Growing up, my mom used to read to my sisters and me. We were always at the library, choosing our next book or just hanging out. The school library, the city library in our hometown, or any of the other libraries in nearby cities - these were our favorite places. We also frequented used book stores and the book sections of thrift stores. There was no better way to spend a free day than reading a book. Even when we were too big for momma's lap, we continued reading, devouring any book nearby. These are some of the books I read as a young adult, and still remember loving.
If you or your child is a Goosebumps fan, then Cirque Du Freak is sure to be a hit. Just be warned that these books get steadily darker as the series progresses, and can be a bit scary. These are vampire books, among other things.
As a child (and even now, in my 20's) I was a huge fan of unicorns. Although the Unicorn Chronicles is a rather short series, it is very magical and I loved it.
While the Berenstain Bears might be harder to find now (check thrift stores and used book stores) they have books for young readers and books for young adult readers (big chapter books). In the big chapter books alone, there are at least 40 books! I loved the Berenstain Bears and hope someday my children will enjoy them, too. They have books on nearly every topic, and they all teach a valuable lesson in a fun way.
The Magic Tree House series is for the younger side of 'young adult', but still a great series. In their Tree House, Jack and Annie can go back in time - all the while having lots of crazy adventures. They see knights, mummies, a World War, dinosaurs, and much more.
With 54 books in the series you won't run out of reading material any time soon! A group of kids meets an alien, who gives them the power to morph into other creatures. That kind of power on it's own would be really cool, but in this case the kids have a mission - they are fighting a parasitic alien species known as Yeerks which is taking over the human race! I haven't seen the television adaption, but Nickelodeon also created a T.V. series based on the Animorphs books in the late 90s.
My mom wasn't too happy about my fascination with the comedic children's books, The Adventures of Captain Underpants - but I remember them as being pretty darn funny. You might want to read at least the first book yourself before giving kids free reign to read them, but they were an entertaining series.
What list would be complete without Wayside School being mentioned? The stories are wacky and out of this world, but entertaining in a completely innocent way.
With 21 novels inspired by the Wishbone mystery series, the Adventures of Wishbone were a fun read - great for young dog lovers! Even when you finish these novels, if you fall in love with Wishbone there are other series that also star Wishbone - including Wishbone Mysteries and Wishbone Classics. Even within the series there are many different authors, so if one doesn't strike your fancy then one by another author within the series might.
With this article I focused more on the lesser talked about young adult books, but I also loved more popular series, such as:
What books did you love as a young adult?