AMP | Kids is proud to announce an ongoing partnership with The Mini Page, now in its 50th year of providing engaging and fun learning opportunities to young readers across the country. This feature was originally syndicated in newspapers the week of May 25–31, 2019. It is distributed digitally here with permission from Andrews McMeel Syndication. Enjoy and share with the young learners in your life!

Summer is a great time to dive into a book series: two or more books with the same characters, by the same author, but with new stories. Let’s take a look at some favorites.

  • Author Margaret Mincks will keep readers laughing with her Poplar Lane series. The 2020 presidential election is more than a year away, but the series’ second book, President of Poplar Lane, gets the ball rolling with the contest for class president.

  • For history fans, Lauren Tarshis’ I Survived series provides a window into some of the world’s greatest moments. The 18th book, I Survived the Battle of D-Day, 1944, introduces Paul, a French boy who helps the Allies defeat the Nazis.

  • For a wildly different take on history, Julius Zebra books are a wacky trip to other times, with a few well-known characters, like Cleopatra, thrown in. Julius Zebra: Entangled With the Egyptian is Gary Northfield’s newest addition to the series.

  • Authors Adam Gidwitz and David Bowles team up for The Unicorn Rescue Society, a series of four books about mythical creatures and the kids who try to save them. Book Four is called The Chupacabras of the Rio Grande.

  • Video gamers who also love to read will appreciate the Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior series by Cube Kid (also known as Erik Gunnar Taylor). These journals of a Villagetown kid from Minecraft chronicle his journey to becoming a warrior and defeating all kinds of challengers.

  • The Greystone Secrets series by Margaret Peterson Haddix starts with The Strangers, a treasure for mystery lovers. In this first book, three siblings’ lives are upended when three children who have their same names, ages and birthdates are kidnapped.

  • Author Jordan Stratford places Ada Byron and Mary Shelley in 19th-century London for The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency books. Using brains and courage, the girls solve one mystery after another.

  • If you’re a fan of The Last Kids on Earth series of four books by Max Brallier, keep an eye out for The Last Kids on Earth Survival Guide. This journal/guide/activity book lets readers join their favorite characters in surviving the monster apocalypse and more. (Bonus info: The fifth book is coming in September, along with an animated series on Netflix.)

  • Who can resist a unicorn named Marigold Heavenly Nostrils? Not Phoebe, and in her nine-book series, author Dana Simpson takes Phoebe and Her Unicorn on some funny misadventures as she explores their deepening friendship.

    • The newest book in The Ballpark Mysteries series by David A. Kelly is No. 15, The Baltimore Bandit. Each of these chapter books takes place in a different baseball park.

    Teachers: For standards-based activities to accompany this feature, visit Andrews McMeel Syndication. And follow The Mini Page on Facebook!

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