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The Five Best Children’s Book Series (#4) The Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling

June 26, 2013

(4.) The Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling

Thought this series would be number one on the list, didn’t you? 

Well, I happen to believe that Harry Potter is just teensy bit overrated.  It may be that I have become weary and jaded to the innumerable ways in which Harry Potter has influenced our culture; the movies, the countless fan-fiction sites, tribute bands, merchandise and even vocabulary (Muggle made it into the Oxford English Dictionary) that has been injected into our society. But hey, who am I to judge?  J.K. Rowling got the whole world reading again, and that’s quite a stupendous accomplishment.  I certainly spent a great deal of my adolescence eagerly anticipating the release of the next Harry Potter book, and I believe (and hope) that more generations of children will be reading Harry Potter just as eagerly as I did.   What child wouldn’t want to delve into a world of witches and wizards and incredible magic that is hidden right beneath our noses as part of our modern world?  What child doesn’t like to read about courageous children battling the forces of evil and emerging victorious?  Harry Potter is what good children’s literature is all about.

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One note of caution, however:  The first three books are fine for readers 8-10, but I cast a disapproving eye upon parents who let their young children read the last four books (which get significantly darker) without at least some parental guidance.  Starting with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire  parents should be cautious.  You know your child’s disposition better than I do, so I would simply recommend reading the books yourself before you allow your children to read them so you can be prepared for any questions they may have.

P.S.  I did not go into this book series as in depth as I have done with the other book series on this list because if you don’t know anything about Harry Potter then you must have been living under a rock for the past 15 years.  (I’m joking…sort of.)

My fave book in the series: #3 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry_Potter_and_the_Prisoner_of_Azkaban

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