Great books make reading fun!

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.
— Dr. Suess

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

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

Andy Griffiths

Roald Dahl

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:

The Reading Rockets website also has great ideas for summer reading:

Happy reading!