Reluctant Readers

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Are you concerned that your child doesn’t appear to be interested in reading?  If so, he or she might enjoy a book that is especially tempting for reluctant readers.  Click on the links below to organizations which list books that have been found to appeal to these children.

Canadian Source


An article by Sherene Chen-See listing several books which might appeal to reluctant readers.  In the online site  Sherene is a writer specializing in children’s health education, and other issues.  She writes a column for parents on the website for the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.


American Source


[Division of the American Library Association]

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is a national association of librarians, library workers and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18. Through its member-driven advocacy, research, and professional development initiatives, YALSA builds the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens.

Quick Picks:

The “Quick Picks” for Reluctant Young Adult Readers list (LINK SHOWN ABOVE) identifies titles aimed at encouraging reading among teens who dislike to read for whatever reason. The list selects both fiction and nonfiction.


British Source

It’s possible that your child has a learning disability such as dyslexia.  If so, this  British organization can help with information and listings of books that  might appeal to both dyslexic and reluctant readers.


“Dive In:  A guide to choosing children’s books for reluctant readers and readers with dyslexia”.
An online booklet which offers hints to parents and teachers to encourage reading, plus book suggestions for various age groups among children.


General Resources


This is part of a blog by two enthusiastic teachers.  In it, there is a list of recommendations for reluctant readers:

And finally….


This commercial organization has a lengthy list of books that might appeal to reluctant readers,with reviews by readers themselves.