Reading material for the reluctant reader.

  • Science fiction and fantasy adventures from series such as: the Minecraft Series, the Warrior Chronicles or the Sorcery Code.
  • Traditional stories that have stood the test of time are certain to hold appeal for some children: The Iron Man, Black Beauty, Treasure Island, Wind in the Willows, Five Children and It, The Railway Children, The Secret Garden, The Silver Sword or Tom’s Midnight Garden.
  • Focus on the child’s favourite authors: Roald Dahl, Antony Horowitz, David Walliams, Anne Fine, Jacqueline Wilson, J. K. Rowling, Enid Blyton or Michael Morpurgo, and suggest reading more of their work.
  • Books that link to TV series or films can be popular: Top Gear, Dr Who, Doctor Dolittle, Toy Story, The Hunger Games, Paddington, Dragon’s Den, The Call of the Wild, Bake Off or Strictly.
  • Abridged versions of classics can be useful to provide an overview of the original texts being read by the children in school: Shakespeare, Jane Austen, the Brontes or Charles Dickens    
  • Non-fiction books around the children’s areas of interest: martial arts, golf, nursing, cookery, music, craft and art, Arsenal FC, rap music, caring for a pet, stock cars, art and design, computers, fashion.
  • Biographies and autobiographies may engage a child’s interest: political, musical, TV and sports personalities or famous people from History: Nelson Mandela, Lionel Messi, Anne Frank, Mother Teresa, Raheem Sterling, Winston Churchill, the Romans or Queen Victoria.
  • Animal books, perhaps fiction such as the Animal Ark Series, Holly Webb Animal stories, or information books about unusual animals, (sharks, dinosaurs, reptiles), books about careers with animals or how to care for pets.
  • After reading one book from, for example, the Horrible History Geography and Science series, pupils may be motivated to read more from the set.
  • Books that provide the opportunity to read around school topics: Carrie’s War, Goodnight Mr Tom, The Machine Gunners, The Silver Sword or I am David for World War Two. Such books will provide a human perspective to the WW2 period.
  • Newspapers, comics and magazines: Marvel comics, Match, NME, Easy Cook, Classic and Sports Car, Beano, Aquila, Angling Times, the junior sections of newspapers or Kerrang. There will be a comic or magazine to match a child’s every possible interest.
  • Encyclopaedias, atlases, brochures, annuals, instruction manuals, the internet or books from the I-Spy series.
  • Collections of poetry, verse and plays.
  • Comic strip books: Manga, Japanese comics and graphic novels. There are graphic adaptations for most classic works of English Literature that students will be studying in school.
  • Puzzle and quiz books: The ‘Where’s Wally’ series, crosswords puzzles, the Brainbox series, the Usborne series of puzzle adventures, and general knowledge quiz books.
  • Short stories, perhaps the series written by Paul Jennings, Hans Christian Anderson, Brothers Grimm, Roald Dahl, Greek myths or the short stories of Sherlock Holmes.
  • Joke, riddle and quiz books.

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