I guarantee it.
I guarantee it to the extent that they won’t be dumb after reading these books. For me at least, these are the books that had the most impact. All of them are fiction books but I bet there is an article or two about how beneficial fiction books can be compared to non-fiction books.
These are roughly ordered from my least to most favorite. So to get started;
9. Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park
I don’t remember ever reading these books, but the fact that I can distinctly remember having one in my hands and being super happy about it in 4th grade must mean something. I do remember that it was a concerted effort to read each and every book in order. The reading level of these books isn’t high at all, probably elementary level. But it’s a very good series to get your child interested in books.
8. Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
It’s an absolute joy, this series. It’s funny enough for kindergarten-elementary kids to laugh at, but really there is an amount of wit a young adult or a young adult at heart can appreciate. Get it to make sure your child grows up with a sense of humor.
7. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Now we are getting into more serious territory.
Know as Northern Lights in countries outside of North America, this series is an emotional and moody fantasy series. It follows this girl who has some sort of animal companion bound to her (either all or some children have one also) almost like a spirit animal but real. As a reader you become connected to her and her polar bear companion (they’re called fiends or Pokemon or something). Anyway, very good series, extremely immersive, super interesting setting and action.
6. Eragon and the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
Ok so, there is some controversy that this book is basically a remix of Lord of The Rings, but it was my favorite book for the longest. The world is vivid. I was also a big fan of dragons and there are dragons and fantastical creatures galore in this book. It features an interesting cast of characters and lots of action. A very good series to get your kid interested in fantasy or quench their thirst for dragons.
5. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Admittedly I didn’t get into this series. But I wish I did. I could tell that the setting was going to get more vivid and that the plot was going to get deeper. Artemis himself is a relatable character, especially if your kid is an absolute nerd. He’s a sort of genius who can get into contact with magical creatures. Very good for feeding your special snowflake sort of lifestyle. But anyway, I wish I got into it, but maybe your kid might be into it.
Also the covers are so cool.
4. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
I still remember when he got attacked by a bear.
If you kid is outdoorsy, this is their number one survival guide. The books follows a guy who ends up stranded in the wild for a while. I remember being absolutely engrossed by this book. It has a bunch of awards, you get the idea.
3. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Following the idea of nature survival, Where The Red Fern Grows follows a kid and his two dogs as they survive in the wild. They hunt raccoons, actually I think a big antagonist in this book is a raccoon, and they have a tree-house. Who doesn’t like tree-houses? But seriously, I only mention it here because the language is not verbose, but adults could also thoroughly enjoy this book. This book made my mother and my sister cry, that’s how good it is.
2. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
All of them. Have them read all of them.
And don’t have them punk out and read the wardrobe one because it’s popular. The lore is mouth-wateringly good. It almost feels like an epic how fantastical the series is. Anybody of any age will enjoy this series.
1. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Lemony Snicket mmmmmmh.
So good I feel like jumping down an elevator shaft.
You, your kid, your grandma, your tax consultant, will love this series. Your I.Q. will jump 10 points after reading it. Your writing will be noticeably better. All English classes will be a breeze after it. You will expect the most from movie and book plots. If you haven’t read this series what are you doing with your life.
Honorable Mention: Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Never read a single on of these books but evidently they are quite popular.