25 Books to Entice Reluctant Readers


The beginning of the school year can be a tough time to encourage reluctant readers. Many kids fall behind in their reading skills over the summer and it makes it that much more difficult to get them to pick up the pace again when the homework starts to pile up again.

Here are some great books to get your reluctant reader ready to pick up a book again:

25 books to encourage reluctant readers

A GREAT way to get your kids interested in books is to find books based on movies they like. Many do not know this (or at least I didn't until I found them on my Kindle) but there are junior novels that are based entirely on popular movies. This is an awesome method to keep your kids interested and help them feel confident as they read.

Pop Culture Books and Movie Novels for Kids to Capture Reluctant Readers

A few of our current favorites are...

Frozen - The Junior Novelization of the popular Disney movie.

Frozen - The Junior Novelization of the Disney Story

The LEGO Movie - Junior Novel by Kate Howard is perfect for reluctant readers.

The LEGO Movie - a top Pick for Reluctant Readers

High School Musical: The Junior Novel by N. B. Grace is geared for ages 9-12.

High School Musical - a top Pick for Reluctant Readers

Super Buddies Junior Novelization by Disney - Who doesn't love adorable dogs, right?

Super Buddies - A Top Pick for Reluctant Readers

Despicable Me 2: by Annie Auerbach. This is the Junior Novel of the popular movie.

Despicable Me 2 - One of the Top 25 Picks for Reluctant Readers

Kids Books - Classics and New Must-Reads for Reluctant Readers

And then there are fun, easy reads like...

Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems - Fun character books available in a series of delightful titles so kids can read as many as they like!

Little Critter series by Mercer Mayer - Classic children's books for preschool through grade 3.

Mercer Mayer - a Top 25 Pick for Reluctant Readers

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney - Perfect for boys who are reluctant readers, these are easy-to-read chapter books that will hold the attention of ages 8-12.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Top 25 Pick for Reluctant Readers

Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey - A hilarious series of stories perfect for new readers ages 7 and up.

Captain Underpants series is a top pick book for boys who are reluctant readers.

Non-Fiction, Fun-Fact-Filled Books for Reluctant Readers

Fact-finding books are great too. They break up reading into smaller chunks so it's less overwhelming and are great reads for kids that like fun facts.

Guinness Book of World Records 2014 Edition - Kids love to read these interesting, gross, and hilarious record-breaking adventures.

Guinness World Records 2014 - A Top Pick Book for Encouraging Reluctant Readers

National Geographic Kids Almanac 2015 by National Geographic Kids - Brilliant facts and photographs hold kids' imaginations.

National Geographic Kids Almanac 2015 - Perfect for reluctant readers and one of our top 25 picks.

The Information Please Kids Almanac by Alice Siegel and Margo McLoone - Brilliantly illustrated informative book keeps kids turning pages!

Information Please Kids Almanac - One of our top 25 picks for reluctant readers

5,000 Awesome Facts (About Everything) by National Geographic Kids - It's not an accident National Geographic ended up on this list twice. The awesome photos and quick facts hold your reader's attention.

5,000 Awesome Facts (About Everything) is one of our top picks for reluctant readers.

Practical and Unusual Books for Reluctant Readers

Try sneaking in the reading with everyday books like cookbooks, yearbooks, how to and joke books. Here are a few we love...

Yum-O! The Family Cookbook by Rachel Ray - Classically funny Rachel Ray makes it easy to use the everyday to encourage reading.

Yum-O! The Family Cookbook - An unusual book to sneak in reading skills for reluctant readers. Twist It Up: More that 60 Delicious Recipes from an Inspiring Young Chef by Jack Witherspoon.

Twist it Up - Practical but fun books for reluctant readers

How to Make Bubbles (Hands-On Science Fun) by Erica Shores - Practical, hands-on fun encourages reading.

How to Make Bubbles - A Top 25 Pick for Reluctant Readers

Laugh Out Loud Jokes for Kids by Rob Elliott - This is a book that's so much fun, your kids won't even realize they are reading.

Laugh out loud jokes for kids - On  our top 25 pick for reluctant readers

Jokelopedia - The Biggest, Best, Silliest, Dumbest Joke Book Ever by Rosanne Green, Mike Wright, Alison Benjamin, Ilana Weitzman, and Eva Blank

Jokelopedia - Hilarious joke book will keep kids readingEncourage Reluctant Readers With Interactive and Game Books

Interactive books will help keep your kids' interest as they forget how much they're actually reading. Try a few of these...

Mad-Libs by Roger Price - A classic and brilliant way to encourage reading (and writing) skills in reluctant readers.

Mad-Libs are on our top 25 books for reluctant readers list

Choose Your Own Adventure: Your Very Own Robot by R. A. Montgomery - Choose your own adventures have kept reluctant readers happy for years now.

Choose your own adventure - your very own robot is on a top 25 list of reluctant readers

The Dinosaur Museum: An Unforgettable, Interactive Virtual Tour through Dinosaur History by National Geographic -

The Dinosaur Museum by National Geographic for reluctant readers. See the other top picks.Top Must-Read Books for Teens

And then there's just the all-around great reads that your teen readers won't be able to put down.

The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth - A popular series for young adults is sure to keep your kid interested.

The Divergent Series - On our Top 25 Books for Kids List

Wonder by R. J. Palacio - Geared for ages 8-12, the main character is an unusual, if typical, fifth grader that kids will easily relate to.

Wonder by RJ Palacio is a top pick for reluctant readers

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green - A young adult novel with a main character who is 16 and battling cancer.

A top 25 book for reluctant readers

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowel - Another young adult novel that you can read alongside your teen.

Eleanor and Park is a top 25 pick for young adults and reluctant readers

What are your favorite books for young readers?

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Jessica Watson is the mom to five, four in her arms and one in her heart. When she's not doing the minivan shuffle she's homeschooling her kiddos and cooking things they won't eat. She blogs with her heart on her sleeve at Four Plus an Angel, co-directs Listen To Your Mother Metro Detroit and writes for sites such as Huffington Post, Mamalode and SheKnows.


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