Books for Reluctant Readers

Not every kid is a born bookworm. But some books can help convert reluctant readers into kids who will beg for one more chapter before bedtime. Check out some of our favorites.

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Dahl's satisfying Robin Hood tale.
By Roald Dahl
(2007)
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Boy finds smart ways to overcome challenges in fun story.
By Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver
(2014)
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Fun, clever time-travel plot mixes with usual potty jokes.
By Dav Pilkey
(2012)
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Smart science-based series mixes facts and fun.
By Joanna Cole
(2012)
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Cute, clever start to series from Babymouse authors.
By Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm
(2011)
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Sweet tale of kind cat is daffy fun for reluctant readers.
By Tom Watson
(2016)
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Warm-hearted dogs in silly Big Nate-style adventure.
By Tom Watson
(2013)
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Pedal-to-the-metal graphic novel celebrates Latino culture.
By Cathy Camper
(2014)
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Delightful page-turner with rock-solid values.
By Andrew Clements
(2005)
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Ear-to-ear-grinningly delightful school story.
By Andrew Clements
(2008)
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Action-packed, emotional dad-son baseball story.
By Mike Lupica
(2008)
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Will appeal to Wimpy Kid fans and reluctant readers.
By Lincoln Peirce
(2011)
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Laugh-out-loud-funny series start tucks lessons in stories.
By Jeff Kinney
(2007)
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Gripping multimedia time-travel adventure series debut.
By James Dashner
(2012)
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Perfect summer reading for reluctant readers.
By Gary Paulsen
(2007)
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Real middle school issues mix with lots of humor.
By James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts
(2012)
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Fun middle school adventure perfect for reluctant readers.
By Rachel Renee Russell
(2016)
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Clever detective fiction for middle-graders.
By Eoin Colfer
(2006)
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Familiar and predictable but lots of fun.
By Dean Lorey
(2009)
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Offbeat imagination rules in funny, poignant graphic novel.
By Stephan Pastis
(2013)
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Magical fantasy has peril, battles, positive messages.
By Lisa McMann
(2011)
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Wicked is the key word here, in all its senses.
By Eoin Colfer
(2004)
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Story of ostracized kid a timeless fave of teens, preteens.
By S. E. Hinton
(2003)
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Action-packed prequel to popular Maze Runner trilogy.
By James Dashner
(2012)
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Realistic portrait of a kid with no future.
By S. E. Hinton
(2004)
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