Top 10 Best Children's Books for Reluctant Readers

Kids might think reading is just a bit boring or difficult sometimes, but prove them wrong with these exciting, silly, entertaining or just plain crazy books! Featuring brilliant authors like Jeremy Strong and J. K. Rowling, even reluctant readers won't be able to put these books down. Check out the best books for reluctant readers below, ordered by target age.

1. Horrid Henry Books

  • £4.89

Francesca Simon | 5+

Discover Francesca Simon's famous stories about the mischievous little scamp, Henry, who's always getting into trouble! These hilarious tales follow Henry as he gets into all sorts of scrapes and has to deal with his impeccably-behaved little brother, Perfect Peter, and his arch-nemesis, Moody Margaret.


2. Pixel Planet

Pixel Planet - Paperback - 9781784455538 - Assorted
  • £2.49

If your child is a fan of computer games, they'll love the pixelated patterns in this cool colouring book. It brings back memories of retro games and encourages children to colour in the fun designs, square by square. From adorable animals to awesome dinosaurs and plenty of other crazy characters, this epic book will appeal to anyone who loves computer games and colouring. 

3. Puppy Academy Stories

Puppy Academy Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9780192744203 - Gill Lewis
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Gill Lewis  5+

If your child loves animals, this is the series for them! It features the adventures of four dogs - Murphy, Star, Pip and Scout - as they assist the emergency services. Star must help a lamb in need, whilst Pip trains to be a helper for a girl in a wheelchair. Murphy faces a huge challenge on the beach, whilst Scout must track down a sausage-stealing thief!


4. The Moonshine Dragon

  • £3.99

Cornelia Funke

This captivating story follows a tiny silver dragon who is chased out of Patrick's storybook by an equally tiny knight. Now, chaos has broken loose! Patrick finds himself shrunk down into a miniature man, hiding in a toy castle. Can he defeat the knight and survive to the next morning? This gorgeous, appealing book is perfect for those who are learning to read.


  • £3.99

Steve Martin

Give your kids the chance to test their astronaut abilities to see if they could flourish in outer space! Children will face a variety of challenges and missions in this out-of-this-world book. Many of the activities are based around science and maths, and involve developing key skills such as hand-eye coordination and basic first aid. Kids will be enthralled by this interstellar book, which includes fun stickers, a board game, press-out figures and even a model space shuttle! 

6. LEGO Star Wars: Chronicles of the Force

  • £5.99


Young Jedi can discover the full story of the LEGO Star Wars galaxy with this brilliant bumper book. It covers the saga in detail, featuring all the heroes and villains from across the universe. It explains all about the triumphs and tragedies they have lived through, from the heroic exploits of the Jedi and the Resistance, to the evil plans of the Sith and the Dark Side. The book also comes with an exclusive Minifigure to add to your intergalactic collection!


7. Marvel: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know

  • £5.99

DK | 8+

Is your youngster a superhero fan? If so, this is the perfect book to get them reading! It's packed with fascinating trivia, fun facts and striking artwork, and includes insights into all the heroes, villains and characters of the incredible Marvel universe.


8. The Complete Harry Potter Collection

The Complete Harry Potter Collection - 7-Book Box Set - Collection - 9781408856772 - JK Rowling
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J. K. Rowling | 9+

This enchanting series has inspired millions of children to read with its enthralling adventures, fantastical creatures and spellbinding characters! Join young Harry Potter as he enrols at the magical (but perilous!) Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Over the years, he must contend with a three-headed dog, a terrifying basilisk, ghoulish dementors, a mysterious Potions Master and so much more, but must ultimately face his most terrifying nemesis: Lord Voldemort. 

9. My Brother is a Superhero

  • £3.99

David Solomons | 9+

Perfect for young superhero fans, this book stars Luke, who's mad about comics! He shares a tree-house with his geeky older brother, Zack. Unfortunately, Luke goes for a wee with spectacularly bad timing, just as an alien gives his undeserving brother awesome superpowers and tells him to save the universe! But when Zack is kidnapped, Luke and his friends have just five days to find him - and save the world...


10. Doctor Who: The Whoniverse

  • £14.99

Justin Richards | 9+

If your child prefers TV to books, why not combine the two with a brilliant book tie-in? A fantastic example is this Doctor Who comprehensive compendium, in which young readers can go on a journey through space and time with the eccentric Doctor... without having to leave the comfort of their bedrooms! This big, shiny book features incredible illustrations, maps, charts and photography which will captivate Doctor Who fans.