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I wanted to highlight a few children’s book series that I loved growing up.  I always am a fan of series because if you get your kid into one of the books, they likely will be willing to give the whole series a try.  It’s a great way to get your kid reading more!  So without further ado…

The Berenstain Bears Series

So, one thing that I have to say about this is that as a 6 year old (or whatever) reading these books, I was CONVINCED that the series was about a family of Jewish bears.  I mean, that last name alone made me think they were Jewish!  Alas, that’s not the case, but this is still a fantastic series.  It’s been around long enough that you can now buy hardcover collections with something like 6 different books combined.  The series is about a family of bears (Mama, Papa, Sister, Brother, and Baby) and their many adventures.  A lot of the books are educational, but mainly the fun is in getting to know the different characters and their personalities.

The Little Critter Series

Little Critter is a creature (maybe he’s a hedgehog? A porcupine?  Does it really matter?) who is constantly getting himself into trouble.  He tries SO HARD to do the right thing, but sometimes he just can’t help himself!  These are fun little stories, and again, they come in hardcover collections now, as well as the original paperback format.  The stories usually end with him at least getting something right, so you’re left with a positive message, but they are cute and fun, and written from the little critter’s perspective, so your kids will identify with him.

The Busy World of Richard Scarry

Do you remember the worm driving the apple car?  That was the main image that I always remembered from these books, but re-examination showed me that one of the best things about Richard Scarry was just how much he packed into every page in his books.  There are literally hundreds of animals, buildings, cars, planes, and other things in his books, and you will have so much fun pointing out the different things with your kids!  So enjoy!

What other classic series did you read as a kid, and do they hold up now?