Book Lists - Books for Kids - Books for Kids Who Don't Like to Read
Children who do not like to read, need books that are fun, humorous, fast moving and with good characterization to make them change their minds about books. Try getting your child to read some of these books.
||Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon
By Danziger, Paula
1995/07 - Tandem Library
9780785775232 CHECK CATALOG
In her first delightful early chapter book for young readers, the renowned author of The Cat Ate My Gymsuit introduces spunky, unforgettable third-grader Amber Brown. Friends since preschool, Amber and Justin do just about everything together. What's Amber going to do now that Justin's moving away? ...More
By Brown, Jeff
2006/09 - HarperCollins Publishers
9780061129049 CHECK CATALOG
Meet Stanley Lambchop.
He's an ordinary boy with an extraordinary problem.
He's four feet tall, about a foot wide . . . oh, and half an inch thick.
At first being flat is fine.
It's fun going in and out of rooms simply by sliding under the door.
And it's exciting being mailed to your friends in California for a visit.
But it's not always easy being different, and soon Stanley wishes he could be just like everybody else.
Will he ever be normal again? ...More
||Sarah, Plain and Tall
By MacLachlan, Patricia
1985/04 - Joanna Cotler Books
9780060241018 CHECK CATALOG
The winner of the 1986 Newbery Medal and the 1986 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction for Children tells the story of a Midwestern family whose lives are changed by a mail-order wife/mother from the Northeast. ...More
||Mystery of the Stolen Corn Popper
By Adler, David A.
2004/07 - Puffin Books
9780142401781 CHECK CATALOG
The new series redesign for Adler's popular books featuring young sleuth Cam Jansen continues with Books 11-15. Updated cover work brings new life to these perennial bestsellers. Illustrations. ...More
||The Chalk Box Kid
By Bulla, Clyde Robert
Allen, Thomas B.
1987/11 - Random House Books for Young Readers
9780394991023 CHECK CATALOG
Random House is proud to present the tenth anniversary edition of a book "Publishers Weekly called "a gem of a book...a story that goes straight to the heart." When nine-year-old Gregory experiences several upsets in his life, he responds by creating a fantastic chalk garden on the charred walls of a burned-out factory behind his house. As his garden grows and flourishes, Gregory finds a voice through his art and, for the first time, is able to find his own place in the world. "The Chalk Box Kid is sure to delight a new generation of children and their parents. ...More
||Horrible Harry in Room 2b
By Kline, Suzy
1997/05 - Topeka Bindery
9780833547606 CHECK CATALOG
Doug discovers that though being Harry's best friend in Miss Mackle's second grade class isn't always easy, as Harry likes to do horrible things, it is often a lot of fun. ...More
||The Adventures of Captain Underpants
By Pilkey, Dav
1997/09 - Topeka Bindery
9780613044363 CHECK CATALOG
He used to be Principal Krupp, but now he's the crime-fighting, wedgie-dodging Captain Underpants. Make way for the only superhero wacky enough to tackle the evil Dr. Diaper. Illustrations. ...More
||Fat Men from Space
By Pinkwater, Daniel Manus
1980/07 - Topeka Bindery
9780808551942 CHECK CATALOG
Through his radio tooth, William learns of an invasion by spacemen who are taking all of earth's supply of junk food. ...More
||Not My Dog
By Rodowsky, Colby F.
Yezerski, Thomas F.
2001/04 - Farrar Straus Giroux
9780374455385 CHECK CATALOG
Eight-year-old Ellie desperately wants a puppy, and she's not happy when her parents tell her they're adopting a full-grown dog named Preston who belonged to a distant relative. Gradually, Preston wins Ellie over with her loyalty and sense of fun. Illustrations. ...More
AGES 8 TO 12
||Math Rashes: And Other Classroom Tales
By Evans, Douglas
Di Fiori, Larry
1996/09 - Front Street
9781886910669 CHECK CATALOG
In this sequel to" The Classroom at the End of the Hall", the intrigue continues at W.T. Melon Elementary School, when the school hallway portrait of W.T. Melon casts a spell on Motormouth Morgan and Richard the Bully, and other strange goings-on occur. B&W illustrations. ...More
||Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
By Dahl, Roald
2002/01 - Topeka Bindery
9780881033335 CHECK CATALOG
The gates of Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory are opening at last--and only five children will be allowed inside for the adventure of a lifetime! ...More
||Dear Mrs. Ryan, You're Ruining My Life
By Jones, Jennifer B.
