What are the best must-read series for children ages 6 to 12?

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    #1Little House on the Prairie (Little House)

    Little House on the Prairie (Little House)

    Based on real-life experiences of Laura Ingalls, the Little House on the Prairie is the third book of the award-winning Little House series, that captivated generations of American and worldwide readers. 

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    Adam Boyd
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This series is a great read for any age group. I first read Little House on the Prairie in fifth grade. It caught my eye because it is set in my home state of Kansas. It was quite thrilling to know that these events based on a true story happened very near to my own back yard! I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good read."
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    #2A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)

    A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)
    A Wrinkle in Time, the first in Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quartet series, is centered on how Meg Murry and her family met an unearthly stranger during a stormy night and was introduced to the tesseract, which is the book's term for a wrinkle in time.
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    Craig Jones
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "a phenomenal book that just can't movies to make it work, but like I said read the books instead."
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    #3The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

    The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
    The Lightning Thief is the first book in Rick Riordan's series Percy Jackson & the Olympians. In this book, Jackson discovers that he's Poseidon's son and must stop a war between the gods by finding the thief who stole Zeus' master bolt. 
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    Madison Bishop
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "My niece needed a book for her birthday. She's a huge fantasy fan, and I didn't know what to get her. When I went to my local independent bookstore, the attendant recommended this book and I decided to take her up on it. My niece loved it! The plot was exciting, dark but not too disturbing, and the text was accessible and easy to understand."
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    #4Ramona the Pest (Ramona Quimby)

    Ramona the Pest (Ramona Quimby)
    Ramona the Pest (Ramona Quimby) is a fictional book book for young adults and middle-grade children written by Beverly Cleary and was published on June 8, 2000 by Oxford University Press.
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    Zachary Stewart
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I love Beverly Cleary and all her books. This one is no different. Ramona the Pest is such a great character and kids aged 6-12 will get a lot of laughs out of her. A fun story and one that is sure to keep your child interested and reading. "
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    #5The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events)

    The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events)

    The Bad Beginning is the first book in A Series of Unfortunate Events series written by Lemony Snicket first published in 1999. It is about the misadventures of three Baudelaire siblings. 

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    Bertha Muñiz
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "Pretty fun series. It can still be appreciated outside the age category."
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    #6Pippi Longstocking

    Pippi Longstocking
    Pippi Longstocking is a children's book by the Swedish writer Asterid Lingren. It tells the adventurous story of the titular Pippi, a nine-year-old girl with freckles, red hair in pigtails, and superhuman strength.
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    Eric Ford
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Definitely one of the classics, Pippi Longstocking is a great book for kids. Pippi is one of the most fun and adventurous kids that has even been written. "
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    #7The Boxcar Children

    The Boxcar Children

    The Boxcar Children, ideal for grade 2-6 readers, is about the four orphans who start to make a home in a boxcar just to stay together. In their adventure, they meet their grandfather.

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    Hannah Garrett
    Written on February 16, 2018
    "Excellent book series, I read this as a child and even got a box set for my nephew and he loves it."
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    #8Isle of Winds (The Changeling)

    Isle of Winds (The Changeling)

    Isle of Winds tells the story of Robin Fellows, a 12-year-old boy who lives with his grandmother. His life is turned upside down when his grandmother died so he has to live with his long-lost relative. There, he discovers things about his great aunt and himself.
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    Ankita Chauhan
    Written on February 12, 2018
    "My kids can't get enough of this story. This is the first book I have read to them that makes them want to put their screens away."
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    #9The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials)

    The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials)
    The Golden Compass is the first book in Philip Pullman's trilogy His Dark Materials, and mainly centers on Lyra and her adventures to find her missing friend Roger and her captured uncle, Asriel.
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    Jason Walters
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "The golden compass book is part of the his dark materials trilogy. The series as a whole is magnificent work for any age. However i reccomend 8 and up."
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    #10The Hobbit

    The Hobbit

    The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is a modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable life, but his contentment is disturbed when Gandalf and a group of dwarves arrive on his doorstep.

