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Best Kids’ Books for Reluctant Readers: Picked by Kids, approved by parents

Reading is so important, yet it is often a challenge to get reluctant readers to pick up a book. What I have found, as a parent to three boys, is that finding the right kind of book for beginner and reluctant readers is central to motivation. And for my kiddos the best books were silly, funny, and relatable.

The following recommendations are based on what my kids actually read and enjoyed. Not just the ones listed, but the whole series. So whether your child is a beginner, reluctant, or struggling, you’re bound to find something here.

Thanks to my son, Zack, for compiling this list. He’s read all these books and many, many more. And if there is a must have book that we’re missed, please let us know and we’ll add it.

Happy reading!

Big Nate: In Class By Himself

This book follows a Middle Schooler who has a reputation for being the trouble maker of the school. Trouble even seems to find him when he’s not trying. This book is great for kids who need the motivation to read because this book is fun to read and it is easy for kids to connect to this character. In the series, there are 8 books and an additional 10 comics to read.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a series of 17 books about a middle schooler, Greg Heffley, and his friend Rowley

My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish

My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish is a book where an evil scientist brother makes a zombie goldfish, but Tom tries to stop him, will tom stop him or will his brother continue with the evil fish?

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

This book is part of the origami Star Wars series where the character goes on adventures.

Goosebumps

Goosebumps is a series of fun mystery spooky stories that really engage the reader with every book.

Sideways Stories from Wayside School

This book is a fun story about a weird school, with John the narrator.

The Enemy

This a fun, thriller book for teens and pre-teens, it takes place in london where every one 16 years old and older is either dead or a weird zombie-creature.

House of Robots

This James Patterson novel is about an elementary schooler who makes robots.

Hi! Fly Guy

Hi! Fly Guy is a hilarious book about a boy and a fly.

I Funny

In this James Patterson novel, a middle schooler is on a mission to be the best stand up comedian in the world.

Captain Underpants

Captain Underpants is the first book in the Captain Underpants series where Captain Underpants goes on adventures.

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MoZanimals Penguin Kids Gifts & Accessories

This modern penguin design is the first in the MoZanimals collection (Mosaic + Zany + Animals?). Our t-shirts, onesies, hoodies, and gifts are designed with kids in mind and with social responsibility in our heart. As such, our designs are available on a variety of products that emphasize sustainability and ethical production.

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MoZanimal Penguin: Kids Gifts & Accessories

Kids gifts & accessoriesfrom $2.41. Over 60 products available. Perfect for Back to School time!

Special Offers

Free Gift with Purchase

First, checkout through our RedBubble.com store, then contact us with your order number and we’ll send you a free gift. Easy!
One gift per order, order must be of a LittleBeasts / What Studio product.

Giveaway!

To enter, just leave a comment and tell us your favorite MoZanimals item. Is it a t-shirt? Is it a notebook? Once we get 50 comments, we’ll randomly pick a winner.

About Products & Styles

This collection is part of the new Little Beasts kids t-shirt line created by the founder of Babadoodle.com (me) and my son (the MoZanimals artist).

MoZanimals Penguin is available on over 60 (yikes!) products with an emphasis on sustainable and ethical production. All products are currently made and shipped via RedBubble because their values reflect our own views about social responsibility. To read more about RedBubble’s social responsibility, check out this link on their site. This site contains affiliate links, which means we may receive a small amount if a sale is made.

Clothing
  • Kids Clothing
    • Penguin design baby onesie, t-shirts, & hoodies for ages 0 to teen
  • Men & Women’s Clothing
    • Penguin design women and men’s t-shirts, v-neck, hoodies, & tank tops, baseball tees, fitted, slim-fits and loose fits
Gifts & Accessories
  • Stickers
    • Penguin design stickers glossy, matt, and transparent stickers
  • Notebooks
    • Penguin design journal and notebook (lined or grid)
  • Penguin design tote bag, drawstring bag, backpack, pin, scarf, zipper pouch.
  • Tech Accessories
    • Penguin design laptop skin, laptop sleeve, cell phone skins, soft case, tough case, and wallets (for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy) and case, iPhone skin, case, and wallet,
  • Baby Shower Gift ideasBaby onesies
  • Cushions and art prints to decorate the nursery
  • Totes bags for carrying diapers and other essential baby items (and that’s a lot of stuff)
  • Penguin design face masks
  • Plus, gifts for babies, toddlers, kids…& everyone!

Home Accessories & Artwork
  • Penguin design cushions, comforters, duvet cover, clock, bath mat, shower curtains, mugs (classic, tall, travel mug), water bottle
  • Artwork
    • Penguin design print, canvas, metal print, poster, metal print, acrylic block

About the Artist

Ben is a 14-year-old aspiring designer/animator and the creator of several Little Beasts t-shirt designs. When not creating “stuff” and being forced to be a design intern for his mother (me), Ben likes playing video games, hanging out with the family’s pets (dog, lizards, chinchilla), sneaking candy (where does it all come from??), and watching tv with the fam. Ben dislikes laugh tracks A LOT and chores.