2004/04 - Walker & Company
9780802776532 CHECK CATALOG
What does a kid do when his mother takes embarrassing moments from his life and puts them in books read by kids all over the country? Harvey Ryan comes up with a scheme to make his mom think about anything but writing. ...More
||Tuck Para Siempre: Spanish Paperback Edition of Tuck Everlasting = Tuck Everlasting
By Babbitt, Natalie
1993/09 - Farrar Straus Giroux
9780374480110 CHECK CATALOG
Spanish translation of the story of the Tuck family, who faces an agonizing situation when they learn that a ten-year-old girl and an evil stranger share their secret to eternal life. ...More
||My Teacher Is an Alien -Lib
By Coville, Bruce
1990/10 - Rebound by Sagebrush
9780833598967 CHECK CATALOG
Susan can tell that her new substitute teacher is really weird. She doesn't know how weird until she catches him peeling off his face--and realizes Mr. Smith is really an alien! Now it's up to Susan and her friends to get rid of the extraterrestrial visitor. ...More
||The Whipping Boy
By Fleischman, Sid
1986/04 - Greenwillow Books
9780688062163 CHECK CATALOG
A shout comes echoing up the stairway "Fetch the whipping boy!"
A young orphan named Jemmy rouses from his sleep. "Ain't I already been whipped twice today? Gaw! What's the prince done now? It was forbidden to spank, thrash, or whack the heir to the throne. Jemmy had been plucked from the streets to serve as whipping boy to the arrogant and spiteful Prince Brat.
Dreaming of running away, Jemmy finds himself trapped in Prince Brat's own dream--at once brash and perilous.
In this briskly told tale of high adventure, taut with suspense and rich with colorful characters, the whipping boy and Prince Brat must at last confront each other.
Award-winning author Sid Fleischman again blends the broadly comic with the deeply compassionate in this memorable novel.
A shout comes echoing up the stairway. "Fetch the whipping boy!"
A youn ...More
By Horvath, Polly
2008/09 - Square Fish
9780312384197 CHECK CATALOG
An aunt from Vancouver baby-sits three siblings and offers them an entrancing look at their family's history, in this ALA Notable Book and National Book Award Finalist. ...More
||Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery
By Howe, James
2004/09 - Atheneum Books
9780689867750 CHECK CATALOG
A BookPage Notable Title
A beloved story that has become a modern classic is now available in this special anniversary edition that includes a brand-new jacket and a new preface from James Howe. Illustrations. ...More
||From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler/Newbery Summer
By Konigsburg, E. L.
2003/05 - Aladdin Paperbacks
9780689862236 CHECK CATALOG
This Newbery Medal winner is now available a special summer reading program edition. When Claudia and Jamie plan to run away, they decide to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. When they settle in, they soon finds themselves in the middle of a controversy over the authenticity of a new statue. ...More
||Arthur, for the Very First Time
By MacLachlan, Patricia
1980/10 - HarperCollins Publishers
9780060240479 CHECK CATALOG
Arthur spends a summer with his unconventional aunt and uncle and begins to look at life, his family, and himself differently. ...More
||Boys Start the War, the Girls Get Even
By Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds
1994/06 - Yearling Books
9780440409717 CHECK CATALOG
Young readers will enjoy double the fun with these two books in one volume. It's the Hatford boys versus the Malloy girls in two hilarious stories of fast and furious family feuding from Newbery Medalist Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. ...More
||Sideways Stories from Wayside School
By Sachar, Louis
1998/06 - Topeka Bindery
9780808574439 CHECK CATALOG
Wayside School was supposed to be built with 30 classrooms all next to each other in a row. Instead, the classrooms were stacked one on top of the other--30 stories tall! Here are some hilarious and fun stories about the school, the teachers, and the students. ...More
||Peppermints in the Parlor
By Wallace, Barbara Brooks
1993/04 - Aladdin Paperbacks
9780689716805 CHECK CATALOG
Emily is looking forward to living at Sugar Hill Hall. She has very fond memories of her aunt and uncle's grand old mansion. But when Emily arrives, everything has changed. The once beautiful home is now dark and eerie--and dead with the silence of the people who live there. Emily knows something awful is happening at Sugar Hill Hall, but what? ...More
By White, E. B.
2006/11 - HarperCollins Publishers
9780060882617 CHECK CATALOG
E.B. White's Newbery Honor-winning tale is now available for the first time in an enlarged, large-print edition. "Charlotte's Web "is coming to theaters December 2006! ...More