One of the most valuable and exciting trips to do these school holidays is a trip to your local library. It is important for children to continue their reading progress, so encouraging them to read over the holidays can help them to keep up their momentum. Encourage your kids to read for pleasure without the pressure they experience in the classroom. We always want children to enjoy reading and this can be facilitated by choosing a captivating novel!
The Avenue Bookstore in Albert Park has a vast selection of books for varied ages and graphic novels. The staff are really knowledgeable and work with teachers in schools.
Below are some suggestions of books and authors for reluctant primary school readers that are humorous and have some illustrations to break up the text.
Paul Jennings - Don’t Look now series; Cabbage Patch Fib series
Big Nate – similar to the Wimpy Kid series
Jacqueline Wilson – website where books can be filtered based on age/language level http://www.jacquelinewilson.co.uk/library.php
Cathy Cassidy – Daisy Star series
James Patterson – Middle School Series
Louis Sachar - Wayside School series
Dav Pilkey - Captain Underpants
David Roberts - Dirty Bertie
Anna and Barbara Fienberg & Kim Gamble - Tashi series
Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi - SpiderWick Chronicles
Graphic novels are a great way to help reluctant readers read the same books as their peers but in a more accessible format.
Rick Riordan - Percy Jackson
Anthony Horowitz - Alex Rider
Kazu Kibuishi - Amulet series (female main character)
Jeff Weigal - Dragon girl
Hale - Rapunzel’s revenge
Petrucha - Nancy Drew (Manga)
Kanata - Chi’s sweet home (story about a cute kitten)
Dana Simpson - Phoebe and her Unicorn
Check out the Book of the Year Awards Winners for 2014: http://cbca.org.au/winners-2014.htm
The Reading Rockets website also has great ideas for summer reading: http://www.readingrockets.org/calendar/summer