While we’ve since moved on to more advanced literary choices, we can’t help but reminisce about the novels that first made us consider ourselves bookworms. After all, there’s nothing like a good book series as a kid (or even an adult). Having fun isn’t hard when you have a library card, but for every voracious young reader, there comes a time when it seems they have already devoured every possible book series the children’s wing of their library has to offer. And for many grown-up bookworms, these 10 book series were must-reads. How many of them did you check out of your local library?
1. My America
For young readers who had already finished their vast collection of historical American Girl novels, the My America series was the next logical choice. The books, written in the early 2000’s, told the stories of different girls living in different parts of the United States at different points in time. This series was the introduction to historical fiction for many book lovers, and it didn’t disappoint.
2. Princess Diaries
You’d be hard pressed looking for a bookworm who didn’t read Meg Cabot’s addictive series at one point in time. While the world was only granted two (amazing) Princess Diaries, Cabot wrote 19 books related to this inspiring, hilarious story—the latest book, Royal Wedding, was just released in June.
3. The Private series
It’s easy to lose track of the number of YA novels centered around the lives of preppy private schoolers—it’s enough to make a girl wish she attended boarding school. The Private series by Kate Brian didn’t reek of quite the same amount of elitism as Gossip Girl, but offered some darker, deliciously scary undertones.
4. The Clique
The Clique books took over middle schools by storm in the late '00s, reaching their peak with a movie of the so-bad-it’s-good variety. Sure, the series may have focused on superficiality, wealth, and getting boyfriends, but the series held an indulgent spot on our bookshelf.
5. Junie B. Jones
This children’s series by Barbara Park introduced us to our favorite outspoken kindergartner, Junie B. Jones. With 31 books in the series, these easy-to-read novels were a favorite pick to order from Scholastic book catalogs and to pick up at school book fairs.
6. Magic Tree House
Introducing children to a fantastical world of time and space travel, the Magic Tree House series offered up endless imaginary possibilities, taking readers on trips through historical moments, imaginary scenarios, and impossible journeys. Mary Pope Osborne’s series took inspiration from tales of Camelot as Merlin the Magician and Morgan Le Fay sent siblings Jack and Annie on wild quests.
7. Sweet Valley High
Since its creation in 1983 by Francine Pascal, the Sweet Valley High series has entertained generations of readers with tales of classic high school trials and tribulations. Who could resist the classic high school hijinks of twins Elizabeth and Jessica?
Forget horror films—the 62 books in this series by R. L. Stine were the stuff of nightmares. The choose-your-own adventure novels were even adapted into a TV series during the writer’s prime in the ‘90s. While the last book of the series was published in 1997, lovers of the creepy tales are in luck—a Goosebumps movie is due out this October.
9. Misty of Chincoteague
For every girl who went through a horse-loving phase, the answer was the Misty of Chincoteague series. Inspired by the wild horses of Chincoteague Island, Virginia, these books by Marguerite Henry inspired countless equine-loving readers with a classic animal tale.
10. Baby-Sitter’s Club
This Ann M. Martin series may be the most iconic of all children’s book series. Selling millions of copies, these novels about Kristy Thomas, Mary Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi, Stacey McGill, and their babysitting business. While the series ended in 2000, its popularity has proven its timelessness—the books were re-released in 2010 with a new prequel.