Use the current COVID-19 situation to expand your child’s love of reading with The Happy Hollisters series!

Currently, there are about one billion students around the world who are being homeschooled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a challenging time for parents who have been suddenly thrust into the role of teacher. Even parents who already homeschool their children are feeling the strain of keeping kids engaged all day long.

Thankfully, there are plenty of activities children can participate in during lockdown. Hula-hooping or building an obstacle course in the back yard, learning to bake, and building a pillow fort are all good fun. We suspect screen time rules have become much more flexible these past weeks, too. However, there’s still no better way to expand your child’s imagination than through having them read at home, particularly youth mystery novels!

A good mystery book series immerses a child in wonderful adventures that transport them around the globe while building a lifelong love of reading. Mystery novels satisfy a child’s natural curiosity and these suspenseful whodunits keep them turning the pages as they try to solve the puzzles and secrets.

Add Mystery Books for Children to the Mix

The best mystery novels are the ones that keep a reader guessing until the very end. Thrilling book collections like The Happy Hollisters series keep kids hunting for the next clue and racing to solve the mystery before the final chapter.

But let’s face it, even the most engrossing mystery series for children can grow stale under lockdown. To make reading at home more enjoyable, try adding some challenges to the mix by having your child:

  • Choose a book set in a different country. Learning about a different culture is a wonderful by-product of reading. In The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery of the Little Mermaid, the Hollisters head to Denmark where they meet a member of the Danish royal family. Ask your child to talk about what makes Denmark different from the U.S.
  • Read aloud to the family or to a pet. They can even read to a grandparent or other family member via video conferencing. Practicing reading aloud to a loving audience is a great way to build this valuable skill.
  • Read a book that includes an activity they can recreate at home. The Happy Hollisters and the Punch and Judy Mystery features their friend’s Uncle Giovanni, a famous puppeteer. You and your child can then build a puppet box and put on a show inspired by the adventure.
  • Choose a book that features the beach and water. Summer’s not long off and a book about traveling to the beach lets kids envision a sunny future once the lockdown is over. In The Happy Hollisters at Sea Gull Beach, the Hollister siblings join their cousins in searching for hidden treasure, visiting the sea bottom, and exploring a strange old house.

Finally, try integrating screen time with book time. It’s now possible for kids to read at home and explore the world at the same time. And it’s super easy to take advantage of online adventures that expand on what they learn from reading a favorite mystery novel. The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery in Skyscraper City sees the Hollister kids learning about New York’s famous tunnels and Chinatown area. You and your child can then head online and take a virtual tour with a local guide who will help bring the Hollisters’ experience to life.

Join The Happy Hollisters Book Club

A book club membership is a terrific way to introduce a child to a love of learning and reading. That’s because when a child learns in a way that feels special, it becomes something they look forward to. The Happy Hollisters Book Club brings some of the best youth mystery novels into your home on a monthly basis. You can also order the complete 33-book collection, individual titles, or sets of 3, 4, 6, 8 and 10 books.

The Happy Hollisters Series is the Perfect Book Series to Read at Home

Your children or grandchildren will enjoy The Happy Hollisters series so much, they’ll read each book more than once! They’ll love discovering each of these classic mystery adventures month after month and you’ll love how each book encourages your child to read at home while helping them move beyond reading fundamentals into thinking about reading as an enjoyable pastime. Order your copies today and begin an adventure with your children.