03/22/2012 03:12 EDT | Updated 03/22/2012 05:44 EDT

Classic Books Series For Kids: Books That Defined Generations

As The Hunger Games gets released into theatres this weekend, all of the hoopla over the film can make it easy to forget there was ever a book to begin with. But not so for the tweens and teens who got immersed in those pages starting in 2008, when the first book in the trilogy was published.

For each generation, there seems to be a series that is utterly tied to their identity -- for the age group right before this one, it was obviously Twilight, and before that, Harry Potter. But it's a tradition that goes back many years, with peers feeling equal parts nostalgic and territorial about their personal libraries.

We took a look at some of the most beloved kids' books series over the past few generations. Was yours in there? Let us know in the comments below, or on Twitter at @HuffPostCaLiv.

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