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

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.

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2. Pixel Planet

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.

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3. Puppy Academy Stories

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!

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4. The Moonshine Dragon

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.

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5. Astronaut Academy

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!

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6. LEGO Star Wars: Chronicles of the Force

DK

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!

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7. Marvel: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know

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.

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8. The Complete Harry Potter Collection

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.

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9. My Brother is a Superhero

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...

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10. Doctor Who: The Whoniverse

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.

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  • The Complete Harry Potter Collection - 7-Book Box Set - Collection - 9781408856772 - JK Rowling
    HRYP 9 years +
    9 years +
    (18)
    • £29.99
    • RRP £62.99
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    • Just £4.28 per book
    If you're lucky enough to have tickets to see The Cursed Child on stage or are already excited for the next Fantastic Beasts film in 2018, then why not head back to Platform 9 3/4, climb aboard the Hogwarts Express and enjoy the Complete Harry Potter Collection for a magical price. Presented in a gorgeous slipcase, these editions of J. K. Rowling's classics come complete with stunning cover illustrations from Jonny Duddle.

    A phenomenon like no other, Harry's incredible journey begins with The Philosopher's Stone. Unhappily living in a cupboard under the stairs at his aunt's, he's visited by a giant called Rubeus Hagrid who delivers the most astonishing news - Harry's a wizard. As he heads to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry makes friends with Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, meets oh-so-wise Professor Dumbledore and the complex Severus Snape and their incredible adventure begins. But evil in the shape of Lord Voldemort is getting ever closer - and the Dark Lord has his sights set firmly on Harry.

    Throughout the seven books, Harry learns what it means to be a Gryffindor student and the value of friendship and trust. The eight films starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were a record-breaking success and now you can relive the stories where it all began time and time again with this amazing Harry Potter box set - Expecto Patronum!
    Format: Paperback
  • DWHN
    Justin Richards
    • £14.99
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    Calling all Whovians! This compendium will take you on a journey through time and space without having to enter the TARDIS.

    A never-before-seen history, this definitive guide is packed with full-colour illustrations, maps, charts and photography from the long-running BBC show. It features the uprisings, wars and battles that the Doctor has seen and explains how the history of the planets Gallifrey, Skaro, Mars and Sontar have affected him.

    Beautifully presented, this book also provides a glimpse into the untold histories of other planets and lifeforms as they have interacted with humanity. Many of these creatures will have had you hiding behind the sofa including the Daleks, Cybermen and the Weeping Angels.
  • PIXE 5 years +
    Assorted
    5 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £11.99
    • Save £8.00
    If your children can't get enough of Minecraft, than they'll love to sit back and relax as they fill in the pixellated patterns featured in this colouring book, Pixel Planet.

    Coming in a bumper size, this book brings back memories of 1980s computer games and encourages children to colour the designs in, square by square.

    From cute animals to awesome dinosaurs and many other crazy characters including aliens, this is a cool book for anyone who loves colouring in and computer games.
  • ALKQF
    Francesca Simon
    • £4.89
    • RRP £4.99
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    A special 20th anniversary edition of the first ever Horrid Henry book in which Henry tries to be perfect for one day, learns to dance, argues with his arch enemy Moody Margaret and goes on holiday. With a double die-cut cover and brand new extra material including the top twenty questions from Horrid Henry fans and readers about the world's favourite naughty boy - Has Horrid Henry got a girlfriend? What's the worst thing Perfect Peter has ever done? Were Horrid Henry's mum and dad ever naughty? Look out for the answers! Horrid Henry is a prize-winning 20-million-copy-selling series, illustrated by Tony Ross, who also illustrates David Walliams' children's books, and his own picture books.
  • Puppy Academy Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9780192744203 - Gill Lewis
    PYAC 5 years +
    Gill Lewis
    5 years +
    (2)
    • £4.99
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    • Just £1.25 per book
    Written by Gill Lewis, an acclaimed author of animal tales, the Puppy Academy books each focus on a different dog and the challenges they face as they help the emergency services.

