Alison Bellarosa

Best Books for Reluctant Young Readers

Alison Bellarosa

My younger sister has always been a reluctant reader. To this day, she claims that she just doesn’t like to read. However, throughout the years I would occasionally catch my sister engrossed in a book that she had deemed “not boring.”

Based on her choices, here are a few book recommendations for the children in your life who still haven’t found their perfect book.

For the adventure-seeker:
In Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, Percy discovers he is a demi-god (half teen boy and half Grecian god) and is whisked away to Camp Half-Blood to learn about his family history and embark on a dangerous quest to the Underworld.

For the aspiring artist:
Claudia and her younger brother, Jamie, run away from home to hide out in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in E. L. Konigsburg’s From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Along the way, the siblings get caught up in a mystery involving a statue that might be the work of a famous Renaissance artist.

For the animal lover:
Katherine Applegate shares the story of Ivan the gorilla in her novel The One and Only Ivan. Ivan lives to entertain audiences within his glass home in the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. When he meets his new coworker, a baby elephant named Ruby, she forces him to question everything from the art he admires to his own purpose in the world.

Ask your reluctant readers to give these a shot! Before you know it, they’ll be wishing they were in a demi-god camp, solving museum mysteries, or becoming friends with elephants!


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