Tan Family Reads

As you can see, we love to read! Hubbs and I have always loved reading from when we were young. So we know we want to cultivate readers in all the kidzes. As such, we started reading to them from the time they were born, and in the case of Isaac - even when he was in my womb! 
Here are some blog posts which I have written about growing readers, encouraging kids to read:
The kids have been reading voraciously, and I have been keeping a list of the books they read on my phone for my easy reference at the National Library so that I can borrow the ones they haven't read. In addition to that list, we have a list of book series that the kids rank in order of preference when they have read books in the series. 

So how do we have so much time to read? We don't watch TV at home! Read about Our "No TV at Home" Rule and give it a try yourselves! You'd be amazed at how much "more time" you have to do the things you really love to do! :)
Tan Family Reads! 
Here below lies the ranking of the books according to each person, of how they liked the books they have read. Mind you, these are the ones they liked enough to make it to the list. We, Isaac in particular, have sometimes read books which we did not like enough to add to the lists below. For books that we did not enjoy, we sometimes do not even finish the series, or worse - the book itself. 

We shall aim to eventually do a mini review of each series. However, for now, here are the rankings. All books listed are either easily available from all popular bookstores (Harry Potter and Percy Jackson series) or otherwise available for borrowing from our fantastic National Library of Singapore
  • The lists are all ranked by the kids themselves, in order of each child's preference. 
  • Number in brackets refers to the number of books in the series.
  • Call number is the three letters in caps at the end of each entry. 

BOOK SERIES for AGES 9 to 12 and above!
- Found in the National Libraries of Singapore, in the junior section marked Ages 10 to 12. 

ISAAC's Favourite Books Series, ranked - last updated on 8 November 2016
  1. Percy Jackson (5) & PJ & The Olympians (5) by Rick Riordan RIO
  2. Harry Potter (7) by JK Rowling ROW
  3. The Five Kingdoms (4 of 5) by Brandon Mull MUL
  4. Shapeshifter (5) & Unleashed (5) by Ali Sparkes SPA
  5. Underland Chronicles (5) by Suzanne Collins COL
  6. The Keepers (2 of 4) by Ted Sanders SAN
  7. Alcatraz Vs. The Librarians by Brandon Sanderson (5) SAN
  8. The Hypnotists by Gordon Korman (3) KOR
  9. The Secrets of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott (6) SCO
  10. Fablehaven (5) by Brandon Mull MUL 
  11. The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani (3)
  12. The Very Nearly Honourable League of Pirates by Caroline Carlson (3) CAR
  13. School of Fear (3) by Gitty Daneshvari DAN
  14. Otherworld Chronicles by Nils Johnson-Shelton (3) JOH
  15. Beyonders (3) by Brandon Mull MUL
  16. Samurai Kids (4 out of 6) by Sandy Fussell FUS
  17. Kane Chronicles (3) by Rick Riordan RIO
  18. Spirit Animals (7) by Various. First book MUL
  19. Unwanteds (7) by Lisa McMann MAC
  20. Joshua Dreadd (3) Lee Bacon BAC
  21. Almost Super by Marion Jensen (3) JEN
  22. Janitors (5) by Tyler Whitesides WHI
  23. Cloak Society (3) by Jeramey Kraatz KRA
  24. Heroes in Training by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams (10) HOL
  25. Jack Blank (3) by Matt Myklusch MYK
  26. Candyshop Wars (2) by Brandon Mull MUL
  27. Wings of Fire (9) by Tui T Sutherland SUT
  28. Billy Sure Kid Entrepreneur (10) by Luke Sharpe SHA
  29. Way Too Real Aliens Trilogy (3) by Pamela F. Service SER
  30. The Spiderwick Chronicles (6) by Tony DiTerlitzzi DIT
  31. The Three Doors Trilogy (3) by Emily Rodda ROD
  32. The Books of Beginning Trilogy (3) by John Stephens STE
  33. Ascendance Trilogy (The False Prince) (3) by Jennifer Nielsen NIE
  34. Monsterrific Tales series (6?) by David Lubar LUB
  35. The Truth Sayer (3) by Sally Prue PRU