    Murphy is used to being top dog, but faces a huge challenge when he has to earn his Surf Rescue Badge on the beach. Will he be brave enough?; border collie Star wants to be a sheepdog and when she goes to help a lamb in need, she gets far more than she bargained for; while Pip is training to be a helper for a young girl in a wheelchair. Will she like him?

    Finally, there's Scout who wants nothing more than to be a police dog like her parents. There's a sausage thief on the loose, can she track the thief down?

    Amazing animal stories for younger children, complemented by fantastic illustrations from Sarah Horne.
  • MBSH 9 years +
    David Solomons
    9 years +
    (2)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £12.99
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    This is a super story for superhero-mad children! An award-winning book written by David Solomons, it's a zesty and refreshing read full of funny situations.

    Luke is a comic book-mad 11-year old who shares a tree house with his geeky older brother, Zack.

    Luke's only mistake is to go for a wee right at the wrong time. While he's gone, an alien gives his undeserving, never-read-a-comic-in-his-life brother superpowers and then tells him to save the universe.

    Luke is massively annoyed about this, but when Zack is kidnapped by his arch-nemesis, Luke and his friends have only five days to find him and save the world...
  • MVEY 8 years +
    8 years +
    • £5.99
    • RRP £17.99
    • Save £12.00
    The Hulk features on the tactile cover of this Marvel book full of incredible trivia, facts and artwork.

    Covering heroes, villains and those characters that flit in-between, it includes bizarre-but-true tales, quirky insights into characters including the Avengers, Spider-Man and Daredevil and so much more.

    From why there are three different colours of Hulk (green, grey and red in case you were asking) to a look at the time that a frog gained Thor's powers, many of these revelations are astounding - and will delight anyone who loves Marvel, no matter what their age.
  • LEGO Star Wars Chronicles of the Force - Hardback - 9780241237137 - DK
    SWCF 6 years +
    6 years +
    • £5.49
    • RRP £12.99
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    Young Jedi and Master Builders can discover the full story of the LEGO Star Wars galaxy with this brilliant book.

    Covering the saga in detail, including The Force Awakens, the encyclopedia covers the heroes and villains from across the universe and explains all about the triumphs and tragedies they have lived through.

    From the heroic exploits of the Jedi and the Resistance and their key members (and droids!) to the evil plans of the Sith and the Dark Side, the book has pictures of so many famous Minifigures including Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Darth Vader, Kylo Ren and BB-8.

    The book also comes with an exclusive Minifigure to add to your out-of-this-world collection!
  • Astronaut Academy - Paperback - 9781782403937 - Steve Martin
    ASAC 8 years +
    Steve Martin
    8 years +
    • £3.49
    • RRP £9.99
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    Does your child have what it takes to become an astronaut and succeed on a mission to Mars? This book gives them the chance to test themselves and find out everything there is to know about space travel.

    Once enrolled at the academy, children will face a variety of challenges and missions that mimic the real-life tasks that astronauts may have to complete in space. These activities - many of which are based around science and maths - include those that improve hand-eye coordination, obstacle courses, building a balloon rocket and learning basic first aid.

    There's also a Space Goodies section including stickers, a poster, a board game, press-out figures and a model space shuttle.
  • MOZ2 5 years +
    Cornelia Funke
    5 years +
    (1)
    • £3.99
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    After wowing readers across the globe with her bestselling Inkheart series, Cornelia Funke turns her attention to those aged 5 and over with the magical story of The Moonshine Dragon.

    A tiny silver dragon has been chased out of Patrick's storybook by an equally tiny knight and all mayhem has broken loose! Patrick finds himself shrunken down too and hides in a toy castle... Will he be able to defeat the knight and make it through to the next morning?

    An appealing story especially designed with spaced text and cream pages for those who struggle with reading (including dyslexic children), the Little Gems book comes with beautiful illustrations from Monica Armino.