The Magic Treehouse Series of stories by Mary Pope Osborne. (aka the Jack and Annie books in our home due to the names of the two main characters.)
5 STARS. Our Suggested Age Range: 4-10
EDUCATIONAL/FANTASY. Children (and moms), will learn about everything from dinosaurs to gorillas, and from ancient China to the Great SanFrancisco earthquake of 1906 and the Titanic.
OUR THOUGHTS: We all like these books so much that we have the full collection of paperbacks and get new ones as soon as they come out.
MOM: I like them because they are great stories that are both educational and fun, so the kids don’t mind learning. I can’t count the number of times the kids have said, “I learned that in a ‘Jack and Annie’ book.”
JAROD: (age 8): “I like the books because they have lots of adventure and they always escape stuff.”
MAKENNA: (age 8): ”I love Jack and Annie because of the adventure, and because there’s usually animals in them.”
A brother and sister, (Jack and Annie). Ages 7 and 8, respectively.
Join Jack and Annie as they discover a magic treehouse in the woods near their home. They travel all over the world and across time where they meet intersting people (like Thomas Edison and Leonordo DaVinci) and help solve problems wherever they go. Young readers learn about everything from dinosaurs to knights and from ancient China and Egypt to the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 and the Titanic.
Currently as of Jan. 2010 there are 43 books to this series. Each one covers a different time and place in history. They are available in paperback, harcover and also on audio CD.
We first heard about these books when the twins were 4 and we were looking for stories on CDs that they could listen to on long car rides. They loved them and we eventually ended up getting all the books on CD before they could read.
There is a great Magic Treehouse website featuring information about all the books, games, and links for further information on the different topics.
There are also Research Guides available to enhance the learning from each Magic Treehouse book.