A reluctant reader doesn’t have to read novels

Some adults like reading and some don’t. It’s the same with children, except adults don’t have to read if they don’t want to, but children do (ideally until they become as confident as they can). But if a child is a reluctant reader because they find it difficult or because they simply don’t enjoy reading, there are plenty of alternatives to books that may not seem so daunting, and at the end of the day, reading is reading no matter what form it comes in. So, what do you buy a reluctant reader?

Comics and Annuals

Reluctant reader - The Beano

Reluctant readers – The Beano

Reading comics or annuals is a great way to encourage a child to read. My son and younger nephews have all enjoyed The Beano, which is available on subscription along with many other comics and magazines. Smaller sections of words are less intimidating and equally educational but may be more appealing to a reluctant reader.

Fact Books

Reading fascinating facts about the world really seems to gain children’s attention. Books like The Guinness Book of Records and Amazing Facts are great ways to encourage reading without them realising they are doing it.

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Joke books

Reluctant reader - Marvellous Joke Book

Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Joke Book

We had a few joke books over the years, and they are great for reluctant readers. You must tolerate the corny jokes though and laugh enough to encourage them to continue!

Recipe Books - Buy Now

Nadiya's Bake Me a Story for reluctant readers

Nadiya’s Bake Me a Story: Fifteen stories and recipes for children

There are some lovely recipe books around that are appropriate to different reading abilities. Children can read the recipe themselves, or out loud to you, in readiness for a cooking session or while cooking it.

This lovely book, by Nadiya from The Great British Bake-Off, cleverly combines stories and recipes and gets great reviews

12 best kids' books for dyslexic and reluctant readers

This article from The Independent gives some great suggestions for accessible, engaging and enjoyable reads