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Books for reluctant readers (younger children)

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There's a book out there for every child, even the most reluctant of readers. Try a few of the books below to see if they click with your child and help them love reading.

There's fiction, non-fiction, rhyme and laugh-out-loud moments! Let us know which one works for your 5-8 year old.

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  • The Wolves in the Walls

    Author: Neil Gaiman Illustrator: Dave McKean

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Wolves in the Walls

    Author: Neil Gaiman Illustrator: Dave McKean

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

    When Lucy hears noises in the walls of her home, she tries to warn her family that the wolves are coming. However, they do not hee…

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  • Kitchen Disco

    Author: Clare Foges Illustrator: Al Murphy

    Interest level: 3+

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  • Kitchen Disco

    Author: Clare Foges Illustrator: Al Murphy

    Interest level: 3+

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    Did you know when you go to sleep all the fruit in the bowl comes to life and has a fun-filled, night long party?

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  • The Genius Aged 8¼

    Author: Jeremy Strong Illustrator: Jamie Smith

    Interest level: 6+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Genius Aged 8¼

    Author: Jeremy Strong Illustrator: Jamie Smith

    Interest level: 6+

    Reading age: 8+

    Alfie's parents are very silly, and it's no time at all until young Alfie shows common sense beyond his years. Soon, he is headtea…

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  • I am Bear

    Author: Ben Bailey Smith and Sav Akyüz

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • I am Bear

    Author: Ben Bailey Smith and Sav Akyüz

    Interest level: 3-5

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    Meet Bear: the rebel hero of the forest. This charming and anarchic picture book celebrates a mischievious and loveable character.…

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  • Tom and the Siege

    Author: Tony Bradman Illustrator: Stephen Parkhouse

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Tom and the Siege

    Author: Tony Bradman Illustrator: Stephen Parkhouse

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 7+

    Tom Bailey is always up to mischief and his mother, Lady Eleanor, has had enough. Tom is to go off to Squire School to turn him in…

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  • Superdad’s Day Off

    Author: Phil Earle Illustrator: Steve May

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Superdad’s Day Off

    Author: Phil Earle Illustrator: Steve May

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 6+

    Stanley is an ordinary boy from an ordinary family, with one notable exception: his father is a superhero. With lively, colourful …

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  • Bunny Vs Monkey

    Author: Jamie Smart

    Interest level: 7-12

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Bunny Vs Monkey

    Author: Jamie Smart

    Interest level: 7-12

    Reading age: 6+

    In this hilarious comic, life is far from straightforward for these not-entirely-fluffy animals. The stories are inventive, origin…

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  • My Friend’s a Gris-Kwok

    Author: Malorie Blackman Illustrator: Andy Rowland

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • My Friend’s a Gris-Kwok

    Author: Malorie Blackman Illustrator: Andy Rowland

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 6+

    Malorie Blackman's 1994 Scholastic story has been adapted by Barrington Stoke for their series of dyslexia/reluctant reader-friend…

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  • Louie Lets Loose!

    Author: Rachel Hamilton Illustrator: Oscar Armelles

    Interest level: 7-9

    Reading age: 7-9

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  • Louie Lets Loose!

    Author: Rachel Hamilton Illustrator: Oscar Armelles

    Interest level: 7-9

    Reading age: 7-9

    Louie the unicorn lives a quiet life with his parents in Story Land, until his invite to the New York School of Performing Arts ar…

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  • The Bad Trousers

    Author: Ros Asquith Illustrator: Mairi Hedderwick

    Interest level: 6+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • The Bad Trousers

    Author: Ros Asquith Illustrator: Mairi Hedderwick

    Interest level: 6+

    Reading age: 6+

    Children will enjoy this cheeky tale thanks to Asquith's charming writing and Hedderwick's familiar illustrations. A lovely way to…

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