Hi everyone! I think you all know by now that I'm a big fan of reading. Like, HUGE fan. But I wasn't always a book-loving dude. When I was younger, reading wasn't really my thing, for a lot of reasons. I guess I was what adults call a "reluctant reader." But then I discovered graphic novels and I was like hot smudge! This reading thing is kind of awesome! Then I moved on to adventure books, and science fiction, and just kept going and going... and now I love books and read every night!
Today I'm going to tell you about some great books for kids who are having a hard time getting into reading. These books are so action-packed, so fun, so completely way cool, there's no way you can't totally dig them. Princess Dagger told me about some, and some of them are books I love. Hang onto your butts, you guys, and get ready for some awesomeness!
6 fun book series for kids who think they don't like books
The Terrible Two by Jory John and Mac Barnett, illustrated by Kevin Cornell
Miles Murphy is not happy to be moving to Yawnee Valley, a sleepy town that’s famous for one thing and one thing only: cows. In his old school, everyone knew him as the town’s best prankster, but Miles quickly discovers that Yawnee Valley already has a prankster, and a great one. If Miles is going to take the title from this mystery kid, he is going to have to raise his game.
It’s prankster against prankster in an epic war of trickery, until the two finally decide to join forces and pull off the biggest prank ever seen: a prank so huge that it would make the members of the International Order of Disorder proud.
Whatever After by Sarah Mlynowski
Ten-year-old Abby and her seven-year-old brother, Jonah, are living a normal life in a new town until they discover the mirror in the basement. When they knock on its surface three times, they’re whizzed away to fairy-tale land and find themselves at the home of Snow (yes, White). Just as Evil Evelyn, her wicked stepmother, is about to hand over the infamous poison apple, Jonah intervenes. But if Snow doesn’t eat the poison apple, then the prince can’t save her, and that means Snow’s love life is ruined, not to mention Disney’s whole movie!
Clueless McGee by Jeff Mack
Clueless McGee is just your average fifth-grader: snarky, awkward, and a magnet for trouble. The only difference: he's also an amateur detective. Determined to make his absent father proud, he uses the skills he's learned playing video games to solve mysteries. Only he's no Sherlock Holmes. Or Encyclopedia Brown. Or even Scooby-Doo. When the school bully is framed for filling the orchestra teacher's tuba with macaroni and cheese, Clueless is on the case. But can he catch the culprit before he strikes again? His only obstacle, as Jeff Mack shows us in his hilarious new illustrated series, is his own ineptitude . . . questionable talent . . . and limited intelligence. No problem!
The Kicks by Alex Morgan
Twelve-year-old Devin loves to play soccer. If she hadn’t just left Connecticut to move across the country, she would have been named seventh-grade captain on her school soccer team.
But now that Devin is starting seventh grade in Kentville, California, all bets are off. When Devin shows up for tryouts, she discovers that the Kentville Kangaroos—otherwise known as the Kicks—are an absolute mess. Their coach couldn’t care less whether the girls win or lose. And Devin is easily one of the most talented players. Can Devin and her new friends pull together and save the team from itself?
Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
Nate knows he’s meant for big things. REALLY big things. But things don’t always go your way just because you’re awesome. Nate barely survives his dad’s toxic oatmeal before rushing off to school—minus his lunch. He body slams the no-nonsense principal. He accidentally insults his least favorite teacher, the horrifying Mrs. Godfrey (aka Godzilla). And school has barely started!
Trouble always seems to find him, but Nate keeps his cool. He knows he’s destined for greatness. A fortune cookie told him so.
Cinderella Smith by Stephanie Barden, illustrated by Diane Goode
Cinderella Smith has problems with a capital P. Her new teacher laughs at her name, she has to sit at the smart-boys table, and her old best friend is ignoring her. Now the new girl, Erin, has asked for her advice on wicked stepsisters. But Cinderella doesn't have any stepsisters, wicked or otherwise! And to make things worse, she's got to find her ruby red tap shoe before the fall dance recital!
How will Cinderella solve her capital P problems before it's too late?
Happy reading, everyone!
Cosmoe and Princess Dagger
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PPS: For more book recommendations, check out:
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