Engaging Books for Kids

Need something to keep your young reader engaged? Virgie has made a list of her favorite series to hook kids into reading. Encourage your young reader to learn to love reading and all the fun it brings!


Boxcar Children by Warner

Four orphans create a home for themselves in an abandoned boxcar. More than 119 titles of mystery adventures are captured in this series.


Magic Treehouse by Osborne

Follow Jack and Annie whose magical treehouse brings them to faraway places in the past and the future. 


Magic Treehouse Research Guides by Osborne

Learn more about the places Jack and Annie have visited by reading the non-fiction selection that corresponds to each story. Your child will learn facts and see amazing photos and illustrations.


Ivy and Bean by Barrows

Don’t judge a book by its cover, nor give up on friends who are not at all like you! Read about the fun adventures of Ivy and Bean as you learn about friendships and acceptance.


Mercy Watson by DiCamillo

Can you imagine having a pet pig? Can you imagine how much trouble a pet pig can cause? Be ready for some laugh-out-loud stories!


The Puppy Place by Miles

Lizzie and Charles take in rescue dogs and love them up until they find a special home. If you love pets, you’ll love these books.


Junie B. Jones by Park

Meet the world’s funniest kindergartner and don’t even try to hold back your laughter. 


Captain Underpants by Dave Pilkey

Fourth graders George and Harold are “class clowns” who have created their own comic books, staring the greatest superhero in the history of their elementary school: Captain Underpants!


If you haven’t read these Award-Winning Books for Juvenile Readers, now might be the time! (Ages 8-12)


The One and Only Ivan by Appelgate

Ivan, a silverback gorilla, tells his tender story of living in a cage for 27 years. Enter the mind of a captured animal, and witness the feelings these animals have for each other!

*** The story continues with a new release in May; The One and Only Bob, another Appelgate book to tug at your heart!


Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

How could Wilber the pig’s animal friends devise a clever plan to save Wilber from being made into a ham? Another story narrated by animals to tug at your heart!


The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by DiCamillo

This fantasy story follows the adventures of a mouse named Despereaux as he sets out on a quest to rescue a beautiful human princess from the rats.


Because of Winn Dixie by DiCamillo

A mischievous dog befriends a lonely young girl in a new town and helps her make new friends. If you’ve ever felt “alone” you’ll love this book!


Flora and Ulysses by DiCamillo

Ten-year-old Flora rescues a squirrel and finds out that this squirrel, Ulysses, has amazing superpowers and turns out to be the perfect companion. The two embark on a series of fun adventures together!


The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Kelly

This historical fiction novel, set at the turn of the century, follows the struggle of Calpurnia to be “more than a girl.” Her Grandpa encourages Calpurnia to appreciate the joys of intellectual curiosity. She finally finds her place in the world. This is a great story to empower young girls!


Hatchet by Paulsen

Thirteen-year-old Brian, the only survivor of a plane that crashed in the remote wilderness, is left with only the clothes on his back and a hatchet. If you want a page-turning, heart-stopping adventure about wilderness survival then this is the book for you!