With thousands of books at our local libraries and millions of them and short stories at our fingertips, thanks to options like LIBBY and different reading apps, there is no shortage of favorites.

What are yours? What did you grow up reading?

The late great comic Mitch Hedberg once said, "Any book is a children's book if the kid can read!" Of course, he's right, but which books are better for kids? The ones that educate and inspire.

I battled illiteracy and dyslexia growing up while also suffering from numerous ear infections, leaving me roughly 80% deaf. Reading was difficult for me to learn and comprehend.

My parents got me reading comic books, which helped me learn. I then progressed to Star Wars books.


Knowing who the characters Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, etc., were helped me visualize the story and adventures of these heroes. They taught me light from dark, good from bad, and definitely inspired me.

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I was a little late for the Harry Potter scene. I've read the books and seen the movies. I love them, but they weren't my bread and butter and didn't hold the spell over me like they did for many kids born in the 90s.

Is the Wizarding World still enchanting readers today? Yes, of course, those stories are, but they aren't Washington, Oregon & California's favorite, especially when it comes to children's books.


Washington's Favorite Children's Book Series

In celebration of International Children's Book Day, digital education program, ABCMouse, scanned Google Trends and Goodreads Data and narrowed down which states loved which children's book series.

In a world with Harry Potter, Captain Underpants, and a Wimpy Kid's diaries, Washington loves its detective stories!

Nancy Drew Mystery Stories topped the trends for Washington!


Oregon's Favorite Children's Book Series

Children flock to their wardrobes to head to the land of Narnia!

The Chronicles of Narnia topped the trends for Oregon!


California's Favorite Children's Book Series

Being weak builds strength and character, and that's what Californian's are all about!

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series topped the trends for California!


What Did You Read Growing Up?

Don't feel bad for Harry Potter. The Wizarding World is still the favorite in many states including Idaho and Nevada. But what did you read growing up? Nancy Drew? Narnia? Star Wars? Tap the App and tell us a tale!

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