In the Harry Potter series of books, every student at Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry gets “sorted” into a house. Each house’s members are known for having certain traits. Potter fans have embraced these houses, and many of them (myself included!) love to show pride to the house that they feel reflects their personality. (Want to you know your house? Take the quiz on Pottermore!)
Slytherins are know for being cunning, resourceful, and ambitious. The house colors are green and silver, and the house mascot is the serpent.
If you have young Slytherins at home, you’ll love reading these books with them:
9 Books for Young Slytherins
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain — This classic tale of adventure tells the story of Tom Sawyer and his best friend, Huck Finn. The two boys find plenty of trouble to get into, and, sometimes, trouble finds them! Follow their make-believe tales and the real robbers they happen upon.
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snickett — When the Baudelaire children lose their parents, they are forced to live with their evil Uncle Olaf. Their unlucky times are just beginning! Little Slytherins will love this funny and spooky series.
George’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl — George hates his mean, cranky old grandma. One day, he decides that instead of giving her the medicine she usually takes, he will create something especially for her — something awful. The results are hilarious and surprising!
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks — Omri is disappointed when he gets a seemingly worthless birthday gift: a small plastic Indian. However, when he places the toy in an old cupboard and turns the skeleton key, the toy transforms into a tiny brave called Little Bear. Omri must figure out how to keep his new friend a secret from the adults in his life.
Holes by Louis Sachar — Stanley Yelnats is suffering punishment from the curse that his plagued his family for generations. He unfairly gets sent to a juvenile detention camp, where he’s forced to dig holes in the hot sun all day. Stanley tries to figure out what it is the warden is looking for in these holes, and he uncovers something he never could’ve imagined.
The Princess Bride by William Goldman — If you loved the movie, you have to read the book! A fun and exciting story about a beautiful princess and a dashing hero, this melodrama takes the story from the beloved film even deeper. Fans of Westley and Buttercup won’t be able to put this one down.
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen — In an instant, a plane crash causes Brian to go from a teen on his way to visit his father to a boy lost in the Canadian woods. The only thing he has with him is the hatchet his mother gave him before he left. Can Brian survive in these harsh conditions?
A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer — Nhamo has never felt like she fit in as a member of her small village in Mozambique. This is never more apparent than when she’s forced into a marriage against her will. With her grandmother’s blessing, she decides to run away to find her father in Zimbabwe. What should be a simple journey turns into a fight for survival.
The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare — Matt’s father has given him a very serious responsibility: guarding their new cabin while his father brings the rest of the family back. Matt is nervous about such an important task, and his worst fears come true when his rifle is stolen, leaving him with no way to feed or protect himself. He befriends a Native American boy named Attean, and Attean teaches Matt how to survive.
Treasure Island by Robert Lewis Stevenson — This classic story of a young boy who goes on a swashbuckling adventure is as engaging today as it was when it was first published in the 1880s. Follow the young narrator as he leaves home and travels to a secret island full of pirates, including the fearsome Long John Silver.
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