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    Ruth Jordan
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "The hobbit is a masterpiece in fantasy literature. Having read this years ago, I still return to it. It is perfect for a young child wanting to get more interested in reading, and what with the movies coming out on these books, it is great for encouraging young kids to read."
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    #11Mary Poppins

    Mary Poppins

    Mary Poppins 1964 is a Disney classic and winner of five Academy Awards, including best actress to Julie Andrews, best song, and best visual effects. The movie is about a magical English nanny. A 2018 sequel called Mary Poppins Returns stars Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins.

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    Jessica Cruz
    Written on February 14, 2018
    "Such a classic! Who doesn't love Mary Poppins? Nobody - that's who! It's just perfect for younger kids - a great cast, great music, and just really wholesome. It's a nice story, too, with so much disconnection in our society it's a really good tool to pull the family together for some quality time."
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    #12Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House)

    Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House)

    Dinosaurs Before Dark tells the story of Jack and Annie after discovering a magic tree house. They need to get home before it gets dark or they may become the dinosaur's dinner. This book is ideal for middle-grade children.

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    Angel Tata
    Written on February 11, 2018
    "This is a great solution because this series is great for kids."
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    #13Amelia Bedelia

    Amelia Bedelia

    Amelia Bedelia is a maid who does everything that Mr. and Mrs. Rogers ask to do but she takes instructions literally even if some are idioms such as dressing the chicken in tiny clothes. She is about to get fired. When the Rogers take a bite of her lemon pie, things have changed.

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    Kevin Johnson
    Written on February 14, 2018
    "This is great for kids to read, as it will help not only their general reading skills, but help to establish vital insight skills with regard to reading. Some may be a little too light for older kids, however."
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    #14Frog and Toad Are Friends

    Frog and Toad Are Friends

    Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel is a Level 2 children's picture book which has won many awards such as a Newbery Honor. This book is about the friendship and adventures of Frog and Toad.

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    Tiffany Murray
    Written on February 13, 2018
    "Decent book for young children."
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    #15Heidi

    Heidi

    Heidi is a classic novel about a young girl who lives with her grandfather in the Swiss Alps. She is a playful and contented girl, and just like any kids, she experiences typical struggles that she learns how to overcome. 

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    Brandon Cruz
    Written on February 15, 2018
    "I read this book when I was a kid and I definitely don't regret it. A classic story that needs to be read, if only just for the sake of general knowledge. "
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    #16Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants

    Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants

    Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants is the fourth book in the Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey. This humorous book for children was originally published in 2000.

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    Stephen Grant
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "There was a possible discrepancy between this book and the previous one. In the previous book, the time travel was stated as 30 years in the future (and the adult George and Harold were 39 3/4 and 40yo respectively) but in this book it was stated repeatedly as being forty years in the future. It did not seem to be a plot development issue, just a mistake. I went back and reread it to try to figure it out but I was left a little confused. If I am incorrect, please comment!"
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    #17Thunderhead (Flicka Series)

    Thunderhead (Flicka Series)

    Thunderhead is a novel for children by Mary O'Hara. It is the second book in the Flicka series, and it tells the story of Ken and his horse, Thunderhead, as the two of them struggle through the challenges of growing up.

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    Sofía Esparza
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "I would recommend this book, especially if your child is into horses. If that is the case then they will almost certainly enjoy this book. Upon reading the book, I did find that it would be better for a slightly older child, 9 and up, if may be hard to comprehend for those under that age. I thought that the overall theme was quite fun and does make for a good adventure. "
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    #18My Little Pony: Pony Pop Stars

    My Little Pony: Pony Pop Stars

    My Little Pony: Pony Pop Stars is a book by Scout Driggs that tells the story of Toola-Roola. Toola Roola will find his way to fit in the band he wants even though dancing is his jive. 