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Kindle Fire 7: Kids Edition Tablet (under $100)

If you are looking for a tablet for your kids to use for education or fun, you should seriously consider the Kindle Fire for Kids. For under $100 you can get a rugged device with a 2-year warrantee and 1000s of apps and videos. Although the Kindle does not have as many apps available as Apple iPad or Google Android devices, less does not always mean worse! And Kindle’s App Store has plenty of qulaity apps to choose from.
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Why We Like It

In my opinion, there are 4 main benefits for the Kindle Fire (Kids Edition):

  1. Excellent Price: the 7″ currently costs $99 and comes bundled with a warrantee and kids apps. By comparison, the popular iPad mini is just under $400 and the more affordable Galaxy tab starts about $150. Neither are kid-friendly out of the box.
  2. 2-year guarantee: This is huge! I mean, it’s a device for kids and one of the main concerns is breakage. If it breaks, you just need to return it to Amazon for a replacement.
  3. Bundled with kids’ apps, games, & books. The Kindle Fire 7 Kids Edition comes bundled 1-year of Amazon FreeTime, which includes over 20,000 apps, games, books, videos, etc., from PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, Disney and more. Apps and books may be relatively cheap, but they do tend to add up over time. Plus, once the free subscription is over, Amazon FreeTime can be renewed for $2.99. And that’s an excellent deal too.
  4. Highly rated: Currently, the Kindle Fire has an 4.5 average rating on nearly 50,000 reviews…and that’s not easy to do!

Bottomline: We have been an iPhone /iPad family for years, but if I were to buy a new device, the Kindle Fire for Kids would be at the top of my list!

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More about the Kindle Fire (via Amazon)

4.6 out of 5 stars 49,693 ratings

Key Features

  • Save up to $89 on a full-featured Fire 7 Tablet (not a toy), 1 year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, a Kid-Proof Case with built-in stand, and 2-year worry-free guarantee, versus items purchased separately.
  • 2-year worry-free guarantee: if it breaks, return it and we’ll replace it for free.
  • The included 1 year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited gives your kids access to over 20,000 apps, games, books, videos, audiobooks, and educational content from PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, Disney, and more. Your subscription will then automatically renew every month starting at just $2.99 per month plus applicable tax. You may cancel at any time by visiting the Amazon Parent Dashboard or contacting Customer Service.
  • Create screen time limits, set educational goals, and filter content with easy-to-use parental controls.
  • Stream through Wi-Fi or view downloaded content on the go with 16 GB of internal storage and up to 7 hours of reading, browsing the web, watching video, and listening to music. Add a microSD card for up to 512 GB of expandable storage.
  • FreeTime Unlimited includes thousands of Spanish language books, videos, apps, games, and audiobooks.
  • Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet includes a Kid-Proof Case with built-in stand, 1-year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, and a 2-year worry-free guarantee.
  • Enjoy the 7” display, faster processor, 16 GB internal storage, and up to 7 hours of reading, browsing the web, video watching, and music listening.
  • The Kid-Proof Case is designed to protect against drops and bumps with a perfect fit in hands—or enjoy hands-free with the built-in stand. Plus, Fire Kids Edition tablets include a 2-year worry-free guarantee. If it breaks, return it and we’ll replace it for free.
  • Amazon FreeTime Unlimited is an all-in-one subscription offering over 20,000 books, movies, TV shows, apps and games for kids 3-12. Age Filters ensure kids see age-appropriate content. Parents can add content to kids’ profiles to give them more access to apps and games like Netflix or Minecraft.
    • Amazon FreeTime Unlimited includes thousands of kid-friendly and hand-curated Spanish-language books, videos, apps, games, and audiobooks. Popular characters, titles, and brands include Sésamo, Dora, Sonic the Hedgehog, Nickelodeon, Disney, and more.
    • Amazon FreeTime Unlimited includes thousands of kid-friendly and hand-curated Spanish-language books, videos, apps, games, and audiobooks. Popular characters, titles, and brands include Sésamo, Dora, Sonic the Hedgehog, Nickelodeon, Disney, and more.
    • Limit screen time, set educational goals and curfews, and manage content for up to 4 child profiles with easy-to-use parental controls.

