Children’s Bookroom: HOOKED ON BOOK SERIES

Is it a struggle to get your child to read? Your child might say, “I just don’t like to read or “Do I have to read?” Of course, there are many possible reasons for this. However, it is not always the obvious, such as your child experiencing reading difficulties. Some children read well, but do not “catch the reading bug.” Reluctant and struggling readers may need a gentle nudge and a little motivation.

As a parent, you are already familiar with your child’s likes and dislikes. On the other hand, teachers may need to conduct informal conversations with their students to determine what appeals to them. Familiarizing yourself with your child’s interest may help you in identifying the type texts they would possibly enjoy reading.

img_3569Some reluctant and struggling readers take well to magazine series on different themes. Many children find magazines less intimidating than a book. Magazines offer short articles and stories, poetry, great illustrations, and activities for children at home or school. Reading Rockets provide an awesome selection of children’s magazines.

Book series also generate potential interest for children. Once they become familiar with characters in children’s literature, young readers will develop into loyal fans as they follow their favorite heroes through new adventures. Once hooked, children eagerly await the next book episode. 

Now, you might say, “I said, put the book down. Turn off the lights and go to bed!”


  • The Adventures of Captain Underpants (Captain Underpants, #1) by Dav Pilkey
  • Among the Hidden (Shadow Children, #1) by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #1) by Jeff Kinney
  • Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, #1) by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective (Encyclopedia Brown, #1) by Donald J. Sobol
  • Frog and Toad Are Friends (Frog and Toad, #1) by Arnold Lobel
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K. Rowling
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
  • Judy Moody (Judy Moody, # 1) by Megan McDonald
  • Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park
  • Mercy Watson to the Rescue (Mercy Watson #1) by Kate DiCamillo
  • Miss Nelson Is Missing! (Miss Nelson, #1) by Harry Allard
  • Sideways Stories from Wayside School (Wayside School #1) by Louis Sachar 

Thanks for stopping by and I invite you to join me again as I continue to explore literacy topics and issues affecting children.

Vanessa Fortenberry,
M.Ed., Media
Ed.S., Media
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NOTE: Yes, I’m unretired!!!