Best Action and Adventure Books For Young Readers

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This five-book series follows the adventures of Percy Jackson and his friends in a world of Greek mythology. Percy is a demigod, meaning he has a Greek god for a father and a mortal mother. As the son of Poseidon, Percy attracts a lot of attention. Throughout the series, he and his friends face a wide variety of monsters, creatures and other villains in worlds other than our own. This is a perfect box set for readers 8 to 12 years old.

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The secret lake that Stella and Tom discover is full of mysteries. Odd people, voices and scenery puzzle the siblings, but they soon figure out a strange connection between this lake and their current home — the lake seems to be a portal to 100 years in the past. This book will engage young readers as Stella and Tom embark on a time-traveling journey to uncover the truth about this lake and their new home. Blending elements of mystery, fantasy and adventure, this book is a great choice for readers 8 to 12 years old.

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Parents, teachers and librarians frequently suggest “The Magic Tree House” boxed set because it has been proven to instill a passion for reading. Since the book’s release in 1992, it has been translated into 33 different languages and sold 134 million copies. This set of books will help introduce a more challenging — while still fun and engaging — side of reading your child may never have seen before. This set is written with first- through fourth-graders in mind.

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If kids enjoy epic stories of brave heroes, they will enjoy the action and adventure-packed “Warriors” book series about a clan of brave kittens. Traitors of the ShadowClan threaten to disrupt generations of laws set in place by the ancestors, and the cats of ThunderClan must take decisive action to protect the land. With over 60 books in the series, this is a great option for parents who want to get (and keep) their children reading.

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In this timeless adventure book from beloved author Kate DiCamillo, children can join rabbit Edward Tulane on a soul-searching adventure. The story draws the reader in to explore the heart of someone who has loved and lost. Edward’s story beckons to be read aloud with its lyrical use of language. Children and adults alike will enjoy this feel-good story.

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This boxed set of six includes some of the first Dog Man books including “Dog Man,” “Dog Man Unleashed,” “Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties,” “Dog Man and Cat Kid,” “Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas,” and “Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild.” This set will give your child the opportunity to have their favorite books all together in one spot. This action-packed series appeals to children ages 7 and older, and sets a positive tone for persistence, hard work and achieving the impossible while remaining full of age-appropriate silliness that will have kids giggling through each book.

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This hilarious book set sheds a comedic light on what it’s like to grow up. Junie B. Jones is a fan-favorite chapter book series that’s easy to read and fun to engage with. Children can read along and laugh out loud as their sassy heroine grows and learns from getting herself into all kinds of trouble, from getting stuck inside the school on her first day of kindergarten in “Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus” to her evolution into the best spy in the world in “Junie B. Jones and Some Sneaky Peaky Spying.” There are 30 books in the entire series, so if your child loves Junie B. Jones’ outrageous adventures, there’s plenty more to read when you finish this set.

Expert Commentary 

“Nothing was more enthralling as a child than reading a story of a great adventure,” Kelsey Daubenmier says. “This genre not only stretches critical thinking but also helps young readers learn about human nature and the world. Action and adventure books are great for building emotional quotient, developing empathy, and instilling a love of reading.”