Multimedia Resources for Series Books

This post was originally published in Nick Glass’ monthly column for Curriculum Connections, an e-newsletter published by School Library Journal in partnership with Subscribe to this free newsletter here.

Elementary students love series titles. They enjoy the comfort of familiar characters, settings, and structures. This is especially true for emergent and newly independent readers, whose reading success with these titles encourages them to seek similar books. (Me personally, I learned to read thanks to Matt Christopher’s sports books.) recognizes the power of series in the lives of readers. To aid educators in their search for inspiring multimedia resources that can be easily integrated into literacy activities, our team has created a free “Curriculum Resource Center” devoted to those series popular with elementary students:

The collection includes hours of audio interviews and hundreds of online resources to support the enjoyment of 40+ favorite series, including fantasy, mystery, realistic fiction, and biography. Just click on the links below, or scroll through the digital collection at your leisure.


“Birchbark House” trilogy

The Birchbark House, Louise Erdrich (Hyperion, 1999)





“The Books of Ember”

The City of Ember, Jeanne DuPrau (Random House, 2003)





“Doll People” books

The Doll People, Ann M. Martin & Laura Godwin (Hyperion, 2000)





“Goosebumps” series

Welcome to Dead House, R.L. Stine (Scholastic, 1992)





“Marty Chan Mysteries”

The Mystery of the Frozen Brains, Marty Chan (Thistledown, 2004)





“Picture Book Biographies”

A Picture Book of George Washington, David A. Adler (Holiday House, 1999)




“Redwall” books

Redwall, Brian Jacques (Hutchinson Children’s, 1986)





“The Spiderwick Chronicles”

The Field Guide, Holly Black & Tony DiTerlizzi (S&S, 2003)





“Time Warp Trio”

Knights of the Kitchen Table, Jon Scieszka (Penguin, 1993)





“Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs” series

The Buried Bones Mystery, Sharon M. Draper (Just Us Books, 1994)




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