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July 28, 2013

Recommended Books for Reluctant Readers

It has been my experience as a mom and teacher, that finding books to engage elementary school age children isn‚Äôt always easy.  In my book, reading is reading. Comic books, LEGO model instructions, Pokemon Cards‚Ķif kids are reading it‚Ķit counts.  But I think it‚Äôs safe to say that we all have a vision of our children or students curled up on the couch with a good book and a strong love of reading.   It‚Äôs true that Captain Underpants books will have kids laughing for days and The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is loved by many.  However, if you are looking for something different that reluctant readers love, I suggest trying the following books this summer.  These books have been kid tested and approved.  But don‚Äôt take my word for it‚Ķ.


recommended books for reluctant readersThe Geronimo Stilton series, by Elisabetta Dami, is about a mouse living in New Mouse City.  He is a journalist for the fictional newspaper, The Rodent‚Äôs Gazette and is always on an adventure.

Reading Level:  Books range from 2nd ‚Äì 4th grade reading levels

Kid Approved:  An 8 year old boy says: ‚ÄúGeronimo is so funny and has crazy adventures!  I like pictures and color words.  These are my favorite books because they are not boring.‚Äù

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great books for reluctant readersThe Ivy + Bean series, by Annie Barrows, is about two girls that couldn‚Äôt be more different.  Although these two have opposite personalities, they are the best of friends.  These are great friendship stories.

Reading Level: Ages 6-10, Guided Reading Level M

Kid Approved:  A 7 year old girl says: ‚ÄúReading is sometimes not fun, but I always read these books.  Ivy is my favorite but Bean has the best ideas.‚Äù

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