Ever since Dav Pilkey started the Captain Underpants series of chapter books, kids have been crazy for books that mash together written text with cartoon-style drawings. All kids seem to enjoy these, but these books are particularly popular with upper elementary kids. Here are some other series that have the same kid appeal!
The 13-Story Treehouse series: Andy and Terry live in a treehouse. But it’s not just any old treehouse, it’s the most amazing treehouse in the world! This treehouse has thirteen stories, a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool, a secret underground laboratory, and a marshmallow machine that follows you around and automatically shoots marshmallows into your mouth whenever you are hungry. The treehouse goes through constant expansions, so the latest book in the series is The 130-story Treehouse.
Big Nate: These books follow the life and times of Nate Wright. They feature the adventures, often misadventures, of Nate as a sixth grader in P.S. 38, the setting of his comical exploits along with his teachers and classmates. The series also focuses on his home life along with his family and friends. The books are based on a comic strip by Lincoln Peirce.
The Origami Yoda series: Meet Dwight, a sixth-grade oddball. Dwight does a lot of weird things, like wearing the same T-shirt for a month or telling people to call him “Captain Dwight.” But Dwight does one cool thing. He makes origami. One day he makes an origami finger puppet of Yoda. And that’s when things get mysterious. Origami Yoda can predict the future and suggest the best way to deal with a tricky situation. His advice actually works, and soon most of the sixth grade is lining up with questions. The books (6 in the series) include instructions for folding each origami character.
The Dork Diaries: Follow Nikki Maxwell as she chronicles her life through text and art—her move to a new school, her battles with queen bee MacKenzie, and her zany adventures with her BFFs Chloe and Zoey by her side.
The Dog Diaries: Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, I’ve been waiting for ages to tell my story, and now it’s finally happening. Being Rafe’s dog isn’t always easy, but it is always EXCITING. I’ve got so much to tell you about:
- How I protect the yard from birds, raccoons, squirrels, raccoons, mail carriers . . . and did I mention RACCOONS?
- Sniffing pooch posteriors for the latest canine news.
- And the terrifying monster hiding in the hall closet: the vacuum cleaner