Learning with The Magic Tree House Series

We started this series a year ago. Our library has all The Magic Tree House books on both audio or paperback, we chose audio, so we can listen to them in the car as a family.

I can’t say enough about the books!  They are great, my kids LOVE them all! Mary Pope Osborne has done a wonderful job taking kids back to great points of history and creating an interesting story. I myself have even learned a few things 🙂

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Each book is set in a different time period, that Jack and Annie must travel to and complete missions. They discover a magic tree house in the woods in Frog Creek, Pennsylvania, and use the books to travel back and forth. Journey with them to far away lands: get lost in the Amazon, help a baby Panda, sail on a Pirate ship, walk on the Moon, fly with Da’Vinci, or find out how Mona Lisa got her famous smile! With over 50 books in the series, there is something for everyone!

We are on book #40 now.


Once you start reading the books, head over to The Magic Tree House website. Here you can go on missions and answer questions, afterwards you receive a souvenir for your own virtual tree house you can decorate.  You can also answer 3 questions about each book and earn a stamp in your Passport.  

My kids go to the website once a week and catch up on their newest books that they have finished. They love it!

This series is great for non-readers or readers. You are learning and enjoying a great adventure at the same time.

I highly encourage anyone that has not picked up these books to do so, your kids will thank you.

A small book list…

Here are a few stories we read (in no particular order) and would recommend. The kids were 6 (K) and 7 (1st).  If there is a movie made after the book, we always watch that and compare the two.  The kids have always agreed that the book is so much better (so far).

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor — 1992 Newberry Medal Award, 1994 Mark Twain Award   


The kids really loved this book, and we were finished in about 8 days.  They would ask me to read more and more.  Turner is really into anything dog.  They watched the 1st and 2nd movie.

Titanic Crossing by Barbara Williams — 1998 Mark Twain Award

My son really wanted to learn more about the Titanic, so we checked out a ton of non-fiction reading material, along with this fiction story. We didn’t enjoy the story that much, it’s okay, it just seemed a tad corny in places. Not sure if I would recommend.


Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White —  Newberry Honor

Another classic that is on most everyone’s list.  At this young age they really take to this story, and my kids enjoyed watching the movie afterwards (again and again).


A House is a House for Me by Mary Ann Hoberman

Short read, but very cute and wonderful illustrations. Perfect for young kids and beginning readers.


Hotel for Dogs by Lois Duncan

Great book, and a good way to talk about how the movies just mess it up sometimes 🙂  The movie was so far from the book, other than character names and the title it was completely different and a big let down (to both the kids and myself).  The book is very well written though.


Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne

We have listened to books 1-37 so far, all on audiobooks checked out at our local library over the last year.  When we are in the car an audiobook is generally playing.  Both of my kids LOVE this series and they really learn a lot at the same time.  They also have an account online the main website and they can take a 3 question quiz afterwards and earn a badge.


Stewart Little by E.B. White

Another wonderful story by E.B. White that younger children will really enjoy.  We listened to this on audiobook.


Geronimo Stilton by Geronimo Stilton

An interesting series that takes you on many adventures through the eyes of a mouse.  We have listened to books 1-6 so far, our library doesn’t carry the rest of the series, I think I may recommend they get them though…. they are that good!


Ghost Detectors series by Dotti Enderle

Jason has been reading this series to Turner before bed.  Turner really enjoys it, although he could probably read these himself, we like to read to both kids before bed. They are on book #5.

Judy Moody series by Megan McDonald

This is the series I have been reading to Lilly before bed.  They are educational, as well as funny.  I enjoy them as much as Lilly.  We are on book #12.