Disclosure: National Geographic Kids and Disney provided books for consideration for this gift guide. All opinions expressed within are my own.
My second grader has been a reluctant reader for years. However, with the help of a few magical teachers the last two years, he has shifted from reluctant to interested, and when meeting Santa today he asked him for only a Lionel Messi jersey and (gasp!) a book!!
Which book topped his list?
He asked the guy in the red suit for any books in the Big Nate series. Comic book reading has been associated with equal or greater gains in reading achievement, my best guess being that kids who enjoy what they are reading, read more. So, when my guy asks for a graphic novel or comic, I will certainly encourage it!
This Big Nate set is an affordable and easy entry into the world of Nate Wright.
The latest from Dav Pilkey, Dog Man, was a huge hit when I brought it home from the International Literacy Association conference this past summer.
The National Geographic Kids Almanac series is a favorite of my oldest because he can spend the whole year reading the hundreds (or thousands!) of tidbits of information hidden in this book. He devoured the 2016 Almanac that I bought him last year, and he will get the 2017 one this year under the tree! The slogan, everything you ever wanted to know about everything is so, so true.
Famous Fails is an important book for kids. I worry that sometimes kids are afraid to fail because they feel as though everything is so high stakes. In this book they can read about all kinds of epic fails from important folks!
We love National Parks, so I thought the new National Parks Guide USA edition would be a fun one for letting the boys choose where to go next.
Weird But True 8 just came out, and I love this series just as much as the boys!
My littlest is an ocean fanatic, and he will love reading about what lives in the sea in the new Ultimate Ocean-pedia!
Stories They Will Love
My middle might not admit it often, but he loves the premise of Frozen. Frozen: A Pop Up Adventure, brings the world of frozen into 3D form. A gorgeous, collectable book for any fan.
My kids love books that ask them to interact with the story by playing along in some way. Bob Shea’s latest, The Happiest Book Ever, is a great example of that as the reader and storyteller work together to get rid of the frowny frog.
My oldest will also be surprised with the first 13 books of the I Survived series under the tree. These books tell stories of real historical events from the perspective of a child who lived to tell the tale.
Which of these books for reluctant readers will your kids be begging to read this year?