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    Christopher Mitchell
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Pretty much any of the My Little Pony stories are great reads for young children, male or female. Especially with the recent push for inclusiveness in their stories, these are not just books for girls any more, or even just little little kids. My Little Pony: Pony Pop Stars is a fun book to read and be read to."
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    #19Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder

    Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder

    Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder is the first book in the Doktor Proktor series written by Jo Nesbø, translated by Tara Chace and illustrated by Mike Lowery. This children's book was originally published in 2007.

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    Dennis Davidson
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder is a book of children of ages 6 to 12. it is originally written by Jo Nesbø, translated by Tara Chace and illustrated by Mike Lowery. This children's book was originally published in 2007. a very good read"
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    #20My Little Pony: Fun at the Fair

    My Little Pony: Fun at the Fair

    My Little Pony: Fun at the Fair is a children's book written by Kate Egan that tells the story of Minty. She will go to the Fair with her friends and she will see there a big teddy bear that will catch her attention.

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    Ryan Ramirez
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "I would highly recommend this book for your son and daughter. I read it during bedtime to my 6 year old daughter and she enjoy any My Little Pony brand and the My Little Pony: Fun at the Fair is one of the book added to our addition."
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    #21Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present

    Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present

    Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present is a birthday-themed, children's book written by Charlotte Zolotow and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. It is published in 1962 by Harper & Row publisher.

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    Andrea Bishop
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present is a birthday themed children book written by Charlotte Zolotow. It is a must read book for children aged 6 to 12 years. Children will enjoy the story. This book has great illustrations and will be enjoyed by all."
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    #22The Cricket in Times Square

    The Cricket in Times Square

    A recipient of the Newbery Honor award, The Cricket in Times Square is a children's book by George Selden that tells the adventurous tale of Chester Cricket as he arrives in New York City and makes friends with a cat and a mouse.

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    Michelle Newman
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "Good book, but I'd say most age appropriate for 6-8 year olds. Although older children may enjoy it as well, I felt the target audience would be 1-3 graders. The book is fun to read and very well written. "
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    #23Different Just Like Me

    Different Just Like Me

    Different Just Like Me is a Cultural, Children's Picture Books written and illustrated by Lori Mitchell. It was published July 1, 2001 by Charlesbridge.

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    David Hoffman
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "It is a good book about differences within people, but I would say that six is the high end of the audience spectrum, not the low end; the book is intended for very young audiences. In addition, this is not a series, but a stand-alone novel."
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    #24Same, Same But Different

    Same, Same But Different

    Same, Same But Different is a Cultural, Children's Picture Book written and illustrated by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw. It was published September 13, 2011 by Henry Holt and Co.

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    Evelyn Cox
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Elliot lives in America, and Kailash lives in India. They are pen pals. By exchanging letters and pictures, they learn that they both love to climb trees, have pets, and go to school. Their worlds might look different, but they are actually similar. Same, same. But different!"
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    #25Earthling Ambassador (Space Brigade)

    Earthling Ambassador (Space Brigade)

    Earthling Ambassador is the first book in Space Brigade series written by Liane Moriarty and illustrated by Shannon Bonatakis. This children's book id first published in 2007. 

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    Jason James
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Liane Moriarty is perhaps better known for her fiction for grown-ups, but Earthling Ambassador exposes her talents to young readers. In an age when a story like this might be something you see on TV, it's great that this is a book with a young female hero. "
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    #26Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (Stories to Go!)

    Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (Stories to Go!)
    Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (Stories to Go!) s a Cultural, Children's Picture Book written and illustrated by William Steig. It was published May 9, 2006 by Aladdin.
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    Mariana Herrera
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "If only all books were written as well as this one. Many books don’t give serious thought to the 6-12 group literature, and clearly shows it. A recipient of the Caldecott Medal, this book has to be a must read for those who want quality in literature, especially literature designed for young impressionable minds."
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    #27Summer Ball

    Summer Ball
    Summer Ball is the second book in the sports fiction series Danny Walker written by Mike Lupica which continues on the story of Danny Walker who is leading his basketball team in the national championship. 
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    Aaradhya Rangan
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "It is an amazing book to keep motivation and an amazing turn of events. I would recommend these books to anyone who has a child interested in sports but not so interested in reading."
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    #28The Sandwich Swap

    The Sandwich Swap

    The Sandwich Swap s a Cultural, Children's Picture Book written by Queen Rania of Jordan, Al Abdullah, Kelly Di Pucchio and illustrated by Tricia Tusa. It was published April 20, 2010 by Disney-Hyperion.

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    Pamela Wright
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Looks like a great read for a kindergarten. Kindergarten is an age where kids fight and argue with their friends for small and silly reasons. This book will be a good read as it talks about difference in friendships and how to withstand the difference. It explains what true friendship is to kids in blossoming age"
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    #29The Story of Holly and Ivy

    The Story of Holly and Ivy

    The Story of Holly and Ivy is a book by Rumer Godden that tells the story of an orphan child, a doll and a couple who wants a child. Their Christmas are intertwined and it all seemed to be coming true.

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    Richard McDonald
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This is a terrific book for children in the 6-10 range at least. It's a beautifully written story that's perfect for Christmastime. I loved reading it to my niece, and she loved it too. Definitely a classic worth sharing with the children in your life."
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    #30The Gateway (Leven Thumps)

    The Gateway (Leven Thumps)
    The Gateway (Leven Thumps) s a Cultural, Children's Picture Book written by Obert Skye. It was published July 1, 2006 by Leven Thumps.
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    Gary Fisher
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Leven Thumps, or "Lev", is a 14 year old boy who doesn't much enjoy his life in Oklahoma. But everything changes when he discovers the dream world of Foo, where anything is possible. It's alternately witty, charming, exciting, and touching, and will be enjoyed by all young readers."
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    #31My Little Pony: Pony Tales

    My Little Pony: Pony Tales

    My Little Pony: Pony Tales is a book by Thomas Zahler that tells the story of six beautiful ponies. They are Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, and Applejack each of them has their own story. 

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    Daniel Diaz
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "My daughter loooooves MLP so these stories are right up her alley. There's surprising amount of background on the characters, and it's not such a chore to read with your young kids. I'd recommend it to the parent of any young Pony fan."
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    #32Richard Scarry's Pie Rats Ahoy! (Step Into Reading)

    Richard Scarry's Pie Rats Ahoy! (Step Into Reading)

    Pie Rats Ahoy! is a children's illustrated book and is Step 2 in the Step Into Reading series. Written by Richard Scarry, it uses basic vocabulary and short sentences to tell how sneaky pirates kept stealing Uncle Willy's pies.

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    Marco Antonio Cervantes
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "This book is a must buy book for children at ages 6 to 12, it helps them with the imagiation, and makes them better people. "
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    #33Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (Little Golden Book)

    Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (Little Golden Book)

    Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree is a book by Mary Packard that tells the story of a cute little bear who loves honey so much. He then finds a honey tree but he can't reach it so he did all his best to get it. 

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    Mark Ray
    Written on March 12, 2018
    "Winnie the Pooh is a timeless classic that most children will enjoy. The adventures that the iconic characters have will have the little ones completely absorbed in the stories."
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    #34Skipping Christmas

    Skipping Christmas

    Skipping Christmas is a book by John Grishan that tells the story of a couple who will skip Christmas because they will go on a cruise. But what they will discover will make them never want to skip the tradition.

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    Juan Fowler
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Evil In Disguise is a holiday book without a holiday when some youngsters decide they are going to skip Christmas. This fits nicely under the category of a must-read series for children ages 6 to 12 and it is written by superstar Author - John Grisham"
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    #35My Little Pony: Rose Blossom's First Christmas

    My Little Pony: Rose Blossom's First Christmas

    My Little Pony: Rose Blossom's First Christmas is a book by Anne Marie Capalija that tells the story of Rose Blossom. She will celebrate her first ever Christmas in Ponyville and her holidays will be great.

