If you’re raising an eager little reader, you know how hard it is to keep up with that voracious appetite for reading material. And you also know the only thing better than finding a good book is realizing the book is part of an entire series. MOAR BOOKZ!
If you’re looking for early chapter books with just the right amount of adventure (time travel! kid-sized explorers! Biblical lands!), I think you’ll love this series. It’s especially perfect for early-grade readers, but my kiddo who usually gravitates toward middle -grade novels is still SUPER excited about it (I mean, look at that face!)
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Now back to the books. ;)
It all starts with the Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: The Beginning, when Peter and Mary travel back in time and witness the creation of the world. I love how this imaginative and immersive series blends fiction (think Magic Treehouse) with solid truth (Biblical stories).
Author MJ Thomas — who is local to me here in middle Tennessee — has released seven books so far.
- The Beginning (Book 1)
- Race to The Ark (Book 2)
- The Great Escape (Book 3)
- Journey to Jericho (Book 4)
- The Shepherd’s Stone (Book 5)
- The Lion’s Roar (Book 6)
- A King is Born (Book 7)
The latest, Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: A King is Born, is just in time for Christmas.
My eight-year-old says,
“This series is super fun. Peter and Mary’s great-uncle has a whole bunch of cool scrolls, and the scrolls allow Peter and Mary go places in the Bible. They have lots of awesome adventures.”
I’m so thankful for access to incredible books like this which feed the mind and plant seeds in the soul. I know these books don’t quiiite fit in stockings, but the affordable price-point definitely qualifies Secret of the Hidden Scrolls books as perfect gift ideas. Will they make their way under your tree this year?
Scroll down to the end to see even more of my favorite book recommendations for kids.
A few more of my (& Aveline’s!) favorite book series:
The Grandma’s Attic Series by Arleta Richardson
- In Grandma’s Attic (This is a Sonlight Curriculum pick!)
- More Stories from Grandma’s Attic
- Still More Stories from Grandma’s Attic
- Treasures from Grandma’s Attic
- (I love the rest of the Grandma’s Attic series, too, but it’s sadly out of print and hard to find!)
The Milly-Molly-Mandy Series by Joyce Lankester Brisley
- Milly-Molly-Mandy Stories (This is a Veritas Press lLiterature pick!)
- More of Milly-Molly-Mandy
- Further Doings of Milly-Molly-Mandy
- Milly-Molly-Mandy Again
- Milly-Molly-Mandy and Co
The Clarice Bean Series by Lauren Child
And some middle-grade favorites…
The Anna Wang Series by Andrea Cheng
- The Year of the Garden
- The Year of the Book
- The Year of the Baby (This is a Sonlight Curriculum pick!)
- The Year of the Fortune Cookie
- The Year of the Three Sisters
The Green Ember Series by S.D. Smith
(Consider ordering directly from the author, rather than from Amazon. These links to S.D. Smith’s site are NOT affiliate links)
- The Green Ember
- The Black Star of Kingston
- Ember Falls
- The Last Archer
- Ember Rising
- The Wreck and Rise of Whitson Mariner
- The First Fowler
- Ember’s End (releases Spring 2020)
The Mary Poppins Series by PL Travers
- Mary Poppins (This is a Veritas Press literature pick!)
- Mary Poppins Comes Back
- Mary Poppins Opens the Door
- Mary Poppins in the Park
- Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane
What series would you add to this list?