Books can open childrens’ mind or dictate how they see the world. It was no different in my life. Here are 3 book series that affected my childhood.

A child reading a book.
A child reading a book.
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Book Series #1: Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter, a book series that shaped my childhood.
A book series that shaped my childhood. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

The first Harry Potter book was published in the United States in 1998, two years after I was born. As a result, it is a series that influenced my childhood in ways I can hardly recognize. It has shaped my views on the world. It also has affected my views of other people and of myself.

Book Series #2: Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson and the Olympians, a book series that shaped my childhood.
A book series that shaped my childhood.
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Because The Lightning Thief was published in my pre-teen years, this series has affected me less strongly than the other two. However, it has still impacted my life in noticeable ways. For example, I credit the series with being the catalyst for my love of mythology. It also is responsible for me branching out of only reading nonfiction.

Book Series #3: Hank the Cowdog by John R. Erickson

Hank the Cowdog, a book series that shaped my childhood.
A book series that shaped my childhood.
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Published in 1983, this book series is much older than the others on this list. It also is much larger, with 73 books in the series. The series is about a cowdog who solves crimes around the ranch where he works. It influenced my childhood, largely because of nostalgia reasons. It was a series that my grandma would read to me when I was a child. As a result, it has a lot of good memories attached to it.


Childhood is a time of great growth. It is a time when our worldview is established and we create lifelong memories. The books we read play a huge part in that process.