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TURN RELUCTANT READERS INTO BOOK-LOVERS, AND STRUGGLING READERS INTO CONFIDENT ONES.

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Here at Lovereading4kids we want to ensure that every child, however reluctant or struggling a reader he or she is, is given the chance to become a voracious reader. 

So with this in mind, our Editorial guru Julia Eccleshare, working closely with the Literacy Trust, asked parents and teachers to recommend books that they had found useful for less confident or unenthusiastic readers.  From this initial list Julia has selected a range of titles and put them into age categories.  From time to time, we’ll refresh the books so that ongoing you’ll always find something to enthuse your reluctant or struggling reader.

The list includes titles from both mainstream and specialist publishers but all from authors you are likely to recognise.  Specialist publishers tend to focus on titles for readers whose reading age is lower than the interest age so if you have a child who finds reading difficult, or who aren’t yet ready to cope with long books, or who simply don’t enjoy books then try one of these titles - each will be clearly marked with its reading age and interest age.  The specialist publisher Barrington Stoke is a past master at convincing reluctant readers that books are cool and is at the forefront of this specialist publishing.  Their books are short, sharp and sound, skilfully written by some of the top children’s authors around and edited with real flair. So, if your child is really reluctant or struggling we would suggest starting off on the titles published by specialist publishers and then move on to the mainstream titles we’ve also selected.  

When a reader is hooked on a story, his or her reading ability is proven to improve. He reads more fluently – because he wants to read on! That’s why books for reluctant readers have to have fabulous stories. We’ve thought long and hard about the selection and we feel every one of the books selected provides a powerful and unputdownable story, even for the most reluctant reader.

Here at Lovereading4kids, with the launch of this genre, our aim is to get every reluctant or struggling reader to take that first step into enjoying the reading experience.

So why not scroll down our list of titles, which is first and foremost broken down by age of child and within that where a title’s reading age is different from the age of the child, it is clearly marked.

Other areas of the site that contain details of books that might be of interest to reluctant readers include Ology World, Real Reads and Essential Reads.


Finally, if you’re looking for some tips to nurture your child’s reading then click here.




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Reluctant Reads - Ages 5+


The Jelly That Wouldn't Wobble
The Jelly That Wouldn't Wobble
Angela Mitchell
Read on CBeebies 2 May at 6.50pm 2 May 2013 All fans of ice cream and jelly will love this story of the secret of making a jelly wobble.  The Princess loves all kinds of jelly and she loves the...
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The Children Who Smelled a Rat
The Children Who Smelled a Rat
Allan Ahlberg
As the children of such exceptional parents, it is no surprise that the Gaskitt children are all set for an adventure of their own. A bumper book with extra chapters in which baby Gary Gaskitt and twins Gloria and Gus...
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The Cat Who Got Carried Away
The Cat Who Got Carried Away
Allan Ahlberg
A wonderful and humorous family adventure for the ever active Gaskitts. This time it is Horace the cat who has a starring role when he follows a pram and finds himself hot on the heels of a thief! Soon Mr...
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Quack Quack Moo, We See You!
Quack Quack Moo, We See You!
Mij Kelly
Poppa Bombola can't find his daughter! He searches the yard, and the pond and the sty, he searches the cowshed and starts to cry, 'oh, where's my darling daughter?' Luckily the farmyard animals are on hand to help and Poppa...
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Dog's Dinner (Jack Splat)
Dog's Dinner (Jack Splat)
Lou Kuenzler
Follow Jack Splat, a fearless fly, on his eventful day out enjoying as many disgusting things as possible.  The weather is hot and sticky and the park is the perfect place for every kind of tasty treat including fleas, frogs...
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Charlie and Lola: We Completely Must Go to London
Charlie and Lola: We Completely Must Go to London

