The best children's book series that are undercover educators

Who am I?

I have been in love with the ocean, since I first visited Galveston at the age of five. The cadence of the waves and tide called to me in a way that is hard to explain, and every creature within simply mesmerized me. I read everything about the ocean that I could find, and I haven’t stopped to this day. My book is fact-checked by two marine biologists as well, just to ensure that all of the information is accurate.


I wrote...

Stranded

By Feather Chelle,

Book cover of Stranded

What is my book about?

Whales and dolphins are falling ill all throughout the Atlantic Ocean! Cherish and her family of Pilot Whales have been fleeing as far from other animals as possible, but some of them have begun to show symptoms. When danger closes in from all around them, will the Dolphin Riders make it in time to save the day?

The books I picked & why

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Dinosaurs Before Dark

By Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (illustrator),

Book cover of Dinosaurs Before Dark

Why this book?

As a homeschool parent, I am always looking for fun books that teach, almost without children realizing. These are definitely hard to find, but the number 1 series that always comes to mind is The Magic Treehouse. In these books, children travel back in time to experience history firsthand. My kids love the characters and the fascinating adventures, and I love that they are educational and easy to read. When teaching history, I always check to see if there is a book in this series to help enrich our studies.

Dinosaurs Before Dark

By Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Dinosaurs Before Dark as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Eight-year-old Jack and his little sister, Annie, are playing in the woods during their summer holiday, when they find a mysterious tree house full of books. But these are no ordinary books . . . And this is no ordinary tree house . . .

Jack and Annie get more than they had bargined for when Jack opens a book about dinosaurs and wishes he could see them for real. They end up in prehistoric times with Pteranodons, Triceratops and a huge Tyrannosaurus Rex! How will they get home again? The race is on . . . !


Rise of the Raptors

By Dan Metcalf,

Book cover of Rise of the Raptors

Why this book?

This series really brings dinosaurs to life for young readers. One of my children was obsessed with dinos for a while, and this series was so much fun to read together. They are full of interesting facts and tons of action. I highly recommend them as read-alouds for the entire family.

Rise of the Raptors

By Dan Metcalf,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Rise of the Raptors as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The last humans on a planet of dinosaurs… A quest to disarm an apocalyptic weapon… Can the Dino Wars gang save the world before it's too late?

3142 AD. Humanity is on the verge of extinction after genetically engineered dinosaurs reclaimed the planet during the Dino Wars.

Adam Caine lives in the secluded city of Bastion with other human survivors and peace-loving dinosaurs.

When an old weapon that threatens all dinosaur life is activated, Adam knows it is down to him to stop it. With the help of his sister Chloe and best friend Dag, a tech-savvy Iguanadon, Adam must…


The Magic School Bus in the Time of the Dinosaurs

By Joanna Cole, Bruce Degen (illustrator),

Book cover of The Magic School Bus in the Time of the Dinosaurs

Why this book?

It is hard to think of your childhood without remembering The Magic School Bus. Both the books and the show were simply captivating and taught scientific concepts in a fun, engaging way that stuck with all of us. It is always my go-to when I am teaching science, and my kids absolutely adore watching or reading this series.

The Magic School Bus in the Time of the Dinosaurs

By Joanna Cole, Bruce Degen (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked The Magic School Bus in the Time of the Dinosaurs as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Scholastic is re-releasing the ten original Magic School Bus titles in paperback. With updated scientific information, the bestselling science series ever is back!

The classroom is decorated as Dinosaur Land, but Ms. Frizzle-inspired by an archeological dig-craves a more authentic experience. The Magic School Bus turns into a time machine and transports the class back millions of years to an adventure where they learn about dinosaurs, their habitats and diets, and even a Maiasaura nesting ground.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians the Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel

By Rick Riordan, Attila Futaki (illustrator),

Book cover of Percy Jackson and the Olympians the Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel

Why this book?

I had to include this zany series because it is a definite favorite in our household. In fact, we read the entire first book without my kids even realizing that they were learning about Greek mythology. When we started to discuss what we learned, we were led into a whole new world of research and exploration. The entire family wanted to learn more and more about the fascinating gods and goddesses and the wild stories about them.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians the Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel

By Rick Riordan, Attila Futaki (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Percy Jackson and the Olympians the Lightning Thief as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Percy Jackson - now in stunning graphic novel form!

Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood. I never asked to be the son of a Greek God. I was just a normal kid, going to school, playing basketball, skateboarding. The usual. Until I accidentally vaporized my maths teacher. That's when things started really going wrong. Now I spend my time fighting with swords, battling monsters with my friends, and generally trying to stay alive.

This is the one where Zeus, God of the Sky, thinks I've stolen his lightning bolt - and making Zeus angry is a very bad…


Mary Finch and the Thief

By S S Saywack,

Book cover of Mary Finch and the Thief

Why this book?

This is an enthralling new mystery series for middle grades and older readers. The main character is reminiscent of a young, female Sherlock Holmes, and she has lots of fun, if dangerous, adventures. My kids love the action, and I love that they teach a lot about history. These books have sparked a lot of conversation about the class system, in particular, which I believe is a very important topic.

Mary Finch and the Thief

By S S Saywack,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Mary Finch and the Thief as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Meet thirteen-year-old Mary Finch – a bold, determined heroine, and the star of a stylish new detective series. Perfect for fans of classic crime fiction.

Mary Finch and the Thief is the first in the Mary Finch Mystery series. It is 1893 and Mary Finch finds herself on the gritty and violent streets of Victorian London trying to clear her name.

When wrongfully accused of theft, Mary Finch is determined to track down the thief and prove her innocence. Her journey takes her from Baker Street, where her friends, the famous detective Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, live, to the…


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