It’s not even a contest on what my favorite book series, children or adult is, no question, it is the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Since I first opened up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone published in 1997, I was entranced. The writing, the imagination, it took me to another world. A world I wanted to be a part of and a world that I wanted to share with my own children and students.
J.K Rowling followed up with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in 1998, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in 1999, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in 2000, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in 2003, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in 2005, and the finale of the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2007.
All of the Harry Potter books have been made into famous films that were heavily controlled by Rowling to maintain the integrity of the story. You can even visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios in Florida and California, along with attractions in the United Kingdom. I’ve been to the Florida attractions and they are well worth the time to immerse yourself into the Wizarding World.
There’s a reason that the Harry Potter series is one of the best selling series of all time and that J.K. Rowling has been awarded with a multitude of awards for her work. The world that J.K. Rowling created within her storytelling is absolutely amazing and wildly loved by children worldwide. These books will hook the most reluctant of readers.
I offer complete novel studies (click on covers below) to accompany each of the Harry Potter books for use in the classroom or homeschool. You can also buy the entire series of novel studies bundled together for a discount. Each unit includes both a printable format and a Google Drive™ format for use in a paperless classroom or with Google Classroom and follows a similar layout as shown in the video for Sorcerer’s Stone.
The Harry Potter series will be loved by all of your students and the theme of good vs. evil can be applied and discussed in a multitude of topics throughout the curriculum and in discussions of current events. I can’t recommend this series enough. It is my all-time favorite to share with students. I have read the entire series aloud to my own children twice and they’ve each read them on their own as they were able to. There is a reason that this series and J.K. Rowling has earned the acclaim that they have. It is earned and well worth the read.
Are you interested in reading about and sharing ideas with other educators on using children’s literature in your classroom? My goal is to bring together teachers and homeschoolers who teach grades 3-8 and use novels with their students. I’d love for you to join me to learn, share, and grow together!