5 Modern Classics Series for Kids That Are Worth Reading

Most of us grew up reading familiar classic children’s books - the ones that have the ability to help children learn, laugh, think, dream and see the world in a different light and open their minds to cultures beyond their own. 

These are the books that can withstand the test of time, with dog-eared and note-filled pages that get handed down to siblings because of their universal themes. Regardless of whether you have a budding bookworm or a reluctant reader, these modern classics are sure to pass muster with your little one.

Here are our recommendations: 

 

Artemis Fowl 

Artemis Fowl 

This graphic novel adaptation of the internationally best-selling novel offers an exciting look inside both Fowl Manor and Haven City as it follows Artemis Fowl's battle against a cast of creatures beyond your wildest imagination.

Enter the world of Artemis Fowl, a twelve-year-old criminal genius with no scheme too dastardly, no plot too devious for him. With his newfound discovery that fairies are real, these creatures are far from being the cuddly creatures of bedtime stories. Instead, they are armed and dangerous. Things go wayward when Artemis captures Captain Holly Short for her fairy gold, only to realise that he has messed with the wrong elf. Holly might not be armed, but she's incredibly dangerous and definitely wasn't too pleased with the kidnapping. Let the misadventure begin as Artemis finds out that fairies fight back. 

 

Sherlock Sam 

Sherlock Sam 

"Sherlock Sam is almost folklore to the kids of Singapore,” said Epigram Books chief executive officer Edmund Wee.

Indeed, this intrepid ten-year-old detective is taking the world by storm. This book series revolves around Samuel Tan Cher Lock (or better known as Sherlock Sam), and his trusty robot sidekick as they unravel mysteries with a host of rich, diverse characters in an ever-expanding universe. Written by a Singapore-based husband-and-wife team, this series uniquely captures the essence of multi-racial Singapore and South-east Asia, cleverly told through a mix of offbeat humour and logic that offer a universal appeal for middle-grade readers.

Explore more reads by local authors here

 

Dog Man

Dog Man

Howl with laughter with #1 New York Times Bestselling series, a crime-biting protagonist who is part man, part dog, and all hero. Dav Pilkey's wildly popular Dog Man series appeals to readers of all ages and explores universally positive themes, including empathy, kindness, persistence, and the importance of being true to one's self. 

This new breed of justice has pawed its way into young fans' hearts and possibly even infatuated their parents - and it’s not difficult to see why. Join in the hilarious adventures of Dog Man as he rolls over robbers and claws after crooks! He might have a nose for justice, but will his canine ways land him in trouble? There’s only one way to find out! 

Tip: Make your own Petey here to make storytime more entertaining for your little one! 

 

How to Train Your Dragon

How to Train Your Dragon

Set in a fictional Viking world, this series is told through protagonist Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III as he overcomes trials and tribulations in his journey of becoming a hero. Geeky and gawky, Hiccup is a Viking who doesn't quite fit in with the rest. When he tries to catch and train a dragon to pass his Viking clan’s important initiation test, will he be able to do it without being torn by the dragons? When a new terror threatens to devour all the Vikings on the Isle of Berk, can he save the tribe from being wiped out?  Follow him as things change when he embarks on adventures with his hunting dragon Toothless, a dragon that speaks Dragonese. 

With every page packed with action, this perfectly illustrated and hilarious series is a beloved modern classic with millions of fans across the globe.

 

The Tale of Peter Rabbit 

The Tale of Peter Rabbit 

One of the world’s best-loved children’s authors of all time, Beatrix Potter brings the tale of Peter Rabbit alive through her Austen-esque prose. Her humourous, lively tale follows disobedient and mischievous young Peter Rabbit as he trespasses the garden of Mr. McGregor and gets chased about. He later escapes and returns home to his mother, who offers him chamomile tea and puts him to bed. 

This series was first written in 1893 for the son of Potter’s former governess Annie Carter Moore and initially faced rejections by several publishers but eventually saw success with multiple reprints in the years after its debut. Till date, it has been translated into 36 languages with 45 million copies sold, making it one of history’s best-selling books. 

The best children’s books are the ones with the power to draw even adult readers in to relive their childhood, while helping young ones expand their world views at the same time. From picture books to graphic novels, fantasy to crime and detective, these books will no doubt still be able to hold up decades later. Get your little one’s reading fix from https://www.goguru.com.sg/.