A love for reading doesn’t come naturally to most of us. But it’s an important part of life, especially for your kids. So what do you do when you have kids who just don’t like to read? We’ve come up with list of 10 books that we think would be a great way of growing your kids’ affection for books. Here they are!
1 Big Nate
Big Nate follows the adventures (and misadventures!) of a spirited and yet rebellious sixth-grader called Nate Wright. With Nate in the picture, there’s never a dull moment on any page. Whether getting caught playing table football in the library or raiding the teachers’ lounge, his antics are always hilarious and detention worthy!
Big Nate’s comics are a fun way to ease your kids into developing a reading culture.
A new pet has arrived in the Monroe household. His name is Bunnicula and he looks suspicious, acts suspicious and most intriguing of all…he has fangs! So, is he or is he not a vampire? Join Harold the dog and Chester the cat on their quest for the truth.
Bunnicula doesn’t shy away from big words and references to classic literary works like Dracula and Treasure Island, which makes it a great book for your kids to learn new vocabulary and pike up their interest in reading other books.
3 Choose Your Own Adventure Books
Your kids will love this series of books written from a second person point of view as they assume the place of the protagonist, taking on various roles such as private investigator, race driver, doctor etc. and determining the main character’s actions and the outcome of the plot.
This is a series that will get your kids excited and passionate to read because every page is an adventure, filled with nail-biting choices and unpredictable endings. Each book is a worthwhile investment because you can read it over and over again, and yet never get bored!
4 Where the Sidewalk Ends
Where the sidewalk ends, is where Shel Silverstein’s world begins. This is a collection filled with outrageously funny and yet profound poetry. The poems will help hold short attention spans and the fun, silly subjects and illustrations will captivate them for years to come. You’ll love this one.
5 Captain Underpants
Tra-La-Laaaaaa!!! Laugh your lungs out as Captain Underpants teams up with George and Harold and duel Dr Diaper, clash with the crazy cafeteria ladies, scheme against Professor Poopypants and wrestle the wicked Wedgie Woman. You and your kids will love the humour and action!
6 Wayside School
Something isn’t quite right about the Wayside school. Could it be because it was built with thirty classrooms all on top of each other – thirty storeys high – instead of side by side? Or is it the crazy characters who go there? From Mrs Gorf (she’s a meanie) to Terrible Todd (always getting sent home early) and John, who can only read upside down (huh?), this school is downright unusual.
Perhaps your kids will find that they’re not the only ones who live strange lives?
7 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
This is a classic that every child should read – Mr Willy Wonka (what a name!), the most wondrous inventor in the world, opens the gates of his chocolate factory to five lucky children. Join Charlie Bucket in his hunt for just one Golden Ticket and all those rivers of chocolate could be his. A fun read, but just make sure you have some candy close by – it’s all your kids will be thinking about at the end!
8 The One and Only Ivan
This book will move you to tears as it tells the story of Ivan, a gorilla who has spent 27 years far from the jungle and behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall. But, his life is forever changed when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, and he is forced to see their home, and his art, through new eyes.
This is a #1 New York Times bestseller must-read for you and your kids.
9 Harry Potter
One of the best book series ever written, your kids will enjoy these wonderful, magical and addictive books. The first few books aren’t as long as the rest, so hopefully your kids will be so hooked that they won’t be intimidated by the longer ones. As a bonus reward, you can let your kids watch the movie after reading each book!
10 Goosebumps by R.L. Stine
This list would not be complete without R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps (brrrrrr!!!). They are perfect for kids who think reading is not cool. The scary (but not too scary) suspense will keep them turning the pages!
Do you agree with our choices? Are there books that you think should make this list? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!