This is a great book if your reader: Is starting to read independently. The book's length and the amount of text on a page make it a perfect bridge between picture books and longer chapter books. Likes to get to know characters, as they will enjoy finding out how this warm and funny duo grows and change. (Rabbit is quick to react and easily annoyed, and Bear is a careful guide who thinks before responding. Together they become a team who bring out the best in each other). Enjoys a story written with the right amount of sentimentality and humour. But be warned, the book uncovers that rabbits eat their poo, so if this is not a topic for you, then you might want to give Rabbit and Bear a miss.
This is a great book if your reader: Is beginning to read longer books. (Tom Gates can be dipped into as it is a diary). Needs a book with little text on a page to build stamina and independence Loves laugh out loud humour. Tom Gates is brilliant is a winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize Wants a story with a likeable main character. who they feel they have lots in common with Likes hilarious doodles that illustrate what's happening to Tom.
This is a great book if your reader: Is starting to independently read short chapter books. Needs to gain confidence and develop reading stamina. This book has more creative and imaginative illustrations than text to read. Is fascinated by the uber-cool treehouse Andy and Terry create. Likes to look at hilariously funny pictures and images. Wants to meet the same two friends in each book in the series. There are over 10 books in the series.
This is a great next book if your reader: Enjoys stories about friendship and adventure. Loves to empathise with characters. Gets wrapped up in the events and problems faced by the characters. Is intrigued by outdoor adventures set in the countryside. Wants to read a classic story from the 1960s that is still relevant today. Historical fiction, with references to Stonehenge, Stoneage, and life in the 1960s.
This is a great next book if your reader: Wants the voice of the narrator to be a child's. Enjoys stories and discussions that look at the world today. Gets involved in a plot that tackles a hard-hitting theme. Loves dance, especially ballet. Likes stories told with honesty and compassion, like 'The boy at the back of the class.' Seeks a plot with just the right balance of triumph and tragedy. Vocabulary and sentence structure that is easy to read with a reasonably large font.
This is a great next book if your reader: Is a gamer, and likes to immerse themselves in the world of computer games. Likes Jumanji or Ready Player One Enjoys futuristic time travel settings. Would find the real-life historical heroes placed in Wonderscape's fascinating worlds. Influential people who helped shape the world we live in today feature throughout the story - from Issac Newton, Mary Shelly, and Thomas Eddison, to the lesser known Wangari Maathai and Tomoe Gozen, to name but a few. Wants rich characters whose relationship grows from having nothing in common to loyal friends.
This is a great next book if your reader likes: Historical fiction set in England during World War 2. Stories where strong, quick-witted, and brave female protagonists are up against the odds but find a way to overcome obstacles. Stories with emotional themes that drive the plot. Multi-dimensional characters who they can relate to and root for, but not always like. The theme of hope in the face of adversity.
This is a great next book if your reader likes: Historical fiction, especially World War 2. Stories that are gripping and touching. To follow a character's journey over a series of books. Gritty, true to life stories that could have happened.
This is a great next book if your reader likes: Adventure stories that keep you guessing. A twist in the tale. Journey stories set in the wild, where survival is the main priority. Stories where the characters get to know themselves and grow stronger through the challenges they encounter. Black and white drawings that add rich detail to the setting. 'Like a man-made magic wish, the aeroplane rose into the sky. It did not stay there long.'
This is a great next book if your reader likes: Enjoys a mystery adventure story Finds flashbacks and time travel exciting and engaging Can empathise with characters from different background and periods of time Wants to explore family dynamics and sibling relationships Likes historical settings and detail Is studying world war II Enjoys gritty, brave and courageous female characters Needs texts that aren’t too chunky
This is a great next book if your reader: Is an avid reader of adventure/ fantasy/portal stories Has watched the Hunger Games but couldn’t access the books. Use the kudos of the author to appeal to an older, more reluctant reader. Loves fantasy stories that are set within the context of our world. Gets drawn into a narrative through the rich description of characters and setting, and enjoys the extra detail. Collins subtly leaves symbolic clues throughout the text to add interest for the attentive reader. Enjoys a book that is only 245 pages and a fast-paced read. Wants to be reading more grown-up, YA books. Gregor the Overlander looks like the Hunger Games, the graphics and premise are YA. However, the text is accessible and engaging but not too complicated. This series can develop self-confidence and reading stamina. It is essential for a reluctant reader that books are finished and enjoyed before the interest in them is lost.
Your child will enjoy story The Field Guide: Spiderwick Chronicles if: Loves magic, adventure and intrigue (think fairies, goblins and trolls) Gets drawn into a narrative through illustrations designed to provide extra detail. Tony DiTerlizzi blows me away; he brings the magic to life with his gothic style pencil drawings. Will enjoy getting to really know characters and how they develop. Wants a book that is fairly short and easy to read. As in all the books in The Spiderwick Chronicles series, The Field Guide can develop self-confidence and reading stamina. It is really important for a reluctant reader that books are finished and enjoyed before the interest in them is lost.