One of the absolute best series of books i’ve found for reluctant readers is The Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. My eldest who needs serious pushing to read anything has read his way through them all and Fifi (now 8) is working her way through them at speed. This week they were incredibly lucky to be gifted some copies of the book (one each!) prior to the official release.
Fifi loved it so much she read it during the course of one evening and and early morning. The reluctant reader took a bit longer but did it! That means they’ve both read a whole book this week (and more). I’m thrilled by this, there isn’t anything better than seeing your children enjoying a book. Rather than me tell you all about the story and how good it is I’ll leave it this time to Fifi:
You can find out all about the Wimpy Kid book series here: https://www.penguin.co.uk/puffin/worlds/wimpy-kid/
I cannot speak more highly of Michelle Paver’s books for the KS2 9+ age group and above. I’ve personally read the entire Wolf Brother series (The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness) and have really loved them. This year I was fortunate enough to actually meet Michelle Paver at the Chiltern Open Air Museum where the staff have created a brilliant schools literacy workshop based upon the book. She was an engaging speaker and clearly researches her themes very carefully to make sure that they are historically accurate.
Warrior Bronze is the fifth novel and conclusion of her Bronze Age series. In the story Hylas and Pirra return to Akea for their final confrontation with the Crows, their arch enemies.
This is an engaging read, as are all of her books. Its an exciting and dramatic read and the setting really feels like the Bronze Age. These books have all the elements of great adventure story and in many ways remind me of the Rosemary Sutcliff, Roger Lancelyn Green and Enid Blyton books I read when I was a child. They seem to combine the best elements of these classic books with themes of friendship and adventure, history and mystery.
If I was to recommend a series of books to this age group Michelle Paver’s books would be my first suggestion. They are absolutely brilliant and I know that many of my Young Archaeologists Club members love them.
Its very hard to get my nine year old reluctant reader to read a book independently from start to finish. However, he loved Jonny Jakes Investigates: The Hamburgers of Doom so much that when the latest book in the series about schoolboy reporter, Jonny Jakes arrived, he took it away up to his room and started reading.
In this book Jonny is trying to find out about the school ghoul currently terrifying people. Its 100 years since the ghoul was last active, so Jonny can smell a rat!
My eldest has been reading this book without prompt at bedtime ever since it arrived and is making good progress. I’m amazed and thrilled.
When I asked what it was about these books which has prompted him to read them he told me that he likes the font and how it looks which makes it easy to read. These are well produced books which look and feel nice, something I’ve realised is very important for the reluctant reader. He also identifies with Jonny Jakes which I thought was lovely. The boy enjoys books with a lot of humour and a bit of adventure so I can see why he likes it. I just hope I can steal it off him to see what its all about for myself.
If you’d like to find out more about these books and perhaps order a copy for yourself you can find everything you need here on the Curious Fox website.