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    Hannah George
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "Some of my girls like it, but My Little Pony annoys me. It's a bit whiny and fanciful for my taste."
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    #36Big Nate on a Roll

    Big Nate on a Roll

    Big Nate on a Roll is a comedic children's literature and comic strip novel by cartoonist Lincoln Peirce. This is the third book in Peirce's Big Nate series. It was originally published in August 2011.

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    Emily Silva
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "The Big Nate comics are very funny and perfectly suited for young readers. My son can't seem to put them down and he doesn't really like to read anything!"
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    #37My Little Pony: Friends Forever

    My Little Pony: Friends Forever

    My Little Pony: Friends Forever is a children's graphic book by Katie Cook that tells the story of friendship. Applejack and rarity are friends that will go on a road trip that will make them question their friendship.

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    Jack Ryan
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "My 7-year-old daughter loves My Little Pony books and this is her favorite yet! It's in a more graphic format than some of the other books and she just loves the colorful pictures! I hope they keep publishing these because there's nothing better to keep my daughter engaged with books."
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    #38Steven Caney's Playbook

    Steven Caney's Playbook

    Steven Caney's Playbook contains ideas on puzzles, games, and other activities for children to keep them entertained wherever they are. Appropriate for children ages 3 to 10. 

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    Jacob Duncan
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "when I was a kid, and I am now the lucky owner of our family copy which I use with my own children. Our all-time favorite is the spider web room! All activities use common household items, so it's the perfect antidote to those "I'm bored!" moments all of us parents dread. The photos are very 70's, but the activities and games are timeless. A younger child will need some help, but older kids should be able to do most on their own."
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    #39Mr. Tickle

    Mr. Tickle

    Mr. Tickle is the first book in the Mr. Little series written by Roger Hargreaves that tells a story of Mr. Tickle. He woke up in the morning and realized that the day is a ticklish day so he went around town tickling people. 

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    #40A Bird and His Worm

    A Bird and His Worm
    A Bird and His Worm is a children's picture book written by James Kaczman which is a tale about the relationship between a bird and a worm wherein the bird talks about how he likes to walk more than fly.
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    Joel Campos
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "Excellent book choice for any child. I enjoyed reading this to my kids at bedtime."
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    #41My Little Pony: Pony Party

    My Little Pony: Pony Party

    My Little Pony: Pony Party is a book by Kate Egan that tells the story of Pinkie Pig. She struggles with deciding what to wear. She will wear a unicorn costume but it will be ruined. What will she do next?

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    Frances Henderson
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I absolutely order things like this from Amazon. I feel like I can trust them when I purchase through them."
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    #42Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer

    Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer

    Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer is a children's picture book written by Carol Brendler and illustration created by Ard Hoyt which is about Winnie Finn who is crazy about earthworms and knows everything about them.  

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    Ridhi Chattopadhyay
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "Super funny book for my seven year old. But I don't think it'll keep a 12 year old's attention for long, might be a bit beneath them. "
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    #43My Little Pony: The Dance Recital

    My Little Pony: The Dance Recital

    My Little Pony: The Dance Recital is a book by Hasboro Inc. that tells the story of a fun dance recital of the ponies. It was colorful, fun and full of grace that will add to the delight of the young readers. 

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Summary

Best What are the best must-read series for children ages 6 to 12
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Little House on the Prairie (Little House)Books 31 Paid
2A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)Books 27 Paid
3The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)Books 25 Paid
4Ramona the Pest (Ramona Quimby)Books 23 Paid
5The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events)Books 21 Paid
6Pippi LongstockingBooks 18 Paid
7The Boxcar ChildrenBooks 16 Paid
8Isle of Winds (The Changeling)Books 15 Paid
9The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials)Books 12 Paid
10The HobbitBooks 11 Paid
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