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Enticing titles for reluctant readers

Age group: 9-11
Little boy reading in a library

It can be hard to find the right book to turn a young person onto reading, so here are a few of our favourites which we are sure will intrigue and engage even the most reluctant of readers.

Usborne Illustrated Stories from Greek Myths

This collection of (sometimes) gruesome Greek Myths is perfect for dipping in and out of and is sure to grasp the interest of even the most reluctant reader.

Jeffrey Alan Love Kevin Crossley-Holland Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki

Jeffrey Alan Love’s graphic illustrations pair perfectly with the often dark and foreboding Norse tales. Short story collections and myths are a great way to incise reluctant readers into books and stories.

Nicola Davies The Dog that Saved Christmas

We love this poignant take of Jake, who finds the festive period challenging when his routine changes and people’s emotions are hard to read. It is a great read from accessible publisher Barrington Stoke.

Andy Stanton You’re a Bad Man Mr Gum

This is a hilarious and laugh out loud book for children and parents alike. The clever humour comes from the situations being described- it always makes us chuckle! Perfect for readers looking to move beyond Roald Dahl.

Liz Pichon The Brilliant World of Tom Gates

We love the combination of cartoons, doodles and storytelling in this hilarious and entertaining adventure starring Tom and portrayed through his homework diary.

Kazu Kibuishi Amulet: The Stonekeeper

An absolutely thrilling read, this graphic novel is sure to have even the most reluctant reader hooked! Man-eating demons, giant robots and an octopus- what’s not to love?

Almasty Jean-Michel Billioud Fantastic Footballer: 40 Game Changers

This non-fiction title is prefect for dipping in and out of- it covers a great range of footballers iconic to the game. There is just so much to learn about your favourite football stars- perfect for an enthusiastic football fan, but less enthusiastic reader.

Jun Takabatake Megumi Iwasa Dear Professor Whale

We love this story of the ocean Olympics. Beautifully illustrated, it is the perfect transitional book, situated somewhere between a picture and chapter book.

Jess Butterworth Swimming Against the Storm

This book is so dramatic that we were flying through the pages, and we think that reluctant readers will be too – especially if they're interested in animals or the environment.

Katie Tsang Kevin Tsang Nathan Reed Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Ghosts

We loved meeting Sam in the first book in this hilarious illustrated series which encourages children to face their fears, with plenty of mishaps along the way.

Philip Reeve Sarah McIntyre The Legend of Kevin

Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre have created some fantastic stories together, and this is a perfect one for reluctant readers to start with – we loved the character of Kevin and the important role played by biscuits.

Chris Riddell Neil Gaiman Fortunately, the Milk

The storytelling in this book is absolutely fantastic, with so many hysterical moments that even the most reluctant reader will be totally captivated.

Chris Riddell Matt Haig The Truth Pixie

We loved this short, rhyming read about finding hope during difficult times – it's a lovely message for readers of all ages.

Kimberlie Hamilton Scotland’s Animal Superstars: True Stories about Braw Birds and Beasties

There’s a wow factor about how many wonderful animal stars we have in Scotland, makes us feel proud and curious!

i-SPY Dogs: What can you spot?

This fun pocket book gives you points for spotting dogs and presents little fact nuggets for the dog buffs. Easy to dip in and out on the go!