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We’ve had a couple of reading a-ha moments lately that I just had to share. While my older guy has gotten hooked on The Hunger Games trilogy (he’s reading Mockingjay at the moment), and finishes any book he starts whether he enjoys it or not as a matter of principle, my younger guy often flits from book to book. Starting many, finishing few.

(In case you’re interested in The Hunger Games,  check out the new trailer that’s just been released!)

Back to my younger guy. Lately we’ve hit on a few books that he’s thoroughly enjoyed (and finished!), so I feel it is safe to call them top picks for reluctant reader boys. Here they are!

NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society (Book One)

NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society (Book One) Michael Buckley 

He’s about half-way through this first book, and keeps coming to find me to describe where he’s at, and what new, funny think has just happened to Jackson, one of the main characters. To me, that is huge: not only is he enjoying reading it, but it is something he wants to share, as well. Yess!  Check out the review from Amazon.

Darth Paper Strikes Back: An Origami Yoda Book (Tom Angleberger)

My guy enjoyed the Origami Yoda follow up even more than the original, and that’s saying a lot! The bonus instructions for folding your own darth paper were a huge hit, too! Check out the review from Amazon.

Big Nate: In a Class by Himself (Lincoln Peirce)

Well, he loved the Wimpy Kid series, and he loved Big Nate. It’s a definite Jeff Kinney read-alike, but does it matter? An absolute top reluctant reader pick.


If you’re interested in more books for reluctant readers, you may want to check out a couple of previous posts where I polled our Reading-Rewards.com members, specifically boys, for their favorites!

Book Boys Love – Part 1

Books Boys Love – Part 2

Do you have any books you’d recommend to young reluctant readers? We’d love to hear from you!!


Reading-Rewards.com is an online reading incentive/reading log website that can be found at www.reading-rewards.com. Kids log their reading time, and are invited to review their books once they’ve finished them. Once their reading entries get validated by a parent (optional), their minutes get converted to points (RR Miles) they can use to redeem for rewards that their parents or teachers set up for them. A full set of features allow teachers to set up groups for their classes and track individual and group reading. A great alternative to paper reading logs!