Whether your child is an avid or reluctant reader, getting them to read
for pleasure is a great way to help them improve their reading and comprehension
skills and knock those communication abilities right out of the park.
One of the best ways to get them hooked on reading is to find books that
intrigue them. Here is a list of the some really great books to try online,
from your library or from your local book store.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
This now-famous series of books is enthralling and follows the trials and
tribulations of Katniss Everdeen as she inadvertently leads a rebellion
against the oppressive capital in the nation of Panem. The series explores
the idea of repression by the state and the courage it takes to stand
up to those you are afraid of.
The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 by Deborah Kops
This sticky piece of history recounts the story of a molasses truck that
exploded in Boston’s north end in 1919, sending shards of metal
and molasses flying in all directions. The story chronicles the events
leading up to the mishap, the great cleanup and the court case that followed.
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Opal’s mum abandoned her at a young age and now she has trouble fitting
in with the residents of the new town she has just moved to with her preacher
dad. When she meets a scraggly stray at her local Winn-Dixie supermarket,
her life changes forever. Winn-Dixie is a big ugly dog whose misadventures
help Opal to connect with her community and come to terms with her loss.
Catherine, called Birdy by Karen Cushman
This medieval coming of age novel follows the story of Birdy who, in moving
from childhood to womanhood, must be sold in marriage to an unwanted suitor.
Through her diary entries, Birdy at first rebels against her fate, but
when she finally resigns herself to it, a wonderful surprise is in store.
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
Jeffrey Lionel “Maniac” Magee is good at everything he does,
but his life is difficult living with his aunt and uncle after both his
parents die. When he can’t take living with his feuding family,
he runs away to Two Mills, PA where he must settle a feud between rival
gangs and deal with issues of race.
Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
The epic tale of one family’s struggle during the depression and
how they overcome racism and social injustice. This is the story of Cassie
Logan who discovers why land ownership is so important in establishing
the Logan family’s sense of pride and independence. This is a touching
tale with important social themes.
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