PAMELA's Favourite Books Series, ranked - last updated on 8 November 2016
  1. Harry Potter (7) by JK Rowling ROW
  2. Shapeshifter (5) & Unleashed (5) by Ali Sparkes SPA
  3. The Keepers (2 of 4) by Ted Sanders SAN
  4. The Five Kingdoms (4 of 5) by Brandon Mull MUL
  5. The Psi Chronicles (3) by Lana Krumwiede KRU
  6. The Secrets of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott (6) SCO
  7. Percy Jackson (5) & PJ & The Olympians (5) by Rick Riordan RIO
  8. Beyonders (3) by Brandon Mull MUL
  9. The Hypnotists by Gordon Korman (3) KOR
  10. Skulduggery Pleasant (9) by Derek Landy LAN
  11. Jack Blank (3) by Matt Myklusch MYK
  12. Samurai Kids (4 out of 6) by Sandy Fussell FUS
  13. Wondla (3) by Tony DiTerlizzi DIT
  14. Inkheart (3) by Cornelia Funke FUN
  15. Masterminds (2 of 3) by Gordon Korman KOR
  16. Aliens on Vacation (3) by Clete Barrett Smith SMI
  17. Ascendance Trilogy (The False Prince) (3) by Jennifer Nielsen NIE
  18. The Spiderwick Chronicles (6) by Tony DiTerlitzzi DIT

Notable Individual Books, ranked by Pamela
  1. Frozen in Time by Ali Sparkes
  2. Car-Jacked by Ali Sparkes
  3. You'll Like it Here (Everybody Does) by Ruth White WHI
  4. Blitzed by Robert Swindells SWI
  5. Timesnatch by Robert Swindells SWI
  6. Invisible! by Robert Swindells SWI
  7. Abomination by Robert Swindells SWI

BOOK SERIES for AGES 6 to 9 and above!
- Found in the National Libraries of Singapore, in the junior section marked Ages 7 to 9. 

SHAWNA's Favourite Books Series, rankedlast updated on 11 October 2016
  1. Greetings From Somewhere by Harper Paris (10) PAR
  2. Monster Boy by Shoo Rayner (8) RAY
  3. Jeremy and the Enchanted Theater by Becky Citra (4) CIT
  4. Ready Freddy by Abby Klein (20+) KLE
  5. Jack Stalwart by Elizabeth Singer Hunt (14) HUN
  6. Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures by Josh Greenhut (GRE) and (PEN)
  7. Animal Cracker books by Rose Impey (16) IMP
ASHER's Favourite Books Series, ranked, last updated on 22 October 2016
  1. Ready Freddy (20+) by Abby Klein KLE
  2. Monster Makers (6) by Ali Sparkes SPA
  3. Monster Boy (8) by Shoo Rayner RAY
  4. Dinosaur Cove (24) by Rex Stone STO
  5. Dragons Slayers Academy (20) by Kate McMullan MAC
  6. Animal Cracker books by Rose Impey (16) IMP
  7. Axel Storm (8) by Shoo Rayner RAY
  8. Olympia (8) by Shoo Rayner RAY
ISAAC's Favourite Books Series, ranked, last updated on 22 October 2016
Isaac read many books for this age range in the past. But as we did not keep a running ranking list like that, he'd been unable to rank them all. So now, he is ranking them from memory, and re-reading them when the twins read them. Thus, his ranking below may change as he rereads the series again. 
  1. Dinosaur Cove (24) by Rex Stone STO
  2. Dragons Slayers Academy (20) by Kate McMullan MAC
  3. Zac Power (26) by H.I. Larry LAR
  4. Monster Makers (6) by Ali Sparkes 
  5. Monster Boy (8) by Shoo Rayner RAY
  6. Greetings From Somewhere (10) by Harper Paris HAR
  7. The Whodunit's Detective Agency (8) by Martin Widmark WID
  8. Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures by Josh Greenhut (GRE) and (PEN)
  9. S.W.I.T.C.H (12) by Ali Sparkes SPA
  10. Gladiator Boy by David Grimstone 
  11. The D.A.T.A. Set (Danger! Action! Trouble! Adventure!) by Ada Hopper (3 of?) HOP
  12. Ready Freddy (20+) by Abby Klein KLE
  13. Alfie the Werewolf (6) by Paul van Loon LOO
  14. Axel Storm (8) by Shoo Rayner RAY
  15. Field Trip Mysteries by Steve Brezenoff  (10?) BRE
  16. Jeremy and the Enchanted Theater (4) by Becky Citra CIT
  17. Jack Stalwart by Elizabeth Singer Hunt (14) HUN
  18. Alfie Green by Joe O'Brien (9) OBR
  19. Olympia (8) by Shoo Rayner RAY
  20. Animal Cracker books by Rose Impey IMP

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for the list! Helps greatly that I can zoom right in at the library. My 10yr old son was so engrossed in The Hypnotists by Gordon Korman (3) KOR that he couldn't wait to finish reading.

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    1. Glad to know that the list was helpful to you! I enjoyed The Hypnotists trilogy very much, myself!

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