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Best Action and Adventure Books For Young Readers

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Action and adventure books have a way of presenting text that is both exciting and engaging, helping young readers immerse themselves in the story while developing a love of reading. The following action and adventure books were chosen for children 6 and older because they present obstacles in a way young minds are able to process, often using simple language that gradually introduces more complex vocabulary. These books include storylines that are easy to follow and keep children intrigued while actively building reading skills.

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.

Epic Action And Adventure

Warriors Box Set: Volumes 1 to 6: The Complete First Series (Warriors: The Prophecies Begin) (Paperback)


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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.

Best Heartwarming Book

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (Paperback)


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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.

Best Complete Set

Dog Man: The Supa Epic Collection: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #1-6 Boxed Set) (Hardcover)


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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.

Timeless Kids Collection

Junie B. Jones’s First Boxed Set Ever! (Books 1-4) (Paperback)


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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.”

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Kelsey Daubenmier

Kelsey Daubenmier is a licensed primary school teacher with over 10 years of experience in primary education. Kelsey thoughtfully balances the demands of raising four children with the never-ending stack of papers to grade and lesson plans to prepare. In the last decade, Kelsey has gained experiences educating children as young as 5 and as old as 11. She is passionate about bringing the best possible baby and children’s products to you and your loved ones.