Muggles, Take Note
- What: Harry Potter books
- When: Seven years and up
- Why: Fanciful, enthralling, complex
- Where: Amazon
If you’ve devoured classics like The Chronicles of Narnia, and want some more mystery and magic for yourself and your kids, look no further than the popular Harry Potter series. These books make for great family reading out loud for kids not quite ready for the plentiful text and longer chapters, but who can follow the plot and complexity of longer books. They also work great to engage the imagination of older kids reading on their own.
Each of the seven installments follows wizard and orphan Harry Potter through his time at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You can buy books individually or get the complete set at once, or choose the illustrated volumes. Get to know the four houses of Hogwarts and Harry and his friends as they stumble into evil plots, masterful magicians, and mystical adventures. Find Harry overcoming the odds in this world within a world where almost anything becomes possible, especially with the help of good friends.
As an added bonus, each book has become a major motion picture. While the dark scenes and plot that weaves from movie to movie may be too much for younger kids, older kids love seeing their favorite characters come to life. And if you need even more fun, check out the Harry Potter Lego series with more of your favorite characters and props.
No matter if you read one book out loud, let older kids enjoy it on their own, or watch the movies repeatedly, this world of magic will enthuse old and young alike.