The Magic Tree House
Most children reach this stage at the age of about seven and feel very grown up when they can graduate to reading their first 'chapter books'.
The Magic Tree House books are perfect books for boys and girls of this age and make wonderful first chapter books.
As they explore each book, Jack and Annie are whisked back to different times and places in history so that they become part of the story themselves.
They make friends with a variety of people, some of whom are real historical figures, and have to use their wits and courage to solve problems, complete missions and help the people they meet.
Each story is an exciting adventure and loads of fun to read!
About The Magic Tree House Books
The first Magic Tree House book was published in 1992 and there are now 28 books in the original series.
Having said that, remember that this is a guide only. All children are different and if your five- or six-year-old is already a capable reader, it's worth giving the Magic Tree House books a try.
As well as the original series of 28 Magic Tree House books, there's also a second series called the Magic Tree House 'Merlin Missions'. These books are longer than the original 28 and involve Jack and Annie in a series of quests to help Merlin the Magician.
So altogether there are now 48 Magic Tree House books.
There is also a companion series called Magic Tree House Fact Trackers. These non-fiction books are written by Mary Pope Osborne, together with her husband Will and her sister Natalie Pope Boyce.
The Fact Trackers contain more information about the historical places and events Jack and Annie visit in the Magic Tree House books. At the moment there are 22 Magic Tree House Fact Trackers.
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Magic Tree House Collections
Here are Jack and Annie's first 28 adventures in a collectible box that looks like the Magic Tree House itself!
These collections make great gifts for young readers.