Awesome Books for the Reluctant Reader...

Friday, March 24, 2017


We recently went to conferences and our son, a fine reader, filled out a self-evaulation that he would not choose reading as a choice over other things. #notsurprised  The only time on the survey he picked reading was bedtime reading with mom and dad #browniepoints.  


He comes by his reluctance to read for fun naturally.  Neither his dad or I loved reading as kids so we have been on a mission to find enticing books!  I am happy to report we have rounded up some tried and true favorites!

While on our hunt, we did share our picks with our local librarians and there were a few they didn't have and ordered. So if you have some good ideas, share them with the librarians, ours said they are always on the hunt for good reading to add to the collection.  Solon was so proud they ordered his recommendation too!

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Nobody Wants a Ball Hog is part of a Sports Illustrated Kids series.  This particular book is about a standout basketball player who does not share the ball.  It's a graphic novel and has a good moral to the story.  There are a variety of reading levels within the series, the ones that look like this are on the easier side!



Captain Underpants and Dog Man are graphic novels by the same author.   Full disclosure -- as a mom these are not my favorite books. There is a whole lot of boy humor and a little too much mischief but my son LOVES them.  Dog Man is a new spin-off to the Captain Underpants series. 



We love all Mo Willems books around here.  When I taught, the Pigeon series came out and my first graders loved them as much as my kids do now.  The Elephant & Piggie series is quite witty like all of Mo Willems' books with a plot twist at the end that leaves everyone laughing!  These are great to read with your child.  You can each be a character as you read!



Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea and it's sequel (releasing in May).  My sister found this book and it chonicles the friendship of Narwhal and Jelly!  It's a graphic novel similar in nature to Elephant and Piggie.  We have #2 on pre-order thanks to Grandma!



Press Start & it's sequel (releasing in May).  Solon spotted this one at the book fair.  It's about a bunny in a video game that has to save the day.  It's another graphic novel.  Solon can't wait for the next installment to release in May.  If your kid likes video games, this is a cute read!


We read our fair share of non-fiction books around here!  Everything from NFL teams to transportation, animals and planets.  Solon has pretty much memorized every fact in this book.  He loves non-fiction and reading to learn!  

The great thing about non-fiction books is we don't read them like fiction books.  You can skip around and read what you want!  As adults most of our reading is non-fiction so its great for kids to learn how to read non-fiction at a young age!  #blogsarenonfiction ;)

So there you have it a round-up of our favorite books right now for our guy.  Now its your turn, what are your recommendations?  Please share. 


Do you have a reluctant reader? You are not alone.  


We have to find what excites them!  It might not be the classics, but we can read those to them at bedtime ;).  Reading is an invaluable skill and the more they practice, the more progress they make!  Getting books in their hands that get them excited is key to success with reading.




Until next time keep smiling and keep on keeping on! 

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6 comments on "Awesome Books for the Reluctant Reader..."
  1. We are big, huge, gigantic Mo Willems fans in our house, and can you ever go wrong with a Captain Underpants book?!

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  2. such a great post Erin ! my toddler LOVEs reading but def will come in handy if our little boy doesn't enjoy it as much! so glad i came across your blog! hope you'll stop by mine!

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  3. Great post! I feel like it's so much harder to find good kid books now than when I was a kid. I remember my son bringing home Captain Underpants, and thinking to myself, "Really?" But he loved it, and ultimately that's what my goal was... that he'd love to read. Enjoy your weekend! :)

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  4. I LOVE this list of books. My little Guy is a reluctant reader, he loves to be read to but does not want to try. He would LOVE the football book. This just list just makes me so happy because I have so many of these at home and in my classroom and the boys eat them up. The Elephant and Piggie books are my absolute favorites. Another "series" you might want to try are the "Aliens/Monsters/Pirates/Dinosaurs Love Underpants". Guy loves those and thinks they are hilarious. Happy weekend Erin!!!

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  5. Love this! I have 2 readers: one is allergic to reading (haha ... sigh!) and the other likes it when there is nothing else to do (or if he's in the middle of a really good book) ... it is a REAL struggle to encourage reading when they don't think it is worth their time.
    Non-fiction has been a hit - somehow learning facts about a favorite subject is worthy reading.
    Fiction ... I like your list as many are new to me. We have our own Elephant & Piggie home library, so we get that! And sadly, Dog Man is one of my reading-allergy's favorite. The humor does not impress me, but I am not a 7-1/2 year old boy. :)
    We've also liked the Jake Maddox books - found on Amazon. They are about boys playing sports, adjusting to teams, etc. Sports are a key interest of my two. Not as many pictures as Dog Man, but the words are bigger. It is a nice segue way from comic-book novel to chapter book.
    We also got a few books from Amazon at Christmas that are starting to interest them (finally!) ... The Imagination Station (Adventures in Odyssey) series, like Magic Tree House but with a Christian perspective. And the Ballpark Mysteries series, which is baseball focused. The boys love it because it refers to real teams and ballparks, but the story follows two mystery-solving kids.

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  6. Thanks for sharing all of these! Brayden doesn't love to read for fun by himself either, and we actually asked his teacher about it at conferences and she said that's totally normal and that we should just continue to read to him. But I would love it if he picked up a book to read by himself once in a while! Maybe one of these would work - we love the Mo Willems series and of course Captain Underpants is every boys favorite haha

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