Finding books that appeal to reluctant readers can be difficult. Exciting, engaging book series can be especially helpful for students who may not otherwise love reading; by following the same characters or story arc they enjoy from book to book, they are more likely to stay engaged with the series and want to read more. The following are a few series that can help get your child excited about reading.
- Magic Shop – Kate Egan
Mike, a fourth grader who spends too much time in the principal’s office, wants to find something he can be good at. At The White Rabbit, the local magic store, Mike learns that anything can be possible with a little magic! This four book series is recommended for grades 3-5.
- The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place – Maryrose Wood
The Incorrigibles are no ordinary children – but Miss Penelope Lumley is no ordinary governess. While she thought she would be teaching them about Latin verbs or the right way to use a globe, she first has to help these wild children overcome their canine tendencies. This six book series is recommended for grades 4-8.
- You Wouldn’t Want To Be series
This non-fiction book series puts kids in the middle of different periods of world history. With interesting information they might not learn at school, engaging graphics, and a serious sense of humor, this series makes history – and reading – fun for kids in grades 3-5.
- Skylanders eight book series – Onk Beakman
If your child loves playing Skylanders on their console of choice, the book series can encourage them to put down their controllers and open up a book instead. With the same characters from the games appearing in the books, Skylanders fans will be engaged with this 8-book series appropriate for ages 8 and up.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Jeff Kinney
This bestselling series for 4th – 8th graders celebrates the highs – and lows – of Greg’s middle school career. With a writing style that combines hilarious, comic-style illustration with story lines that will keep kids laughing out loud, Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are a great choice for reluctant readers.