Best-selling Charlie and Lola and their best friends Marve and Lotta are very excited to be going on a trip to London! They gaze up at Buckingham Palace and wonder which is the Queen’s Bedroom, they look in wonder at...
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Aliens Love Underpants
Aliens Love Underpants
Claire Freedman
The best-selling story of the Aliens’ delight in underpants now has the addition of sound! Aliens and pants both have special noises on the sound board and children will love joining in the story by pressing the buttons.
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Format: Hardback - Released: 11/10/2012
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Superfly Pest  (Jack Splat)
Superfly Pest (Jack Splat)
Lou Kuenzler
This is a hilarious new series, told from the fly-on-the-wall perspective of our death-defying hero Jack Splat as he goes about his daily business - landing on tasty bits of food and spreading germs. But there is danger everywhere for...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 30/04/2011
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Ninja Meerkats 1 : The Clan of the Scorpion
Ninja Meerkats 1 : The Clan of the Scorpion
Gareth P. Jones
Bravery propels this entertaining adventure of how the four meerkat members of the Clan of the Scorpions fight to the death to prevent the evil ringmaster’s plan for world domination. A Big Cat is missing from the Hong Kong zoo;...
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Flat Stanley - Chapter Book
Flat Stanley - Chapter Book
Jeff Brown
Stanley is a perfectly ordinary little boy until an extra large notice board falls on top of him and makes him completely flat. Luckily, Stanley is of a cheerful disposition and he adapts readily to his new, flat self and...
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Dirty Bertie : Kiss!
Dirty Bertie : Kiss!
Alan MacDonald
Dirty Bertie - the boy with nose-pickingly disgusting habits - is back for another helping of comic chaos! Join Bertie as he struggles to escape from the clutches of Angela Nicely, attempts to prove that anything Know-All Nick can do,...
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We're Going on a Bear Hunt
We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Michael Rosen
Fantastic, cumulative adventure as a family cheerfully sets out on a brave hunt to find the bear. It could be frightening but they’re not scared. They’re full of confidence in what they are doing. Caves, mud, rivers, forest … whatever...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 16/09/1993
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Traction Man Is Here (Book & CD)
Traction Man Is Here (Book & CD)
Mini Grey
Hurrah for Traction Man, the toy hero who, with his faithful side kick Scrubbing Brush, is up for adventures anytime and anyplace. They’ll tackle any challenge and bravely fight their way through to success. But, when Traction Man is given...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2008
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Hop on Pop
Hop on Pop
Dr. Seuss
Dr Seuss’ original combination of humour and simplicity makes his books perfect for early readers. Hop and Pop, Cup and Pup, Mouse and Mouse – Dr Seuss shows how simply words are constructed and therefore how they can be broken...
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Funnybones
Funnybones
Allan Ahlberg
Three white-boned skeletons have a great night out when they set forth with the express intention to “frighten somebody”. Big skeleton, little skeleton and dog skeleton live in the dark, dark cellar of a dark, dark house on a dark,...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 30/09/1999
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Fergus Crane
Fergus Crane
Paul Stewart
A deservedly prize-winning title, Fergus Crane is a delightful, fantastical romp with a nautical theme. Young Fergus Crane receives a mysterious invitation to join the School Ship Betty-Jeanne. What he finds on board from the sinister headmaster Captain Claw through...
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Eat Your Peas
Eat Your Peas
Kes Gray, Nick Sharratt
The familiar theme of picky eating is given a great twist. Mum wants Daisy to eat her peas. She wants her to eat her peas SO MUCH that she’s willing to bribe her with a host of treats from special...
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Blow Me Down!
Blow Me Down!
Allan Ahlberg
Three perfectly worded and shaped stories make beginning reading fun and easy! The title story follows three burglars as they go about their business while giants and gorillas feature in the other two. Excellent illustrations match all three.   Perfect for Reluctant...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/1990
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The Gruffalo
The Gruffalo
Julia Donaldson
“A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood. A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good.” So begins the story of how a clever little mouse outwits his big scary enemy. The tasty little mouse needs...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 27/08/1999
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The BFG 30th Anniversary Edition
The BFG 30th Anniversary Edition
Roald Dahl
This is a delightful, funny and exciting story about a special friendship between two people from different worlds – a giant and a child. As the story develops it shows how trust and love develops between them. It also shows...
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Monster and Chips
Reader Reviewed Monster and Chips
David O'Connell
One of our Books of the Year 2013 & April 2013 Debut of the Month   Fans of The Wimpy Kid will love this delightfully disgusting and dangerous story about what happens when Joe sets out to buy some chips from...
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Michael
Michael
Tony Bradman
A wonderful celebration of a boy who is thought to be bad but is just... different! At school, Michael’s teachers despair of him. He is late, scruffy, cheeky and doesn’t listen. He loves reading and sums and science. But NOT the...
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Attack of the Lizard King
Reader Reviewed Attack of the Lizard King
Rex Stone
Exciting adventures in this easy to read series about two boys and the dangerous dinosaurs they encounter – especially the deadly Tyrannosaurus Rex. Jamie’s dad is opening a dinosaur museum in Dinosaur Cove. Jamie expects to find some fossils but...
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A Roman Rescue (Charlie and Bandit Adventures)
A Roman Rescue (Charlie and Bandit Adventures)
Kelly Gerrard
A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. New time travel series in appealing, witty, graphic novel format. Charlie follows his dog Bandit when he accidentally falls into a sinkhole transporting them to Ancient Rome. Searching for his dog...
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