Spring break is almost here! Temperatures are mild, but they’re also unpredictable: best to stock up on a few exciting series to keep your young readers busy during a week of potentially inclement weather. We’ve collected six of the best middle grade series your kids (and even you!) can binge on while home on spring break. Each is brimming with adventure, a bit of magic, and a whole lot of fun.
The Land of Stories series, by Chris Colfer
Get ready for a modern and classic fairytale mashup in this series by Chris Colfer. When the Bailey twins fall into a book and discover a world where fairytales are real, they must face villainous characters and survive dangerous adventures before they can return to the modern world. Familiar faces like Red Riding Hood, The Snow Queen, and Fairy Godmother fill Colfer’s magical pages—find out who will help the twins and who will thwart them throughout this six-book series!
The Artemis Fowl series, by Eoin Colfer
When criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl II captures Fairy and LEPrecon captain Holly Short, he has a choice to make—help the Fairy People, or use them to advance his family’s fortune. Over the course of this eight-book middle grade series, Fowl’s involvement with the Fairy People includes shocking betrayal, epic battles, time travel, evil pixies, and odd diseases. What more could your kids want in a binge-worthy series?
The Story Thieves series, by James Riley
Ever wonder what it would be like to be a fictional character, living in the factual world? Dive into James Riley’s five-book series, where fantasy and reality merge into one. Story Thieves follows Owen (who’s real) and Bethany (who’s half-fiction) as they jump from fictional book to fictional book, searching for Bethany’s lost father. At the time, these two worlds work as one; however, when a villain named Nobody (creepy!) rips the worlds apart, Owen and Bethany must do whatever it takes to mend fiction and nonfiction or risk the destruction of both.
The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, by Rick Riordan
Mix Greek mythology, an ADHD protagonist, and laugh-out-loud humor together and—poof! You’ve got the five-book middle grade series Percy Jackson and the Olympians. At least, ADHD was what Percy Jackson thought he had. Until he realized he was a demigod. And was thrust into a nonstop adventure fighting mythical beasts, traveling to destinations like the Underworld, befriending satyrs, and discovering who his real father is. Follow Jackson and his other demigod friends as they attempt to save the world from the fulfillment of the Great Prophecy.
The Time Hunters series, by Carl Ashmore
If your kids are fans of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and Artemis Fowl, this is the next binge-worthy series for them! Step into a world where time travel, winged horses, and places like Loch Ness are real. Each story in this five-book series takes you to a different place (like 1950s Italy or the depths of the Indian Ocean), and on a quest for something mythological (such as the Golden Fleece or Pandora’s Box). The perfect series for readers who love action-packed and fantastical adventures!
The Al Capone Does My Shirts series, by Gennifer Choldenko
For those looking for a whole lot of fun without the fantastical element involved, be sure to read Choldenko’s four-book series about Al Capone. Historical fiction meets mystery in these clever middle-grade books about a boy who moves to Alcatraz and becomes immersed in a world of gangsters and criminals—the most famous being Al Capone. A sweet family dynamic and relatable characters make this a must read over this spring break!
What titles are you stocking up on to keep your young readers busy over spring break?