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Last updated 3:23 PM on 10 December 2013

The school holiday period doesn't have to be a time when children's reading and comprehension skills take a break.

If you're wracking your brains for gift-giving ideas and summer activities, why not encourage your child to dive into book one of a series?

Literacy experts advise that even reluctant readers and children who struggle with reading tend to be more likely to get bitten by the reading bug when they discover a book they enjoy is part of a series.

By the end of the first book, the reader is familiar with the style, the setting and many of the characters, which makes the books that follow even more accessible and compelling.

For children who are just starting to read fluently this year, continuing to offer them interesting books to read over the school holidays can often result in a leap in reading grades during the summer break.

Your child may also find graphic novels a good way to explore their reading taste – and any reading is a step in the right direction.

Graphic novels are almost a cross between comics and novels – using illustrations and speech bubbles to convey most of the story.

Unlike many "easy reader" books, graphic novels are often written for teens and are therefore much more engaging (and less embarrassing to be seen reading).

The School A to Z website has compiled a list of suggested series books for all ages, including many from the Premier's Reading Challenge booklists.

Lots of these titles will also be available through your local library. The suggested age range is just a guide - let your child choose the books they find most engaging.