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Top 10 Best Children's Books for Reluctant Readers

Kids might find reading difficult or struggle to find the enthusiasm to pick up a book sometimes, but these exciting, silly and madcap stories will show them just how much fun reading can be! Featuring brilliant authors like Francesca Simon 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. Twisty Tales Collection

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These books retell your favourite fairy tales like you've never seen them before. From Puss in Football Boots to The Ninjabread Man, each one of the 10 fairy tales in this collection is given a fun re-vamp to make them modern and exciting for even the most unenthusiastic reader. Plus, the books feature easy-to-follow text and bold artwork to capture their attention. 

2. The Moonshine Dragon

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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. Rainbow Magic: The Magical Talent Fairy Collection 

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Daisy Meadows 

If your child loves magic and imagining a world filled with fairies then they're sure to adore the books in this collection. If they prefer stories on screen to reading then these short reads will capture their attention with exciting plots and lovely illustrations. Plus, this set comes with instructions for making their own Lacey the Little Mermaid Fairy peg doll to help them feel truly engaged in the Rainbow Magic world. 

4. Squishy Taylor Collection

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Ailsa Wild

Mysteries and modern families are the focus of this fun book series for reluctant readers. Squishy Taylor lives with her dad and step-family in a crowded apartment and solves many curious mysteries. There is a problem-solving aspect to these books that will make them feel more engaging for kids who haven't yet discovered the joy of reading. 

5. The 13-Storey Treehouse Collection 

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Andy Griffiths

This 8-book collection features funny and wacky stories about Andy and Terry, two friends who live in the world's greatest treehouse. In each book, the treehouse gets a few unusual extensions, from the room where it's always your birthday to an indoor roller coaster, there's never a dull moment (or room) in this engaging series. 

6. DC Superheroes Collection

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Action-packed and easy-to-read, these DC Superheroes stories will entertain young DC fans everywhere, even if they don't usually enjoy reading. The bright and bold artwork is reminiscent of classic-style comic books and the stories will grab their attentions.

7. The Complete Harry Potter Collection

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J. K. Rowling 

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. 

8.Dork Diaries Collection

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Rachel Renee Russell

Nikki Maxwell jots down everything in her diary. Fom her fall-outs with her best friends to her on-going rivalry with her arch-nemesis Mackenzie, there are no details left out. Her entries are also accompanied by her hilarious doodles to make these books even more engaging and visually stimulating for reluctant readers. 

9. HIVE Collection

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Mark Walden

Capture your reluctant reader's interest with this action-packed series filled with drama and suspense. Otto Malpense is chosen to join HIVE, the Higher Institute of Villainous Education, at 13 after his baddie potential is recognised. He is determined not to stay though and along with his new friends, including a martial-arts expert and computer genius, they are planning to do the impossible - break out of HIVE. 

10. Ross Welford Collection

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Ross Welford

The four books in this set are brilliantly fun reads for every kid, whether they're a keen reader or not. Time Travelling with Hamster sees Al Chaudbury go on an epic adventure with his pet hamster, Alan Shearer, after finding his dad's time machine. All four of the books in this collection for older children will enthral and entertain.