The list author says: "Many children don't like to read for many reasons. The first thing to do is to think about your child's likes, personality and habits. If he finds reading difficult, go for shorter, easier books. Experiment from various genres (ACTION/ADVENTURE, CONTEMPORARY, FANTASY, HISTORICAL/BIOGRAPHICAL, HORROR, HUMOR, SCI-FI) to see if any grab his attention. Series books are especially good because if he likes one, he'll likely want to read more of the same.
AUDIO BOOKS If he's an auditory person, look for books on tape/CD that you can listen to in the car or right before going to bed.
COMIC BOOKS & GRAPHIC NOVELS For those who have a hard time reading, the comic book route is a good way to get kids started on reading. Mangas, essentially Japanese comic books bound like regular paperbacks, are especially good - and there are hundreds to choose from. The surprising thing about mangas is they use vocabulary thatÂs rated higher than an average book targeted for the same age but are more quickly consumed and understood by kids because they are so visual. YouÂll want to carefully check the recommended reading age on each manga as content can be quite mature.
AWARD WINNERS Check out my other listmania lists for Notable Books. You can also go to: http://www.ala.org/ala/awardsgrants/booksprintmedia/childrenyngadults/index.cfm
NON-FICTION Some kids don't like fiction but find non-fiction really interesting. You might want to consider getting a subscription or checking out from the library a trade magazine in his area of interest. If he's into video games (what 11-year old boy is not?), there's Game Informer and Game Pro; sports - Sports Illustrated for Kids; animals - Zoobooks. Also, there are tons of kid "how-to" books for hobbies such as cooking, crafts, science, etc. that go beyond simple step-by-step instructions. These are a great way to get more reading in as well as do some fun projects together."
"HIGHLY RECOMMENDED AS AN AUDIO BOOK/AWARD WINNER This is the link for the book; see below for audio book link. Reminiscent of the Prince and the Pauper, this 1987 Newberry winner is a wonderful story about a servant boy whose sole purpose is to receive the punishment for a spoiled prince's misdeeds. This is especially good in the audio form. An Easy Read."
"HIGHLY RECOMMENDED AS AN AUDIO BOOK/AWARD WINNER This is the link for the audio cassette. See above for the link to the book and its description. With Amazon's high price tag, you might want to look for this elsewhere or check it out at the library."
"RECOMMENDED AS AN AUDIO BOOK/FANTASY This is the link for the audio CD; below is the link to the book. If your child enjoyed the Lord of The Rings movies, the audio (NOT the movie) will probably be up his alley."
"HIGHLY RECOMMENDED AS AN AUDIO BOOK/HORROR A fun book with wacky characters, humorous dialogue, and a convoluted plot. Get the audio book. Done by Bruce Coville himself, it is excellent. This link is for audio download which is handy if you want to burn it to CD or would like it in mp3 for an ipod. It's also on audio CD (with another narrator) & cassette. Below is the link to the book."
"RECOMMENDED ACTION/ADVENTURE Featuring ingenious criminal mastermind 12-year old Artemis Fowl, this series contains cleverly orchestrated plots and is set in today's world with fantasy, folklore & technology elements. An Easy Read."
"HIGHLY RECOMMENDED CONTEMPORARY A great story about a boy named Stanley Yelnats who is wrongfully accused of stealing and put into a juvenile detention camp that forces kids to dig "character building" holes. The subplots threaded through the story are every bit as enthralling as the main plot. The characters are vivid and the storytelling is humorous."
"HIGHLY RECOMMENDED CONTEMPORY Anything by Jerry Spinelli is excellent. Most kids enjoy him. Adults have been also known to sneak away his books to read while the kids are sleeping. You might want to also check out Spinelli's Flipped and Stargirl."
"RECOMMENDED CONTEMPORARY Stranded is about 12-year old Koby who tries to rescue a wounded pilot whale even as she struggles to understand and come to terms with herself, her disability (a prosthetic leg), and her parents troubled marriage. Great settings and the anti-heroine, Kobe is well-fleshed out."
"RECOMMENDED FANTASY The Deltora Quest series of books are quick and easy reads with formulaic but well done plots. Rodda manages to keep the tension in the story and the reader engaged and wondering what will happen next. An Easy Read."
"RECOMMENDED HORROR A little more intense than R.L. Stine's Goosebumps and intended for an older audience, Horowitz put together this book of horror short stories. If your child likes this one, he might also enjoy Horowitz' 2nd book called More Horowitz Horror."
"RECOMMENDED HUMOR This is the first book in the horror series about Bunnicula, a vampire bunny. It is more heavy in humor than fright. Very funny and great for the kid who is a reluctant reader. An Easy Read."
"RECOMMENDED HUMOR This series is about 3 children who have been orphaned and subsequently pursued for their considerable fortune by their evil uncle. All the books reassuringly follow the same inventive formula. Kids will appreciate the dry, dark humor and intimate voice of the narrator. Lots of great vocabularly is woven in the books too."
"HIGHLY RECOMMENDED SCI-FI This terrific 1994 Newbery Winner is set in an utopia where crime, hunger, pain, unemployment, and sadness no longer exist. Twelve-year old Jonah is selected to become the next Giver and learns about the cost to create such a perfect world."
"HIGHLY RECOMMENDED SCI-FI Any thing by Scott Westerfield is terrific. This series is set in the future where science has eliminated the need for war and conflict by making everyone the same: pretty. Westerfield uses young adult science fiction to examine our society and culture in fresh and fascinating ways. If you like this one, you might also want to check out Peeps and Midnighters."