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Reluctant Readers

How often have you heard kids say, “I don’t like to read?” With the instant gratification of television, video games, and computers, it sometimes seems like we are fighting a losing battle trying to convince reluctant readers to enjoy a good book. 

Half the battle of getting kids to read is connecting them to the right books. Several young adult authors and have taken up this cause, promoting not just their own books, but “great reads” for today’s children, tweens, and teens. Whether your child avoids reading or is an avid reader, these websites offer many of the best selections of young adult books published today!– Check out the website of James Patterson, author of the “Maximum Ride” series. Its lists of great books for all ages are categorized by subject.

Guys Read– Jon Scieszka, the author of some wonderfully strange books (strange, but good) such as “The Stinky Cheese Man,” and “Math Curse” has taken up the cause of promoting books “written by guys, for guys.”

ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers– The American Library Association’s picks for reluctant readers from the past decade.– an organization with the mission of transforming boys into lifelong readers.


Are you interested in new books that are hot? Would you like to learn ways to encourage your child’s reading life? Do you need hints for how to become more involved with your child’s education? Scholastic has been promoting children’s and adolescent’s literacy for over 87 years. Check out their Scholastic Parents’ Site.


Lexiles are a method of leveling books which very precisely match the reader to appropriately challenging material. Your child’s individual Lexile number can be found in the reading section of his or her TAKS report (realizing that this is the number from when the TAKS test was taken and your child has most likely grown as a reader over time).

Information on the Lexile system can be found at Lexiles for Reading. You can read more about the Lexile framework as well as check the Lexile number of your child’s favorite book or search for more books within your child’s Lexile range.


Find tips on literacy for all ages at The National Council of Teachers of English Parents & Students Website.

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