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Hooked on Reading: Books for Every Kid

Get Your Kids Hooked on Reading
For majority of parents, it is quite a challenge to get their children not only to read but to enjoy it as well. However, more times than not, kids feel that reading is an assignment, not a fun activity. I remember the tears and the negotiations my parents had to put up with, just to get me to read at least a few pages of some children’s classic, explaining to me how important it is to know it and to know how to read well. I was forced to read books I was not really interested in, simply because they fell under the “must read” curriculum.
However, this distaste for reading faded the moment I picked up the Madeline book series. My love for reading blossomed as I read each book in the series. After I was done with the whole collection, Pipi Longstocking and Beverly Cleary’s series, Ramona came along, and I was once again lost in the world of reading.
One feature that all these books had in common is the main character; a funny, unique, and brave girl that I could relate to in more ways than I could have ever imagined. She was my best friend, my partner in crime, and a part of me. This is the key to getting your child to read. Find a book your son or daughter can relate to, a book that captures their attention, addresses an issue they are dealing with at school or with friends, or a book that has a subject that they are passionate about such as sports, music, dance, humor, fantasy, etc.
So to help you get started, here are few suggestions that will help your child get hooked on reading.

Curious George by Margaret & H.A. Rey

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  • The first adventure in this highly popular series tells how the little monkey, Curious George, got caught in the jungle and was brought back to the city by a man in a yellow hat. He was immediately captivated by curiosity about everything around him. Although with good intentions, George’s curiosity gets him into lots of trouble that he was to find ways out of. Young readers can easily relate to George’s growing curiosity and his fun mishaps along the way!

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

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  • Tommy and Annika have always wished someone would come to live in the ramshackle house next door, and one day, someone does; Pippi Longstocking, an irrepressible nine-year-old girl with a unique way of going about life. Soon the three became inseparable friends. With a horse on the porch, a monkey on her shoulder, and no parents to tell her when to go to bed, Pippi makes everything into an adventure.

The Million Dollar Shot by Dan Gutman

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  • Eddie Ball has the chance of a lifetime: to win a million dollars by sinking a foul shot during halftime at the NBA finals, no less. But someone really wants Eddie to shoot an air ball on the big day, and will do anything to sabotage the million dollar shot…

Soccer on Sunday: A Magic Tree House Book by Mary Pope Osborne

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  •  Magic Tree House #52: Soccer on Sunday will take Jack and Annie to a soccer field in Mexico where they must find the final secret of greatness for Merlin. On the field, they’ll meet a young soccer player who dreams of one day playing in the World Cup just like his hero, the great Brazilian soccer player, Pelé! This book is not only a great way to get children who love soccer to read but they might just like it so much, they will get hooked on the series!

Tip of the Toes by Lily Lexington

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  • This is a tale about a young ballerina as she prepares for her big concert. Follow her as she attempts to conquer her fears about performing in front of an audience in this heartwarming tale.

Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss

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  • With mournful moan and silken tone,
    itself alone comes ONE TROMBONE…
    Then a trumpet joins in to become a duet; add a French horn and voila! you have a trio — and on it goes until an entire orchestra is assembled on stage. Lloyd Moss’s irresistible rhymes and Marjorie Pricemans’ energetic illustrations make beautiful music together — a masterpiece that is the perfect introduction to musical instruments and musical groups that redefines the genre.

All of these stunning novels can and will inspire your children to read more and seek the books they like, you just have to get them started!

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