I've been meaning to recommend these as part of a GREAT BOOKS I READ IN 2009 post, but I don't think that post is going to happen. January is almost over, and I read way too many great books last year. No, I mean it. One of my older sisters tried to talk me to going to a 12-steps type program for my reading addiction, but I'm not willing to kick the habit. In this post, I am only going to tackle a few of my favorite series books, and I am only going to post one picture from each series.
Easy Readers - the ELEPHANT AND PIGGY books, by Mo Willems. If you have a child learning to read, especially a boy, you'll want to check these out. Funny books are the best!
YA Science Fiction - the DRAGONBACK ADVENTURES, by Timothy Zahn. I almost didn't pick these up because I wasn't crazy about the cover on the first one (that still isn't the way I picture the characters), but I knew I liked Zahn's writing. I can't recommend these enough. I loved Draco, the warrior poet. He was one of those characters you want to hang out with, and he's not even the main character. I loved the plot loops and the way Zahn resolved them. I will read all six of these books again. This is the first one.
Children's/YA Fantasy - PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS, by Rick Riordan. There are six of these as well. I went into this series skeptical, and I'm still marveling over the man's ability to incorporate mythology without getting bogged down in it. There were no bogs. The stories were extremely fast paced, but I still connected with the characters and understood what was going on. Everyone I've recommended this series to has loved it, especially the boys. My favorite in the series was THE SEA OF MONSTERS, but I've always loved THE ODYSSEY. This is a picture of the first book.
If you've read any of these books already, or if you pick them up, let me know what you think.