Compare Fire Kids Edition tablets

Fire 7 Kids EditionFire 7 Kids EditionFire HD 8 Kids EditionFire HD 8 Kids EditionFire HD 10 Kids EditionFire HD 10 Kids Edition
PriceFrom: $99.99From: $139.99From: $199.99
Ratings4.6 out of 5 stars (49,693)4.3 out of 5 stars (448)4.7 out of 5 stars (4,782)
Display7″8″ HD10.1″ 1080p full HD
Resolution1024 x 600 (171 ppi)1280 x 800 (189 ppi)1920 x 1200 (224 ppi)
Storage16 GB (expandable by up to 512 GB)32 GB (expandable by up to 1 TB)32 GB (expandable by up to 512 GB)
CPUQuad-core 1.3 GHzQuad-core 2.0 GHzOcta-core up to 2.0 GHz
RAM1 GB2 GB2 GB
Battery lifeUp to 7 hoursUp to 12 hoursUp to 12 hours
Portsmicro-USB (2.0)USB-C (2.0)USB-C (2.0)
AudioMono speakerDual speakers, case with advanced audio port designDual speakers, case with advanced audio port design
Dolby Atmoscheck markcheck mark
1-year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimitedcheck markcheck markcheck mark
2-year worry-free guaranteecheck markcheck markcheck mark
Case with built-in standcheck markcheck markcheck mark
Camera2 MP front and rear-facing2 MP front and rear-facing2 MP front and rear-facing
Weight16.1 oz (456 g)19.4 oz (550 g)27.4 oz (778 g)
Dimensions8.7″ x 6.3″ 1.0″ (220 mm x 161 mm x 26 mm)9.2″ x 7.2″ x 1.0″ (233 mm x 184 mm x 26 mm)11.5″ x 8.1″ x 1.0″ (292 mm x 206 mm x 26 mm)

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MoZanimals Penguin Kids’ T-shirts & Clothing

This modern penguin design is the first in the MoZanimals collection (Mosaic + Zany + Animals?). Our t-shirts, onesies, hoodies, and gifts are designed with kids in mind and with social responsibility in our heart. As such, our designs are available on a variety of products that emphasize sustainability and ethical production.

READ MORE | ENTER THE GIVEAWAY | FREE GIFT

MoZanimal Penguin: Kids Clothes

Kids clothes from $14.26. Ages newborn to teen. Over 60 products available.

Color chart for Little Beast kids clothing

Special Offers

Free Gift with Purchase

First, checkout through our RedBubble.com store, then contact us with your order number and we’ll send you a free gift. Easy!
One gift per order, order must be of a LittleBeasts / What Studio product.

Giveaway!

To enter, just leave a comment and tell us your favorite MoZanimals item. Is it a t-shirt? Is it a notebook? Once we get 50 comments, we’ll randomly pick a winner.

About Products & Styles

This collection is part of the new Little Beasts kids t-shirt line created by the founder of Babadoodle.com (me) and my son (the MoZanimals artist).

MoZanimals Penguin is available on over 60 (yikes!) products with an emphasis on sustainable and ethical production. All products are currently made and shipped via RedBubble because their values reflect our own views about social responsibility. To read more about RedBubble’s social responsibility, check out this link on their site. This site contains affiliate links, which means we may receive a small amount if a sale is made.

Clothing
  • Kids Clothing
    • Penguin design baby onesie, t-shirts, & hoodies for ages 0 to teen
  • Men & Women’s Clothing
    • Penguin design women and men’s t-shirts, v-neck, hoodies, & tank tops, baseball tees, fitted, slim-fits and loose fits
Gifts & Accessories
  • Stickers
    • Penguin design stickers glossy, matt, and transparent stickers
  • Notebooks
    • Penguin design journal and notebook (lined or grid)
  • Penguin design tote bag, drawstring bag, backpack, pin, scarf, zipper pouch.
  • Tech Accessories
    • Penguin design laptop skin, laptop sleeve, cell phone skins, soft case, tough case, and wallets (for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy) and case, iPhone skin, case, and wallet,
  • Baby Shower Gift ideasBaby onesies
  • Cushions and art prints to decorate the nursery
  • Totes bags for carrying diapers and other essential baby items (and that’s a lot of stuff)
  • Penguin design face masks
  • Plus, gifts for babies, toddlers, kids…& everyone!

Home Accessories & Artwork
  • Penguin design cushions, comforters, duvet cover, clock, bath mat, shower curtains, mugs (classic, tall, travel mug), water bottle
  • Artwork
    • Penguin design print, canvas, metal print, poster, metal print, acrylic block

About the Artist

Ben is a 14-year-old aspiring designer/animator and the creator of several Little Beasts t-shirt designs. When not creating “stuff” and being forced to be a design intern for his mother (me), Ben likes playing video games, hanging out with the family’s pets (dog, lizards, chinchilla), sneaking candy (where does it all come from??), and watching tv with the fam. Ben dislikes laugh tracks A LOT and chores.