Last week, I brought Freebs Nation into my family's library collection on Instagram stories. Some of my kids LOVE to read, and some…not so much. Reading is such an important habit, I want to help them find books they can really get into. Here is a great list of your recommendations for books that tweens will love, along with tips for getting your young ones bitten by the reading bug!
TIPS FOR HELPING NON-READERS EMBRACE BOOKS MORE
Is your tween or teen not exactly head-over-heels in love with books? Well, get ready to embark on a literary adventure because we're going to reveal some mind-blowing book recommendations that will make them believe in the magic of reading. So, let's dive in and discover ways to have them flipping pages with joy!
1. TRY OUT GRAPHIC NOVELS
Who said books were all about boring blocks of text? Graphic novels are here to revolutionize the reading game. With stunning illustrations and captivating storylines, graphic novels like “Smile” by Raina Telgemeier or “Amulet” by Kazu Kibuishi bring your favorite characters to life in vibrant, action-packed pages. Get ready for a visual feast that will have you begging for more!
2. DISCOVER LAUGH-OUT-LOUD STORIES
If laughter is your superpower, then humorous books are your secret weapon. Dive into hilarious tales like “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” by Jeff Kinney or “The Dork Diaries” by Rachel Renée Russell. These books are packed with side-splitting jokes, relatable characters, and unforgettable misadventures. Warning: Reading in public may cause uncontrollable fits of laughter!
3. TAKE THE REINS AND CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE
Why stick to a linear storyline when you can take control of your reading destiny? Choose Your Own Adventure books let you be the hero of the story by allowing you to make crucial decisions along the way. With titles like “The Mystery of Chimney Rock” or “Journey Under the Sea,” you'll be the master of your own literary destiny, unlocking thrilling surprises and multiple endings.
4. EMBARK ON AN EPIC FANTASY QUEST
If you're a fan of fantastical worlds, brave heroes, and magical creatures, then epic fantasy is your ticket to adventure. Books like “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” by Rick Riordan or “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis will transport you to mythical realms filled with quests, prophecies, and larger-than-life battles. Prepare to be whisked away on extraordinary adventures that will ignite your imagination.
5. EMBRACE THE MAGIC OF AUDIO BOOKS
Reading isn't just limited to flipping through pages. Immerse yourself in the world of audio books and let your imagination run wild. With talented narrators bringing stories to life, audio books like “Harry Potter” by J.K. Rowling or “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins will transport you to extraordinary realms, making even the longest car rides or chores fly by.
Top Book Recommendations For Tweens – Novel Series
Here are the most-recommendend series. I've even put together an Amazon list of every book mentioned here!
- The Babysitters Club novel series Ann M. Martin
- The Candeon Heirs series by T.M. Holladay
- The Chronicles of Narnia novel series by C.S. Lewis
- The Diary of a Wimpy Kid novel series by Jeff Kinney
- Gallagher Girls novel series by Ally Carter
- The Goosebumps novel series by R.L. Stine
- Keeper of the Lost Cities novel series by Shannon Messenger
- The Little House on the Prairie novel series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- The Lunar Chronicles novel series by Marissa Meyer
- The Nancy Drew novel series by Carolyn Keene
- The Penderwicks novel series by Jeanne Birdsall
- The Percy Jackson & the Olympians novel series by Rick Riordan
- The Secret Cooking Club novel by Laurel Remington
- The Series of Unfortunate Events novel series by Lemony Snickets
Top Book Recommendations For Tweens – Stand-Alone Books/Non-Series
- Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
- Because of Winn-Dixie by Katie DiCamillo
- Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
- Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
- Dragon Girl by Reagan Freeman
- Ella Enchanted by Gail Carsen Levine
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
- Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
- Holes by Louis Sachar
- Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
- Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
We've put this list into a cute free printable for you, if you want to print it out to bring along to your local library or bookstore! Or visit the Amazon page with each of these books linked here!
DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE PRINTABLE LIST OF BOOKS HERE!
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