The Best Gift for your teen or tween? Books, of course!

The holidays. What better gift to give than a boxed set of a favorite series!

I’m going to share some of the book series that are great to give as gifts for your teen or tween this season.

Percy Jackson

Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
I loved this series for it’s action packed adventure. The ancient myth doesn’t hurt either.

Gregor the Overlander

Gregor the Overlander, The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins
This is a recent favorite. Gregor is reluctant but brave in this series.

Anne of Green GablesAnne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
One of my all time favorites, Anne is spunky and keeps a positive outlook on things. Except for the time she turned her hair green…

The Missing HaddixThe Missing by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Time travel adventures in history.  A step or two above Magic Tree House though. These books will keep your tween engaged.

Wizard of OzWizard of Oz by Frank Baum (thanks Mikey for the reminder!)
A classic but in the additional books you’ll learn even more fantastic aspects of Baum’s universe.

Harry PotterHarry Potter series by JK Rowling
A new-classic in every sense of the word. Dealing with friendships and making the right decisions even if they’re hard to do, Harry Potter teaches some great life lessons.

39 Clues39 Clues by various authors (including Rick Riordan, Margaret Haddix, Linda Sue Park) published by Scholastic
I really enjoyed watching Dan and Amy grow over the series as they learn more about their mysterious family.

The Kane ChroniclesThe Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan
I really enjoyed the Egyptian history and myth that goes along with these books. The brother and sister duo have great voices.

SBDaughters106x160Various princess retellings by Diane Zahler, she has four beautiful books out that are retellings of different princess fairy tales.

NarniaThe Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
Another classic. Full of adventure and lore.

TolkienThe Hobbit and the rest of the Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
Fantasy worlds at their best.

Artemis FowlArtemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
Artemis is the young anti-hero. A bad guy with a twist.
I enjoyed Colfer’s darker take on the fairy world.


Did I leave any great series off the list? Let us know!

8 thoughts on “The Best Gift for your teen or tween? Books, of course!

  1. Wow, Ansha, so many series, so little time before the holidays! I hadn’t heard of some of these series before, especially Haddix’s time travel series. Thanks for sharing and giving us some great reads to enjoy over the holidays! Cheers and happy holidays to you and your family!

  2. Ah, just the kick in the pants I need to get on that Christmas shopping. You mention some great reads. I’m intrigued by Collins’ Underland Chronicles. That was a new one to me. You included my all-time favorite, LOTR. How many times have I read and watched those? Taking the kids to see Hobbit 2 over Christmas break.

    My boys and I are studying Egyptian history right now, and I had considered the Kane Chronicles as our read-aloud just for fun. I settled for Eloise Jarvis McGraw’s “Golden Goblet” instead. Much shorter, more factual, and a Newbery honor book to boot. A super read!

  3. I’m glad you guys are liking the list. Gregor the Overlander was a new one to me too. It came highly recommended. And it was a great read. I plan to work my way through the series soon.

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