do with dragons.
The Enchanted Forest books have been loved through the years and your imaginative tween will certainly enjoy them!
By Carolyn Keene – Reading Age 8 to 12 years
Your tween will love diving into these mysteries as they follow along with the famous Nancy Drew to solve them.
This specific set features reissued editions of the first four books in the Nancy Drew stories.
If your child is really enamored with the series, there are 175 books published under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene.
By Cressida Cowell – Reading Age 8 to 12 years
Perhaps better known these days as an animated movie franchise, and even a television series Dragons Riders of Berk, How to Train Your Dragon is first and foremost an incredible adventure series.
Follow the misadventures of a reluctant Viking hero Hiccup and his dragon, whose name is Toothless.
Each book in the series features a new adventure and exciting experience the two undertake in this engaging tween series. Now totaling 12 books of page-turning action your tween will not want to put down!
By Ann M Taylor – Reading Age 8 to 12 years
Tell me a girl that didn’t grow up in the 80s & 90s without the Baby-Sitters Club on her bookshelf?!
Now also a feature film, the original book series is a classic engaging suburban tale perfect for tween girls. Follow founding members and best friends Kristy, Claudia, Mary Anne and Stacey as they explore friendship, team work, family dynamics, heart ache and growing pains any American tween can readily relate to.
There are 19 books of page turning adventures, each told from the different character’s perspectives that are bound to keep your tween happily reading all summer.
By Lauren Tashis – Reading Age 7 to 12 (varied)
Based on true historic events, the I Survived series tells the stories of those who survived various dramatic experiences.
The tween years can be the perfect time for your children to engage in the stories behind the Titanic, the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the 911 Attacks.
Poignant stories put in a relatable language will fill young readers with not only factual information on true events from our fairly recent past, this series will also instill on them messages of hope and resilience in the face of tragedy.
By Robert Beatty – Reading Age 8 to 12 years
A gripping mystery, from beginning to end this 3-book series is filled with thrills and packed full of action for those who enjoy adventure stories with a little horror thrown in.
We’d recommend it for your mature tweens; while many love it, for some, it may be too dark.
By Rick Riordan – Reading Age 8 to 12 years
In this Percy Jackson series, tweens will be following along with the son of Poseidon, god of the sea, and his friends as they go on various adventures fighting monsters, other gods, and those from Greek mythology.
Voracious readers will love the excitement of each and every adventure. A great introduction to Rick Riordan novels for your pre-teen age group.
By Eoin Colfer – Reading Age 8 to 12 years
12 year old Artemis Fowl II is the most devious criminal mastermind in history. This 8 book science fiction fantasy series (and follow up series The Fowl Twins) follows the Fowl family.
No more fairy tale stories here, the series starts when Artemis has kidnaped fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. Get prepared for plot twists and turns sure to engage your tween sci-fi fan, watch as Artemis’ moral compass grows.
Suitable to your older tweens and confident readers who love fantasy adventures.
By L M Montgomery – Reading Age 8 to 12 years
A wonderful historical fiction, the Cuthbert’s of Green Gables decide that they need some help on the farm and ask for a boy orphan to give a home to so he can help.
A mistake is made, and they end up getting sent a girl who turns their world upside down.
A staple on all family book shelves, this favorite book series Anne of Green Gables is a period classic that’s stood the test of time.
By C S Lewis – Reading Age 8 to 12 years
Any fan of fantasy novels is sure to devour this incredible classic series from C S Lewis.
Journey to the end of the world, encounter incredible creatures and battles between good and evil. Everything you’re tween could want in a gripping 7-novel series
By Margaret Peterson Haddix – Reading Age 8 to 12 years
In a world where families are only allowed to have two children, having a third is dangerous and illegal. When a third child is born, it cannot survive and when it does, he or she must be hidden along with the other third child from other families.
Follow the adventures of the families who have had a third child and see how the kids survive in such a world. A thought-provoking read for the mature tween
By Rick Riordan – Reading Age 10 to 14
For older tweens, this series tells the tales of an arrogant god who turns into a human to restore the five ancient oracles so that he can regain his place in Mount Olympus.
Tweens who have an interest in mythology will enjoy this gripping series as the next step into more grown up literature.
We hope you’ve found something in this collection of books that will spark your tweens curiosity for hours of page-turning joy. Even if your tween is a reluctant reader, sometimes its a matter of finding the right subject that ignites their imagination and has them coming back for more!